The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2013-11-10

Friday, November 15, 2013


Instead of making a to-do list, I made a to-do-nothing list.

To Do Nothing list

Some days should just about  pajamas, and nothing more.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

My only boner

I'm comfortable tinkering with my computer's internal organs (I changed the motherboard on my first one.)   Hardware doesn't intimidate me, but software? Software is whole different animal.  

There are better, faster, and more efficient ways to accomplish everything I do within programs, but programs are so big, so incredibly function-rich, I don't have the time or patience to  understand any of it.

And in that frustrating vein,  I hadn't been able to print Filofax Inserts to save my life.  I kept thinking, How can that be?   I've taken apart (and put back together) several computers.  Why can't I get a printer to spit out an already-formatted page?

I've wasted so much money in my printing kerfuffles it would have been cheaper to buy anything I was trying to DIY.  That's the reason I haven't bought any of the fabulous, downloadable templates available on Etsy.

This morning I pulled the Pocket Rio from my purse to give printing one more try; working in a smaller format might not net me better results but at least I won't waste as much paper and ink on the failures.

In the past I used Clairefontaine A4 printer paper, I used the entire pack without getting a single usable page.  This time I tried something different, a Kokuyo Campus Report Pad from JetPens in A4 size. It was a steal at $4.10 for the 50 sheet pad and the paper is smooth, high quality and thin.   So thin, I wasn't sure my printer could manage but it worked.

I printed November and December.  I watched the printing progress, all the while thinking, No way! But look!

Philofaxy printed insert pocket filofax


It took two tries to get the front and backs going in the same direction (selecting the flip on short side setting worked) but I did it and  I'm totally gobsmacked! 

 Of course like I said...

There are so many variables, so many things that  can go wrong. One wrong move and you have a major DIY blooper.  The washi  covers my only boner.

So much went right this time.  I almost had it entirely correct until I punched every sheet on the wrong side.   


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A remarkable label maker, indeed

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting  for Brother P-touch. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating.

When my vintage label maker,  Mrs. Brady (named that because she was the same avocado color as the kitchen in The Brady Bunch house),  coughed out her final letter a few months back I knew I'd miss having a label maker something awful.  Sure,  I could write out labels but when  trying to organize I want precision.  I want even letters along a straight line. And I want options.  

 I assumed a new one would be expensive so I did nothing about it but sit in front of my Filofax wearing a giant sad face handwriting tabs in deformed script (of disturbingly varied heights and widths).   That doesn't bother everyone but it bothers me.

It bothers me a lot.

A month or so ago I got an email from Mom Central #MC announcing a sponsored  Brother P-Touch 25th Anniversary Ambassador Program and did I want to apply?   Oh yes.  Please. I want to apply very, very much.  

brother p touch

Oh! Beautiful, evenly spaced letters, how I've missed you!

I've known about the Brother Handheld Label Makers for a long time but it wasn't until I read the information that I realized the price was more then reasonable,  about $35 depending on the retailer.

I have to be careful with spending.  I've talked about it a lot but if I'm being candid, I've spent twice the cost of the Brother P-Touch PT-H100 on nail polish since Mrs. Brady's demise (May she rest in peace).  And one particular polish would have about covered the entire cost!  (Crazy, I know, but the heart wants what the heart wants.)

My spanking new label maker arrived at the beginning of November and the first thing I did was register it for email offers and  checked out the product demo video (here).   I've been printing up Organizational Nirvana since.

The first thing I did was  redo my planner tabs. The second  was wrangle some cords using the cable labeling feature.

And  third, I redid my 'clutter zone' notes using labels.  There's a bunch of places my family just drops things. I leave notes to encourage otherwise.

 Clutter zone #1 - The place to put every thing needing to go upstairs; known in most homes as the bottom step.


 Clutter zone # 2. The coat dump.


A related aside: I've learned something about notes like this.  After a few weeks my family doesn't see them anymore so I change them frequently.   I taped these on with re-prepositional tape instead of using the adhesive backs.  That way I can use them over and over.

Clutter zone # 3. The pre-cycle bin.  Especially if it's raining....


And Clutter zone # 4. Armageddon.  The half wall on the upstairs landing is big enough to accumulate not only things, but stacks of things.   I have no pictures of Armageddon, it's a work in progress and even I have limits. 

On a good day, these things add about half an hour to what I already have to clean and with the holidays coming who has time for that? 

This time of year I'm trying to make things company ready and things I don't normally spend a lot of time on get tackled.   Spring and fall  I clean under, around, and between things.   And that's  hard enough  without having to re-home single socks, empty water bottles, dirty dishes, shoes, dog chews and the always surprising pair of underpants.  

If you've got your own version of Armageddon it's a good time to consider a Brother P-Touch label maker.  To celebrate their 25th Anniversary, Brother is having special promotions and deals at select retail locations (like Staples).  

You know I love my vintage things but technology does improve some things to a remarkable degree.  Yesterday I was musing about it all, wondering if in this case newer was better and I only had to turn to my P-Touch to see the answer in  black and white.


The Brother P-Touch, a remarkable label maker indeed.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Filofax A5 Malden Flip through video up

It's a long video but the flip through is at the end, if you just want to see the main points they are in the first 14 minutes. 

I had a lot to say after that too but I know this will be too long for most people.  

PS I will be doing a blog post specifically about the Brother P Touch Label Maker  very soon but this is a walk through on my current setup.

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for  Brother P-touch. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating


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