I’m happy to report…
that our little girl Coco seems to have bounced back. After her attack of pancreatitis three weeks ago, she’d stopped eating and seemed to be shutting down. As a last resort, we tried giving her an appetite stimulant. Within 30 minutes, she was interested in food again, and for the last week her appetite has been good, even without the stimulant. (Better than good, actually.) So we’re cautiously optimistic that she’s out of the woods for now.
In other news chez nous, the new roof is finished! We’re just waiting on the city to approve permits for the solar panels. Then construction on that part of the project can begin.
Circling Back To The Beach…
One of the biggest challenges I have with planning a beach vacation travel wardrobe is that it requires clothing I don’t usually wear at home. So while I do need to supplement my wardrobe, I’m trying to be careful not to overbuy. Although this linen tunic is a bit outside of my everyday Gamine style, I think it could be a real workhorse when we hit Puerto Vallarta next month. (Offered in Misses/Petite/Womens/Tall sizes, and currently 25% off with code 25LOVE) It’s a nice medium-weight linen, not too gauzy but not too heavy either.
I can wear as shown above (over my stretch crepe pants in Bone), or open as a lightweight topper over a tank, or even as a swimsuit cover-up. This “Grapefruit” color is in my Spring palette and coordinates well with both bathing suits I purchased from Lands’ End. Plus options here. (LE also has a promotion running: 40% off full-priced styles with code FIREPLACE.) So I relented, and purchased a shift dress (Plus) that matches one of the bathing suits. Again, not something I’d wear at home, but good to have on hand for beach or resort travel wardrobes.
We’ve Been Watching…
If you didn’t know that The Spy was based on actual events, it would seem almost implausible. In the early 1960’s a Mossad agent (played very well by Sacha Baron Cohen) undertakes a years-long attempt to infiltrate the highest levels of the Syrian government to gather intelligence for Israel. It’s very suspenseful and also shows the human cost on not only the agents, but their families, handlers, and unwitting informants. And it’s a fascinating snippet of history. (Love the period clothing and cars too.)
To lighten things up, we started watching Sex Education, and are hooked! It’s funny, but doesn’t condescend to the characters, and sexual topics are discussed explicitly (though there’s very little, if any, nudity). Gillian Anderson is brilliant as the sex-therapist mother of 16-year-old Otis (the main protagonist). It’s intelligent, pro-feminist, pro-LGBQT, and a nice change from the often puerile way that teenage sex and relationships are portrayed in comedies.
We also really liked the recent PBS series of Howard’s End. With 4 1-hour episodes, the story is allowed to unfold at a more leisurely pace, though the last episode did feel a bit rushed. All of the performances were top notch, but I especially loved Tracey Ullman, who stole every scene she was in.
What have you seen lately that you’d recommend? I’m also looking for a fresh round of book recommendations, so feel free to drop yours here.