Monday, January 31, 2011

monday moment.progress

the final cabinet phase for my craft area has been completed. i'm still trying to figure out how i want to store my yarn and fabric. steve and i are really pleased with the results, and officially LOVE ikea. and yes, that is a wine rack on the right-room for a whole case!

Monday, January 24, 2011

monday moment: blue sky

another beautiful day, even if it was a tad chilly on my lunchtime walk. i've really begun to enjoy this time of day.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

10 favorite games from your childhood

my list is very similar to mary's and beth's-np photo this time-i'm being a total slacker!

1. Candy land
2. Clue-really loved this game-maybe that's why i also love mystery novels?!
3. Yahtzee
4. Rummy
5. Uno
6. Hi-Ho Cherry-o
7. Parchesi
8. Sorry-i think sorry and parchesi had the same kind of strategy
9. Trouble
10. Trivial Pursuit-totally loved this game as a teenager

monday moment: quiet

i'm going into week 3 of the Bible study i'm doing with mary and virginia. i love starting the day with this devotional time. a rare monday morning when i don't have to be on the road at o'dark 30 is a very nice change.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

10 ways to be more organized.

i have to say this is one of the areas i tend to excel at-

1. file folders-i use them at home and at work extensively-not only the physical ones, but i have folders for my email, my external hard drive, desk top etc. helps me to find stuff easily.
2. establish routines-on wednesdays i stop at the grocery store on my way home, and clean my house    this let's me plan "play" dates with my girlfriends, and i can really enjoy my weekend.
3. keep things in their place-when i leave a room i always check to see if something needs to go upstairs or downstairs. that way when i go in that direction i can take stuff with me.
4. keep like with like-my knitting stuff is all together as is my sewing stuff. sometimes it gets a bit messy, but clean up is a breeze and all my crafts have a designated area. i also return things to the same place in the kitchen, and in my pantry.
5. a launch pad-my cell phone gets charged in the same spot every night, and in the morning after i've check my emails it goes right into my purse. since i have a winter coat to deal with, my launch pad has moved to the chair in the dining room. when i get home my coat goes on the back of the chair, my tote bag, knitting bag and purse go right next to it.
6. handle a piece of paper (or mail) once-learned this from my teaching days. grade paper enter into grade book, put in folder for return. when i get mail, junk goes right into the trash, things i need to file or want to save go by the basement door (that's where my desk is located), things i want to read either go in my tote bag or upstairs.
7. alarms-when i make a notation on my calendar (i use my i-phone) i always set the alerts. depending on what it is i have an alert for the day before and 15-30 minutes prior. sometimes it's just the "day of" reminder.
8. have a spare-i have extras of several things we use frequently. my family knows that when it comes out of the pantry into the drawer (alum. foil, plastic wrap, etc), then it goes on the grocery list. same thing with olive oil, rice, pasta etc. i like to keep my grocer store stops to 1 per week.
9. make a list-i keep a list on my iphone of household things i may be running low on (shampoo, cleaning supplies, contact lens solution, etc) that way if i happen to be in costco or target i can see what i might be needing.
10. menus-i have a calendar on my fridge for the current month. it includes our evening obligations, and our planned meals. it's a time saver for the grocery shopping, the boys know what's going on and what we're having for dinner. sometimes our evening obligations require that we eat earlier, so it really helps having this where everyone can see it.
if you want to know how i tackle really big projects-let me know.

Monday, January 10, 2011

monday moment.snow.

what else could i post about! seriously, i'm amazed with this weather. tomorrow should be interesting.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

10 things i wouldn't want to live without.

here's my first go at this from carole knits-mary's list is nearly spot on with mine with only 2 exceptions, but i'll try to not copy her list entirely, but rather supplement so i really have 18 things!
1. coffee-absolutely-serious grumpy pants without this
2. cheese- my absolute favorite food
3. blogs-i've learned so much from the one's i subscribe too, and many bring encouragement and laughter into my life.
4. proverbs 31 ministry-i've been really blessed by these daily emails (thank you mary as always for suggesting something wonderful)
5. Bible (i have several translations, not an absolute favorite, i think they all have something unique)
6. gadgets (laptop, iphone, now my kindle)
7. all-clad cookware-am convinced it'll outlive me.
8. camera-am hoping for an upgrade at some point, but it is always with me.
9. hair dryer
10.  knitting stash and tools