Come here often? ;)

My lack of posts would indicate that I do not, for a fact, come here often. Yes I know this is a cheesy pick up line but it’s been a while since I posted an update. Things have not been hectic or anything but I’ve had a decreased will to post or pretty much do anything productive. I like to blame it on the heat we are having. The heat always sucks all the energy I have and converts it into pure hatred for the sun. I hate sweating, the restless nights, and did I mention the sweating? I was sick last week and almost went to work just for the AC.

So updates…

I hit a snag in my minimalist purge project, battling chaos. My desk is looking great and still nice and clean. I started working on the area right of my desk, my fireplace and my TV/TV Stand. I cleaned, purged and then started decorating. Decorating has been my downfall. I have a hard time leaving space empty and void of anything. My mantle is pretty boring and I decided to try my hand at painting a picture for it and they turned out HORRIBLE and ugly! Since then I’ve had no motivation to continue, all because a little disappointment. I don’t have any plans tonight so I figured I would clean up what I do have in place and just leave the decorating until later. Then maybe once I have the whole downstairs nice and clear, I can work on decorating.

With the heat and feeling crappy, reading again has not been happening. I have so much to catch up on it’s not funny. I really need to hammer out a reading schedule and actually follow it. I even have books I need to read before my next book club that I have been waiting to read and I just have no desire. My life is being controlled by my lack of desire to do anything that involves my brain!

And my last update before I go. In an attempt to organize my life I bought a Plum Paper Planner! I’m super excited to get this in and to start using it. I’ve tried to stay organized electronically using Google Drive, Google Keep, Google Calendar, Evernote, Todolist. HabitRPG and other random android apps. While I love Google Keep for random notes, book notes and grocery lists, it just doesn’t keep me organized. I still write myself notes, I still make lists and I still go through way to many scraps of paper. I know using a paper planner is time consuming but I’m at a place where I need to crack down and just do it.

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

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Vacation

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I don’t generally do vacations but I felt like I needed to get away for a weekend. I searched for a nice place on the west coast to hang out for 3 days and found this cute little resort called Seabrook. I stayed for 3 days and 2 nights at the end of May and while it was a relaxing weekend, I was bummed it was not nicer out. I know the coast is usually cooler than inland but I was hoping for more sun and got mostly clouds. I also wanted to take my dog to the beach for the first time! We were only able to go down to the beach once.

I decided on Seabrook because I was looking for a small cottage that allowed dogs, was not super expensive and was located within walking distance of the beach. I didn’t want to stay in a hotel or motel and wanted a home away from home. I found Seabrook very charming, in a welcome to Pleasantville sort of way. All the homes are rather close, nothing is around the resort so you need to make your own fun, they have 1 restaurant and 2 food trucks, a general store, a dog shop, bike rentals, art studio, pool and a spa. They also have a basketball court, horseshoes and a dog park. The home I stayed in, Longshoreman’s Daughter, was about a mile walk away from the beach and had a fire pit out front. Most, if not all the cottages come stocked with pretty much everything you will need except food. Mine had everything I needed besides food and personal items. It had a full kitchen, TV with cable and movies, board games and card games, 2 beach bikes and a 2 person hot tub. It had a small dog run attached to it, a dog bed, dog toys, and dog dishes.

I went by myself, a solocation. Now while I’m 100% fine with my own company, I think this place might be boring to someone who isn’t, unless they go with a group. On Sunday, the clouds were out and there was a steady breeze which made being outside pretty darn cold. I stayed inside with a cup of hot chocolate, the gas fireplace going and watching Harry Potter. I had planned to read a few books and get caught up on a series but I forgot the next book in the series I’m reading. I love HP so I was not too disappointed. The few times the clouds went away, the dog and I went out to explore. She had a blast walking around and smelling all the new smells. Seabrook was pretty empty when I went but I can imagine it filled with families and how exciting the place could be.

Overall the dog and I had a fantastic time at Seabrook and the Longshoreman’s daughter exceeded my exceptions! I hope I can come back soon!

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

Battling Chaos : Computer Area

For the last few weeks I’ve been busy working on my computer area. Like I said in my last Battling Chaos post about planning, I was going to clear out everything, pack it up or put it in a designated spot, clean the empty space and then divide all the items I pulled out into items I want to keep, sell/donate or trash. For such a small area I sure do have a lot of stuff.

My plan was to post before, during and after pictures to go along with each blog post but that did not pan out this time. I do have some pictures though!

Here is what I started with. My computer, tons of pens/pencils, computer cords, folders and files of paper that need to be filed and random stuff I have not used in a long time.

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My first step was to pull everything out and clean all the surfaces. I put everything in a pile to be separated later.

IMG_20150508_184022 IMG_20150508_184053 IMG_20150508_184041Once I had everything separated I started going through it all. The 2 white containers are still filled and on my to do list but I went through the 3 drawer container and tested each pen and marker. I ended up throwing out a lot that were dry. I also saved a whole bunch of pencils to give to my nephew and highlighters for my step sister. I also have a lot of folders I’m going to see if my step sister needs for school. I’d consider that donating.

I went through that big pile of stuff to figure out what I wanted to throw away and what I wanted to donate/sell. There were a few items of paper in there that I need to file away so that went into a different pile for now. One of the hardest things has been going though my computer games. I am keeping a few but it was incredible hard to put my old sims games in a box to throw away. Most of those games are not sell-able and it hurts to just throw them away. It’s like the memories that I associate with these items are going to go away, but I know they won’t. 

After I separated all my left over stuff, that left me with a box of items to sell/donate, items that need to be relocated to my craft room and filed away. Once I was done doing through all my stuff I started to fill my computer area with a few of the essentials I decided to keep. Unfortunately I was left with a very empty desk area and I did not like this look AT ALL. There is some part of me that likes empty space because it looks clean but with all the white I have in my living room, it just feels wrong.

I took a few days to figured out what I wanted to do and what direction I wanted to go in. My living room originally was supposed to be blue, green and white. Now that it’s been 4 years since I bought my townhouse, not much has been updated or added to. I still have mostly bare walls, a few green knick knacks here and there and my one big blue wall. I love my big blue wall so I needed something that would go with that. I mean that’s not hard. What doesn’t go with blue??

Hmm what to do?? Sooooo I might have been having a “I’m getting old, I probably shouldn’t do this” idea but I want to base all the rooms in my house subtly off Disney princesses.

I’m not really sure where this idea came from or how I can pull this off but I immediately got on pinterest and searched out something that would catch my eye. This is turning into a living room project and not just the computer are but I needed to have a plan in order to coordinate accordingly. I don’t have an idea how to make this idea work for other parts of my house but for my living room I’m inspired by Beauty and the Beast.

Why you might ask? I have TONS of books. Yes I will go through them and work my minimalism magic but I love books. I love to read and the living room is where most of them are stored, besides my bedroom. I also have some pretty neat looking old classics that I can use as decoration as well as reading them. My living room also includes my dining area and Beauty and the Beast gives me a lot of ways to spruce up my dining room. Like I said before, I want to keep it subtle. Subtle and simple are really not my strong suits. I tend to do more than I should because I want to it be amazing!

This has been very hard for me and another reason why I wanted to move towards minimalism. It’s been difficult clearing out all the items on my computer desk, separating my goods into piles to throw away, donate or sell and keeping my redecorating simple. I mean the ideas I had…I had to battle myself and step back. I like what I did and in another post I’ll go over what and how I did it. I present my finished computer area! Now to keep it nice and clean. 🙂


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Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus