This was not the three-day weekend I thought I’d be having. For one thing, it was gloomy and rainy. For another, I ended up spending a fair amount of time helping my kid move into a new apartment. Say, what’s the cutoff date for having to help your kids move their stuff? This kid is turning 23 tomorrow. At 23 I had moved myself back and forth (alone) from college in the Midwest, into a shared apartment outside D.C., then into my own apartment downtown. It never occurred to me to ask my parents for help. And at 24? I was married.
And so it feels bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s nice to spend time with this kid. On the other hand, I’d like to spend it in a restaurant over a burger, not hanging a shower curtain in a bathroom that isn’t mine. I don’t know…. I’m so grateful for the relationship I have with my kids, which is much closer than the one I had with my parents growing up. I think that’s pretty typical; things have changed. A lot of them for the better.
So, speaking of change – can any candle nerds help me find a couple of candles to love in the heat of summer? I want it to be background noise, green/aromatic, not gourmand. It could be citrus. It could be verbena, or lemon, or rosemary, or lemongrass, or green tea, or some combination thereof, or something in the same vein. A lot of candles are waay toooo sweeeeet. Anything labeled “beach” or “escape” or “serenity” either has a bunch of aquatic/ozone notes, or smells like the kind of tropical drink you’d serve in a tiki mug. My beloved Soi green tea candle is almost gone, and they don’t make ‘em any more. My house is small and I love that candle because wherever I put it – kitchen, bedroom, bathroom – it’s nice and soothing and doesn’t smell weirdly out of place. Suggestions?
Second, I gave my nice Braun electric drip coffee maker to my kid for her apartment. I want to try a low tech pour-over setup, either a Chemex or one of those doodads that literally sits on your cup. Then I’m going to buy some really good coffee instead of the cheap crap I buy for the household. I’m going to use filtered water heated to exactly the right temperature (hey, I read the hipster manual!) and I am going to do all this because I’m curious whether the results will be that much better. Honestly, I suspect they will. And my goal is to drink one cup of really excellent coffee in the a.m., instead of four cups of watery dreck. Your turn! What’s some good coffee that ain’t Charbucks? What’s a good low-tech setup? Thoughts and mockery welcome.