Can I get a “what, what!”
Gotta love unrelated (and 5 month old) photos!
Guys. I love February. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love February. It’s when I really start feeling that itch to get stuff done, wrap things up, start new adventures, whatnot. I dabbled in January this year and things went only okay (as in, 50% completion okay). Plus, also, my DAD. He had this major thing. I don’t want to downplay said thing but it’s still fresh and makes me sobby like the 12 year old girl I continue to be emotionally am so January was kind of a bust? But only 50%.
I’m giving myself one weekly to-do that has been sitting on my “get it done” list for probably 10 years because LISTEN. We have been living in this here hizzouse for 10 years in July.
We’ve been living in Rochester, specifically our little cape, for a third of my freaking life and that wigs me out. Straight up.
Sidebar: We moved into our house on the beginning of the July 4th weekend in 2006 with the help of my Dad and Step Mother and didn’t even get to spend the first night it belonged to us in it because my oldest sister wouldn’t let us skip on her annual July 4th bash. It happens every year and us moving into a house happens, well, less frequently. Next time, I will not be strong armed and I will not camp! I will sleep in my own damn house, damn it! And because also next time I will have at least two children and she lets me get out of a lot with that little excuse. Muhaha…
Sidebar to my Sidebar: And because also, how proud are my English teachers right now!?
Reigning this thing back in now! This is what the goals for January and February look(ed) like:
WEEK 1: Sort all the paper materials in the house *Why, yes, those are “Jackson”s sides from the last day of filming the last episode of Gilmore Girls in 2007 because, yes, my sister was in that episode and she loves me!* Basically, for a very, very, very long time Jerry and I had been letting heaps of mail pile up on our kitchen counter – to be dealt with at a later time. We then would invite people over and I would STUFF those piles of paper anywhere they would fit: kitchen cupboards, dining room built ins, TV cabinet, guest room (please, remember to shut the door before anyone gets here). We had storage ottomans filled with nothing but old paper work. Why?
I kicked this one’s ass. Judo chop, hi-yah, got it dooone. I have converted into a responsible mail recipient who puts junk immediately in the recycle bin and pays and/or files (GASP!) the rest. I have also converted into one of those crazy women who freaks on her husband when he doesn’t obey the new system. So there’s that.
WEEK 2: DIY Dining Room Chandelier *Old photo – J&E&O&C is still on the wall, there is a small rug at the back door and I actually painted the moulding around the said back door but that’s all that’s changed* This goal morphed because I couldn’t figure out how to DIY the chandelier of my dreams plus it is out of our budget and actually a bit too large for our dining room. I then found this and used all of my Christmas gift cards to amazon to make it a price Jerry couldn’t say no to. It’s happening. We own it. It’s in a box in the guest room.
PS Having lived in this house for nearly a decade, my taste has changed DRASTICALLY. Everything in this house is pretty traditional and I’m really more into…mod bohemian minimalism? Those last three words took an ungodly amount of time to type so I’m not sure how accurate they will be translated. Have you met Emily Henderson? Anyway, a new table and chairs and fresh paint on the walls and those built ins would be just swell. You can’t tell from this photo but the floors are in pretty rough shape, too.
WEEK 3: FINISH KIDS’ CLOSET Another 50%er. I just snuck in during Olivia’s nap for those photos, that’s how dedicated I’m feeling to this post right now. Don’t mind the pile of art on the armoire, either. It’s not getting hung in there…I don’t think. I left 2 walls unpainted because I was going to try to do some sort of cool fabric installment but you could see the nasty yellow wall color through the fabric so I had to paint it. Which I did. Then I stopped because I couldn’t find a fabric I liked enough to cover the entire wall so I nixed it but I still need fabric or contact paper to cover the shelf above their clothes and I have a DIY planned for the light in there. I just need to gather my supplies.
WEEK 4: DIY DINING ROOM CURTAINS See a theme here? When I’m in the living room or the kitchen, I’m looking into the dining room. It has been changed more than any room in the entire house for this very reason and also, it’s basically the size of a table and has at maximum 1 1/2 walls to paint. I didn’t get to this at all because I’m thinking something heavy and warm with texture (a nice velvet or a bold pattern?) that go all the way to the ceiling and are a bit dramatic and lovely buuuuuut I also want to paint because the walls are currently tan buuuuut I don’t want to paint the dining room (again) before I paint the living room because the living room is RED. I’m wanting to move my bold color choice (not RED) to the dining room and have the living room white (ish?) but RED to white (ish?) is going to take a ton of paint and time (which I currently only have in bursts of about 2-3 hours if I’m lucky). I’m going to need a gift card to Lowe’s and a couple of friends who think a painting party sounds like a good idea. Takers?!
Holy hell! Let’s talk about February tomorrow?
Think about that painting party, though. I don’t know, it sounds like a good time?!