Stock Watch: $APPL

apple-new-product-launchLet’s talk about Apple.  They were kind of boring for a while, but they are back at awesome with a huge phone, an industry-changing watch, streaming music, and the head phones everyone wants.  All at once.  And they nailed the brassy/rose-gold-ish color.

And do people want the new watch?  Um, no.  But they didn’t want the iphone either because it was such an industry changer people needed to see it in action before they realized they needed it.

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Apple, you’re a bunch of geniuses.  $APPL #getsome

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Too Many Shirts

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How your happy road to minimalism looking?  Still too many shirts?

I actually moved everything out of my closet (for an airbnb side-hustle) and am just bringing back in my favorite staples.  No aspirational clothes that don’t suit my lifestyle, no historical clothes that I used to like and might like again in a future decade.  And most of all, no ugly clothes that I wear because I’m “not doing anything.”  Let’s face it, I’m never “doing anything,” so if that’s my threshold for looking good I’m sunk.  With all those filler-clothes gone, my closet is BARE.  And relaxing.

Here’s a quote from The Great Gatsby, just to add a little Daisy-drama to the whole situation of an over-burdened closet and an over-spent lifestyle:

Gatsby:

“I’ve got a man in England  who buys me clothes.  He sends over a selection of things at the beginning of each season, spring and fall.”

He took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one, before us, shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel, which lost their folds as they fell and covered the table in many coloured disarray. While we admired he brought more and the soft rich heap mounted higher – shirts with stripes and scrolls and plaids in coral and apple-green and lavender and faint orange, with monograms of Indian blue. Suddenly, with a strained sound, Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily.

“They’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such – such beautiful shirts before.”

too-many-shirts-illustrated[alice stribling, here illustrating the infamous jcrew stack-o-shirts, as seen in the first pic.]

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Rice Pudding

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On the subject of not wasting food, rice pudding is a great way to use up milk before you leave for a trip, or when Costco has tricked you into buying more than your family can possibly consume. This is the absolute MOST amazing recipe for rice pudding porridge.  Trust. Credits to my friend Maria who has a friend who has a friend who worked in this one restaurant…anyway, this is simmering on my stove right now, and it smells just amazing:

Grab a big and heavy bottomed pot.  Add 1c sushi rice, 1/2 gallon milk, 3/4c sugar, zest from one lemon, and 1 pinch of salt.  Simmer 1 1/2 hours, stirring often.  Take it off the heat, then stir in 1t vanilla.

p.s. I can’t eat rice pudding without thinking of The Poky Little Puppy: And there, sure enough, was dinner waiting for them, with rice pudding for dessert!

p.p.s. King Queen serving dish, which is awesome, can be found here.

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Fun Coupons

fun-couponsI love this scene in the Wolf of Wall Street where Leo / Jordan Belfort throws hundred dollar bills down at the agent he was trying to bribe, shouting, “You know what I call them!?  Fun coupons!  You hear that?  They’re fun coupons!!”

I don’t confuse my wealth with my happiness, but I would like more fun coupons.  I would spend them on a nanny, a chef, a fabulous wardrobe, a horse, a few vacation homes, a Tesla, and two sailboats.  How about you?  Any unreasonable requests?

#slushfund #nowyouknow

Photo by Sean Thomas for Teen Vogue

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The Language of Business

elements-of-style-1[He is regarded as the best dancer in the club.]

I am re-reading The Elements of Style and first I have to say it makes me feel guilty for writing a blog; this whole genre would have dear William Strunk + E.B. White apoplectic.  But listen to this gem about business-speak:

“Another segment of society that has constructed a language of its own is business.  People in business say that toner cartridges are in short supply, that they have updated the next shipment of these cartridges, and that they will finalize their recommendations at the next meeting of the board.  They are speaking a language that is familiar and dear to them.  Its portentous nouns and verbs invest ordinary events with high adventure, executives walk among toner cartridges, caparisoned like knights.  We should tolerate them-every person of spirit wants to ride a white horse.  The only question is whether business vocabulary is helpful to ordinary prose.  Usually, the same ideas can be expressed less formidably, if one makes the effort.  A good many of the special words of business seem designed more to express the user’s dreams than to express a precise meaning.”

Just hilarious – and the last line is so true.

elements-of-style-2[Well, Susan, this is a fine mess you are in.]

And how honest but tender: We should tolerate them-every person of spirit wants to ride a white horse.

p.s. The importance of speaking the language of finance.

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Ignore the Raise

ignore-the-raise[Lock it up in a bird cage.  Or this pollie.]

I have been reading that Americans have one of the worst rates of saving, to the tune of 4%.  That’s the pits!  Here’s an obvious tip: If you let your spending rise in-step with your income, you will never get ahead.

The next time you do have an income boost – a raise, a bonus, an inheritance, a tax-refund…just turn the other cheek and don’t change your spending habits at all.  Boom!  You just got ahead!  Put that extra money towards debt, savings, or retirement.

p.s. But do treat yourself to a little something before you sock away your bonus…life is short.

p.p.s. TGIF

 

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Mend Party

mend-leather-elbow-patches[The mend as upgrade, a la the elbow patch]

Just yesterday I got a hole in my favorite pants, and my boy got a hole in my favorite pair of his pants.  And with the fall weather, the girls’ leggings have been coming back out, which seem to get holes in the knees before we even get them home from the store.  Is it just me or are those leggings basically single use?

I’m usually a wear-it-out then toss it kind of gal.  But I have a bunch of clothes that I can’t wear because I just can’t find the motivation to fix that strap, sew on a new button, or pull in the waist of a favorite skirt.  Including some lingerie I got for my engagement.  Meaning it’s been in my closet making me feel guilty and lazy for not fixing it for eleven years!  Oh my, it’s definitely time to start mending.

mend-kids-leggings[cloud patch, paint preventative patch, leggings upgrade]

I’m going to start a fix me bin, and then dedicate a night to fixing everything up.  That could be fun!  In fact, I’m going to make it a party.

p.s. the new taproot magazine is centered around the theme ‘mend.’

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