Doing ALL the things

Credit: Hyperbole and a Half

This cartoon so aptly describes my current frame of mind that I just had to share it with you.  I am bopping madly from task to task to task, seemingly adding things to the list as fast as I am checking them off.  Here are a few highlights from the week

  • Did an hour-long interview with Faith Radio talking about Forever Mom: What to Expect When You’re Adopting | Listen here or pick up the e-book for 99 cents!
  • Worked on clearing out the garage so we can paint it soon.  We actually have some empty shelves now, so I must be making progress.
  • Sold extra canning jars.  I still have at least 150 in the pantry full of fruits and veggies.  I’m pretty sure that will be more than enough at our new house where we are likely to only have a few tomatoes and peppers, and maybe a few (purchased) bushels of apples to sauce in the fall.
  • Brought two loads of clothes to the thrift store.  The kids are really getting into the decluttering spirit, and most of them have spent time weeding out what they don’t need.
  • Set lots of trash out for the trash man.  Crazy how much old stuff a garage can hold without you even being aware of it.
  • Delivered some of the more useful items to my married daughters.
  • Sorted through books in bookshelves, giving some away, bringing some to the bookstore for credit, and boxing some up to go on to the new house.  Our bookshelves cover most of the walls in the upstairs family, and since the family room really needs to be painted, the books and shelves need to be some of the first things boxed up.
  • Did senior pix for our three seniors, something that did not thrill them but that I think will gain some nice additions to our wall.
  • Installed new lights in various halls and closet.  I found some amazingly good-looking lights for just $8 each.  Definitely an upgrade from the old gold fixtures.
  • Installed new smoke detectors, not because they were broken but because they were old and yellowed and looked terrible against the new grey paint on the walls.  It is really hard to decide how much fixing up is essential, and how much won’t matter a bit to a buyer. That $45 purchase is a perfect example of ‘maybe not necessary, but it looks so much better.’  Problem is, the budget will buckle under too much of that, so I’m trying not to get too carried away.
  • FINALLY finished repainting all the doors in the house.  Wow, that job went on and on.
  • Fixed the tracks on three closet doors.  What a wrestling match that was!  I have sore shoulder muscles today to prove it.
  • Spent the week bummed that I lost my fitbit charger, because I have been a perpetual ball of activity, and didn’t get fitibit ‘credit’ for any of it.   But the new charger came today–hooray!
  • Last but not least we chose kitchen cabinets and counters.  I went with white shaker style cabinets and a mid-tone granite containing white, grey, black and just a little of the red-brown of our floor. The granite has some motion and patterning, but is not hugely busy.  Backsplash is subway tile with a thin line of accent tiles.  All the choices were moderate in cost but should combine to make a nice upscale, neutral, clean look.  I am excited to see it all come together!

That’s all I have time for today– I am off to do battle with the garage today!  Hope your week is going well!

Cartoon credit to Hyperbole and a Half. (Language warning)


  1. Busy lady!! How fun to be cleaning with a goal in mind! 🙂

    P.S. that artist is so fun (and yes, sometimes uses language). Have you seen her pain rating scale? It’s hilarious! There’s a language-free version floating around the web somewhere. I think your OB nurses would get a kick out of it!

  2. Way to go with all the decluttering and organizing. We had movers when we came to Idaho and I had morning sickness and did not do any cleaning out for the move. So I still have boxes from four years ago in my garage. I really need to get to that project.
    Where do you sell your books for credit? Best wishes . Very exciting for you.