The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2011-06-26

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Leather bound dreams

There's only so much you can clean and organize from the discomfort (Read: Ow, my back!) of your bed so I've moved onto more of a planning phase.  

The Independence Day Purse Clean-Out was an epic #FAIL! but it did drive home something I kinda sorta already know - I'm pretty scattered.  Scattered works for some people but it just makes me nervous.   I need some way to tackle it, hone down things.  Focus.

If I were mobile at the mo' I'd make the kind of dream (vision, goal) board you hang on the wall and stick stuff too but for now I'm using my Midori Traveler's Notebook.  

midori travelers notebook

My notebook has potential as a dream board, although I guess I need another name.  It's always with me, I like holding it and love looking at it.  

A peek inside my Midori Traveler's Notebook

You can stick anything in there, it's a breeze.   Everything slides in or out, under an elastic band. Unless I reach maximum elastic limit there's nothing I can't stuff in there (or remove easily).  

A peek inside my Midori Traveler's Notebook

This (above) is a folded up bag from the post office.  It's in there because I like the crunching sound it makes when it moves.  My kid is continually amazed at how ridiculously small things make me happy.

I think happiness is in the small stuff.

A peek inside my Midori Traveler's Notebook

These Eames Chair Stamps came in my crunchy bag.  They make me pretty happy too.

I keep fun things in my Midori Travelers Notebook

Perfume tear sheets make life smell better and remind me about scents I want to try (should I go off my spending diet).

Midori Travelers Notbook, inserts

There are some great pre-made inserts available to help with my organization.  This is the first time I've had a place for business cards.  

Midori Travelers Notebook Inserts

My Barbie checks slide inside too.  This keeps me from having to carry a large wallet.  And Barbie loves her stylish new leather digs.

Midori doodles

On the blank pages I can doodle; haven't doodled for years.   I forgot how mad-therapeutic it is...


The two-month undated insert could work for general lists, affirmations, to-do's ( and Ta-Da's!)

travelers notebook

Being a practical dream board, um dream thing, it's got a calendar.

midori and ginger

And being impractical, after all this is about dreaming, I slid in this ad for Tiffany Handbags Oh! Tiffany, you plus purses is so not fair.  You're killing me.

PS - anyone have a dream board?


Monday, July 4, 2011

My back is Sigorney Weaver's BFF

The moral of this story is at the end but the short version is I'm going on spending diet for July.  Here's the long version....

 I'm stuck in bed until my back quits trying to make it's way out outta my body à la Sigorney Weaver's Alien BFF so I've organized, reorganized, and in the case of the junk drawer did a complete reno on, anything mildly cluttered within reach.

I started with my purse.  It's too heavy and if I can cull some things my back will thank me, right?

Thought I'd change my purse so snapped a pic first

I dumped out the contents of my favorite  J Jill bag, went through it and decided nope!  I don't carry nearly enough. So, I transferred all the above plus ten more pounds of absolute necessities to a behemoth  Vera Bradley Tote that I rent out  on week-ends as a moving van.

ginger and vera

It's twice the size of Ginger.

Knowing my purse is even worse then before I started - I'm stumped.  I have no explanation as to why I need to carry more.  I'm going with pain killers and calling it a day.

Next!  The nightstand junk drawer, something I've been avoiding for years.  


It opens now.

Next I did my headboard, ish.    Headboards are flat and if you sit against them, you can read.   Hence the board part of the word, headboard.  I can't sit against mine; it's mostly air, accumulated debris and unusable space.

Hence the ish.

niche behind bed1

Every attempt to spiff n' span the thing fails in like twelve hours.  Plus hate the color, hate the wood (ish) but mostly hate the cubby's and shelves which are packratean nightmares.  There is one big area in the middle and shelves on either side.  I'd take an axe to the thing except...

ginger on pillows1

At night Ginger steals all the pillows and sleeps in the big middle area.

Thanks to the pain meds I did some shelves that were a few feet from me.


When I took the pictures I realized I have multiples of almost everything, in some cases more then I want - In all cases more then I need.

Which brings me full circle to the beginning of this post  - A spending diet.   After finishing the shelves and listing several items on Freecycle, I sat down and looked at everything I was giving away, throwing away plus where the heck was I going to (neatly) put what I was keeping?

There are five hand lotions by my bed, and those are just the five that I like  enough to keep by my bed, there are tons of others - liked and unliked - in various locations.   

niche behind bed1

So my plan is to....

Make a plan.    First.

I have to think this through because I need to organize what I have in order to know what I need (for a change).   Trying to organize without thinking it through has been my downfall so I'm going to think about it all before I do anything.

And since I need to buy some things during the month (I'm talkin' toilet paper for one) I'm going to make To-Do List and a To-Don't List for starters...

That's it for now, it's a work in progress but I'll be interested in how much money I can accumulate by August....   

Has anyone done anything like this before?  Got any suggestions or want to try this out with me?

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

So what can you do with antique printer's trays?

Wednesday I was so soured on the whole thrift store topic I was going to give it up entirely... And yet Wednesday, The day of the Rat, was also the day I found something I've coveted for years.

A printer's tray

antique printers tray

Just like I've always wanted.

It was at a place I never go because (Call me paranoid, but I knew) there was some high end antique shenanigans going on.   Based on the town there should have been a ton of great (and old) stuff busting out the doors.    

But nope, just the usual worn out shoes, smelly books, clothes...ratty ashtrays and dishes (all microwavable).  And okay, they did have some nice linens occasionally at a premium price but not what I knew should be there.

This trip was very different, quite a lot of nice things that I'm sure never would have made it out of the 'employees only' area six months ago.  Something tells me these sweet little ladies fist dibs racket got busted right out from under them.

So now that I have my tray, what to do, what to do?  Is it best to hang them or set them on something - And do you set things in them or attach them inside the little boxes?

I've seen them painted but I really don't want to do that.  If anyone has photos of what they have done I'd love it if you could send me a picture - mom at crazysuburbanmom dot com - or use the link from my contact area.

I'd love it to end up looking cool and eclectic but not like something off the show Hoarders.  I want it to look cohesive not a big ol' hairy mess...


I was there, now I am here....

 I've got so much to post about but it's hard to get past- Ow, ow, ow, ow! My back, my back but I'm going to try and focus so I can do a  Nutrisystem update.  I've been mostly in bed for a week; in a perfect world my food was prepped by a butler and carried to me on a be-rosed silver tray.

 Reality wasn't so perfect and what I ate depended largely on whose turn it was to hear me whine. 

 Helllllllooooooo,  I'm hungry up here .... Hey.    I hear you breathing, you're not fooling anyone.

Someone handed me meals (that they were handed); when I'm sick the take-out places rejoice.

Exercise.  I've hardly moved in days and stepping on the scale - Assuming I could - would most likely aggravate me.  In the past there would have been some huge drama involved in this week.

Nutrisystems's Mindset Makeover has given me perspective about the scale and insight into the big dieting picture. 

I used to see my place in the grand scheme of diets like this...


Now I see there's much more then a scale going on...


.  What I learned is, eating right  is more then hopping up on a scale and reading  numbers while I cover my eyes.  And it's definitely more then being rewarded or punished.

Whatever those numbers are. 

And I'll  learn the lessons until they are no longer lessons, but my life.

And if another week (or a day or a meal)  doesn't go as planned for whatever reason then the next meal, or day, or week will because  it's like this - If a person breaks a plate they say, Ooops.

They don't say, Might as well break the rest of the set! and hurl plates, cups, and bowls against the nearest wall until every last piece is in shards.

And I won't do that to myself either.  

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