Saturday, February 20, 2010

Off Track

Why is it that when I have a plan to do something specific, that I end up doing something completely different? I have my sticky notes on my desktop right? I always have sticky notes on my desktop - but you can see them right here:

Mahjong anyone? Actually, that is precisely the reason I put my notes up that way. To uncover what I need to do next. And I think - although I'm not sure - but I think maybe I did one of the items that I had listed all the way underneath everything else. Sigh. Figures, right? Oh well! At least I have something to show for it. Introducing....our new coat hooks in the den.

Don't those look great? I love the way that they look right there. I was trying to decide between the way that I ended up hanging them, a symmetrical pattern with high, low, low, high, or in a straight line. Hubby suggested that we do it this way and well, I went with it. I was undecided and he thought it would be good, so that's what we did. And you know what? It IS good. I like it quite a bit! I'm so glad that I did it too!

The kids are thrilled with their new hooks too! Well, two of the three that are home right now are, I should say. And you see the spot where there is a paint missing from the wall above the hooks? Would you believe that was actually caused by thick old paint just flaking off? It's happening here and there throughout our rental house. I think I need to get in touch with management about it. Don't you think? In the meantime until they get a chance to come out and repaint or agree to let us do the repainting, I think I am going to put something over the coat hooks to "assign" them to each of the kids. You know - name recognition and all that. Plus, I have some really cute ideas that I could incorporate as soon as I find this particular shoe box. That has all the Dolch sight words plus the nouns, plus classroom labels plus some blank strips of this special paper in there. And I don't know what I did with it. Can't find it anywhere at the moment. Very frustrating. I spent a lot of time, effort and a little bit of money of it and now I don't have it when I'm just about ready for it! Grrr!

Oh well! It will turn up and until then, I can deal with looking at the horrible ugly patch of wall where I can see the drywall underneath. I can live with that...temporarily.

Oh - and one other thing that I did today...I built this:

We got this for Punky and Boo for Christmas. Punky has already added a butterfly sticker to the storage on the back, but that's okay. Boo doesn't really mind. He puts his colorful touches on any available canvas wall surface that he can.

And yes, I do realize that my dear little Punky is wearing a winter coat and no shoes. That is because although I have told her multiple times today that she is not going to be riding this bike outdoors, she insists on wearing her coat around the house - I think "just in case" I change my mind. I don't know. But this is one battle that I will gladly let my three-year old win. She wants to wear her coat around the house? Fine by me.

Save the Planet Saturday

Okay, so I was reading Katie's post here and I commented on it as well. Much of what I am going to post I actually posted as a comment on her post already, but I have a little bit more I want to elaborate on, so bear with me.

First off, this is so true and quite honestly, there are a number of things that we rarely use that are drawing energy constantly. I plan to go through our house and do up an inventory tomorrow (aka later today - just that I haven't been to bed yet, so I'm still on Friday night even though it's Saturday morning) and I will be unplugging those items that we do not use very often.

Just off the top of my head, I'm thinking...two TVs, two DVD players, a few game consoles (yes, I remember the post a few weeks back - but that was about turning the system itself off), my chargers, our desktop computer (probably a HUGE energy sucker!) And for that fact, probably our washer and dryer could be unplugged when not in use too. Hmmm....I've got some major thinking and planning to do. I may have to go out and buy some power strips as well - it would save me more money than it would cost me in the long run! Thanks Katie!

So tomorrow (once again, actually later today) I plan to go through our house and I will report back as an update on this post here so that you all can see how many things I was able to unplug. I am really excited about this. Probably way more excited than I really should be.