1- Francesca has finally reached the point at which she is ready to get rid of her bathroom scale! The moment has come because Francesca has been exercising five times a week (nothing terribly fancy. She is a great fan of the Walk Away the Pounds DVDs), and so she has gained 3 pounds … of muscle. So, what we have is a situation wherein Francesca feels amazing, and has better posture and more energy, but the scale says nothing meaningful. Bye bye Mr. Clunky Machine! From now on Francesca pays attention to her body, not to you!
2- Francesca has provided useful tips in the past regarding makeup, laundry, etc. Now she needs advice from her internet friends! Francesca is in possession of an old coffee grinder which previously belonged to her beloved grandmere, who died about a year ago. It is basically a plain wooden box with a metal grinder up top, which one fills through a little hole and then turns by hand; the ground beans fall into a dear little wooden drawer at the bottom. Very old-school, and with great sentimental value to Francesca, because her grandmother used it for decades, before she moved into a nursing home. It looks sort of like this:
Francesca has not used the grinder for anything, because the smell of her grandmother’s coffee inside brought back wonderful memories. But now, the aroma has faded. Francesca would like to clean the grinder — one can see the remains of what is very likely 15-year-old coffee inside — and begin to use it herself, to grind her own coffee beans.
Her question: How does one safely clean a coffee grinder made of metal and wood, in such a way that one can be sure it is hygienic, without ruining the wood?
3- THE BIG QUESTION: Anyone got interesting plans for the weekend?