Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sundays like Grandma

Today, yesterday, last Sunday and last Saturday I had one goal: clean the apartment. Last Saturday I successfully cleaned one room. Since then: nothing. The day is still young (hey - just 24 hours ago it was only 4pm), so maybe I can get it done. I'm leaving Tuesday for a conference in Montreal, and I like to clean before I go so that I can return to a clean home. Also, I like to clean in the daylight so I can spot the dust. Fascinating stuff.

What I have, so far, accomplished today has been polishing the silver. Just like grandma. As a wedding gift, my mother gave me a lovely tea set that had been my grandmother's. But it tarnishes so quickly! Especially in the summer - is it humidity that does it? Because I've noticed that since living in NYC, that my silver jewellery also tarnishes quickly here.


You can't really tell how tarnished they are here. You can tell how cute my little helper is though.

And after.

I especially love the handle on the teapot.

There was a time in my life where I loved going to these conferences, but not anymore. Not only am I dreading this one, for various reasons, but I also don't feel like going away for 5 days. I'm trying to focus on the good things:

1. Montreal!
2. We have reservations at a delicious and well-reviewed restaurant on Friday night. And when I say "we" I mean me and two of my friends, not colleagues (not that there is anything wrong with my colleagues). 
3. I am planning on picking up two books that I've been wanting while I'm in Canada - books that are not yet published in the U.S. One is the 2010 GG book.
4. When I get home from this, it will only be 11.5 days until we leave for our vacation in the Pacific Northwest - and that is definitely something to look forward to!

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