What the [BLANK] happened this weekend?

This past weekend went WAY too fast.

I went to the Mariners game with some friends. This was the first game I’ve been to this season and probably my last. The firework display after the game was great and the most exciting thing during the game was watching the wave. What does that say about your team when the crowd is more focused on continuing the wave then watching the game? We also ate fantastic nachos out of a helmet.

I played Skyrim most of the day Saturday and did some cleaning. At 7pm I watch the Sounders get beat by Real Salt Lake. That was a frustrating game. RSL’s goals were not fantastic or anything like that and the Sounders Defense didn’t play horribly but we just can’t score. It doesn’t help when the moment your team decides to push harder they get instant yellow cards, yet Mulholland a RSL player can have 5 fouls called and get nothing. We also messed up the few opportunities RSL gave us, again frustrating. We don’t have many games left so I hope they can step it up soon. Oh I also finished a few rows of my scarf during the game.

I did some baking as well. Nothing fancy but I had a craving for chocolate chip cookies. I was able to get the whole batch cooked before my oven decided to stop working. The stove top, clock and lights work but the oven won’t heat up. I’m going to see if changing out the heating element gets it to work again. So weird that it was working fine in the AM though. This will be a first for me!

Tiffany- The Tangled Taurus

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What the [BLANK] happened this weekend?

My weekend begun with a Seahawks preseason game Friday night. Yes I know they were not playing their top players but it was still a tough game to watch. The universe decided to do me a favor and with only the 4th quarter left, my power went out. With nothing else to do because I could not use my phone data to watch the rest of the game, I went to bed!

Saturday I wanted to get started on some of my cleaning. I’ve been thinking about switching to natural products for some time but have always been to scared to switch. It doesn’t really have anything to do with cost as much as what chemicals I’m using and what if I ruin something!  Saturday I decided to try out  50/50 Distilled White Vinegar and water on my entry way. I added a few drops of Sweet Orange essential oil to help with the smell. Cleaning wise, it pretty much is like most store bought stuff. My entry way is a bitch to clean because it’s not smooth, the dirt can build up in sections. I’m going to have to really scrub at it to get it clean no matter what I use but this was a cheap and chemical free way to clean. Next up I’m going to experiment with carpet cleaners.

I went through all of my CDs and separated them into keep, sell/donate and download piles. I need to figured out if my sell pile is even worth anything to anyone and I need to get an external drive for my music. I currently don’t have anything to back up my music on and I don’t want to use a cloud storage. Oh and I even found a cassette tape I used to listen to ALL THE TIME when I was in Elementary school. After the sorting I left to meet up with my friend A. We had planned on going to see a free movie in the park but it had rained that morning and dark clouds were rolling in. We decided to stay home and pick up some Redbox movies, since I had a few free codes and have tacos for dinner. Pretty fantastic end to the day even if we didn’t get to do what we have originally planned.

Sunday was a completely lazy day.  I started a new game in Skyrim. I have not played this game in forever and had a blast starting up again. I think I put a load in the dishwasher, other than that I think I played Skyrim all day! Oh and the best part about this last Sunday, the SOUNDERS WON! We had new players play, we had Oba back and all the players seemed to be on top of their game. It was fantastic!

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

Projects, Projects, PROJECTS!

Wednesday is my new project update day! Why you might ask, or maybe not, maybe the thought didn’t even cross your mind. Anyways, like I mentioned on Monday, I want to start having a regular post routine and maybe it will help me keep myself accountable for the projects I’m working. I’m a procrastinating slacker.

On Saturday I finished up a section of theimage
scarf I’m working on. I feel like it’s taking forever and it is because it’s such a tiny knit. I did a rough draft on what I needed to do to get done, just 300 more rows to go! I hit row 400 on Saturday. I don’t want to knit my joints out so I’ve planned on 10 rows a day M-F. If I end up doing more than woohoo, if not then at least I’m staying on track to finish by the beginning of September. No new knit or crochet projects until then though.

Fimageor my battling chaos project I’ve been slowly making progress. I’m going to stick to minimizing the areas I’m working on. Later I’ll worry about making it look nice. I was too caught up on the decoration part and it was stressing me out.

My entry way is sort of embarrassing.

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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

Empty Space

I’ve been a little preoccupied lately and forgot to do a blog post. I even forgot to send a mother’s day card. I did call her, I’m not a bad daughter! I made up for it though. I sent a mother’s and father’s day card with an AMC theater gift card for a movie date night. I think that will do. 🙂

So what’s keeping me busy? Honestly it’s cleaning but I set myself up for some trouble. I need to read like 5 books in the next 2 weeks and have been attempting to minimalize my home. I also just celebrated my 30th birthday, that has been weighing on me and I’m going on a mini vacation at the end of the month. Just a lot happening for me this month and while I know I need to start cleaning up my life sooner rather than later, it’s just kind of catching up to me.

On Saturday my friend and I did dinner and a movie. We do this every year for my birthday and with all the amazing movies that come out in May, seeing a good one is easy. Now I’m a planner, not sure if you have picked up on that while reading this blog but I am. I decided on a time and place to meet my friend. I was running late so she ran in to buy the movie tickets before we went to IKEA. I KNOW when I checked online the movie was playing at the theater but turns out, it was not. Apparently the theater didn’t get the movie and had lots of people trying to see the movie there. The nice attendant told my friend that the movie was playing down the street but it’s earlier than we wanted. We run over to the other theater and buy our tickets and end up skipping IKEA. Totally bummed out because I love IKEA. So my friend and I walk into the theater and this is what we see, not a single person there.

IMG_20150516_143454We went to see Pitch Perfect 2 on a Saturday on its opening weekend. This is an older theater but the new theater was not even playing the movie, what is going on! Well as soon as we sat down, the theater started filling up. My theory, everyone went to the new theater first, because online it said they had it and when it was not showing they were told to go down the street to this one! Fantastic movie by the way, not as great as the first but still fantastic.

I hope to have an updated blog post for my Battling Chaos series soon but it’s taking some time and I’ve run into some problems. Here is the before picture, see what I have to work with!

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Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

A Mad House

My home is stressing me out big time. I’m completely disorganized, messy and I think this might have been a leading cause as to why I felt like crud last week. I walk into my home and my first thought is, oh I just want to sit down, I’m oh so tired. Moments before walking into my home, I WAS feeling pumped and ready to do something productive. What the heck brain???

I’m stuck in an endless cycle. I’m not trying to complain I’m just frustrated with myself. My shoes are scattered in the entry way, the floor needs to be swept and scrubbed. My entry way table has a massive invite, and it’s not picky, to all shapes and sizes of paper. Table : Hey you receipt, wanna join our party? Receipt: F yea, can I bring a few million of my friends and their friends?? Then the mail shows up with books and the whole thing is like a kegger from a teen/young adult movie. Then it migrates to my dinner table and grows!

My personalities are battling it out. My lazy side is winning while my control freak side is somehow whimpering in a corner. Pure frustration. I need to de-clutter, clean and keep up a steady routine in order to find SOME sort of balance. First I’m going to make a list! This list is everything that I need either clean and organize. Lots to do!

List for Downstairs

  • Kitchen : Dishes, counters, fridge, window covering, floors (sweep, scrub & vacuum), sink, oven, & cabinets.
  • Entry : Shoes, floors (sweep, scrub & find a rug), coat closet, & table.
  • Dining Room : Table and floor (vacuum).
  • Living Room : Bookcases (DVD, mini stand for remotes & 2 for books), sofa, chair, coffee table, TV stand, fire place & mantle, desk, wall shelf above desk, knitting area and floor (vacuum).
  • Bathroom : Toilet, sink, mirror, cabinet & floor (sweep, scrub & vacuum).

List for Upstairs

  • Master Bedroom : Laundry, bookcases, night stands, ottoman, bed & floor (vacuum).
  • Closet : Laundry baskets, clothes, storage & floor (vacuum).
  • Master Bathroom : Toilet, sink, mirror, cabinet, over toilet storage, shower & floor (sweep, scrub & vacuum).
  • Hallway : Linen closet, laundry closet, stairs & & floor (vacuum).
  • 2nd Bedroom : Crafts, bookcases, closet & floor (vacuum).

With this list I need to put some of the things I’ve learn from researching minimalist ideals from the books I talked about briefly in my battling chaos post. I’ll talk more about that in Battling Chaos v.2.

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus