The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2013-12-29

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Giant Doody Face

In yesterday's post I talked about reaching goals.  No wait,  that's not quite right.  It was about the process of even  having goals, learning how to set realistic ones and putting the intention to meet them as priority one. If I knew how to get where I want to be, I'd already be there.  There is a learning curve involved and failure is inevitable. Finding out what doesn't work can be as valuable as finding out what does work.

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."  Thomas A. Edison 

I was up a lot last night, per usual, and had a conflab with my Filofax on this.  I'll save you the boring negotiations but at ridiculous o'clock we came to a truth about our selves.

 We've tried to make sweeping changes in the past only to stumble on January second wherein we name the entire year a giant doody face and don't try anymore.

  So, this year we are setting goals by month.

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

Whatever works will be fabulous, what doesn't will be a learning experience we can use to do better in February. (win/win)

There's a good analogy for this involving dinnerware...   Say you have a complete service for twelve, or about forty-eight pieces of china.  One day while washing a piece it's jumps out of your hands and hits floor. You watch as your once complete service for twelve dissolves into an almost full set plus about a thousand shards.  

It's what you do next that pertains to planning; you just move on, perhaps a bit sadder and definitely wiser. What you don't do is break the other forty-seven pieces of china.   Yes, your prize full set is no more but there's nothing wrong with what's left...

  ...and so it goes for goals as well.   


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Wednesday, January 1, 2014


I did a flip through video Monday and as I showed the page below I said something along the lines of... looking at all these ticked off  days has me  feeling  I've not accomplished much.

good bye 2013

It's been nagging at me since.

This morning a Lily Tomlin quote  popped into my mind. "I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific."   

Crossing out the days was interesting and  taught me a lesson.  I thought I'd  look back over all the highlighted days  mentally scrolling though  accomplishments but as Lily Tomlin said, I should have been more specific. 

My Filofax is a personal thing;  it's my trusted confidante holding secrets like a diary, a filing cabinet all about me, it's the organizing angel  on my shoulder whispering commitments in my ear, the repository for random note confetti and it's always within arms reach.

Without it,  loose ends just get looser.  But maybe it needs to be more.

There are things I'd like to change and improve, goals I'd like to set and meet.   Next year when I look 2014 over I want my accomplishments to amount to more then a series of appointments I didn't forget, I want to, as Lily Tomlin said, be somebody... somebody better. 

It's time quell that inner critic and set some goals.


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Planners, Germs....

I just got this fabulous bamboo cutting board with an entire set of interchangeable,  hygienic,  washable mats. It's perfect for me because while I love my current (standard wood) cutting board there's a lot I won't use it for... Like meat of any kind.   Raw poultry scares me more then public speaking...

But when I look at these perfect weapons in the war on germs all I see is Filofax Dividers.

 It's a sickness, this planner thing of ours.  Not a sickness like you get from raw chicken, but a sickness none the less...


Monday, December 30, 2013

The shreds of my own frustration

I just posted a video and I'll embed it here but I wanted to show a few still shots of the Filofax Storage Binder.   I had high hopes for this but I should have known it wasn't what I needed; there is very little information on the website and no internal pictures.

The cover itself is perfectly fine, a thick vinyl and I really like the silver embellishments; Filofax written on the cover and the side 'F' logo.

There's even a side tab so you can add a note about dates or topics.

I thought these would look great on a shelf all lined up like identical little organizing soldiers.  There is something relaxing about groups of same items.  

Yes, I could use actual binders but with the recent explosive popularity of Filofax organizers, I'm out-priced.  I thought finding a cheap A5 Apex would be a breeze but it was shocking.  There is a listing for only one on ebay and it's over $80 which is flat out insane.   Even as much as I love Filofax products, no.  Just no.

This type of product needs a cheap, functional cover and giant rings so you can store years worth of pages but it has pegs (and only two). Plus the peg snap-tops are attached to the cover (... for the love of all things holy, why? )  ...meaning the  cover hardly opens up without unsnapping it.  Also if I want something from the bottom I can't without removing everything above it.  

 I'm one hundred percent positive I'd  want to rip it into the shreds of my own frustration every time I need to use it.    

It barely survived the making of this morning's video intact.

I know $18 isn't much to most people but it is to me.  I don't have eighteen extra dollars, ever.   It's why I'm so careful about buying and why I don't buy much...  Mistakes are inevitable, I can deal with that but this product isn't really suitable for it's intended use and that's difficult to reconcile.

If you want to see it in motion, or see how my Filofax leather experiment went, or see my Midori Traveler's Notebook as an art journal...  Here's the video!


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