The Current List...

I get like this about three times a year... where projects are just swirling around in my head. And it's such a storm of thinking and mulling over ideas and doing the daily stuff and thinking some more that I finally decide I just need to start SOMETHING. Anything.

Making a list usually helps. I'm not going to set a time limit (although the end of the month would be convenient). But we all know that things come up like stomach viruses (check), rainy weather (check), and everything else that tends to come up and get in the way. So here goes...

1. I want to start couponing again. I got so frustrated with it. Overwhelmed actually. Now that we are near EVERYTHING, I felt like I was running around like a crazy person every week. And with kids being a crazy person isn't an option. I've done a little "inspirational reading" about couponing methods and I think I'm ready to just shop at select stores. So instead of running around to store after store, I am just going to focus on a few. CVS for the drugstore deals, Target for all their goodies ($3 shirts anyone?!), Publix for my meat (& the penny item every Thursday), and Aldi for everything else. I got so worn out by going from drugstore to drugstore that I honestly don't think I was saving money. So my head is back in the game. And now I have a pile of newspapers with inserts waiting for me to rescue them.

2. I've officially started the kid's bathroom. And the night I decided I couldn't finish and I'd "just leave the ladder up tonight" my kid threw up all night. Mommy win of the year... "Don't MOVE and sit there under the ladder while you puke." #yesthathappened I probably have another hour of painting left and it will be painted. Then the accessories. Fun.

3. I want to read a book. All I want is a few hours a night to read. Oh how I miss it. I miss my kindle and I think I've finally come to terms with the fact that it's gone and to save a few bucks I am going to use the app on the iPad. Not quite the same (hello 8 week charge) but it'll do. I have a Jen Hatmaker book at the top of my "read" list.

4. Organize my sewing space. This space has evolved SO QUICKLY since my shop opened in June. And my lack of organization is really kicking my butt. My fabric/shirts/tools all pretty much have a place but my paperwork is OUT OF CONTROL. Like my tax lady is going to f.r.e.a.k. if I don't get a handle on it. I guess that's a trait of creative people? Being able to make beautiful things in less than stellar spaces.

5. I have 3 super simple projects I'd love to knock out. One involves a screen and some chicken wire. Another is a hook system for Luke's closet. And another is a lovely saying I want to put over our front door. Our neighborhood is currently building out the rest of the subdivision and they have tons of wood scraps/junk that get thrown in these "trash" bins (they aren't messy trash- but wood scrap trash). One day on a walk Josh actually talked to the builder who was overseeing the work and he checked to see what was actually trash. The guy gave us permission to take whatever we wanted from the "trash" bins and any other scrap lumber less than 4feet long. You realize this makes my creative brain go WILD. So I have been slowly adding to my collection and I think Josh is ready to roll his eyes. So this stuff needs to get DONE before he kicks it to the curb ;)

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