Tuesday, August 14, 2007

swept under the rug

If they were to sort the whole of us into groups of those who deal with it and those who avoid it (whomever they are and whatever it is) I would be with the bunch who avoid it.

Here are some real life examples:

Sometimes when I sweep, I make a pile and I leave it there under the broom, which is leaned against the wall. I'm expecting the broom fairies to take care of the rest. They've yet to come.

I am fond of storing my files in lots of folders directly on my desktop. Once every so often I will "clean" the desktop by making a folder called "clean" or some crazy derivative like "cleanup" or "cleancleanclean" or "desktop cleanup" and I will dump all of those files into it. As a result I have an elaborate web of these such folders, dating back years and years. I think my computer is so full of files right now that it is going to bust wide open and files are going to fly everywhere.

My books go undone for months at a time, marked by a lumbering pile of unopened envelopes towering in my in-box.

And I'll stop right there to avoid risking losing you all in a wave of disgust. Besides, I think confessions are best 3 or fewer at a time.

I have a list of things that I've let go too long and its accumlative effect is to make me feel quite unbalanced. Weeks go by, each starting with me saying "yes, this is the week I'll..." and fill in some monumental task that I really need a team of extreme people to come in and do for me.

Alas, it's just me. And too many weeks have started with the goal of doing this or doing that only to find me in the same place, buried even deeper, the next week.

You know what they are fond of saying these days about big girl panties and all that goes with them. In the weeks to come, I'm commiting myself to a lot of tcob kinds of things.

I can't say how this commitment will play out in my blog. I can guess that there will be days when I'll ramble on forever about something or nothing, just to avoid the monster of a task planned for that day. And I'm sure there will be other days when I'll emerge wartorn from some room that has become a depository for forgotten things, perhaps with a photo of said things to share. Still there will be other days when I will be cross-eyed and bloodshot from a marathon of number mumbling, cross referencing from paper to quickbooks, a finger to hold my place.

Today's monumental task...tackling my freakin' books. (I will supplement this task with a sweet tea from McD's and will punctuate each reconciliation with a chocolate treat)

First, I wanted to show you these sweet houses that I just finished...

These are on their way to a special customer but I'm feeling inspired to make more like them. Maybe when I need to refuel after shoveling through the masses of things I've swept under the rug, I'll have some to share with you.


LovieX3 said...

Oh those houses! i want those houses!

As for sweeping technique; I've been known to do the same. In fact, I do it WAY too often.


June said...

The tiny cottages are so adorable!

When I've over committed (and I do that frequently), I make a list. Then I go down the list one-by-one and ask myself whether actually doing that particular item will truly matter five or 20 years from now. If not, then I drop it off the list.

a pink-bee said...

I do the same thing with my broom-those faries never show here either? I have so much stuff to get done too and never seen to get to it. Good luck on getting yours done. I will be starting fall cleaning now and maybe will have it done by spring :) You have me started on drinking the Mickey D's sweet tea ! Oh it is good- chugged a jug of it yesterday :)Happy Day :) Love those cottages!

Lilli said...

Those are so Darling! You talented woman. When can I move in? :)

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Oh my...I won't tell you about my stuff stacked high and higher... those are the sweetest houses

(( ))

Valerie said...

I'm always inspired by pretty much everything you do, but I especially love it when you post new little houses. Just wondering -- where do you find these houses to paint and glitter and decorate? Do you buy them unfinished? Do you make them yourself? Do you find them vintage and refurbish them? I've always wondered! :)

Diane said...

All I can say is - Welcome to my world. I definitely can relate to how you feel. Houses are really cute!


corine said...

This is delightful. I love the things you make.

wilsonian said...

This is so funny!! I have a large assortment of file folders, stuffed full, all labled "To File". lol... oh my!

Joy for the Journey said...

You are too funny! I guess we all have a lot more in common than we think!
Sarah :)

Amanda said...

I am guilty of the first count. WE all have something we put off over and over again.
I adore your houses! I will keep checking back!

Cheryl said...

OOOOhhhh...these are just YUMMY! Maybe it's because they look sugared, but I just want to EAT them with a cute little pink-handled ice cream spoon! DEE-LISH! Ooooo....good luck with those books. Ick.
hugs, cheryl

jessi nagy said...

those houses rock!!!!
to cute. little fairies can move right in.
jessi nagy\

Carolr said...

I'm still laughing at the pile of "stuff" sitting under your broom's bristles. Let me tell you the BEST thing I found....one of those gizmos--a broom and a longhandled dust bin, that attach to each other. Sweeping up the cats' hair and their leaf bits has never been easier. Of course, the "stuff" is still inside that bin, but it's folded up, not on the floor, and I can't see it.

DivaDeb said...

Waaaaaaaaiiiiiiit just a minute there, Miss Amy......
You can get SWEET TEA at your Mickey D's?? That is SO UNFAIR! ;o)

Heck, I could even get to cleaning the 'black hole' in the corner of the garage (my own personal 'under the rug' area)if I had an unending supply of Sweet Tea!

KaReN EiLeeN said...

What a fun visit!! I have always loved your store and now your blog.

Christy said...

File folders? What are file folders? I use boxes! One day I will figure out what's in all the boxes, but at least I know they are contained. : )
Oooh! Those houses are just adorable! Thanks for such a fun blog!