Monthly Archives: April 2013

Organizing Things…

I am admittedly a bit OCD.  That being said I am slightly compulsive about organizing things.  It calms me down to have an orderly space and streamlined schedule.  I have learned overtime, that you cannot be to rigid in your own constraints, because the rest of the world does not usually operate in the same orderly manner that you do…

Because of a huge kerfuffle in my life almost all of my possessions are currently in storage, which makes my organizational systems harder to use.  However, it also gives me the opportunity to work my way through everything and make sure that it is all in the appropriate box, bin, bag or tub so that unpacking it once we get to our new destination will be a breeze.  Now of course, that’s assuming we get exactly the space I am looking for (or dreaming of really) in our new home.

Which brings me to today’s blog topic…  Squeezing everything into one small space.  The only way I have found to do this is to organize everything into sections in the confined space.  I have spent the last several days doing just that.  I have the storage area separated into categories.  Along one wall I have all of the clothing (including bags, shoes, and suitcases) grouped together, then the books, followed by the arts & crafts stuff, then the DVDs, board games & puzzles.  The next section is the tools, kitchen stuff, and decorations.  On the opposite wall all of the furniture is lined, stacked, and piled together.  The electronics (with a few minor exceptions – can’t live without the iPad or laptop) are piled on any and all available flat surfaces.

Now you may think I’m off my rocker, but I swear it really does make life easier.  Especially when you need to find that one specific book for your final presentation for a Graduate Class in literacy, or the piece of fabric to reupholster the antique settee that your grandmother gave you, or even the 3rd season of Nurse Jackie because there’s no cable where you are staying right now and your brain might explode from all the quiet.


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Next on the organizational horizon:  a house hunting checklist!  I’m totally open to suggestions, as this is not something I’m overly familiar with.


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WooHoo! I did it!

So, I’ve been on something of a journey of self improvement this year.  Yes, I know 37 is a weird year to chose for personal improvement… 30, 35, or 40 even would’ve been more normal, but this is when the desire to get my house in order struck me, so I took the chance to work on it while I was feeling so motivated…

That being said, one of the things I wanted to accomplish this year was starting a blog.  Whether it was for journaling, or to eventually turn into a career/psuedocareer I had no clue, but it was on my “Never-Ending-Ever-Expanding” checklist.  The actual item on the list was “Blog everyday for 2 weeks.”  And as of this entry I have successfully accomplished my task!  WooHoo!!!!!  Now that I’m committed to this project though, I’m going to continue my blog and figure out exactly what I want to dedicate it to – I’m thinking a cross between some of my favorite things: books, Pinterest projects, and organizational ideas.  We are in the middle of some great big moving and shaking in my world, so it may take me a bit to figure out exactly what direction I want to take this in, but I know I am now completely committed to making a go of it!  I’ll post at least 3 days a week and most likely 5 days once the world settles down a bit.  I look forward to meeting more of you and exploring just where this endeavor will take me!

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Another one checked off

Somehow in this crazy busy week I’ve managed to finish reading 2 books! I am very excited that I’ve been able to actually make time for something I find both relaxing and enjoyable despite the ridiculously harsh circumstances we are facing right now.

The book I finished today was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – the British edition that is. It was part of my “quest to read them all” and also part of a personal project to compare and contrast the British and American versions of the books. I haven’t found many differences between the two yet, just some vernacular and spelling nuances.

The next book on the list is Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle. I’m not so sure how I’ll feel about that one…

cats cradle

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The on going quest to read them all

Woohoo!! I get to check another book off my “To Be Read” list! I read Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts toady.

whiskey beach

It was a quick and easy read with an interesting love story, a bit of historical backstabbing pirates and intrigue, and a personal rediscovery story.  It took a bit longer to get into than most of her other books for me, but once the main character got the kick in the butt that he needed things flowed much more quickly!

I took a break from the British version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to calm my mind with this quickie. Well worth the time and another fun Nora Roberts novel.

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Not over yet…

I swear this day is going to last for 72 hours!

So due to some crazy circumstances in my world, we moved most of our worldly possessions into storage, began a hopefully short stint of couch surfing, and have to take our beloved pug to stay with family out of state. All that and I’m still trying to maintain some semblance of my normal routine. I must be off my rocker.

When MBG asked if I was ready for this next adventure I think my answer surprised her. I told her, “this isn’t the next adventure, this is the transition between the old one and the new one. But I’m totally ready for this one to end!” It’s time to clear out all the excess baggage and make some sweeping changes in our lives. Let’s hope the transition is both swift and smooth, because after this last set of roller coaster bumps I could use a nice even keel. (Wow, I must be as overtired as I think! Holy clichés Batman.)

Time for a nap on our ridiculous journey… Zzzzzzzzzzzz

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Today’s Book is:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!  The British Edition.

hp 2 british

Now, anyone who knows me, knows that I’ve read all of the Harry Potter books.  (More than once…)  But I am currently working on reading the series over again, but using the original British versions of the books.  It’s fun to be able to reconnect with the characters that I’ve grown to love over time, while experiencing the subtle differences that are found in the British text.  The nuances of the English verses American vernacular is  quite blatant at times, but is not so overwhelming that it changes the tone of the story.

I really cannot wait to continue on to the next book in the series.  Alas, it isn’t the next book on my list.  Next up is Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle.

cats cradle

I wonder if I’ll enjoy it anywhere near as much as my wizarding friends from Hogwarts???

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I don’t wanna…

Have you ever just wanted to stomp you feet and have a temper tantrum and yell, “I don’t wanna!”???  I am totally feeling that way right now.  But I’m a grown up and can’t have the two year old temper tantrum that I long for, so I’m going to try and do something more constructive with my time and make a list of the things that I really do want to do today…

  • I want to fall asleep quickly
  • I want to make time to read a good book
  • I want to work on my current needlepoint project – isn’t it a great feeling to watch something you are creating take shape?
  • I want to keep forging forward toward my fresh start
  • I want to help those that I love most
  • I want to snuggle with my furry little monster while I still can

I hope to accomplish all of these things, along with a bunch of other stuff that I don’t really want to do tomorrow.  Oh what a Monday it will be…

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