Alt om Du (Krissie)

I am no longer worried about my hair. It’s still great, and I just used a leave in product and the frizzies are gone.

But on to more important things. The light’s on because it’s cold and dark, as usual. We’re having an arctic summer, which figures, since we got a new blow-up pool. I think the last really hot day was early June, high temps in the 70s this week, rain every day, and on Friday it only reaches the 60s. Don’t we all just love weather? Actually I’m thinking this is what summers are like in Scotland, and I’d rather think of it as a Scottish summer, so don’t disillusion me.

I made great progress on the never-ending revisions, enough so that the end of revising might be in sight, praise god. I’ve got to check on business stuff (every Monday morning) but then I can get back to work, and I’m into it.

I’m running into trouble with my screen time again. I was awake till after one playing solitaire, damn it. I’m thinking maybe don’t do the iPad in bed (I go up early but I do my Danish, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, Pinterest, and surfing, plus watching videos). Gotta stop that, but Richie comes to bed and uses his iPad too and it’s a nice time. Maybe I’ll limit what I allow myself to do. Pinterest can kill hours, but right now I’m really into it, with organization ideas, sewing, heroes and heroines, current books. Jenny has a board for her books as well – it’s fun and inspiring.

Shit, here comes the rain again. Speaking of music (who sang that song? Without the “shit” – trivia question) I’ve been going through my old (I’m talking about late ’60s early ’70s) music. I’ll tell you about that later.

In the meantime, work beckons, and that’s what this week is about. Work – I’m going to get some business stuff sorted and then, dammit, I will finish the revisions on this sucker and soar on into the future.

So what’s on your agenda? Who are you listening to right now? We had a jazz service at church and the prelude was a John Coltrane number with a very good local saxophone player, and it was so good I went to Spotify this morning and opened John Coltrane music. Are you guys listening to anything good – I want to know. I love country music and opera, rock, folk, standards, hey,even some rap. Not to mention Japanese, french and Danish music.

So tell me what you’re listening to. And what are you doing this week of Scottish summer?

Oh, that’s All About You in Danish – I hit 180 straight days in my studies.

15 thoughts on “Alt om Du (Krissie)

  1. MJ says:

    Yay for hair resolution. And thanks for the Eurythmics “Here Comes the Rain Again” ear worm!

    Listening to Pink Floyd – early stuff, surprisingly bluesy – because husband is going to see Roger Waters in a couple weeks.

    And as you well know, yes, iPad at night means tired in the morning. Quote from a BBC.com article:
    “[T]hat blue light unfortunately will put the brakes on the release of a hormone called melatonin…and melatonin signals when you should sleep.

    “Technology also causes sleep procrastination. Midnight is the time when we think, well, we should probably send our last email, let me just check Facebook one more time.”

    Good luck with the Work! It’s that kind of week here, too. Except I’m writing about energy-efficient pumps and charitable fundraising.

  2. Lynda says:

    Well, darn. I was feeling incredibly proud of myself for remembering the Eurythmics, and MJ beat me to it. Glad you’re making progress on the revisions. That’s always a good feeling. Enjoy your Scottish summer. I’m sure I can’t imagine what that’s like. The only thing Scottish I could think of was McDonald’s as in being grilled like a hamburger. It’s 8:30 here and already 80°. Dan is going to pick me up before too long so we can go to Costco when it opens. Got to go shopping, but it will hit 105° this afternoon. Thank God my new air-conditioner got installed last week!

  3. Jenny says:

    I do use my iPad at night, but then I put it away and think in the dark for about an hour and fall asleep in the middle of a thought.

    Music: I’m revising the Nita soundtrack. It started with just a bunch of songs that I thought sounded like the story, but I’m far enough along now that I can start sorting them into acts and pairing them up with scenes, so I’m dumping a lot of them, looking for others. It’s a good exercise because, like collage, it makes me think of the story with different eyes. Well, ears.

    And I’m still trying to find a way to get the house cleared off since “I’ll do it tomorrow” has become my mantra. I think maybe “I’ll do an hour today” is a better mantra. Won’t get it all done but I’ll get SOMETHING DONE. Good news is that the dogs and I are currently stretched out on clean bedding while the sun shines in the windows, and I’m making real progress on blocking out Nita. So happiness abounds. Also there’s chocolate cake in the kitchen with the promise of tuna noodle casserole and pumpkin custard in the oven later this afternoon. And possibly chicken and cheese on whole wheat for lunch.

    Food. Dogs. Books. Life is good.

    • Thea says:

      Interesting how current music scene has swiveled the meaning of “dumping.” Did you dump (old style) music from your list or dump (new style) music onto your list?

  4. Janet says:

    I like Annie Lennox and the Eurythmics too. She has an incredible voice.

    Right now I am sitting in my hammock swing (on my lunch break, (I live close by so go home for lunch) enjoying the sun after an incredibly difficult week. We had a lot of rain on the 1st, so much in fact, that it flooded here. After several days, I have my electric and gas restored, a new furnace, hot water heater, and a/c unit installed; the new washer/dryer have been ordered and the new lawn mower purchased. I was able to mow my lawn last night, the first time in a few weeks. We’ve had a rainy summer, up until the flood nothing major, but the ground was too wet to mow.
    I was more fortunate than many of my neighbors, many of whom lost their homes due to foundations crumbling from the sheer volume of the flooding. Now, if only my flood insurance adjuster would contact me, I would be very happy.

    It sounds terrible, and it was not a fun experience to go through, but it’s amazing how people get together to commiserate, offer help, or just let you know you’re not alone. The utility companies andthe Red Crosscame in to help and the volunteer firefighters were on hand for several days pumping out basements. Now the village has large dumpsters out and is gathering all the ruined things so we don’t have to worry about what to do.

  5. Nancy says:

    May I ask what hair product you used? It looks great. I haven’t had any success defrizzing this summer, and frizz is new to me, so I’m at my wit’s end. Someone here mentioned low-fat diet as being a potential culprit, which is possibly the inadvertent trap I’ve fallen into. I’m trying to add healthy fats like those in avocados, but it turns out I hate a lot of healthy fats, including avocados.

    Since you like both opera and Danish music, I recommend Lauritz Melchior, famed Wagnerian tenor, doing Danish songs. Absolutely gorgeous. (I’m sure his opera music is great, too, and I’ve probably heard some of it, but I’m not a Wagner fan.) And if you want to listen to an amazing Scandinavian tenor doing other kinds of opera (Verdi, Puccini, etc.), Jussi Bjorling is fabulous. (I am partial to Scandinavian tenors because I’m married to one ;-)). These are both old-school tenors, and I’m sure there is a fabulous new crop of younger tenors, but we are sadly music-deprived these days. This post is a great reminder to remedy that!

    • Hey, Nancy. I was using BEDHead or whatever it’s called for curly hair, and I end up with waves, but that was before the frizz. I’ve been using a couple of leave in conditioners with organ oil — one I think is Pantene with tea tree oil and the other is … green. Who has lots of green bottles? I just had lots of bottles of product sitting around. I usually don’t like leave-in stuff because it tends to flatten my hair too much (same is true of conditioner) but I’ve discovered I need the latter and for some reason I now need the former. Maybe because my hair has gotten so long that it’s breaking – I dunno.

      Lauritz Melchior is dauntingly unattractive. I saw him in an old Hollywood movie (more than 50 years ago) and was astonished. But I was a teenager then, so I was shallow. I’ll have to listen to him, and Jussi Bjorling. Know who they are, of course. Since I love Italian opera and I think they tend more toward Wagner I’m not that familiar with their voices. I’ll check ’em out, particularly the Danish folk songs. I really like a contemporary singer named Helene Blum, though.

  6. I am going to spend some time this week preparing for a job interview – it’s as close to my dream job as it gets and I want to do well, even though I’m definitely a long-shot for the position. I too am hoping for some drier weather. Not only are slugs going wild in my garden, some of the plants are rotting where the leaves/stems touch the wet ground. The joys of gardening.

    • Bridget says:

      Repeat after me – they will be lucky if I chose to work for them.

      Never go into an interview thinking you’re the long shot. Go in thinking 1. They’ll be lucky to get me 2. Is this the right fit for me?

      And if you don’t believe it, pretend you do until after the interview. Know your stuff backwards & forwards, if you don’t know something, say so and then ask about it but never doubt that if it’s the right job for YOU, then they will be lucky to get you.

  7. Jill says:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/50/%2758_Nash_Metropolitan_%28Auto_classique_Pointe-Claire_%2711%29.JPG/280px-%2758_Nash_Metropolitan_%28Auto_classique_Pointe-Claire_%2711%29.JPG

    My new car ! My first car 55 years ago. The first and only car I drove with manual shift. Joe bought it at an auction on Saturday. This picture is not the car-just what it looks like. I get to go look at it tomorrow but will probably not get it until we get back from our 5400 mile Border to Border trip.
    I listen to audio books while I ride on long trips. Thank you, Krissie, for releasing some of your ‘old’ books on audio.

  8. Have been away for a week, visiting the school where I’ll be starting in January. Meanwhile, it is total failure of stuff around house time: tumble dryer broke, but that has been fixed, then washing machine broke, that can’t be fixed so had to order a new one, food processor died, electric hand whisk disintegrated as I was trying to whip cream, the tailgate of the car has jammed/won’t open, kitchen tap is dripping, boys have managed to wrangle a door off its hinges, the Mac hinge has snapped so my screen needs to be propped up by anything heavy enough to keep it in position and I’m facing a bill of £600 for new brake pads and suspension stuff for the car in a couple of weeks. Our tax affairs are a total muddle because my husband is no longer resident on the island, and arrived home last night to a pigsty thanks to having left number 1 son at home on his own for a week….the light bulbs in his room have died and he hasn’t replaced them…there is a mountain of laundry from his room….sigh.

    So it’s roll up the sleeves and deal time. And after a beautiful week of sunshine and warmth it’s back to rain and ten degrees cooler than the rest of the UK. At least I am reading the most terrific book, Letters to a Young Writer, really inspirational.

  9. Bridget says:

    Krissie, your Scottish summer sounds wonderful.

    We had a nice few days but it was 92/93 today with 85% humidity. And it only gets hotter after this.

    So enjoy the cooler weather.

  10. Kieran says:

    Except that in Scottish summers, it’s very light out until super late! I thought it would be that way in Vermont. You guys are pretty high up on the globe. And doesn’t it get light early in the morning in summer? I remember being in Rhode Island and waking up SO early because the sun was up.

    I’m on a 70’s kick: Boz Scaggs, the album Silk Degrees, which is superb. Andrew Gold, the songs “Lonely Boy” and “Thank You for Being a Friend.” The song “Brandy.” The song “Still the One.”

    But for dancing, it’s still Bruno Mars, “24 K Magic” on Alexa.

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