Don’t Feng my Shui

Posted by houndrat on Tuesday Feb 12, 2008 Under family life

Below is a typical photo from our house—since both my husband and I are utterly lacking in organizational skills, everything tends to be clumped in piles.? I am a sort of strange hybrid creature—I’m not especially clean, but I’m tidy in the sense that I don’t like to see objects strewn all over the floor as if somebody had just bombed our house.? So, everything ends up in a pile, just like the ones pictured below.? Or, being an extrovert,? maybe it’s just that I’m naturally inclined to put things in groups.? I guess the reasons don’t matter much, since the end result is the same—-big clusters of junk throughout our home.

Exhibit A:? pile of mail (note the nice box we bought to stick everything in—I guess we just assumed if we bought it, the organization would magically come.? Sort of like Field of Dreams, only? featuring a tiny-kitchened tract home instead of a field.? And no baseball.? Or Kevin Costner, for that matter.?

But apparently, that’s not how it works.? So, if we can’t? procure a self-sorting and self-filing mail container, at the very least we need a super-sized one.)

Exhibit B:? Another junk cluster, just next to the mail.? Basically, a bunch of homeless stuff of unknown origin.

Exhibit C:? Stack of books in the bathroom.? (see the hot pink one, near the top? of this literary pyramid?? It’s one of those adult ADHD books my hubby bought but never read—shocking.)

And in case you missed it, a close-up of the book in the middle.?

? Karen, I want my money back.

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New Year’s resolutions, revisited

Posted by houndrat on Friday Jan 18, 2008 Under New Year's resolutions

Okay, so maybe I was a bit hasty with the self-congratulatory kudos in the procrastination department.? ? Granted, it was a huge step for us to deposit (read toss) our? Christmas tree? on? the curb on time.? Unfortunately, that’s the only Christmas item that’s made a timely exit from our home or surrounding area.

For example, take a gander at our fireplace mantel (photo taken yesterday).? Perhaps I can start a new decorating theme of year-round Christmas (because that would be so appropriate in San Diego, where it’s? typically scorchin’ balls, even? in December).?

I especially like how the rotting Poinsettia and decaying dirty diaper add to the overall ambiance of our family room.

Next, take a stroll up the walkway to our house, and what will you find?? Why, it’s our handy-dandy Christmas tree stand, still in the exact same spot where it landed after we flung our tree out into? the street.? We are literally? forced to step? over it multiple times on a daily basis, yet on our walkway it continues to reside.? Personally, I think it makes an interesting conversation piece.?

And finally, the piece de resistance.? Yes, our holiday reindeer and our fifteen foot? inflatable polar bear (because it just wouldn’t be Christmas without one of those), not to mention our lights, are all still? partying it up? together on our front lawn.? You know the neighbors dig that stuff.

So I say, bah humbug to eliminating procrastination.? It’s kind of nice to still have Christmas? in our home—even if it is a? slightly less fragrant one.

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