Thursday, April 26, 2012

One of my favorite things...? LISTS!

I love love love making lists.

When I am stressing over lots to do, I make a list.

When I am packing and worried I'll forget last minute items before I leave? I make a list.

When I'm travelling and have certain things I NEED to see? I make a list.

You get it. Lists are helpful in being organized, in destressing myself, and they're also fun to make about not so stressful and organized things. I've been thinking about this post for a while now and after fatefully finding a new site on Stumble Upon, Lists of Note (where I found a hysterical list written by Albert Einstein--demands he was making to his wife in order to stay with her versus getting a divorce) I was further inspired to reveal the list that's been forming in my brain.

I was thinking about the simple things in life that make me the happiest and how we as people experience each of these things. It all boils down to the simplest ways that we experience any given part of life instinctually--our senses! So we'll call this list 5 on 5: My five favorite things to experience through each of my five senses (in no particular order-except for the honorable mentions who just didn't make the actual cut). Ready? GO.


1. Woodfires
2. Laundry in the Dryer
3. Halloween (in otherwords that perfect crisp smell on a perfectly crisp fall evening)
4. Ham baking
5. Coffee
*Honorable mentions = Chocolate

1. The giggles of my sister's kids
2. Hippie music
3. White noise (for sleeping of course)
4. The ocean
5. Crickets and the sound of night (outside of a big city of course)
Tastes (aka hardest category to limit ever...)
1. Chocolate
2. Chicken Noodle Soup
3. Baked potatos cooked on a campfire
4. Gravy
5. Rey Azteca (a local Mexican restaurant)
* Honrable mentions= peanut butter, wine & pizza

Sights (real life views I've experienced)
1. Watching happy reunions
2. Mountaintop views
3. The smiles of my sister's kids
4. The first glimpse of home after a long trip 
5. Sicilian countryside

1. New born baby-soft skin
2. Sunshine on your skin
3. Holding hands
4. Toes in the sand
5. Hot bubble bath
*Honorable mention= massage (duh)

I'm feeling pretty positive about this list... I think it covers  my senses most favorite things. What are some of yours??

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Old is the New NEW!

She almost got the boot.

She’s been cracked for years, she’s almost 30 years old, and she ain’t the prettiest thing to look at, but I needed her.

When I moved off to my first little place on my own I had a nice big closest, but no dresser.  Now being that I was going to start paying rent, and bills, and all the other expenses that come a long with being an adult, I wasn’t the least bit interested in buying a bedroom suit.  Thankfully, my parents offered to give me this little gem (because the alternative was leaving her for the garbage men).  I had a walk in closet that I could hid her in at my new place, so it worked out perfectly. 

My parents bought this dresser before my older sister was born, it was just the right size to put all of their new baby things in before my sister arrived.  But over the years this dresser has held sweaters, bathing suits, holiday decorations, and even made a nice little hiding spot for the family cat (sup muchka).  It served its purpose a million times over for me in my new apartment – out of sight out of mind – yet my gutchies, socks, and camis all had a space of their own (I LOVE how many drawers this dresser has!)

Just a couple of months ago, I hauled everything up to move again, in with my boyfriend.  The truck was barely big enough to hold all of my belongings, and both my dad and boyfriend tried to convince me to leave the beat up dresser by the dumpster to leave room for things that I actually needed… like my bed.  I couldn’t bring myself to let go!  This dresser has worked out so well for me, and all of my garments had their own space, and it was just too difficult to say goodbye.  I promised them that I was going to paint it and make it beautiful and worth the effort of squeezing it into the moving van. 

Its been 3 months since I’ve been moved in, but finally this past weekend, my dresser got the makeover that I had promised.

I purchased all of the knobs from anthropology and Joann’s fabrics ( on sale, wahoo!) & the paint was from Lowes.  It only took me about 3 hours to prime and paint (and about 2 seconds to put the new knobs on) and now I’m pretty sure I’m in love with her all over again.

The drawers may still be cracked, but I think it adds to her charm <3