TCB on the homefront

Monday, March 30, 2009

After the Tigers' heartbreaking loss last Thursday night to the Tigers of Missouri, a loosely forming resolve tightened ever so.

I am getting my house in order. The way I want it. Bit by bit.

Those of you familiar with our townhome know that it is a very nice, cozy space. Some of the decorating and fixing-up I have done in the past [almost!] 3 years of marriage has been haphazard and temporary. The thinking was, this is not our forever home, or even our near-future forever home, so why waste time/energy/money?

I have realized this is foolish. More props again to Laura Stephens, who after 3 months of marriage has her entire apartment organized, decorated, and put away. Why do I have to wait to get my stuff cleaned out and pretty? I DON'T! Reading all of these design blogs listed to the right has also helped me understand that decorating "the way I want to" does not cost millions of dollars either. DIY, etsy purchases, and estate sales have rendered fruitful for me recently.

This weekend we made a lot of progress. We scored 3 lamps at an estate sale on Saturday for $25. We rearranged the living room wall frames/art/grouping/stuff and made it a little more condensed, helping to make a more distinct separation between kitchen and living room. I finally bought the crepe myrtle I've been wanting to plant forever (also $25!). Also (drumroll please) we bought a new couch! Value City Furniture holla! Once this puppy arrives, we will return the Kelleys' couches to son Tyler and go couch sans loveseat. I hope to score a good recliner/chair as its replacement soon.

This, with the completion of The Great Closet Clean Out 2009, has made me feel so much more positive and bright in my own home. Not that our house was ugly or disgusting before, but I feel so much accomplishment and peace about getting our right-now home arranged in a way that makes me happy. And it does make me happy! Pictures to come. (i am terrible at the before-and-after, and picture taking in general, sorry)

here's a picture of a cute kitty, thanks to Jonny

Addicted to Q-Tips

Monday, March 23, 2009


Not only have I recently given up Diet Coke forever, but another comfort/addiction break-up is looming on the horizon.

I love q-tips. I love the feeling I get when I get out of the shower and my inner ears are wet, and I clean them with a q-tip. It is such a satisfying feeling. Unfortunately, Jonathan has read some things that talk about how bad q-tips are for your ears and eardrums. This breaks my heart but yet I can definitely see where this would be anatomically true.

So we made a deal: once my stash of q-tips had run out, I wouldn't buy anymore. We made this deal 6 months ago, and for months I have been reaching into the package almost every day, and breathe a little sigh of relief when there are still some in there. It's kind of like the fish and loaves when Jesus fed the 5,000: I just keep thinking maybe the supply will never run out?

Alas! Last night, I finally decided to take inventory (had been just reaching in and not letting myself look at the certainly dwindling supply).

I have 5 q-tips left. Just 5. What am I to do?

What solutions do any of you have for getting clean ears? Do they involve q-tips? Help!

HeavenHelpUs: Sister Mary Martha

Wednesday, March 18, 2009



What a treasure I found today.

This Etsy shop, HeavenHelpUs, has made my day. I am so thrilled there is a shop dedicated to necklaces picturing the patron saints of things like road rage, dragonslayers, and Girl Scouts, and you can also purchase your very own Sister Mary Martha "Offer it Up" mousepad and/or "Behave Yourself" coasters! There is a patron saint for wild children too!

How is that actors and attorneys have the same patron saint? See picture below and listing here:



Or you can get your very own WeightWatchers charm bracelet with five patron saints of dieters here (pictured below):




I like it a lot. Maybe I need a new necklace?

petite cuteness

Friday, March 13, 2009


How adorable is this? Ooh, it makes me want to snuggle in with an afghan, a cup of chamomile tea, and my kitty cat to just needlepoint away during this bout of rainy and cold weather. See link here, such a cute etsy shop/concept.

Also loving this site, Rifle Design, and all her illustrations. Blog is here. She's been featured on the round of design blogs recently, and I hope she joins etsy soon!



One more thing; what is the general opinion on "expecting"/pregnancy silhouette notecards? Too cheesy? Lame? Cute? I printed a foldover w/someone's name the other day but I'm not sure what I think...

Clean Closet!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

(Still no Diet Coke...now going on 2 weeks and it's gotten easier.)

Tuesday night, Martha and our friend Laura came over to help me clean out my closet.

A precious few people were priveleged enough to see my closet in its tornado glory. Working in retail for three years has granted me access to a large volume of clothing articles, at prices most consumers could only dream of. I am the first to admit my closet was a terrible site that had gotten completely out of control... shoes in a large, haphazard pile... sweaters kind of folded underneath the bag with the dry-cleaning clothes... shopping bags galore and hangers stuffed every which way and belts falling out of the sky. Honestly, the closet looked like it was vomiting and the doors wouldn't close all the way. This was just something "I would deal with later," like most of the little piles I like to acculumate in other rooms of the house. Sometimes I would blame the fact that it's not a huge walk-in closet; but honestly, there is more room in there than I gave it credit. Truly embarrassing, but something I felt I couldn't take hold of fixing by myself.

The catalyst for all of this was going to Laura and Ryan's apartment for small group on Sunday night. Everything is so organized, clean, and put away...it was so calm there, and you could tell that they didn't just clean up because they were having people over. I was sitting there, looking around, and thought, "this is how I want my house to be." When going to sleep that night, I resolved that it would have to start with and tackle the Nauseated Closet.

I am happy to say, thanks to Laura and Martha, four hours of tedium/deliberation, and three trash bags full later, my closet looks the best it's ever looked. And I feel free. I let go of things that I should have parted with long ago...not only that, but I was able to let go of duplicate clothing articles. And by duplicate, I mean something that it not exactly the same as something else, but fulfills the same function as another item I like better. I am unencumbered by the need to hold onto things just because they were a good deal or they're good quality but out-of-date.

*Indulge this last clarification: I am going to say that [I think] one of my talents is the ability to wear things all different ways and in different combinations; thus I actually do wear most all of the clothing I own. This is not the perceived norm: it is usually assumed that people with a lot of clothes cannot possibly wear everything they have. I know this is not necessarily a humble statement, but I believe I was good at actually wearing about 92% of the clothes in my closet.

Thank you Laura and Martha! I could not have done it without you. Maybe I'll get really on-the-ball and post a picture or two.

A week without Diet Coke

Wednesday, March 04, 2009



It hasn't been a full week yet. It's actually been six days since I've had a Diet Coke or Diet Dr. Pepper. And man... it is not my idea of fun. 3:30 rolls around, and I start craving that sharp taste combined with fizz and a little zing! and boy, do I miss it.

Some of you know that we've (mostly me) been watching Biggest Loser for the first time this season and I really enjoy watching it. Something last week just clicked with me when they were having this health & wellness quiz/challenge thingy on the show. There was a question about diet soda, and the health expert so matter-of-factly discussed how it contributes to belly fat and other such unncessary problems. It was something about watching these people working so hard to lose weight, and I just realized, why even fool with the stuff?

from themayoclinic.com

Answer
Drinking a reasonable amount of diet soda a day, such as a can or two, isn't likely to hurt you. The artificial sweeteners and other chemicals used in diet soda are safe for most people, and there's no evidence that these ingredients cause cancer. Some types of diet soda are even fortified with vitamins and minerals. But diet soda isn't a health drink or a cure for weight loss. Although switching from regular soda to diet soda will save you calories, some studies suggest that drinking soda of any type leads to obesity and other health problems. And healthier choices abound. Start your day with a small glass of 100-percent fruit juice. Drink skim milk with meals. Sip water throughout the day. For variety, try sparkling water or enjoy a squirt of lemon or cranberry juice in your water. Save diet soda for an occasional treat.


Boy, do I miss it. Did you see the new cans? They're so cute. Has anyone else in love with Diet Coke completely cut it out?

In doing research for this post, I found a bevy of websites regarding the "cult of diet coke" or "aspartame kills" and other such strong sentiments, so I know I'm not alone.

Notable Steve quotes

Monday, March 02, 2009

"Great Pam, ham....great ham, Pam."

"Having a good driveway is almost as good as having good air-conditioning."
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