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Circling Back

January 3, 2014

Remember why I started this blog? Redoing my apartment, inspired by he book Apartment Therapy.

I have signed up to do the “January Cure” in our house. Three people, 1 big dog, a dirt accumulating passion, and a house that’s roughly 1,000 sq. ft. …. three years of living there means it’s time to re-evaluate, clean, organize and prepare for the next 3 years.

Assignment #1 was making a project list. There are only 3 really troublesome areas (both bedrooms and paperwork), but here’s the grand damage…

Sun Porch

·         Better storage

·         Wash windows

·         New rug

Living Room

·         Better lighting

·         Repair couch

·         Clean gray couch

·         Mantle decoration

·         Paint side table

·         Hook up DVD player (get a Blu-ray?)

Dining Room

·         Repaint chairs

·         Deep clean b/w rug from Haley’s room and put under table

·         Clean and reorganize built-in

·         Replace overhead light

·         Thin out picture rail – rethink photos


·         Repair ceiling over sink

·         Paint

·         Storage corner (tool boxes, files, dog food)

·         Aluminum behind stove

Our Bedroom

·         DECLUTTER

·         New dresser

·         Reading lights

·         Artwork

Haley’s Room

·         DECLUTTER

·         Paint walls

·         Break up bunk bed

·         Paint dresser

·         New bed linens



Well, hello there, 2012!

January 2, 2012

Unlike a lot of people, it seems, 2011 was a pretty good year for me.  I got married, I enjoyed full employment the entire year, and got healthy (lost 42 pounds and learned to kind of actually like exercise!).  The only “trauma” my family suffered was our car going belly up – and the loss of our beloved ratties.

Considering I had no real beefs with 2011, I must say that 2012 is already off to a lovely start.

New Years Eve couldn’t have been better:  sushi and an early night with The Husband.

After an EPIC 15 hours of sleep and I was ready to face the day!  I sweated up a horse…

Caffeinated… (it was unusually warm, so a frosty coffee beverage was warranted)

Took the Lucas with me to play while I taught a lesson…

And then was off to pick up The Child after a week at her dad’s (yay! I miss her when she’s gone!)

I’d say that the first day of the new year was a pretty damn good day.  While driving I turned off the radio and did some thinking about how I could turn this good first day of the year into a whole year of good days.

I won’t call these “resolutions” because that seems to inherently destine them for failure.

I want to make a concerted effort to be a better wife, mother and friend.  I think this comes down to communication.

  • I rely too heavily on Facebook to communicate with people.
  • I will overcome my aversion to the telephone.  I need to reach out and have conversations with the people that I love and care about.
  • I need to think before I speak. (duh) This is not something that comes naturally for me.  I need to be more aware of how my words may be received.

I need to quit calling my sloth “me time”.  It seems I always have so much to do, often for other people.  Instead of better managing my time I burn out and end up just doing nothing.  It’s not really “rest” or “recharging” – it’s just being lazy.  Days where I get stuff done (cleaning, organizing, errands) are the days where I actually feel like I have recharged.  Marking things off my To-Do list make me feel infinitely better than sitting on my ass all day.

My life is really very good.  I want to remind myself every day to appreciate that we all have our health, a beautiful home, people who love us, good jobs and good grades.

2012 will indeed be a very good year.


Clearing the way…

April 19, 2011

If you’ve been reading this tripe blog for a while you will know that I love going to the dump. Unloading massive amounts of dead weight from your life frees you up to move forward.

Last night I needed to find the last of my tax forms to file my taxes.  I waited until the last possible minute to do them because I needed to dig through the dunes of paperwork that has accumulated during the moves of last year. It was something I was having trouble steeling myself to undertake.

You know, I have a problem with that… when a task seems quite huge, I run and hide. Then, in my head, the task keeps growing and growing like some helium filled unconquerable monster until I feel like no human in the world (and most especially not I) can finish said task. Ever.

As the kitchen clock tick-tocked-tick-tocked (and it did not stop) I sat down at the table armed with paper bags, my trusty shredder, a dozen piles and two overstuffed boxes. If I was gonna start looking for the one 1099 I was gonna go through it all.

Perhaps this all or nothing approach contributes to my slacking procrastinating… hmmmm. I think I’ll choose to pretend I didn’t just have that revelation 😉

In the end the massive hoard was reduced to these perfectly managable file-piles.  As soon as I walk in the door they will all be slipped in to manila folders and nestled in the file cabinet.

Believe it or not, there is order there! (Note the blue tape used to keep the bulging tote closed. Yeah, you’ve really got your shit in a pile when you resort to such tactics!)

Outside, the recycle bin is now over half full. Yes, it’s one of the super big recycle bins. And, yes, it didn’t have a damn thing in it before last night.

Filling the recycle bin isn’t quite as thrilling as an outing to the landfill, but it was still pretty awesome.

And you know what? Honestly, it took me less than 2 hours. TWO HOURS. So much for the unconquerable monster theory…

Some of the crap I unloaded has been following me since we left the Avenues – last minutes bills hastily packed on my way out the door that never saw the light of day again.

Really – who doesn’t pay all their stuff online any way? And why can’t I make paper bills go away entirely??

Away went all the paper reminders of the debacle that was 2009… away went a bunch of unread magazines that I never got around to… away went random useless receipts… away went 401k statements that said the same thing month after month (You have $3.58 in your account – close it out for good you jackass!)… away went things I couldn’t find because now I know where they are.

No longer is there a massive pile on the table or in my head… I have cleared the path to breathing easier and focusing on the next thing that I will blow all out of proportion only to find that it really didn’t take that long after all. Ha!


The Big To-Do: Christmas homestretch edition

December 22, 2010

The days are getting fewer and my To-Do List is getting longer because Christmas Eve is the day after tomorrow! YAY!

This morning I knocked one very random thing off my list – I sewed a button back on my coat. Why that took me 2 weeks to do, I shall never know – but sometimes it’s exactly those random chores that get you going to knock out the stuff that’s really pressing.

To-Do: December 22nd, 2010

  1. Finish up shopping for those last sniggly gifts and stocking stuffers
  2. Grocery store
  3. Decide on menu for Pre-Christmas Dinner with friends (I should probably do that before the store!)
  4. WRAP PRESENTS (it kind of sucks to have a mountain of gifts in my bedroom and nothing under the tree)
  5. Baking (Fiona and Lucas have been slacking in their goody baking for their friends – sheesh)
  6. Get The Child’s room ready for my mommy’s visit!

No problem, right? HA!


p.s. I am getting very adventurous with my newfound love of wearing tights.

p.p.s. I think GI Joe (the one with the fuzzy beard and kung fu grip) was on the train this morning.


Is it wrong to take pictures of random strangers who resemble action figures and post them on the interwebs? And do I really care? 😀


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