Yesterday started out as a classic San Francisco winter day — chilly and very, very foggy. Even downtown where I live, the tallest buildings were totally fogged in! I spent the gray morning doing a few things around the office, and relishing the fact that the mister had taken the day off from work. It was kind of nice having us BOTH sitting together in the office.
Mondays are always organizing days for me. I draft a to do list for much of the week, divided by day, often with a focus on a different client or project each day. I also try to write as many blog posts as I can (though sometimes with varying degrees of success!). Last week I had Save the Date samples printed for a client’s wedding invitation suite, so in the morning, I cleaned up some various supplies from it and listed out next steps for the project.
The organizational mode continues. On any given day, my desk looks like a tornado hit it (I think of it as organized chaos). However, I found a bunch of boxes and bags hidden underneath my work tables filled with little notebooks, and corralled them all in a basket. Things I don’t want to tell anybody? How many damn notebooks I have. It’s borderline embarrassing.
It wouldn’t be a proper day off from work for Mr. J if we didn’t go out to lunch, now would it? We make a quick reservation at my favorite neighborhood spot, Marlowe. One major perk of working from home: drinking on your lunch break is entirely acceptable. We share a half carafe of red wine, some yummy sauteed mushrooms with toast and a fried egg, salads, and a po boy sandwich. Dessert? Bourbon ice cream with salted caramel sauce. Oh, you know, just your average Monday lunch break. YUM.
I always love looking at the quotes they have on the windows outside the restaurant. It never gets old.
I had a small pile of mail that I finally sorted through. Very unglamorous things — tax forms (ugh, is it that time already?), bills (double ugh!), and catalogs. Hello, bright spot! To be honest with you though, most of the time I manage a quick glance through the catalog, then toss it in a tray filled with magazines, lookbooks, and catalogs that I go through about once a quarter. When the time comes, I go through each one and pull items that catch my eye, and either post them up on my inspiration wall, or paste them into a huge sketchbook I have that’s filled with similar tear sheets. I’ve been doing this for a few years now, and it’s fun to go through The Book and see things that still inspire me, and also document how my tastes change!
Joe and I have a secret vice. We love watching Barefoot Contessa while we eat. We DVR it daily and watch it almost every night. Last week we saw an episode where she makes chili with one of her fabulous Hamptons friends. Joe and I make chili pretty regularly (veggie, turkey, classic, green chile and chicken, you name it!), but we decided to try this particular recipe, which called for the use of coffee (intriguing!). Of course, I had to put my own spin on it, so I’m testing it out for dinner and, if we like it, I’ll share the recipe here soon.
What was your Monday like?