Friday, August 07, 2015

Friday Favorites

I can't believe it is Friday again; this week was so busy, it flew by in a flash. I am looking forward to slowing down a bit over the weekend, but, it seems like every time I say that, I end up with fifty million things to do and time for only twenty. That's life, I guess.

When I have had a moment to breathe this week, I have spent it reading. My current favorite is Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman. I'm on my second time through it, which, means that it would become as dog-eared as my copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, were it not for the fact that it's the Kindle edition. Actually, just between you and me, I may have to buy a hard copy as well.

I'm weird like that.

With all the reading I am doing, it has become more and more clear to me that I am going blind. I currently have reading glasses stationed in every room of my house, in my car, next to my computer at work, and in my purse. The readers are great for small print, but, I have a problem with my distance vision as well.

Now, my prescription lenses for distance work great, but, I grew weary of switching out the clip-on visor that transformed them into sunglasses (Ok, that is only partially true, I also got tired of losing the damn thing and having a panic attack at the thought of spending another $125 to replace it. Been there, done that, where is my t-shirt?). So, a while back, I visited the eye doctor to check out my options for prescription sunglasses. The majority of the glasses that were affordable were flat out ugly, so, I auctioned off my spare kidney and ordered a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses with prescription lenses.

I've been wearing them for a while now and, all I can say is: worth every freaking penny. Seriously, I love them. And, with the warranty that Maui Jim provides, I feel relatively confident that they were a wise investment. It also doesn't hurt that they are gorgeous and make me feel like I could pass for a movie star (please don't tell me differently).

Maui Jim, Cloud Break

The glasses have come in handy on the rare occasion that I venture into the backyard to stare morbidly at what was once my thriving garden, you know, last year. On the bright side of that situation, my new rose bushes are doing very well, so, I feel confident that the garden fiasco truly wasn't my fault.

Well, that and the fact that an old-timer at the hardware store assured me that the heavy rain that we have had since April has leached the nitrogen from the soil. He also helpfully suggested that I invest in some fish fertilizer, soooo, guess I'll be looking into that for next year.

Anywaaaay, on the bright (and colorful) side, my roses apparently don't require a shit-ton of nitrogen in order to bloom in a way that I find most pleasing (she said as she cast a side-eye to that damn garden). All ten varieties are doing really well (please don't smite me for saying so, Mother Nature); here are the current bloomers...

Chrysler Imperial
 Hotel California

... there are tons of buds on the other bushes and I'll photograph them as they bloom. Let's see...what else...oh! I recently discovered that Starbucks has seen the error of its' ways and returned the Ham and Swiss Panini to the menu!

That is some good shit, people. Also, I can't stop eating their classic oatmeal; I add the fruit packet and about a quarter of the packet of brown sugar that they include and I am in breakfast heaven. I should note, however, that I do not eat the Panini and the oatmeal on the same day; I wouldn't want you to think that I am a glutton (usually).

That about wraps it up, I guess.

Or, does it?

Not quite! I saved the best for last: my new iPhone! More specifically, my new iPhone case, which, is actually a near duplicate of the case that I had on my previous iPhone. Why? Because I love it.

I'm sure I'll love the phone, too. Just as soon as I get used to the larger, yet thinner, size (I may be a creature of habit).

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