Monday, January 16, 2012

a glitzy respite

I'd like to thank the Golden Globes for airing two seven days before the South Carolina Primary. When I logged into the Huffington Post this morning the first article wasn't about politics, for a change. It was a picture of Martin Scorsese savoring his winning moment with a GG award gripped appreciatively in his hand. Congratulations, Martin! And Meryl, and George, and all the other winners of the Globes.

And then there was the fashion, for further disruption from politics. I must say there were a lot of good looks out there on the red carpet, although I don't know what Meryl Streep was thinking with her western-look formal shirt-dress. In black, no less. I know Meryl likes black, and she likes to be a nonconformist with her attire, but really? There were some truly lovely gowns that didn't do justice to the women who wore them because the coloring was all wrong. It escapes me how someone gets to red carpet status without some clarity about knowing what colors do and do not flatter. Market niche! And like Victoria Beckham, I wonder if Angelina Jolie ever smiles unless directed by a script.

There was lots of color out there, which was a treat. Zooey Deschanel looked amazing in an interesting combination of black, silver and lime green. Stacey Keibler was stunning in simple red (and it doesn't hurt to be on the arm of George Clooney). I didn't recognize Sofia Vergara with her refreshing look in straight hair and lots of detail, and Kate Beckinsale was radiant in glowing and flowing white. There was purple, yellow, navy, fuchsia, taupe (why does anyone wear taupe?), red, lots of dark green, white, and some interesting choices of "multi." A feast for the eyes all around. Again, thanks, GG!
 Zooey, Kate, and Sofia
Today I'm enjoying the gift of a day off, and will spend it cleaning and tidying around the house. Christmas is mostly put away. The tree still lingers, cards are still posted around door frames, and my nativity set continues to collect dust, but it shouldn't take long to finish packing up boxes and get them stored in the attic. I love all the decor, but it is good to reclaim the living room for daily living.

The floors are a disaster--haven't been vacuumed in far too long, and then I think some shampooing will be in order. The lampshades are wearing an accumulation of dust and dog hair, so today I really need to take the vacuum hose to them.

Saturday I had the day alone to begin tackling my office. I ignored the piles on my desk, where I usually begin, and focused instead on piles of fabric and accumulated craft items that covered what might otherwise be considered my creative space. It was attention well given. I parted with some things, assembled others of similar ilk, dusted off containers and reassigned quarters for much of the above.  I'm not quite finished but the result, thus far, is breathtaking, if I say so myself. Before today is done I might just get the sewing machine out and repair a few items that are folded neatly and piled up waiting for their turn to resume their regularly scheduled use. 

The most dramatic change in the house is the presence of a new television. We are slow to get on board with the technological advances of the 21st century. We have no smart phones, iPads or kindles.  Until yesterday our TV was big and boxey. No flat screen, no HD. But then the big honkin' Sony bit the dust, and as we considered our options over the course of several days, a local electronics place posted a sale and 12-month financing. Sold! We are probably fortunate that our entertainment unit limited the size of what we could get because it kept our sights low, but the change, for us, is dramatic. And wouldn't you know, the first thing we watched when we were all hooked up and ready to go was football! Ken was ecstatic as we rooted for the Giants (sorry, Packers fans), and now look forward with great anticipation to the Super Bowl commercials with unrelenting glee. Some days it doesn't take much to make a girl happy. 

That's our exciting news from this corner of the world. Stay tuned, if you're willing, for further reports about the progress of cleaning and creating from our humble abode.


Carolina Linthead said...

Oh, this made me smile! Enjoy the new TV...our HD isn't very big, either, but wow, it's great. Thanks for the pics from the Golden Globes, too. Enjoy your date with the vacuum.

The Bug said...

We got an HD TV after we moved because of the way the living room is shaped in our rental house - we were afraid we'd constantly be walking into the old behemoth we had before.

I should have spent the day cleaning, but instead we went out to replace my point & shoot camera - the old one now requires a rubber band to hold the battery in. I know that shouldn't have taken all day, but we started late, & then ate lunch, & then meandered... We're not very focused around here :)

Jan said...

Since I didn't watch the Golden Globes, it was helpful to read your recap--with pictures, too!


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