March 2018 recap

  Ok, March. Here’s how that went down. I showed myself compassion and love: A few of my favorite things: I visited a flower farm, hung out with a lot of dogs, had a bonfire and spent time on patios. I read my updates from the Shine app, which is pretty great for reminding me…

Oh, hey there

How do I catch up? Mostly: 2017, man. Wow. It was a tough year, and to be honest, Trump’s presidency and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad things he and our elected officials are capable of took the wind out of my sails. And my job sucked, and then it was gone. And then…

Wrapping up 2017

Well, to say this year got away from me is an understatement. I got more and more involved this year with my neighborhood council, running the website, leading and participating in committees and joining the executive committee. I find joy in that, but also frustration because it takes time, which is limited. I’m working on…

2017 goals: January progress

1. Do what I can do to make a difference. In January, I was sworn in as a resident board representative on my local neighborhood council. In my zone, we have about 100,000 people, including students from our local Cal State University. I ┬ámarched in my local Women’s March on Jan. 21. I counted homeless…

Benches, Part 2

Procrastination for the win! Because I was lazy, the hairpin legs I wanted were $20 less per four-pack ($49.99 vs. $69.99) on Amazon. I bought them and we bought screws at OSH, and now, ta-da!    Benches, complete with green hungry hippo. I still need to put vanish on them, but at least we have…

Benches

Years ago, I scoured to find dining chairs that worked with our old house and our dining room table. It was such a thing that I ended up stripping paint from my table and restaining the stupid, free thing to make chairs I bought online. I really don’t know what to say about that behavior….

2017 Goals

We’re going into a very weird year for me. I feel…. off. Uncertain. I’m not sure what will happen to my rights in the next four years, and it’s the first time in my life I’ve actively worried about it. And that makes me feel empathetic because I know there are many, many others worldwide…

2016 recap

Well, I didn’t do a great job of keeping up with this, huh? Steph and I were talking about how we’ve both fallen off the wagon (I moreso than her), and we think maybe some kind of simplified, more frequent check-in will help. Neither of us wants to let the blog go, so we’ll work…

Starting 2017 With a Project

I haven’t set my goals for this year. But I made a thing already. Priorities, people. I saw the pattern for a reversible fleece hat on Pinterest. T has outgrown his winter hats and I have some fleece in my stash. I followed the tutorial exactly except I used pinking shears to remove the bulk…

October-December 2016: Goals Progress/Year-end roundup

1. Move 401ks to IRAs at my bank. Didn’t accomplish this.  2. Lose 20 pounds. I’ve lost 10. I was within 1 pound at one point, and within 3-4 in September. But, I had the flu and November was a shitshow, and then holidays. I’ve gained 8 pounds since Nov. 1. So, next year. 3….

Book Bins

Thomas has a lot of books. But it was hard to keep them neat because he had to pull them off the bookshelf to see what they are.    So, I made two rolling bins for him in October. I used crates from Michaels (similar) and caster wheels (similar). I sanded the bins and used…

Blackout Shades v.2

  Years ago, I made blackout shades/curtains for the master bedroom in our old house. We were going to buy roller shades for this house, but when I went to put the order in for Blinds.com, the two shades cost $600. I just can’t justify that. So I bought the supplies and made two shades for…