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Cabin Fever

As a Southerner, I am now enjoying a Colorado winter. Snowy days remind me of pretending to be sick in grade school. All morning, you’re just excited that you got away with it and happy to lay on the couch watching morning talk shows. But by noon, you’re over it and bored. That’s how I feel today on a snowy Sunday. We were supposed to go skiing, but the amount of snow predicted will make the roads treacherous for this evening. So, as a newcomer to cabin fever, I have developed a day of indoor activities. Firstly, stretchy pants/PJs are suggested, although not required, and make-up is strongly discouraged, why not let your face breathe a little today?

1. Baking, just Funfetti cookies b/c that’s what I had left over in the pantry. Did not follow high altitude instructions, because I was secretly hoping they would come out terrible so that I wouldn’t eat any-no such luck, they are delicious!

2. Wrestle with the dog, in an effort to get her to stop whining and leave me alone. Also, hid her bone so she had to go find it.

Please excuse her eye boogers, she is taking advantage of being snowed in and letting herself go a little. Here we are watching the snow from the window. Ok, so maybe Kerbey isn’t the only one letting herself go.

3. Catch up on your reading. I plan on downloading Kris Carr’s new book, and Chad’s reading a Dean Koontz book.

4. Yoga Practice. I subscribed for a monthly membership to where I can stream live video or do one from my downloads.

5. Catching up on Grey’s Anatomy on Hulu.

6. Making some phone calls to far away family and friends.

7. Fold up our Saint’s Jerseys for the season :(. Our season is over, but I’m still proud to be a New Orleans Saints fan, and happy they made it to the play-offs!

Pandora’s Jack Johnson playlist is bringing some tropical sounds into our chilly apartment.

By tomorrow morning, I’ll be wishing I could call in sick and do this all over again!


Just STUFF it!

Out of the 3 Rs (you know, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), we have been most successful with Reducing our belongings and what we feel like we NEED on a daily basis. I am now learning the freedom that accompanies less STUFF.

My closet:

It seems like the focus has been on acquiring more things and better stuff, which in turn should make us happy? Isn’t that the idea? I remember when we bought our first home. I couldn’t wait to fill it with cute stuff; it was my personal mission to fill every blank shelf. I wanted a comfortable home that was eclectic and stylish. It was nice for a while, until I felt like acquiring more things was my second job, I NEEDED to go to Pier One to see what was new for the season. What started out as fun started to become a cause of stress.

Now that we are in more difficult economic times, it seems as if everyone is re-evaluating their needs (and maybe looking at all the debt that has accumulated with all that stuff)! Reducing the number of possessions that we own, as well as having a very specific limit for new items, has brought a new happiness to my life – one that lasts longer than that “buyer’s high” from the hot pink stilettos or deluxe belgium waffle maker. Now that we are limited to moving everything we own in one small car, we have to evaluate each new purchase much more closely. How many pairs of black pants do I REALLY wear? (the answer now is just one!) Luckily for me jewelry is small and easily packed, so I did get this bronze cuff bracelet from  an art festival.

I know, I know…but I was supporting local art! 🙂  Because it’s my only bracelet, I wear it often and appreciate it’s size and quality.

I thought I would miss my choice of 17 pairs of jeans (really, I had 17 at one time-those Goodwill people loved opening my bags!) or 20 dvds, but honestly, I don’t even think about what is missing-only what is there in front of me. Now that we have been doing this awhile; I can honestly say that I have a decreased desire for stuff.  There is less clutter, fewer choices for what to wear, and less wasted space and I like it that way!