Is there a blogger out there that doesn’t get a bit introspective at the beginning of a new year? If so, I haven’t met them yet.
I’ve spent a little time thinking about what I want for 2016… a resolution, a word of the year, a mantra… but really, I want something I can stick with. And that’s just going to be to focus on happiness- my personal happiness, and encouraging the happiness of others.
For a lot of people January is a time to finally wind down, but because of my job I’m full speed ahead until about mid-February. My day job is working with suspended students; suspension notices went out this past week so I’m in a mad dash to get students settled before the new semester begins. Additionally, I teach an intersession Speech course, which means I teach a 15 week course in 10 days starting tomorrow. I’m working 8-4 for my day job, then 4:30-8 teaching this week and next. Once that course wraps up, my regular length web courses will begin- and I’ve got two of them this semester (Film Appreciation and Intro to Mass Media). Whew! It’s craziness and business, but I need to just accept that I thrive in that environment and stop trying to simplify, simplify, simplify. I’m happiest when I have a lot to do.
All this does put house stuff on hold though, and it bums me out. Here’s some unstaged photos of what my house looks like right this second:
The sunroom, as empty as it is, feels desperately cluttered to me. The clear bin on top of the storage cabinet holds towels and shoes (2 dogs = 8 wet paws). There’s an extra basket on the bar that holds the puppy’s harness, leash, flashlights (because it’s always freaking dark out), etc. The cardboard box full of cardboard boxes is… sigh… also for the puppy. He eats our furniture when we leave him home alone, but we’ve found if we spread out old boxes around the house he eats those instead. We’re working on it. (PS- those gray curtains on the right are new! I’ll tell you about them someday soon.)
The kitchen is in typical after-New Years shape. We’ve been hanging out with friends having drinks and catching up for a few days now and it’s been awesome, but there’s some cleaning to do in the aftermath. My gracious husband washes all the dishes because I have “the dropsies” and will inevitably break everything if I attempt to wash that much stemware.
The living room is what’s on my brain the most because all I want in the whole world is to paint those gray walls white and I don’t have time until February’s long weekend to do it. Also- look- we got a new couch! It’s covered in blankets because it’s our pets’ couch, but it was only $260 at Walmart so it was totally worth it. I also redid the coffee and end tables! And bought new chairs! And a new lamp! And a new mirror! I have a lot to blog about in 2016 already.
(And if you’re wondering why I call the living room couch a pet couch, it’s because we’ve got a movie room in the basement where we actually hang out. Generally this couch gets sat on my actual humans less than a dozen times a year, but it gets sat on by dogs every single day).
So yeah, that’s downstairs right now. Quick, call the press and get them over here ASAP to photograph these masterfully arranged rooms.
Also, I fully understand that messy and cluttered in my world is not even close to messy and cluttered in other people’s worlds… but we’re not here to judge that, right friends? The point of sharing this is just to start off the new year here on this blog with a dose of reality. I love to post my projects, and pretty things, and staged rooms… and for the most part my house really does look that way because I have no kids and am a bit of a minimalist. But right now it feels a hot mess to me, and if I’m going to focus on happiness that mess stress needs to be reframed. My house is a mess because I’ve been busy having fun- and if that’s not a good reason, I don’t know what is.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go at least sweep the floors before I settle in for a long day watching Making a Murderer on Netflix.
What’s on your mind these days?