Wednesday, January 19, 2011

All Kinds of Random

I thought about doing this post a few days ago when I had all kinds of weird things going through my head and no one to share them with.  You know...  little tid-bits of information that didn't quite warrant their own blog post and definitely not a phone call to someone who might be kind enough to listen, yet (I almost typed "but yet" and remembered the Modern Family episode that referenced that redundant phrase).  As I was saying... yet all of the things I felt an urge to share were not the kind of thing I wanted to spout off about on Facebook either.

I've noticed a need I have to reach out through my status updates and my blog posts to connect to those around me.  I find joy in the moments my friends do the same thing and still completely roll my eyes at myself when I can count on both hands the number of times in one day that I think about how I might phrase my thoughts on Facebook to recount an experience or to ask an unimportant question.  Yeah, I'm pretty sure I shouldn't ever need more than one hand, or even one finger, to count the things I want to share via the internet in one day.

And now, I shall commence with my random thoughts of today.

Who invited the north wind to come blowing through town today?  I had my bedroom window open and stacks of folded clothes on the bed.  When I walked back into my bedroom it was freezing and there were a few things unfolded and off of their stacks.

I promised myself I wouldn't update my blog until I had done the bills.  Haha.  My last post was 10 days ago and the real reason I sat down at my desk was to do the bills.  But the blog screamed louder at me.  I'm gonna have to break down and do them soon though.

Speaking of bills, Colby and I are going to try a new budgeting technique.  We're gonna use cash only for a while and see if that does anything to our spending habits.  I've already noticed myself thinking of all kinds of nonsense I'd like to purchase, but I spent my month's spending money at a yard sale last Saturday.  :(  I did however stay $10 under our week's grocery limit.  Rollover $$$ is going to be fun.

I'm starting to feel kinda bad about myself now.  I just looked up from my desk and not only am I neglecting to do the bills, but my entire kitchen is in a strange state of chaos right now.  I gotta get it all taken care of ASAP because in just a couple of days the whole kitchen is going to be out of whack.  Why, you ask?

Because we're gonna do some remodeling.  I always hear about people doing big projects within their homes and now I've finally gotten brave enough to choose one for myself.  We're going to take out a portion of the wall that divides our family room from our kitchen.  I'm super stoked about it.  But if I don't have the kitchen spotless before then, we'll be in for a huge problem!

I've been on a real organizing kick lately.  I'm highly motivated to get my bathroom in perfect, organized, working order.  Next will come the closet.  I just need to cut some wood to make a shoe rack.  I moved my disgusting mass of cook books to a new location so I should use them more often.  I described them as disgusting because I have so many and never cook anything but what I can remember from the top of my head.

The St. George Parade of Homes is coming up and I'm so excited.  That is the one thing that keeps a smile on my face when Christmas comes to an end each year.  I know it is only a handful of weeks until I can go exploring 20-something homes of beauty and inspiration.  The Parade is actually Colby's motivation to get this wall done right away.  He told me, "I better take care of this before you change your mind when you see something else you'd just love to have."  Poor Colby.

OK.  It's time to get serious about my bills.  I just thought about how I also need to gather everything to get our taxes done and that can't happen until the rest of the $$$ business is taken care of.  Oh boy.

Maybe in a week or two, when I come up for air, I'll fill you in on some other matters that pop up in this head of mine.


  1. We went to cash only for most things (still pay bills online) and I LOVE it. I totally keep my spending down and it makes us think about whether we really need to waste gas on a trip there or a ride here. We're trying to follow Dave Ramsey's plan. If you haven't read his money makeover book I totally recommend it!

    P.S. I love this kind of blog post!

  2. I have noticed the same habit cropping up, me formatting my thoughts for facebook, even when I don't get around to posting them. So funny.

    I love the Parade of Homes, too.

  3. Oh my gosh! That's so funny! I do the same thing. When I'm in the middle of doing something I think that I should update my Facebook status and then I start thinking about how I should word it and then most of the time I never actually update it.

  4. I feel like such a blog stalker but I saw your blog link on McCall's page and had to pop over. You guys are always busy and you are taking on more projects, I am just so jealous! I really admire you. Its great to have such good neighbors.

    As for the budget thing, there is a free software on that keeps track of your budget and spending. I did some home work and its really secure. You connect all your bank accounts, set up a budget and then it keeps track of your spending by category. That way when we start spending too much in one category, I tell Levi to cut back and we're good. I've loved it so far.

  5. I have always wanted to go to the parade of homes! Maybe someday, when my kidlins are older, I will make it.

    Good luck with your kitchen remodel!