The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-01-22

Friday, January 27, 2012

Organ!zed: Pyrex

Over the last few years some okay, a lot of Pyrex has come into my home. At first my family didn't mind, we didn't have enough serving bowls.

Green pyrex  SCORE! 

But the bowls continued to show up.

pyrex addiction

I loved my concentric stacks of colorful love.  My family didn't understand the obsession and resented their circular glass rivals that now covered all horizontal surfaces.   The second to the last straw were the fridgies.  


"Who wants little square bowls?" they asked. 

pyrex addiction


This tall, red tower was the last straw.  



They didn't get  my "performance art"explanation. 

"They came with the lids", knowing that had to be a tipping point for any rational being.   "Who would not buy them, tell me.  Who?"  The blank stares told me all I needed to know but they continued, "Get rid of those stupid things."


Faced with Pyrex annihilation I started using them.

Salad on the side in pyrex


And it was the perfect solution.  They make great salad bowls.

What's in my pantry?


Marinating in zip bags is perfect but I still need to put the bag in something; leaking poultry sets my OCD's teeth on edge.   A big Pyrex bowl is the perfect size for marinating an entire chicken (in the fridge,please).

pyrex as storage


Next,  I starting organizing with them.   I store things that need to be out; shallots, onions...nanners...

But the best thing happened the day I almost dewormed myself.

It was obvious I had to find a way to separate the dog meds from my meds and everything from my vitamins.  


pyrex as storage


VoilĂ  y'all!


All of a sudden my family was oh!  So happy with me!  There was nothing on the counters, everyone could find what they needed and I got to keep most of my Pyrex.  

And okay, I still have a few pieces considered fine art that my family can only admire from afar.


But at least I've stopped buying lamps.  They have to give me that...




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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Putting myself first on my own list

Found something interesting a few weeks ago when I was surfing about clutter; according to The Riley Group:  "Did you know clutter actually impacts your health? In addition to stress, clutter leads to weight gain, fatigue, and depression."


Weight gain really got my attention, not that stress, fatigue and depression don't interest me but when my jeans won't zip it's all downhill.

They went on to say, "The reason clutter affects so much is simple. Clutter causes stress; stress causes increased cortisol production and excess cortisol impacts health. When your body makes extra cortisol, you tire quickly and crave sugar. You also store more fat. Combine these factors and clutter actually makes us gain weight."



Okay.  Wow.  


 I have been stressed; very, very stressed (and cluttered).   Reading this didn't make me happy, who wants to hear "Oh yeah and another thing, it's not just eating making you fat!" 

 It does explain a thing or two, or should I say a pound or two that's still hanging around.  


About a week ago there was a  Nutrisystem  Daily Dose, I faved it because it was great.



January 15, 2012

Postpone Procrastination


This week, we're going to talk about something that no one wants to admit to doing, but that a huge amount of people get caught up in: procrastination.

We don't mean to (well, actually we do "mean to"), but somehow we just never quite get around to making the move. And the longer we go without getting started, the less likely it is that we'll ever take the leap.

So why do we do it? And how do we stop it? Well, that's what we're going to talk about this week.

You've been busy, you don't like to exercise, etc.—there are so many excuses for why you haven't gotten started. But this week, we're going to try to focus on the real reasons.

So pencil in sometime this week. It's time to get our affairs in order and prepare ourselves to do those things we've been meaning to do but haven't quite gotten around to yet.

And weight loss is at the very top of that list.


This morning it all clicked.   Sometimes I intend to do quite a lot -- Some gets done, some doesn't and some who even knows?  I think my unfinished life is hanging around (my hips) as pounds of procrastination.  

I've never thought of it that way before but between the cortisol thing, the clutter thing and the procrastination thing I better get the lead out or I'll never get the lead out .. of me.

Everyday I make a to-do list, you've all seen them...They have colored pens, stickers - highlighter.  The works. I add everything...  Well, I thought I did.




 I don't log my Daily 3 and I don't track my meals here.  I don't track Nutrisystem  on my list or a better way to say it is, I don't track myself on my own list.

It's not that I have to track it here but why ever not --  I track everything else in the known Universe in my Filofax and Nutrisystem  is something important I'm doing for myself.  Why is it woman put themselves last on the list?  

Starting today I will add a section and call it ...  Hm, I'm going to call my new section something - I'll give this some thought.  

Stand by for pictures of my  Nutrisystem section.  




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Monday, January 23, 2012

It's National Handwriting Day so...

Go write something!

Every January 23rd the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association sponsors National Handwriting Day  in conjunction with John Hancock’s birthday. "Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence and is famous for his large, bold signature,"according to the WIMA.


Go right out and celebrate the day by buying a pen (and, for reals.... a  Filofax  couldn't hurt either).


  You remember pens don't you? They are styluses with colorful, liquid centers.   


Here's my wish list:




Pilot Fountain Pen  18K Gold Fine Nib in Dark Green


Pilot Capless  Fountain in (swoon) Champagne Pink


The Lamy Dialog 3 in Palladium...


Although when it comes to the Yard-O-Led stuff... I'm kinda jonesing for them all...


Right?


Now go write someone a letter instead of texting. It will freak the bejebbers out of them but they will love it... Everyone loves mail without the e-






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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Wool Gathering....

If you have a wool sweater laying around gathering mothballs, cold hands, and the sewing skills of a five year old I've got a great project.


fingerless gloves


They are called many things; wrist warmers, fingerless gloves and more recently texting gloves.  I didn't have a wool sweater but the thrift shop had a truly unfortunate one in need of a home.   For five bucks I couldn't resist. It was thick and cheap, and most important, wool. 


You can't do this project without a  felt-able fiber and only animal fibers felt.  When you're out and about thrifting look for wool, alpaca, cashmere (Don't scoff,  I got a cashmere sweater the same day.  Five dollars, crazy right?), or a combination.


Some people felt their pet's hair.  Ginger's been laying low since I told her that.  She doesn't have much to spare.





 Plant  fibers (like cotton) don't felt. Acrylic being neither plant nor animal, won't either.  I've felted things that had a lot of animal and a little of something else, sometimes it's works.  Felting isn't a science, you just never know.  


Fingerless gloves




Use a pair of SHARP! scissors and cut across the sleeve at whatever length you want.  Leave the cuff intact; that will be one end.  


I felt in my top-loading washing machine.  Put the amputated sleeves (Note: I felted the entire sweater once before cutting)  in a pillow case, twist the open end and rubber-band it closed.  You do not want that pillow case to open (zippered pillow protectors are best but I don't have one). 

 Felting wool throws off a lot of washer-annihilating  fibers (Think: big, expensive repair bill).  So unless you want to open the top and find a woolly crime scene, close that pillow case well, my friend. 

Set washer on the hottest, least amount of water and the heaviest cycle, add a little soap and a few pairs of jeans (to increase friction) and the rest happens naturally.  

 I felt things down very far.  I don't want to see stitches in my felt.  You don't have to run things through the washer more then once or twice to make felt  but I  do; five or six times is normal for me.  

I  run my projects through the dryer, you don't have to do that either.  It doesn't speed up the felting process; just the process in general.

fingerless gloves

These were very institutional looking; bulky and concrete grey, so I embroidered a simple design using wool yarn.  Adding a design can be done any time but if you do it in-between felting washes it becomes part of the fabric.

fingerless gloves


I like them much better with dark teal and gold accents.  

fingerless gloves


I added a few stitches between the thumb and forefinger areas mid- washes so the gloves would 'felt to themselves' at the stitches.   You can leave the stitches out.  Many things called wrist warmers don't have stitches.  Think: tubes.  


fingerless gloves

my fingerless gloves

fingerless gloves

Now onto a second pair.


...and maybe some coaster.




P.S. There are books with far superior directions for sweater projects then I wrote up. You won't believe the possibilities!






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