Well maybe not a whole year….but the past six months has flown by and I swear I didn’t even blink. On the one hand I have accomplished a whole lot. Let’s see, We finished the financial aid applications and they actually gave us some money and I have two children heading off to incredibly cold, distant and expensive schools in just a few short weeks. Miss Marblejar the eldest didn’t care for living away from home and so now she is commuting to the local university at, I am happy to say, a greatly reduced cost as compared to her siblings. So now I have 3 high school graduates and one new high schooler under my roof, and let’s not forget Mr. Marblejar, who is a perpetual 6th grader, but we like him that way. He has also become incredibly handy. In the past 6 months we have painted, de-carpeted and re-floored TWO (count ’em) bedrooms. Neither one was mine, unfortunately, but mine is next on the list! I have learned to despise painting in any form (unless I am purchasing one to hang on the wall.) I am bad at painting. I am not patient, I am not detail oriented, and I learned the hard way why painters where long sleeves and hats (and shoes!) Painting is not fun. Today I moved on from painting to something called cleaning grout. This is also not fun but it IS very gratifying. Our grout was gross, but with a little help from Pinterest and some elbow grease it is now (mostly) not gross. Yay.
I have also joined a cult, sort of. There is this woman in Japan named Marie Kondo and she is the queen of “tidying”. You should get her book. It is a life changer. I am organizing the heck out of everything. Do we still have to sell it on Ebay? Yes, but are we making headway? Yes again. And remember how we sold that fencing equipment two summers ago during the big garage clean out? Well guess who has decided to take up fencing again…Yes, Littlest Marblejar is once again swinging a weapon. I console myself by saying (out loud) that he would not still fit into most of that stuff that we sold and shipped to Qatar of all places.This makes me feel better as I spend hundreds of dollars on the Absolute Fencing site. Absolute robbery is more like it. But back to Marie Kondo…I have taken every object I own (that means every sock, every book, every spatula) in my hands and thought about whether it sparks joy. If it doesn’t, it goes. Of course children and spouses are off limits, but asking that question really does make it easier to purge. Of course it is a work in progress, but at least now I will have clean grout to look at as I organized my cabinets. The only bad part about her system is that you can only purge your own stuff. I am just itching to get my mitts on certain drawers and closets that are currently off limits, but in theory they will watch my huge transformation and they will all join in with me. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on that one.
So there you have it. A really, really boring summary of the last six months. Although I forgot to mention that I also went to the UK (amazing!) and presented a talk at a conference (scary) so those things were pretty cool. I still am working on eating right and moving my butt and breathing deeply; some things never change. I will try very hard to write more often as I think this will help me stop waking up so much at night with crazy thoughts in my head. How do I know how many times I way up? Well I have one of those handy dandy bracelets that tells me just how little “restful sleep” I am getting. Nice. My friend tells me there’s an App that will email my husband and let him know that I had a lousy night’s sleep. I will ponder that.
What’s gotten away from YOU lately?