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Secret Shame

Ok so I normally wouldn’t post this but I felt like I needed to expunge my soul of this heinous crime.

This evening, we were all getting ready to head out for the day when my coworker Bruce turned to me and said, “My wife would be very happy to know we weren’t the only ones who had our Christmas trees still up.”

Pam and Gonzo, two of my other coworkers, turned to me and said in disbelief, “You still have your Christmas tree up?”

By the look on their faces, one would’ve thought I admitted to biting the heads off puppies.

“Yes…” I said reluctantly. “But I took it off the automatic timer last Friday. I just liked coming home to a lit apartment.”

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Taming the Chaos

The last few weeks have been very weird mostly because there’s this dude living here all of a sudden. It’s taken some time to get used to, but at the same time it hasn’t. Does that make sense? I guess it’s like I’m used to his personality and who he is, but I’m not used to the beard trimmings on my towels.

Most of this last weekend was spent cleaning and trying to find homes for things. While one would thing that sounds like a drag, for me it was a relief and a huge weight off my shoulders. The situation isn’t perfect just yet. We still have mountain of boxes taking up the corner of our living room. I’m afraid until we move into a bigger place, we will have to suffer with it for now.

Despite that and the waning job search, things have been good. Financially we are living on my income for now, but we know that can’t go on forever. So for now, we’re keeping our ears open for potential opportunities and applying to the ones that come up.

Last weekend I was able to do some scrapping so I’ll be posting those pages here shortly. I’m taking a week long vacation beginning next Thursday and it will be a welcome relief. I’m not going anywhere exactly, just taking some time off for my cousin’s wedding and then the Coldplay concert on the 21st. I can’t wait.

The Internet Was Invented Specifically for City Folk Like Me Who Don’t Know How to Build a Log Fire

Ok, so I bought firewood for the first time intending to use my fireplace again this year. Lowe’s had their firewood bundles at a pretty good price ($2.99 a bundle) so I figured I’d pick up a couple while I was there getting some weatherstripping. Last year when I used my fireplace, I stuck to the very easy, very reliable Duraflame logs which gave me a perfect fire every time. The only problem with those is they’re pretty expensive and you go through them like crazy.

I happily carted my two bundles of firewood home, so proud of myself that I would be actually BUILDING a fire in my fire place. But then when I brought them home, I realized I knew NOTHING about how to build a fire using real wood. Growing up, our fireplace was more a bookshelf than an actual source of heat so of course I wouldn’t know how to actually make fire.

So like any good, resourceful single woman, I Googled it. After watching a couple eHow clips (here) and reading a few articles (here and here), I finally learned how to build the perfect fire. And it only took me 5 logs and about 8 long matches to do it 🙂 Oh well, that just means I need to get more firewood for practice.

I De-Virginized My Fireplace!



I De-Virginized My Fireplace!, originally uploaded by krisalis903.

After living in my apartment for over 2 years now, I finally used my fireplace. It actually wasn’t so bad at all. I kinda wish I’d used it before. I bought this wood-alternative product called Java Log which is basically made out of coffee. Awesome huh? Now granted, I’ve never used any other firelog, but I really dig this one. It’s supposed to burn cleaner and is eco-friendly. I may have to do this when it gets cold again 🙂

Apartment Therapy: Spring Cure ’07

So over my lovely and relaxing long vacation last weekend, I came across a book called Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan. And because Barnes & Noble has constructed an environment that actually encourages spending long hours in their store just reading and browsing books, I actually got to spend some time with it before purchasing it.

If you’re like me and live in an apartment, I HIGHLY recommend this book, especially if you don’t mind hippy dippy talk about the flow of energy through your home, etc. Think of this as feng shui for the modern apartment dweller.

It may have been more than mere coincidence that I purchase the book the week it was being featured on Oprah. I unfortunately missed the episode, but I visited the site and learned about how March 5 marks the start of Spring Cure ’07 and I completely plan on participating.

The great thing about the book is it’s laid out like an easy-to-follow 8 week plan. The first week, I’m supposed to start out small and just get a vision of how I want my living space to be. After that, it goes into putting together a budget and even having a celebratory dinner at the end of the 8 weeks.

I talked with a friend from work about being my decluttering buddy. Anyone else feel like participating?