The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-01-15

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tickle me, Filo

The Year On One Page insert is a very important part of my Filofax though my main calendar is a WO2P (I talked about my main set up here).  I started using the YO1P  in 2011 and it followed me though several binders; I even taped it to my Midori Traveler's Notebook

Terri at Filofax Fixation posted about nearly missing a deadline because of the way the page folds and I hear you, Terri; been there, did that, and had to pay the doctor even though I missed the appointment.

 I made this (Yo1P)  insert efficient using color and tabs.  The color-coding and stickers form a tickler system and one glance gives you an overview.  

Terri seems very organized but for me, AaaDeeDee is my middle name. If my grey matter doesn't see it, it's not part of the known Universe.  

The days run vertically with a (very) narrow line for info;  the week ends are gray because Filofax has something against weekends.  There isn't  room for multiple lines of information; it almost functions as an overview... or index of the year.

As you can see from the picture I use post-its and that's what makes this work so well; without them (for me) it doesn't work at all.  

I use these...


And these...

It's the combination of tabs, flags, arrows with the insert that works.   

I have two top tabs; Find Out and Remember.  If what I need to find out or remember is buried behind a fold the tabs acts as a tickler.   These top tabs could be dated as well for crucial dates.

The small tabs I use over individual dates and they have a clear section. I can write on or under them; depending on whether I think an appointment will change.

 Sometimes I write on the colored section but really, do whatever you need to do with these.  There are many versions of tabs you can read through and that's the important part, you need to see through them.  But beyond that use what ever kind of sticky cherry makes your Filo Sundae complete.

*FYI not all pens are ideal for tab writing but most work.

The arrows - in the top photo - and their use varies, usually something I need refer to again, long-term.  For example, I had a physical this month and I'll put an arrow over that date so I can find it for next years scheduling.

I use the Filofax clear sheets for sticker storage.  Wouldn't want to be in need of a post-it and not have one,  I mean pass the Xanax,  right?  

As a sort of aside, but still on topic enough not to be a non sequitur; I notice a lot of people use top tabs.  Once I started doing this it was hard to find my Filofax ruler.  I found a solution.

I added a top tab ON TOP of my ruler and since the thing was stickered to within an inch of  it's straight little life  already you don't notice that I added even more stickers to secure the top tab.  

Now the ruler keeps my place and it's is a breeze to find because there's a  little birdie  sitting way, way up above all the other top tabs, saying hiya!  


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Organ!zed: Bangles

bracelet storage

Bangles are hard to find places for but I've found something that works for me; whenever I use up some wide-mouthed jar thing I give it a new purpose.  Upcycling in PC verbage. 

I don't like the way the 'threads' look on the top so I cover those puppies with washi tape and  Voilà!  Bracelet storage and I keep something out of the landfill.

 There are a few pieces I don't want banging around in a bottle so I loop those over something with a skinny neck. All my ahem, priceless jewels sit on a shelf and are out of the way but I can easily see what I have.

To keep the French thing going...  Il n'est pas parfait?


Reasons to adopt a greyhound

Because sometimes life happens when you have other plans it took twelve years before I got my sweet Vee.    

If you are thinking of adopting an ex-racing Greyhound realize they are a bit different from other dogs and you should read up.  They were raised on a track so they've never seen things you'd consider mundane  and it takes some adjustment on their part and patience on yours.  

Things like tile floors, plate glass windows, stairs (especially stairs) and any breed of dog (besides a greyhound) are all new to them.  Most things in a home they've never seen.  And if you think oh no, too active a dog they aren't really.  Some sleep most of the day, some are more active but when I meet people on the street they assume he's constantly in motion; being a greyhound.  

I'd say Ventura is more in the middle, he'd love to run around more then he can because of his injury.  If he could have one or two nice runs a day he'd be very happy.  But by runs I mean sprints, greyhounds are sprinters - He would run a minute and a half and then lay down.  Literally lay down on the lawn.  

He has to be satisfied with walks and he loves to go in the car.  I take him somewhere at least once a day.

They also lived a very regimented existence on the track and they like knowing when things will happen, it makes them feel secure. When all of a sudden everything is new and different, it's stressful.    

There are a thousand reasons to adopt a greyhound but here's a top couple o' few.

A Greyhound will sit quietly while you read; just happy to be near you.

And they can love the most challenging among us to even like...

 Sometimes on a walk Ventura will just stop because he doesn't know what I want him to do.  He's afraid of garbage cans, my grill, and loud noises.  I don't know what the track was like but I don't think there was a lot of hugging, comforting or comfort.

He loves to hug, I think he's making up for lost hugs.

There is something sweetly, peaceful about the greyhound countenance that eases my ragged edges.

And when all else fails...

A greyhound can make you laugh just being himself.

According to website How to adopt a greyhound Every year, over 26,000 greyhounds are registered with the National Greyhound Association.  Many don't race, the one's that race don't normally race for more then two or three years.  

It's likely more then 26,ooo greyhounds a year are looking for homes.  There are organizations in all states and many countries; my sweet Vee came from Greyhound Friends of New Jersey.  The adoption page is here but if you go...You may not be able to help yourself, just sayin'...


Monday, January 16, 2012

Pinch me, I'm dreaming ... And it's Aqualicious!

I'm speechless. 

On Saturday I found a Blue Heaven Square Casserole, an Aqua Snowflake divided dish and something I never saw before but after surfing around at Pyrexlove I've decided is called Blowing Leaves and was a promotional bowl by Pyrex.  

And it came with the lid, I mean.  Couldja die?

I paid nineteen and change for all three and I kept pinching myself; I was sure I was having one of those Pyrex SCORE! dreams again!


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Prepare to be Krispy Kremed

Be forewarned!  Those of you who glaze like a doughnut when I wax on about Filofaxes, pens, to do notes and flipping adorable stickers;  prepare to be Krispy Kremed. 

 All addictions have unintended consequences; branches off the main compulsion, I guess.     Filofax addiction sprouts it's own little baby obsessions. Of course, everyone isn't jonessing for the same baby.  

Some Filofolk can't get enough (quality) paper, others get weak kneed and giggle like a six year old girl over pens; for some it's the stickers.  Some people want a little (or a metric poop ton) of everything.

While most people contemplate a new year by asking, "How should I diversify my financial portfolio?"    Oh no, not me.  Starting in October I was in a chicken with my head cut off panic over Wo2P?  Wo1P? Something better?  Something -- Custom?  

Even though I know that falls into the category of Get a life, I can't help it.

But something else has reared it's ugly head and in addition to the benign pen/paper/sticker/ thing, I have developed a more sinister addiction; fine leather goods.  

My Gustto Clutch Wallet

Around the time I began cavorting with Miss Finch and Mr. Malden I inexplicably developed an irrational obsession with a Gustto fold over clutch wallet.   I goggled it daily looking for a better price ($315 retail, I mean. Really?).  

Two hundred ginormous bucks was the best I found and I wasn't going there; clearly I wasn't totally off the leathery deep end but I couldn't let my dream go.  I visited Miss Gustto often  and we had tea and chatted.  Well, okay I had tea and she promised to be a good little wallet if I'd order her.

Around the holidays, armed with gift money, I made a search and this time she was on sale with free shipping.     I got the whole beautiful, leathery shebang for one-oh-seven which is um - Pretty insane for a wallet.  But there are worse things to love then fine leather goods.

Plus Mr. Malden made me do it.  He loves her you see...

Cute as a leather button, aren't they?

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What's in your planner?

A while back I started a group on Flicker called, What's in your planner?
It's like the What's in your purse groups. There are groups showing the
 inside of journals but they are planner specific; Midori only, Filofax,
 handmade beauties, etc.  But I couldn't find a catch-all group
and a lot of people have more then one kind of planner.

And in truth after years of trying to make a binder perfect the thing ends up
being a conglomeration; a Frankenbinder if you will.  So I just created a group.

I added stuff and when I ran across something way too cool for school I
sent an invite.  

This is a randomly generated sample, clicking any picture will take
you to the image.

 To go to What's in your planner  click here.

Their Stories, Your Life Kindle 3moleskine reward TNFilofax first week in reviewTN
Messy Markers!Quoting in my FinsburyX-tra Storage - 05X-tra Storage - 04Moleskine Cover 2.01Moleskine Cover 1.02
chronodex in useJan 3 4 2012Traveler's Notebookplanner 2011TNHappy New Year!
craft pagepersonal sizeLate Registration照片 005照片 805Almost ready...

There's now 388 pictures and it's a lot of fun. 

 I was looking at it this morning and thought I'd link to it since I hadn't done that.

Give it a check out if the insides of binders blow your skirt up!


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