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UPDATES: Been sidetracked due to this back of mine… Plus I HATE medication/introspection/thinking too much.

It’s disheartening to lose momentum for me. It really is.

The valium they prescribed is making me a bit introspective and slightly depressed- I know it’s the meds and not me per se.

Being forced to sit/lay on one’s ass when I have deadlines is not my thing at all. Being in pain is also not an option.

I’ve thought about things I haven’t thought about in decades this week. I’ve come face-to-face with the fact that I’ve let my supplements slide that control my lupus flares (high dose vitamin d3). Completely my fault.

I still have to finish the dining room and remove more clothes from the back room. I have school clothes to buy for the boy. I have the 2 youngest kids’ birthdays and my father’s in 2 weeks. I have a houseguest arriving on Tuesday for a two week stay. I have Maisie’s actual big to-do party on the 19th. My mother leaves for Manila on the 21st, so there’s that, too…

I’m freaking out.

I also have clients asking for readings, which isn’t happening, folks. Wait til October, please.

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Half a Dumpster Diary Post- Had a cousin’s night for the rest of the evening-

We continued to decorate the back room today and move the remainder of clothes from the closets in the back room to my walk in closet.

Sam’s orange room is resembling a hipster whorehouse and we’re ok with that- it’s quirky and kitschy and works for his studio. He’s at Pax Prime (a convention in Seattle) all week and I am hoping to finish this project up before he gets home next week.

I can work ok with the help of pain killers and rest. Tomorrow I hope hope hope we can finish up.

This evening my cousins came over- one of my cousins lives in Florida now and is home for a visit. There are a huge litter of us girl cousins, of which I am the eldest. My dad had 6 in his family and our individual families are smaller, so we’re almost like sisters in many ways.

Tonight was a vodka fueled yoga and gab fest. I really needed it and I loved spending time with the girls. 2 of them ended up on the floor in the dining room cuddling my 150 lb (each) Newfs.

One cousin is a singer and artist, another is a Cross Fit trainer, and the third that was here from Florida is a professional kite boarder/model/jewelry designer. They’re amazing women, all three. I am so proud of them.

Maisie was able to hang for a bit, then her father put her to bed for me and we stayed til 3 am on my front porch. It was a great time. I’d post photos, but they’d murder me.

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Part 14 of the Dumpster Diaries: Finishing the Back Room AND Bye Bye Dumpster! (plus other updates).

I *thought* I had a half finished blog post draft saved, but when I went to find it, it was gone.

It’s been SO BUSY around here that I have had barely enough time to think, much less write.

I am NOT going to post more pics of the back room til I get more decorating done- most people are shocked currently by the incredibly orange walls LOL! It has to be entirely finished to understand… I am doing a hippie dippy music theme melange in there. I feng shui’d the CRAP outta that room, to boot.

Here is a rundown of what happened:

~Finished the back room drywalling and painted the walls/ceiling.
~Added an area rug that the neighbors didn’t want anymore
~Moved the sofa bed from the front porch(!!) to the back room
~Assembled and set up the desk
~They took away the dumpster(and I miss it already)

We still have to:

~Finish decorating back room
~Move the rest of our clothes from the back room closet to the master bedroom walk in closet
~Get all of Sam’s crap that’s piled to the ceiling out of the dining room
~Hang the Ikea Kirp shelves for his video games and books
~Wait for the art to arrive from Thailand

What else I did (mostly purchases for back room):

~Ordered curtain panels from India

ordered 4 panels of these ganesha elephant curtains

ordered 4 panels of these ganesha elephant curtains

~Ordered white wooden plantation blinds for the windows

plantation blinds

plantation blinds

~Ordered some awesome throw pillows for the sofa

I admit, I ordered this one because it appealed more to me than it would to my son

I admit, I ordered this one because it appealed more to me than it would to my son

this album isn't his fave, but I love the quirky cover art

this album isn’t his fave, but I love the quirky cover art

The dumpster was taken away last Friday… I must admit, I am really sad to see it go.

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View from my porch… it was almost TOO full by the time they came to get it

bye bye dumpster...

bye bye dumpster…

We will probably be renting another one in a month when we start the downstairs bathroom renovations. This thing was almost TOO full by the time they took it back. R and the rest of the guys spent the last day filling it with refuse and junk from the basement and garage. They didn’t even bother telling me what they were tossing out- I told them not to.

Sam leaves tomorrow for the Pax Prime convention in Seattle and will be gone for a week. My dad has cataract surgery tomorrow morning and will be spending the night here because it’s closer to his doctor’s. Connor and Maisie’s birthdays (and my dad’s) are coming up in the next 2 weeks- and school starts on the 8th!

I have to devote my time to finding birthday presents, planning parties, getting back-to-school supplies, AND CLEANING THIS F*CKING HOUSE UP! I am toying with the idea of hiring some of the cleaning out at this point.

2 of our Dyson vacuum cleaners decided to die within a week of each other. The last one started going out 2 days ago. This is not good when you have 3 giant, perpetually shedding Newfoundland dogs.

Also, last but not least, Maisie is finally starting to walk!

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Dumpster Diaries: Kitchen to Closet UPDATE

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hauling the island into the house

We wanted a kitchen type island in the closet, for folding clothes, etc. Found one at a garage sale for $80.00 that was PERFECT!

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removed the locking wheels from the feet, after discovering only 2 would lock. Maisie would be pushing this all over the room with wheels! Also, the height is better for me minus the wheels-

All we have to do now is get rid of the 2 antique waterfall dressers and put more closet systems in.

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the lack of room will take some getting used to

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don’t mind my messy shelves… still haven’t tidied up in here

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Dumpster Diaries: BASEMENT FLOOD

No photos from that day- was too tired.

The plumber arrived on Tuesday and used the auger on the drain. He said the tree roots were causing the flooding in the basement- and found a PLASTIC BAG! How the HELL would a plastic bag get in there?!

My drain problem is probably good for another year or two.

The guys spent part of the day cleaning up the aftermath and got a full garbage cans full of crap in dumpster from the basement.

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Dumpster Diaries: Today in Pictures (and Captions)

Today I had to change my sheets and clean the bedroom- but this sleeping princess prevented it for a bit

Today I had to change my sheets and clean the bedroom- but this sleeping princess prevented it for a bit

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overflow keeps going back and forth between the two rooms- frustrating!

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forgot that this rug was underneath the white furry thing. Sent the white faux fur outside with C to beat on the line with the carpet beater-

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have to change/wash bedding and clean this room- quietly- while she is asleep

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Maisie wakes up

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stuffing a silk duvet into a heavy cotton duvet cover is not fun.

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Maisie checks out the clean(er) bedroom, new bedding, and the rug.

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my little helper ‘sweeping’

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she was very serious about her job. When I took the broom away, she screamed bloody murder.

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I think she will be getting a toy broom soon. She’s dangerous with a real one.

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Dumpster Diaries: The Beauty Organization and Makeup Storage Edition

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so I had an unusable counter and sink in the upstairs kitchen that became the master bedroom’s walk in closet… we aren’t doing a full renovation until next year.

This blog post is going to be mostly photos and captions, because it’s 1 am and I am nearly passing out from exhaustion!

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I’ve thrown out SO MUCH MAKEUP from my downstairs bathroom… this is just some of what’s left

makeshift sink vanity

makeshift sink vanity

No, you can't see the faucet... shhhh... don' tell me!

No, you can’t see the faucet… shhhh… don’ tell me!

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what it looked like BEFORE I hauled more makeup upstairs from the downstairs bathroom

The stuff in this ‘vanity’ isn’t even 1/10th of what I own. Tomorrow I will be hauling the rest upstairs. I really need a better organization system- but until then, this will do.

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my ipsy and birchboxes, coz they’re so cute

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1960s-70s groovy glasses repurposed as makeup brush holders

Since this was originally a kitchen, I housed all my vintage linens and favorite antique china and glassware here. It’s a shame not to use them, so I am hauled some of them out as brush and makeup storage.

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I’m glad I bought 4 of these lipstick organizers- I needed them

I cannot say enough about these cheap little clear acrylic lipstick holders from eBay! They’re AMAZING and practical.

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Lipliners in one glass, eye liners in another- plus a vintage anchor-hocking glass for beauty blenders

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after I hauled more stuff upstairs- I need to clean a couple of these brushes

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I have no idea how I will end up organizing all the perfume/perfume samples and eye shadows

I have mac, nars, pout, nyx, and hard candy thingies in that little green tray.

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a few of my favorite palettes

I love the idea of everything being out in the open where I can see them and not shoved into a drawer, forgotten.

I also received something in the mail from Birchbox, but will review later- Goodnight All!