Archive for February, 2019

Tomorrow wraps up the second month of the new year. For being a short month, my family and I packed it with plenty of experiences. While the month was eventful, and we had many memorable moments (Fleetwood Mac, KISS, Mrs. Carol & Mr. Mike’s Wedding, BETA State, Literary Rally, BUNCO), I am ready for a break. And, that break begins this Friday. Yee-haw!

Fleetwood Mac

My number one goal during the break is to declutter one room in my house. This room is located at the front of my house and was once used for exercise but now looks like a storage unit. It is a combination of everyone’s stuff. I plan to take everything out of the room and its closet. I want to clean the room, paint it, and finally add crown moulding. Afterwards, I want to use this room for scrapbooking. I acknowledge that this project will take a few weeks to accomplish, but if I can clear everything out of the room this next week, it will be a terrific start.

Of course, I will not spend the entire week decluttering. I am attending a Voice-Over Workshop on Saturday. My friend Kathryn and I plan to record ourselves singing “Edelweiss” together. I have an appointment to see my accountant to get my taxes filed. And, later in the week, we plan to celebrate my hubby’s upcoming birthday.

In Other News:

Tomorrow evening, Andrew and I will attend SLU’s Scholars Showcase. He was invited because he was awarded a Priority Scholarship from Southeastern. Earlier in the month, I was supposed to attend a Housing Event, but it was cancelled because so many students in the area were either at BETA State or at a soccer tournament. Unfortunately, it was not rescheduled. We will be applying for housing during next week’s break.

As for my 19 for 2019 list, I completed:

#2 Get eyebrows waxed. I’m having a new headshot taken soon, so my eyebrows needed a bit of tidying.

#8 Read one book a month for self-improvement. For February, I chose the life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondō. I enjoyed it and gained a few helpful tips; however, I do not see myself following the KonMari Method. And, I guarantee the guys in my house will not follow it. The premise is to declutter your home by categories starting with clothing. You hold each item that you own and ask yourself if it sparks joy. If it does, the item stays. If it does not, it goes, either in the trash or to a donation center of your choice. I am open to trying to tidy by category after I declutter my future scrapbooking room. I also want to try her folding technique for clothing stored in dresser drawers. In addition to her book, Marie Kondō has a television show on Netflix where she helps people declutter their homes using the KonMari Method. I find her fascinating, so I watched the first episode and plan on watching the rest of the series in the near future. Finally, I listened to the podcast episode (06/07/17: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) of By the Book where Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer spent two weeks implementing the KonMari Method. It was interesting and pretty funny to hear their experiences of decluttering using Kondō’s method.

I’ll keep you posted on my decluttering project, dear reader. I have committed this year to getting my house in order, and my hope is it will carry over into other areas of my life that need attention. Happiness!

“The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t.”         ~ Marie Kondō

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Yesterday was Groundhog’s Day, and Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow which means an early spring. Woo-Hoo! While I have no right to complain about winter in Louisiana compared to the hellish winter weather that citizens in the Midwest and Northeast are experiencing, I am not fond of cold weather. For me, anything below 50 degrees feels frigid, especially during early morning carpool duty. And, I am definitely not fond of it coupled with shorter days of daylight. I am steadily counting down the days until Daylight Saving Time begins again. In five weeks, I will no longer suffer from the wintry blues. I will be like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. Dramatic, perhaps. Be that it may, extra daylight in the evening will positively boost both my mood and energy level.

Today, I should be watching the Super Bowl amongst family and friends. That was my plan before the Saints were stripped of the opportunity to play in it two weeks ago. I do not want to relive the ugliness of the no-call that ultimately cost them their victory; however, I want to acknowledge that as a member of the Who Dat nation, I am boycotting anything to do with it. Along with everyone else who feels cheated, I am spending my day participating in more pleasant activities. Even changing the litter in Puar’s litterbox is more exciting than watching the Patriots beat the Rams. Yawn!

In Other News:

Andrew was invited to attend an evening at Southeastern to meet SLU’s President Dr. John Crain, tour the new housing complex, and obtain more information about the university. Unfortunately, Andrew cannot attend. He will be competing at BETA State in Baton Rouge. Fortunately, I will attend in his place. This will be a terrific opportunity for me to learn more about registering Andrew for housing on campus next year.

For 2019, I challenged myself to read 50 books. Last month, I read three books. My self-improvement book for the month was Year of Yes Paddingtonby Shonda Rhimes, which I loved. I’m a huge fan of children’s literature, so I always read a couple of books per month in that category. I read Paddington: Here and Now by Michael Bond. I adore Paddington Bear and his adventures. When Andrew visited London last year, he brought me back a Paddington Bear figurine which I keep on my bookcase. I completed the Magisterium series by reading The Golden Tower by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. All excellent book choices. You can follow me on Goodreads to keep up with the books that I am currently reading, as well as the ones that I have read in the past.

We are officially in the second month of the new year, the month of Love. This year, I bought Valentine’s cards to send to the people I love. Therefore, I will be spending my spare time this week addressing envelopes and expressing my sentiments of love and appreciation. Are you planning anything special for this month, dear reader? How about today? Are you planning to watch the Super Bowl or did you also boycott? Happiness!

“Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.” ~ Kin Hubbard




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