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Now I Get It!

I’ve been obsessed with my blog traffic lately.  It’s wrong.  I know.  But this is what I have learned about my readership.

1.  You love it when I’m miserable.  Posts about my nemesis and his partner in crime make you quite happy.  Maybe video of me falling on my face repeatedly would build readership…

2.  You trust my opinion on certain things.  Smart people you are.  BTW, still using Relish! more than E-Mealz.

3.  You hate my memes and polls.  Bummer.  I sort of love both of these things.

4.  Are you liking the cooking tips?


Updates on other stuff:  20 Minute Challenge is mostly going well.  No major progress to celebrate but the areas that have been done are staying done which is great.  I am working on getting the kids to pick up after themselves without being a total bitch all the time.

Healthy:  Better.  I have made some progress dealing with difficult issues in my life and continue to do so.  I know if I plan and track my eating on Spark People, I have a better caloric intake day.  My dogs, pains that they are, would not stop whining until I walked them today.  So I did.  Me in my winter battle rattle, Bucky in his, using my new no-pull harnesses (meh) and the split lead so I can take both dogs on one leash.  It’s -6 degrees here today.  MINUS 6.  We walked two miles.  Three hours later and my thighs are still frozen.  Bucky is sunning himself by the back door.  Maddie is also napping.  Win.

Now  I have to get help writing a STRONGLY WORDED letter that I’ve been putting off since last summer. Or hiring a lawyer.

80+ Minutes and I’m Still Not Done

If I video blogged, I would have an awesome soundtrack for today’s post about my 20 minutes a day decluttering / cleaning/ organizing challenge.

Remember my messy, messy kitchen?  Well, I had a headache Tuesday and Wednesday so I wimped out on my cleaning objectives.  I’m not proud of it.  But it happened and the headache has left me today.  Yay!

So I had to catch up.  That means 60 minutes today.  An hour.  So given this large block of time, I attacked the kitchen.  Attacked it.  I set the timer in 20 minute increments just in case I finished.  I’m delusional.  The first 20 minutes was not sufficient to finish the chores the boys left undone last night.  I put dishes away, washed more.  Disposed of recylables.  *Beep*

So I took a short break and set the timer for another 20.  Here I delved further into the pantry.  Do you have people in your house who WILL. NOT. take the last of the cereal in the box?  Yeah.  Me too.  It drives me nuts.  So the second 20 minutes involved emptying the empty boxes from the pantry, cleaning the microwave, wiping out the oven (I ran the clean cycle yesterday).  Continued to wash dishes – canisters, the microwave turntable…. *Beep*

The third 20 minute increment is a blur.  More straightening, consolidating organizing.  *Beep*  What. The. Hell?  I’m still not done?

The last 20 minutes was spent putting things back into place, adding a bit of organization to the pantry.  Adding the finishing touches, if you will.  Here are the after pictures.

There are some glass canisters that I am on the fence about.  So I kept them.  For now.  They can hold box tops for school, lollipops and maybe dog treats?

I know that the drainer in the sink is not the mark of clean but it is drying.  Then it goes under the sink.

Yes, that is a pot simmering on the stove.  It will be tonight’s dinner:  Homemade Beef and Barley Soup.  Be jealous.

The pantry itself isn’t done, but trust me when I say that significant progress was made.  Tomorrow’s 20 minutes should finish the remaining counter and most of the pantry.  Saturday will finish the pantry.  What are your suggestions for holding onions and potatoes?

20 Minutes: Weekend Updates

I took the weekend off from the blog but not from my blog challenges.  This post is to share the results of Saturday and Sunday’s 20 minute clutter busting projects:

Saturday, I attacked my children’s cesspool bathroom.  Wow was this gross.  It’s a small room, not all that cluttered but they don’t put things away ever.  So I did.

And then I cleaned the bathtub and toilet, wiped down counters and cleaned the mirror.  The vinyl on the mirror says “You’re the Best!”.  It is from a Cricut cartridge but don’t ask me which one off the top of my head.  Making one for you is one of the things I will do for Komen, so just ask.

Sunday, I tackled part of my dining room.  We have an open concept living area with a bar facing out to the dining room.  This section of counter is a major clutter magnet.  So is the dining room table.  You saw the pictures!  So I decluttered, sorted and tossed paper and other junk and wiped down the counters and table.  All that remains on the counter are two plants, a candy bouquet (another thing I will do for Komen, so ask!) and a candle holder from Ikea.  On the table:  Salt and pepper, a plant, a candle centerpiece and a bowl of fresh fruit.  I love it.

Here are the after photos:

You may argue that a jacket on the chair is clutter, but this is Wisconsin and it gets cold.  The jacket is there for someone to grab as they take the dogs out.  It’s logical.

How did your 20 minutes go?


Made It Monday – First Edition

Purists may disagree with the first two of today’s crafty accomplishments but since it required considerable thought and effort on my part and I felt the same way I feel when I finish creating something when they were finished, they count.  I love it when I get to make the rules for my games, don’t you?

Last summer, my mom found a great deal on a collage frame and bought me one.  This sucker has something like 17 openings and is HUGE!  It started life leaned up against a wall in the house but my hubby hung it up to prevent it from getting broken.  since there were no photos in it except the ones on the printed sheet that came with the frame, it lovingly became known as “Cousin Lupe’s Quinceanera Pictures” because of the theme of these photos.

Visitors to my home would view the frame rather puzzled.  “When are you going to put pictures in that frame?”

“I can’t cover Cousin Lupe’s Quinceanera pictures!”

Fact of the matter is, the thing is a monster.  There is no ignoring it on the wall so I had a very clear vision in my mind of which pictures I wanted there.  Pictures it would take time to assemble, enlarge and arrange in this frame.  This weekend, I finally decided it was time to get it done.  A Walgreen’s order and an hour or so was all it took, but I am pleased with the finished result.

In case you’re curious, nearly every single member of our family is represented there – all my siblings and both of my parents, my grandparents on both sides and my step-father.  The only family members missing from DH’s side are his father and grandfather on his mom’s side.    I’m very happy with it.

The other project I finished was similar but much smaller.  I received a lovely frame from a friend and again needed to print photos to put in it.

These are pictures from the 3Day.  Silly that I didn’t have a picture of the dear friend who gave me the frame, isn’t it?

The last finished project(s) this week is this batch of Thank You Cards:

 If I were a true crafter, I would have all the details about the paper, etc., but all I can say is I used a Spellbinder, Sizzix (I think, it might be a Cuttlebug) embossing folders, the Opposites Attract Cricut cartridge, some ribbon and paper my mom had on hand to make these.  Oh and a Xyron.  Of course.

What were your big accomplishments this week?  Tell me in the comments!