tiny house anyone?

I thought I would be able to re-enter the blog world and regular life last weekend… but that turned out not to be the case.  I thought maybe some time this past week – nope.  Finally, today I took the day off and this is how I feel

I may look a bit rough around the edges but see? There is hope on the horizon!

Jumping back into regular life isn’t easy.  Every September I go through it and I forget how much I crave a routine.  Whether it’s a regular running schedule, a clean apartment, actual clean clothes (and not just febreezed) and a normal amount of caffeine consumption (as opposed to the gallons I’ve been drinking), it all sounds fantastic!  And today is the first day I can make it all start.

During all of this chaotic time, I’ve become fascinated with the tiny house movement.  If you aren’t familiar, many a folk are choosing to downsize into very small abodes.  I’m talking 250 sq feet – heck, one person lives in 95 sq foot house!  Crazy!  This small is not something I would choose but there is something about this that appeals to me.  There is a great documentary on the as well.

I also like the idea of a yurt

For those of you who’ve been around here for a while, you may remember me griping about how small my current apartment is.  480 sq feet.  So how does this align with my current interest in tiny houses?  I like the idea of there being a place for everything.  Tiny houses by design and necessity have to be organized or they wouldn’t be livable.  I love the ingenious behind them – especially the romantic-esque lofts.  And yes, overall idea of it all.

see how cool and functional this is?

I’m starting to realize I could get my current digs a bit more likeable and functional.  I get extremely frustrated with the lack of organization here (my fault with all of my stuff) but also the lack of a place to put some of it.  There is a severe lack of shelving and closets here.  I recognize I can/need to dehoard but there is still a simple need for SOME shelving.  And counter space.  And perhaps some cupboards?

I would like a slightly bigger living space when I move next.  I’ve done enough pinterest-ing to also get some ideas about how to live large in a small space with creative decorating and organizing.  I also have a co-worker who loves to organize and would like to be professional organizer in the future.  She is going to help me!  And take before and after shots for her portfolio – I love it.  I get a free service and maybe I can help further her career.  I’ll post the pre and post pics here when it’s all done!

Maybe you can help?  Any tips for organizing small spaces? 


how is it saturday already?!

As you may have noticed, there has been some silence around this here blog.  I’ve had a tough time writing this week.  Part of it was Ragnar exhaustion – is this a real diagnosis?  It should be!  Another part was a busy work week.  The last part is today is the 6th month marker of my mom’s passing and I have been thinking about her a lot.

With all of this cluttering my mind, I couldn’t really find the focus to write.  But that doesn’t mean I didn’t have a good week, just complicated!

1.  Cherries are back in season!  Yay!

2.  I got a new job!  More info on this to come (including a move that is going to be entertaining!).  I am staying at my current place of work but am moving up in the world.  I am really excited for this new opportunity!

3.  My niece graduated from high school!  How crazy is that?  She is simply amazing and I love her to pieces.  I can’t wait to see her in a month!

aren’t they a beautiful fam?!

4.  My first official S’more of the season!  Even though there was a check point at Ragnar with them, my marshmallow wasn’t melted soooo, I’m considering this the first real deal.

haha, I know, alien fingers here – oh well, it was delish!

5.  Umm… my “temp” Ragnar tattoo still hasn’t washed off… everyone thinks it’s real and I’ve gotten a few, “wow, it totally makes you look like a badass!”  Hmmm, should I make it permanent?! ;)

bad to the bone… or something like that

6.  I had a great 5 mile run the other day.  My love for running has returned.  Yay!

7.  We got a new fro yo place here!  It’s pretty weird inside but there are 16 flavors and lots of toppings.  Warning!  It’s expensive!  Oh and don’t get the red velvet – it takes chemically!  BUT the birthday cake option was awesome!

oh – the brownie chocolate fudge was decent too

8.  I found a bunch of fun stuff on sale that I’m going to put together for a giveaway!  Look for it soon!

9.  I’ve been googling “small apt living” non-stop for the last 24 hours.  I have been on pinterest stealing as many ideas as I can and am purging some of my belongings.  Yep, my new apt is a wee bit smaller than my current one.  Nevertheless, I’ve been bitten by the “less is more” bug and I am looking forward to getting creative with my space.  Here is what I want my bed to look like


I know there’s more.  Like I said, it was a busy week.  And even though my mom isn’t here to help me celebrate some of these achievements and fun moments, I know she is proud of me.

OH!  A very special Happy Birthday shout out to two of my dearest friends, Emily and Larissa!  Love you both so much!