March 12th, 2011

with recent personal events, I am taking some time to reboot

be back shortly :)

declutter ’11: week 5

February 6th, 2011

1.29 – magic eye poster book

1.30 – candle

1.31 – photo frame

2.1 – tea jug

2.2 – glass plate

2.3 –  candle

2.4 – an old book that was falling apart

declutter ’11: week 4

January 29th, 2011

1.22 – holiday treat tins

1.23 – glass heart planter dish with rocks

1.24 – small picture frame

1.25 – 2 decorative cross stitches in frames

1.26 – xmas wreath & bag

1.27 – college foreign language books and tapes

1.28 – huge box of books

declutter ’11: week 3

January 22nd, 2011

another week sidetracked – but having moments of misguided attachment to things and just general laziness – I need to make a point of setting aside just a few minutes everyday, or the reality is I will talk myself out of it – still shaking off that ‘holiday’ feeling

the little dry piece at the end of the glue stick

January 17th, 2011

I didn’t know this existed.

Today while pasting some pieces into a book, a hard purple glob popped out onto the paper, it was darker purple than the rest of the stick had been. As I stared at that little purple blob, I realized that my entire life has been one of mindless consumption – how can one go nearly 40 years and never see the end of the glue stick?

I have been a perpetual glue consumer over the years – I’d stock up at back-to-school time and buy the mega pack of glue sticks, I’d use the top eighth of a stick or two and then at the next back-to-school time I’d throw out all of the dried up glue sticks and replenish my supply. Last year in an attempt to be more mindful, I bought only a two pack. And between the collages I do with my daughter and personal projects, I’ve actually been using the glue stick this year. Today I was shocked when it came to the end. I pulled the second one from the drawer and finished my project.

I won’t buy another two pack until I use up the glue stick I just started. That time may not be when the back-to-school deals are on, but it will be when I need it – and that is the most important step to ending mindless consumerism. I read a blog post once that said it perfectly in relation to bargains that 70% off of something you don’t need is still 30% you didn’t to spend. I’ll try to find that article and share.

declutter ’11: week 2

January 15th, 2011

1.8.11 – 1.14.11 – nothing

life has a way of sidetracking – we traveled to Colorado last week to visit my grandmother who has not been feeling well – I had considered taking several items to declutter on the trip, but I was lucky to get out the door intact for the first time with both a toddler and an infant (no small feat) – as a result, no decluttering was accomplished this week, and I’m not going to lie about it to make it seem like it did – life happens – maybe I’ll double my efforts a few days next week

declutter ’11: week 1

January 7th, 2011

1.1.11 – huge stack of mix cds from my past

1.2.11 – candle holder and candles

1.3.11 – my hair!

1.4.11 – 2 cookbooks

1.5.11 – 4 xmas ornaments

1.6.11 – a large hardback cookbook

1.7.11 – puzzle book

seasonal eating

January 6th, 2011

In an age of mindless Walmart trips and bursting grocery shelves it is worthy to note that nature does not provide year round most of the foods that we eat year round.

eat the seasons is a no-nonsense website that provides weekly updates on the foods that are in season along with tips and recipes.

The only thing that would make this site better is a way to subscribe to the weekly updates :)

january focus: clothing

January 4th, 2011

For this month’s focus I am going to do Project 333. This is how the website devoted to the project describes it:

The Basics

  • When: January 1 – March 31, 2011 (It’s never too late to start so join in anytime!)
  • What: 33 items including clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes.
  • What not: these items are not counted as part of the 33 items – wedding ring or other sentimental piece of jewelry that you never take off, underwear, sleep wear, in-home lounge wear,  and workout clothing (you can only wear your workout clothing to workout)
  • How: Choose your 33 items, box up the remainder of your fashion statement, seal it with tape and put it out of site.
  • What else: consider that you are creating a wardrobe that you can live, work and play in for three months. Remember that this is not a project in suffering. If your clothes don’t fit or are in poor condition, replace them.

I am going to be doing Phase 1, as I am new to the project, which originally started in October 2010. Since we had company visiting at the turn of the new year, I have not isolated all of my 33 items yet, but I have started a list that I add to everyday of the core items I am wearing, I should have a published list in the next week.

Although Project 333 runs for 3 months (33 items, 3 months), I am only making it the focus for January because this is the month that I will be building my core wardrobe and putting the project into action. Since it is something I can do organically and not devote too much time to, it is perfect for my birthday month when I’d rather being having fun every night and not tied to a computer working on the latest blog post.

Project 333 is the brainchild of Courtney at Be More With Less, a great blog about simplifying your life and enjoying it more.

#reverb10: day 31

December 31st, 2010

Core Story.

What central story is at the core of you, and how do you share it with the world? (Bonus: Consider your reflections from this month. Look through them to discover a thread you may not have noticed until today.) (Author: Molly O’Neill) Read the rest of this entry »