Today I Am . . .

by Katy on August 1, 2014 · 9 comments

Benson Bubbler

Today I Am . . . 

  • Sanding and priming my $20 thrifted campaign dresser. Then, I’ll go to the Habitat For Humanity ReStore to shop for paint. I was leaning towards painting the dresser a tasteful black since my bedroom is a terra cotta color, but I say f*¢& it, I want something bright and fun!
  • Continuing to be impressed by all the amazing free and almost-free projects that Megan from Upstyler comes up with. This week she took the wooden handle from a broke-ass umbrella and turned it into a very cool looking wall hook. (This is my favorite new blog, and I highly recommend it!)
  • Pleased with yesterday’s Downtown Adventure Day that I organized with my son and nephew. We took the bus downtown, walked around, took the streetcar to the tram, rode the tram to the top and back, ate delicious food cart falafel and then got cheap and fantastic haircuts from Quinn at Barber-Q. Haircuts needed to happen anyway, so we might as well plan an adventure day around them!
  • Planning tonight’s dinner of homemade sushi. The kids can assemble them, and it’s the perfect meal for a hot summer evening that doesn’t heat up the kitchen. (I make rice in the steamy hot rice cooker which only needs an electrical outlet, so I can set it up on the porch instead of the kitchen.)
  • Enjoying the nice paycheck that comes with working five shifts in a pay period. Damn, that’s a lot of money!
  • Pleased with the city of Portland with its outdoor Benson Bubbler drinking fountains all over downtown, which makes it unnecessary to carry a heavy water bottle, even in the height of summer.
  • Happy that even though my younger son has a haircut that requires frequent trims, the rest of us balance it out. I cut my husband’s hair, my older son wears his hair long and I forget to get haircuts and haven’t had one for at least a year and a half!

Now your turn. What are you doing today?

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen August 1, 2014 at 12:50 pm

At our house it’s the opposite…I cut Joshua’s hair on a monthly basis, but pay to have Mr. FG’s hair cut (his is fine and suuuper straight, which means it’s really easy to mess up. I can’t take the stress!).

Joshua’s hair is a wiry sort with lots of body, and so any mistakes I make are almost impossible to see. Much more manageable to cut at home.


Katy August 1, 2014 at 1:23 pm

I did do the the boys’ haircuts up until the end of elementary school, at which point they started caring what they looked like. The cuts they wanted were so specific, I knew there was no way I could do them. However, the woman in our neighborhood was pretty cheap.



lori August 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Started vacation today, packing,and flying to Portland early in the morning! Can’t wait!!?!?


AnnDenee August 1, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Today I am…

Vegging on the couch and fb-surfing until the last possible minute. (a luxury)

Preparing food for the family bbq this afternoon.

Heading to the family bbq.


Chrissy August 1, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Glad that I am not the only one who goes that long without a haircut. My last cut was 5/2013.


Aussie Girl August 1, 2014 at 9:06 pm

-taking advantage of the sunshine on this winters day and playing outside with the kids.
-eating yummy cookies the kids made at their friends house.
-using up leftovers for lunch
-cleaning the house (boo)!
-having tea with the kids grandparents


K D August 2, 2014 at 3:12 am

Going to a yoga class, an indulgence of mine. The teacher is fantastic, my classmates delightful, and I’ll walk there.

I walked to the library to pick up a couple of movie DVDs for the weekend. There is a seven day loan period so we won’t feel rushed to watch them.

I walked to the grocery to buy an avocado and this weekends Saving Star free item.

I will make Chicago style pizza for dinner. I have a deep dish pizza pan I received as a gift over twenty years ago.

My daughter cuts my husbands hair and he pays her. It’s a win-win as it saves him time and money and she gets a decent amount of money for her efforts and has learned a skill she can use if she has a husband or kids some day.


Kim August 5, 2014 at 8:30 am

Katy, are those bubbler fountains on all the time?
From the pic it does not look like your boy is turning handles or stepping on any peddles.


Katy August 5, 2014 at 10:06 am

The drinking fountains are on all the time, although during terrible drought they do convert them to ones that have to be turned on.


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