Monday, February 28, 2011

What are you passionate about?

At firs,that seemed like a pretty simple and easy question. Then I started thinking about it... and I'm still thinking about it... WHAT AM I PASSIONATE ABOUT?

First off, I am passionate about God and my beliefs, but that's not where I am heading with this post. I am more on the lines of hobbies/interests-- what is something that I am passionate about that I could do all day and it wouldn't be tedious? If I had to do it all day, I'd enjoy it for the MOST part (let's be real, everything has a negative side, and I realize that).

I dibble in many things, but I don't know if I've found that ONE thing that just calls my name. I love blogging, but I want to blog about what I am passionate about... I guess I am not sure what that thing is. I love to decorate, to photograph, to cook, to be crafty, but I guess I feel that since I like doing many things that I don't excel at any ONE thing. The blogosphere is filled with many versions of the same and different ideas. If I don't excel at them, I guess I feel too timid to put them out there. I don't know. I guess I just want to find the one thing that makes me so excited, that I want to share it with everyone! I want to teach someone how to do it... Maybe someone needs to teach me how to do it first...

What are you passionate about? What drives you day in and day out? Is it a hobby? Your family? Your job?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Spring Cleaning Project # 1

Lately, the weather down here in OK has been wonderful and warm and wonderful! I have had spring fever for a couple of days (weeks). Tonight, I decided that my guest closet needed a little TLC. I have been neglecting it, throwing stuff in it when I need it out of my way elsewhere. It has just become a "catch all," and that is not what I want my guest closet to look like, so I tackled this little spring cleaning project! It looks much better! Be prepared to be amazed!

Looking down on all the clutter (eek!)

More clutter on this side of the closet too

So these aren't in the closet at the moment, but they did reside on the middle shelf. I swear. I crammed a lot of goodies into that closet!

Another angle of the junk!

Ah, much better!

Craft stuff on one side and sewing items on the other

The hub's clothes had to stay (or I have to make room in my closet for them, so they had to stay here)

So I know you didn't see what was inside of these tupperware drawers, but I moved my DVDs to little baskets in the living room and put all my crafting supplies into the bins. They are nice and organized and easily accessible right now!

Another thing I did was organize my stock-pile of cards. I grouped them together by holiday, blank cards, etc. They are easy to find and in the drawer with my gift wrapping supplies!

These were all just a few minor adjustments that I made to my guest closet. It didn't cost me anything but a little time and attention. I actually plan on selling some of those lamps that got exiled in our garage sale in the spring, so maybe (down the road), I will make some money off of this clean-up! Can't complain about that.

So do you have spring fever? Have you organized anything (big or small) lately? Did you do it for free, or did you buy a few organizing products? Did you have a great Monday? (not sure great and Monday go well together but I'm entertaining the idea).


The past two days I have tried to write a variety of posts on different topics. I really think I should make a schedule of topics and stick to those for posts, or they may get pretty random (enter today).

I have noticed a change in myself lately. I thought I just had a case of the "in betweens" like many people are blogging about with this time of year, the weather, etc. I think some of my blahs come from being conflicted with myself. There are so many things that I want to do, but it's not my 8-5 job and I am not to the point of making those WANTS a career yet. In fact, I am no where close to that. It's a vicious cycle. Must continue to work, to support the crafting/project habits, but that takes up time and energy that I could spend crafting, thus I don't craft very frequently and can't get anything going without the ideas to blog about. See, I told you. It's vicious.

I guess I just need some encouragement, a few more hours in my day, and lots more energy. I guess the supportive husband is going to read this and give me an ear full on being able to do anything I put my mind to. Man, I love that guy!

Sorry for the random-ness. I guess I just needed to blog about how the things I really want to do are the things that I don't do daily and I'm conflicted within myself about that. Any suggestions?!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


.... They are fast approaching. I thought deadlines were a thing of the past once you were out of school, but they are not. You may wonder what type of deadlines am I facing? Well, here are a few:

1) the Memorial Marathon- it's in a little over 2 months and I am no where close to where I need to be in the training schedule. I have a feeling it may be a walk/run marathon again this year. The most exercise I've done lately is stair climbing 2x a day with a girl from work. We climb about 7 flights of stairs and then come back down them. It's a nice little break, but it is not 13.1 miles

2) Passport- we are going on a cruise to Alaska this summer with Chase's family. Well, in order to get to Alaska, we have to go through Canada and I need to get a passport. You see, I've never been out of the USA and I don't have a passport. That takes about 6-8 weeks. I'm planning on the side of error that it will take longer because I don't want to be stuck home while everyone else is enjoying a great time!

3) Taxes- thankfully, I (think) I finished our taxes the last snow day we had, but I still need to get them filed before April. And the sooner the better because that means we get a tax return sooner (and I may or may not already have plans for that money. I think I will have to make Dave Ramsey happy a little bit and buy something to make Chase and Brie happy a little bit)

I guess these are just a couple of deadlines that I have, and really they are self-imposed deadlines. I guess I function better when I think I have to have something done by a certain time. I have lots of house projects that I would like to have deadlines on, but those need funding too, not just deadlines, and that's a story for anothre day.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Simple Things in Life

I think holidays have become such a marketing hype. I mean, we are not even out of July and the Christmas decor is bursting forth from the aisles in Hobby Lobby and Wal-Mart (don't get me wrong, I do love me some Christmas spirit, just not in mid-summer).

This year, Chase and I decided for Valentine's Day that we were doing "homemade" gifts. This was a neat experience. I decided that I was going to make him this LOVELY red-velvet, heart-shaped cake. It was a great plan, until I started trying to put the plan into action. Let's just say that the beautiful heart shaped cake ended up being a single layer (yes, it was supposed to be 3), round cake. It was rough, very rough. I did not inherit all of my mother's cake baking/decorating abilities. The 2nd layer of cake fell out of the pan into my sink. Unfortunately, I was too disgruntled to take pictures. However, Chase loved it (and if he didn't love it, he was great at convincing me that he did love it).

He made me a "Coupon Book." It was thoughtful, and sweet, and homemade. And I loved it. Plus I won't be cleaning for a while! : ) He made me two copies of the coupons, so I have double coupons. It's great!

I am glad that we simplified this holiday. We loved our gifts (despite the imperfections) and they meant so much more. Just remember that great gifts don't have to cost a great deal of money, and they will still be very heart-felt.

Happy Valentine's Day!