**I thought I posted this yesterday but apparently in the time since my last post, I’ve forgotten how to blog correctly**
We are *finally* starting to take an interest in the house again, after months of ignoring it to spend most of our time under blankets on the couch. The trick is going to be to take things one step at a time and avoid thinking of the enormous laundry list of things we need to get done.
We’ve put some focus back into the office. We have this very bad habit of getting about 80% done with a room and then moving onto another project. As a result, we don’t have one single “completed” room in the house, which is making me a little crazy. A few months ago we had bought a desk on Craigslist that, although attractive and full of nice drawers for much needed storage, just wasn’t cutting it for Greg. It turned out to be more of a writing desk than a computer desk. Greg couldn’t even get his chair under it, and it was entirely too shallow to be effective. I think initially I thought we’d try a smaller desk to make ourselves be disciplined and avoid collecting a lot of crap on it, but the crap then just winds up spilling over into the rest of the room. We decided to put it back on Craigslist and replace it with a bigger one so Greg can feel like an executive with an enormous desk in front of him. The one problem of course is that the new one has no storage, so we’ll need to figure out an alternative.
The office as of yesterday morning…
And as of Sunday night, still very far from done…
And here is Porter probably thinking, “Mommy, why are you taking pictures? This place looks like crap!”
We need to make another trip to Ikea for some boxes to organize the closet so we can get some more effective storage going in there. We also need a rug to pull the room together, but that will have to wait a bit.
During our cleaning efforts, one problem kept arising, which is that we have a ridiculous amount of framed artwork and photos with nowhere to go. To be honest, we’re downright scared of these walls. They’re mysterious and crumbly and the idea of trying to hang anything in them is incredibly daunting. So every time we try to clean anything, we wind up just shuffling around frames and ultimately just leaning everything up against the wall. I guess we just need to bite the bullet and get rid of everything we’re sick of and just dive in and start hanging things. All of you lucky people with nice sturdy studs behind firm drywall should count your blessings.
Yesterday I did some Valentines baking for Greg – peanut butter & jelly bars from Ina Garten’s “Barefoot Contessa at Home” book. I’m making him take them to work because I could definitely see myself packing on the pounds very quickly with these.