The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-12-23

Saturday, December 29, 2012

To-Do sheets plus lots of foodling...

Lots of Foodling (Filofax + Doodling)  this week.  That always happens when I just know there's something  I forget to put down. 


So I sit with my Filofax open and a pen in my hand waiting....


The longer it takes the more I foodle...


I want to come up with a posting schedule for 2013 (what day's I will post what) but I still have no idea if that's doable for me.


This week had more Washi then stickers...


Got knitting needles for Christmas and a gift certificate for classes, which I need very, very badly.  I've knitted a few practice rows.  It feels so awkward- like a need a third set of fingers - and no sample is correct, geometricly speaking.  


Last one for the week!  I'll probably get most of it done...It's snowing out!



Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Gestalt of Analog

I only use a few Filofax dividers because it's easier for me to break things down in more general ways.  The 'big picture' approach is natural for me;  I'd rather see the forest, not every tree.

Too much detail and I can't see what I'm looking at.   I am awed by people who can function with everything broken down into minutia but for me too  much detail and it looks likes a big, messy pizza with extra everything.   Yummy for sure but I can't find the pepperoni for all the ham, bacon pineapple, sausage, meatballs, onions, and mushrooms.

I know some days, my To-Do pages look hopelessly all over the map and my Filofax is stuffed with receipts, post-its and extra pages but it's organized chaos not chaos proper. 

Organizing on paper is intuitive and works the way my brain works.   Seeing (eyes) information and writing (muscles) it down  gives information a physical address which is essential to memory and planning (brain).  The process simplifies my thoughts and allows me to see details through the daily din.

Looking at things as a whole first isn't new, the Gestalt view dates back to the 1940's.  The premise that "the brain is holistic, parallel, and analog,  with self- organizing tendencies  " holds true today because people are analog. We don't process digital data like computers, we take in sights, sounds, smells, experiences.... Things, not bytes.

And my wacky  to-do sheets are parallel,  holistic, self-organizing and very, very analog.  When I look at the mixed up, multicolored pages my brain sorts it all out; breaking down tasks in an organic way and naturally organizing my life.


Just for today do something Analog that you usually do digitally, your brain will sigh with relief.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Filodays...

To my friends,

Wishing you all a peaceful day full of family...  fun... food... and Filofaxes!



Holiday Melting... Now with more Rolos!

I've posted this recipe every year since I started blogging because it's so easy and everyone loves them!  It's not my original recipe but I've made at least five different versions (because my son won't eat nuts...)  It's the kind of thing that's more method then recipe (which I love!)

Since I've made them so often I didn't check the recipe first:

 small pretzels

 a regular sized Rolo per pretzel

 Enough Mini Rolos (new this year!), Hersey's Kisses,  or nuts to top each.

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

2. Arrange the pretzels in a single layer on a foil or parchment lined cookie sheet.

3.  Place one Rolo on each pretzel. and bake for 3 minutes.

4.  Remove from oven.  The Rolos should look the same but be soft enough to press something into it.

5.  Right away, while the candy is warm, press your chosen topper onto each candy covered pretzel.

6.  Cool completely before storing in an airtight container   (I usually put them outside for half an hour...)

Normally this is what they look like.


They are the perfect mix of crispy, salty, chocolaty, sweet, and chewy.

This year I heated the oven to 315 degrees and left them in for 4 minutes. I don't  know what I was thinking.  They still rock the taste buds...

 Visually they are a hot mess and a half.

Some more then others....

When I took them from the oven, they had oozed together and all over...  Fortunately, once you bite into them they taste like bliss and looks aren't important anymore...  

The hardest thing about doing them is unwrapping the Rolo candies which is still MUCH easier then homemade cookies so give them a try because holiday melting is much easier then holiday baking.


A parade of weekly to-do sheets

Here's the pages from this last week plus a few other things...


Like this packing list.  I did an overnight last week to get Ventura's leg brace and didn't want to forget anything important. 


Happy to say, I didn't forget anything...  Oh how I love my Filofax!

Ventura - my bionic greyhound - with his new brace

Ventura with his new brace, very Steampunk...


I started using some of my new Washi Tape this week....


...and started putting stickers on my stickers...


Ordered some new washi tape this week and I love this one! It makes me unreasonably happy.


She had more rolls available at LeBoxBoutique if it makes your heart beat faster! 


It was a big doodle week.


Directions to the Holiday Inn in Morgantown, PA.   They take dogs!


Lot's of chores for the party today.  Finally got everything done too, thanks to my Filofax


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