Why is there so much stuff?!

jmmcdowell:

I’m taking a quick break from my hiatus to do something I don’t normally—reblog a post. But this is a new blog from one of my dearest friends about living fully in a simpler way. I hope you’ll take a few moments to check out her very first post. Now, back to the whirlwind that is my September!

Originally posted on Wise Abundance:

I moved recently from an apartment to a townhouse and the process overwhelmed me. How had I managed to fit all this stuff into a one-bedroom apartment? Some of it held sentimental value, of course, but much of it was just taking up space. A look at my bookshelves provided insight into the larger problem. The shelves were crowded with volumes I rarely looked at:

  • collections of crochet patterns, which I now prefer to browse for online;
  • Shakespeare’s plays (from the days when I could afford a subscription to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater);
  • gardening books (not useful for apartment dwellers);
  • user manuals for software and devices I no longer owned;
  • textbooks from my (long ago) days as an undergrad;
  • books I felt I should read but probably never would.

I walked past these shelves every day but I wasn’t actually seeing what was on them. I had accumulated much of this clutter by…

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See You At The End Of September!

I’m officially in a major stretch of time- and attention-demanding activities. So I’ll be gone from the blogosphere until the end of September, when I should have another post. Until then, I’m afraid I also won’t be able to visit your blogs or catch up on the posts I miss. But I’ll pick up again once I’m through this stretch.

Have a great month, everyone!

Treading Water

I keep reminding myself this summer is extraordinarily busy. More hours at the day job. A trip back to the Midwest to see family. Moving from one city to another. And we’re not done yet. But it looks like my estimated time of arrival back at “normal” after September needs to be pushed back. There’s a niggling concern that I may be entering a “new normal” that feels anything but. Continue reading

Settling In Again

If you read my last post, you know my husband and I recently made a local move. Nothing too far. Just the next city closer to DC and work. We’re still unpacking at the new place and cleaning the old, but slowly we’re settling in to the new house. We continue to rent because we’re not yet sure where we really want to settle longer term. This was another major leg of my 5-month marathon, and I was hoping for a breather before things picked up again in August and September. . No such luck. We got the notice to proceed on Phase III investigations at two sites in DC, so it looks like work busyness will be high through the end of the year. Really, that’s good! Continue reading

Book Review — Mission To Murder

Today we have my sixth review as a member of NetGalley, the digital review service where professional readers (such as librarians, bloggers, booksellers, educators, and those in the media) can obtain free advance copies of forthcoming books from publishers for review. Mission to Murder was written by Lynn Cahoon and is the second book in the Tourist Trap Mystery series. The publisher, eKensington Books, categorizes the book as Mystery. Continue reading

Summer Sundries

The first leg of my predicted 5-month marathon is wrapping up. My husband and I spent a hectic but fun-filled week back in the Midwest visiting our families. We had a big reunion on my dad’s side of the family, with 17 of the 20 “kids” of my generation present and our assorted spouses/significant others, children, and even a few grandchildren. How any of my cousins are old enough to be “grandma” or “grandpa” is beyond me. Continue reading