Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Back From Vacation

A Kniphofia plant at the San Diego Zoo

I'm back from a lovely week-long sunny vacation in San Diego. I got home just in time to escape the rainstorms and windstorms hitting San Diego today. I'm rested, relaxed, and ready to take on whatever 2010 has to throw at me. It's good to be home with my kids and cats.

This is me, lounging at the hotel bar with a couple of my San Diego friends


- Need to take laundry out of the dryer to fold and sort?

- Pet maintenance - Need to wash pet bedding today? Sanitize their food bowls? clean the floor around said food bowls? Bathe or brush your pet? Inventory any pet medicine to see if you need a refill for them?

- I like to give my kitchen floor a quick mid-week mop. How is yours looking?

- What are you doing for fun this weekend? Check with friends and make plans ahead of time if possible.

- Carve out ten minutes today to just sit by yourself in a room with your feet up, coffee or tea and a magazine. (Enlist your partner's help if your children make this ten minute reprieve difficult to attain).

TODAY'S PROJECT: Mid-Week Maintenance

I've been gone for seven days, so I have a bit of housework to catch up on. My kids did the best they could - I came home to freshly vacuumed carpet, swept wood floors, and a clean kitchen. But there are all those little things that need attention (trash cans emptied, curtains Febrezed quickly, coffee table decluttered and dusted, a lightbulb changed, etc).

After doing a quick sweep through of the house to declutter and collect drinking glasses, empty recycling and trash, I'll probably do some maintenance cleaning in the kitchen. I'll clean the microwave, stove and oven, and sort out two drawers that are really getting out of control. Not the most exciting project in the world, but one that my home will be better for after I'm done.

LOVELY BLOGS: It's the Little Things that Make a House a Home

I thought you might enjoy checking out this homemaking blog. The author shares her progress in homemaking and family projects. Quite a prolific blogger, she posts almost every day. She shares a lot of pictures of her home, food, and decor, but in a way that makes you not feel like you are snooping into the life of a stranger.


There are several opportunities in the weeks ahead for you to throw a fun party. You can throw a delightful party without an excuse, of course, but I like to throw parties centered around a theme. Check out this list and see if you get inspired to host your friends, treating them to an enjoyable time.

- The Superbowl, February 7

- The Winter Olympics, February 12

- Valentine's Day, February 14

- Throw an Alice in Wonderland themed party right before or right after seeing Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, March 5

- The Academy Awards, March 7


"If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."

— William Morris


I shouldn't watch so much television (especially after coming back from vacation and needing to catch up on my neglected work). But tonight I don't think I can resist checking out this fashion reality competition show. Ten fashion designers are paired with ten professionals with no fashion industry backgrounds, attempting to launch a line of clothing. I don't think the show will be boring - at the least, it will give me something to listen to while I fold laundry and sort my mail!


Can You Take Leftovers Home From a Party? (CHOW)

Healthy Winter Desserts (Food Network)

How to Make A Veggie Stir-Fry (CHOW)

100 Ways to Live a Better Life (Dragos Roua)

100 Ways to Screw Up Your Life (Dragos Roua)

Valentine's Day Cardmaking Center (Martha Stewart)

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