Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It's a Win-Win!

I love to give when it's so darn convenient!

Ha ha!

The lazy good-doer!

Yippee for me!

An alumni from my kids' school is starting a school program in South Africa and is requesting art and school supplies.

All I have to do is gather them and drop them off at school (thank you my son for lugging it in today).

Oh, finally I have found a home for all those well loved crayons, markers and erasers I have been saving (which my kids no longer use and have been hogging up valuable space...remember, I live in a small house!)

I can't wait until I get home tonight and locate folders, pads of papers and pens.

I'm purging with a cause people...ah, joy, joy, joy!

It's a win-win for all!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Rainy Days

Been raining on and off in the Bay Area this past weekend.

Did some laundry (but not all).

Made some soup (yellow split pea which I will serve tonight).

Did some crafting (not a whole lot).

Cleaned up a bit (but no scrubbing).

Some days just call for a little lazying about.

I was inspired to MAKE and DO but didn't really muster enough strength to pull through.

That happens to me when the sky is gray.


Tonight I hope I can wake myself up.

I really need to reorganize and redecorate my haphazard bedroom.

And the tub could use a little scrubbing too.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Yes, I am addicted...

My latest guilty pleasure...


On Showtime on SUNDAYS!?

A completely dysfunctional family.

William H. Macy will be racking up the awards this year...

He is so down right insane and brilliant and intense and pitiful and, drunk and



Thursday, January 20, 2011


I use to have two cats...or rather they had me. We gave them away to our neighbors when we moved, after having a baby. They are like teenagers now or senior citizen cats.

I couldn't juggle a baby and two mice killing, bird collecting cats. Also baby girl crawled to their food dish and starting eating their crunchy cat food once. That put me over the edge.

Now that my babies are no longer babies (yes, another kid came along) I wish I still had my cats. Of course my not-so-babies are highly allergic to cats and their eyes would swell up and turn a beet-like red whenever they were around felines. They get rashes and become terribly itchy and they would have to strip off their dander infested clothes and sterilize themselves. That's a lot of laundry to deal with. So no cats, not until they leave the nest for good.

I miss cats. I miss their precociousness. I miss their soft fluffiness. I miss cat kisses and even the sharp scratches. I miss pleading for my cats to sit on my lap. Come on, come on, come on...please!!!

I want cats again. Especially when times are tough at the house and no one seems to get me. Cats would get me, I know that for certain.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hovel Sweet Hovel

My kids' rooms look nothing like the ones in this nice book.

My kids' rooms are a cluttered mess...like the rest of my house.

There are some great finds in my home (some nice tansus and art) but it is a jumbled mess full of piles,
 hand-me-downs, cast offs and mold (yuck).

I dream of SPACE...closets and built ins, a mud room, an atelier, a stackable washer and dryer, a dishwasher and so on and so on.

I've come to the realization I am not a minimalist but I'm not embracing hoarding either.
Dang it, I just need a new house.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Oakland Museum of California

I love seeing good art-and I love it even more when the whole family enjoys it as well.
This past weekend we got to see the Pixar exhibit at the very cool Oakland Museum of CA .

It was a lot of fun-and the art was a-mazing!!!

The show is officially over but I am glad to say we are now members of the museum and we can go all year round and get 10% off all museum gift items. Yahoo...good art and a discount...yee-ha!
Looking forward to this show...
The clutter/collector in me is salivating already!


My Extreme-Shopping Extravaganza last week was not-so-extreme.

After spending numerous hours stomping around San Francisco I just got 2 pair of jeans (one being shown above) and one cute but pretty basic striped long sleeve shirt.

Ugh. What a defeat.

Either clothes just don't fit me right or they are just not my style. And are my thighs really that big or does everything have to be so darn skin tight? I'm all for form fitting, but really, is all that spandex truly necessary?

I remember those days at Bebe when their clothes were pretty and flirty. They now look so hoochie.

Macy's, Loehmann's, H&M, Old Navy, Gap, DSW, Aerosoles...all failures.

Perhaps this Friday will be Round Two (of defeat?)

Luckily I'll be wearing some new jeans for Casual Friday.