Sunday, February 15, 2015

Life: It Goes On - February 15

Moving a little slowly this morning - much, too much fun with a group of dear friends last night. Our hosts suggested that we all tell the stories about how we met - first one spouse and then the other gave their version and couldn't be interrupted - and it was so fun to learn so much about each other. What a fun way to spend Valentine's Day!

This Week I'm:

Listening To: I'll be finishing Life After Life tomorrow and it's bound to end up as one of my favorite books of the year. I'm even tempted to listen to it again at some point. I'll take a couple of days to catch up with podcasts before I start a new book.

Watching: "Fixer Upper" and "Rehab Addict" on HGTV. Every time I watch them, I want to start knocking down walls, adding crown molding in every room, and lightening things up.

Reading: I read Tatjana Soli's The Last Good Paradise this week for an upcoming TLC Book Tours review and I'm working my way through The Autobiography of Malcolm X, my book club's selection for this month. I've been racing through books the past couple of weeks and I'm so looking forward to picking up that just suits my mood later this week.

Making: BLT salad, black bean lasagna and beef lasagna (Mini-me was with us so I tried something new to make a vegetarian version), honey mustard roasted new potatoes...I'm at a loss as to what we ate the rest of the week. Must not have been too memorable!

Planning: 40 Bags In 40 Days starts again which is my big incentive to kick it into high gear with the decluttering and also to be a bit more ruthless in my decision making. I've decided to focus first on the bedrooms and my office; there are always clothes to be gotten rid of!

Grateful for: Time this week with friends and family.

Enjoying: A lazy day. There's much I should be doing but I'm giving myself permission today not to do it. Except, of course, for that bag I need to get filled today.

Looking forward to: A busy week including a book event and book club. What are you looking forward to this week?


  1. I love those HGTV shows! I went through a Flea Market Flip phase earlier this year and I wanted to start scouring thrift stores for things to redo. Good luck with the 40 bags! Those honey mustard roasted new potatoes sound amazing. Have a great week!

  2. I love your valentines plans and now I am hungry for BLTS :)

  3. I've decluttered on a regular basis so the most I seem to be able to get rid of is about 1 large bag a month...LOL

    As for clothes I started donating anything that I haven't worn at the end of a given season.

  4. Those rehab shows on TV are fun to watch. I always see such possibility when I watch them.

  5. That is a fun exercise, sharing stories of how you met your significant other. :-) It sounds like you had a nice Valentine's Day.

    I am so glad to hear you are enjoying Life After Life. I really want to read that one. HGTV is so addicting, isn't it? It's given me a few ideas for our house too . . . If only my budget had room for my ideas.

    I hope you have a great week! We have a big wig coming to the office today for a visit so everyone is supposed to be on their best behavior. I'm sure it will go fine. Otherwise, it will be a typical work week. Looking forward most to my evenings with my family. We finally were able to switch a couple of my daughter's evening rituals around without too many tears and protests. It only took a few months of preparing her for it and then finally to just do it.

  6. Now that my youngest is moving out this Friday and starting her first real job next Monday, the need to declutter and simplify is taking root and strong. I will check out 40 Bags in 40 Days. That seems about right!

    I've never read The Autobiography of Malcolm X--I'll have to check back and see how you liked it.

  7. Good luck decrappifying! I had great sushi this week and will probably see some beautiful sights this weekend!