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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Happy New Year!

So I had a whirlwind December and it's turning into a whirlwind January. I was in performances for A Charlie Brown Christmas at La Crosse Community Theatre for most of December and I closed out the show with a MAJOR sickness. I think I had a virus on top of the flu.

Uffdah. I would not recommend it. And I would recommend going to the doctor if you are sick for over three weeks. I'm FINALLY getting better and trying to shake off the last of the crud. So I missed out on most of the holidays while I hibernated on my couch and watched movies.

But all of a sudden it was January and I was globe trotting off to Chicago for work, working LONG hours back at home, and my sister (This Mom Loves) and I launched Strong Arts & Crafts. I'm in that stage of growth that feels overwhelming and completely crazy, but there are so many good things going on now.

One of my items for sale at Strong Arts & Crafts on Etsy.
Check out our new Strong Arts & Crafts facebook page or the Etsy site. I'm hoping to work in a fresh look to the blog for the new year soon, so stay tuned for a fabulous 2015!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Early on in the rehearsal process we were advised to study children in our attempt to portray 8 year olds in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Not being around kids very often, I decided instead to load up my Netflix queue with Charlie Brown videos. 

This way I could study how cartoon eight year olds interacted. I'm not sure I've learned anything, but tonight was entertaining anyhow. 

I watched You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (with wine).  It features a couple songs we'll be performing so that was fun to watch. And now I think we all need baseball bats for Team, but I digress. 

Tonight I enjoyed Snoopy's song Supper Time the most. It reminded me so much of my little Peanut. He always enjoyed a good supper time. I imagine if Peanut could have sung, he would have serenaded me with Supper Time every evening. 

I'm counting on that joyful memory to get me through. We open in just over a week and I fear it may get worse before it gets better. Hang onto your hats, folks! 

Constant State of Purge

Since I moved in August I've been in a constant state of purge.

Those close to me would probably disagree considering the large quantity of stuff and things I possess.  When I moved into my teeny tiny house things just kept piling up in the basement.  This photo doesn't even do it justice.  This was probably before several more loads arrived.

I've since added a shelf, which is loaded up and there are still boxes laying around to unpack. Well I went through several and took a whole car load to Savvy Home Consignments of vases, trays, antique pieces, curtains, pillows, and even a portion of my prized party glasses. I figure I can't possible have 88 people in my teeny tiny house to use all of these glasses anyway, right?
Photo from Savvy Home Consignments.
And so it will continue. As I try to fit all of my things someplace in my house, I will have to make the decision "Do I really want to store this?" How do you pare down when your stuff begins to overwhelm you?


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