A House in Progress

As I have shared in other posts, our house required a fair amount of work after we purchased it. No gutting and hard-core remodels were required, but sometimes the surface livable changes are harder to accomplish because they don’t demand immediate action. In graduate school the professor who I worked under was a big fan of creating Running To Do Lists for the entire year: nothing was ever removed, but only checked off, and no new lists were created, only tacked on to the existing list. This system allowed us to look back after a year and see exactly what projects we had worked on, and the sense of accomplishment from seeing such a long list was amazing.

I didn’t realize how much that stuck with me until I caught myself creating a RTD List (acronyms were also a byproduct of graduate school and now from working in business) for the house. During the times that I get down that we still haven’t finished it, looking back on this list helps me realize how much we have accomplished. Even if what ever we did was not on the list, I would add it and check it off that way we could keep track of all the changes and hard work that we put into the house. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to see the entire progression of a large project.

I like to break the list down to small things, that way if I have a few spare minutes I can work on something and be able to check it off. If there is anything I have learned it is to chip away slowly, instead of just listing one huge project which never seems to be finish. Here’s an example:

House Spring/Summer To Do:

  • Sand patches, re-mud holes, and touch up paint (there are only a couple of areas in the house where this is needed so its a small to do)
  • Touch up the entryway holes
  • Prime entryway walls
  • Paint entryway
  • Paint my office
  • Hang office cabinets

etc..

If I had just listed

  • Paint entryway
  • Paint/finish office

All the small projects nested inside those two bullets would be lost, leaving me feeling like I hadn’t accomplished anything until the space was completely finished.

I have been reflecting on my list recently as September and October raced by in a blur and it is no longer summer. Some things were not finished, and will have to wait until next year, but a lot of things were accomplished. As winter sets in, I will be moving to doing more indoor projects and I’ll be sure to share those, but I’ll also go back and share the things I did over the summer that I never got around to blogging.

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Quiet Weekend Bachelorette

My little sister is getting married next weekend…hence the absence of posts from my end here. Things have been very busy with work and wedding things, but last weekend my sisters Leigh and Lauren took Lesly up to the lake for a quiet weekend bachelorette getaway. image

Roses for the bride of course. Lesly is not into the whole crazy bachelorette thing, so a getaway to one of NE Indiana’s quiet lakes was just the ticket. The lovely little Cape Cod style cottage belonging to my sister Leigh’s in-laws was a perfect choice!image

We had a Bloody Mary bar that was fantastic. Don’t worry, I’ll share what we did and how you can create your own.image

Another shot of those roses!image

This is perhaps the best Bloody Mary mix I have ever tasted! It certainly proved to be as good as anything I have had out in a restaurant. Leigh and I found the American Spoon while exploring Traverse City, Michigan earlier in July, and the best part is that they ship. I highly recommend purchasing some of this mix, and heck, while you’re ordering check out their jams and preserves as well. I can recommend the Strawberry Rhubarb jam especially.image

Just the Bride enjoying her drink. We ate Shrimp rolls, floated in the lake, took and evening boat ride, drank wine and talked, and had a great time savoring the last experiences before the youngest, and our last unmarried sister ties the knot.

Since two of our sisters, Lindy and Libby, live out of town, we are planning to take her out for an evening of revelry the week before the wedding, but I’m glad we took this chance to get away and spend some time even so.

Blogging Breakfast Fridays

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Friday is my absolute favorite day of the week. Growing up, my Dad only worked half days on Friday and the first Friday of every month he had completely off. When I got old enough to work for him I loved Fridays because the ones we worked were quiet with less of his staff in the office and you were done by lunch time. My obsession with Friday’s was pretty much set in stone, and after spending a year at IPFW in Fort Wayne, Indiana I transferred to a little Christian Liberal Arts University in Lakewood, a suburb of Denver located off of U.S. 6 West as you are heading into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. To my great happiness Colorado Christian University (CCU) did not have Friday classes, instead having Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday options. Friday’s are the beginning of the weekend, and I love that when you reach a Friday you still have the whole weekend to look forward to.

In the last year I have set an intention to carve out time to work on things that I have been meaning to do but never seem to find the time to do. After working on some creative collaborations with and doing some writing for my my hugely talented older sister Leigh from Savage Design Co. (you should really take some time to check her out because her work is incredible), I had more motivation than ever to engage with my creative aspirations. We had a conversation after a wedding shoot with some creatives in the area, where she told me that what was most important was for me to just do it. Forget being ready, having everything “perfect”, and getting it right, I should just get started and edit on my way. I needed to hear this, as this blog has been a huge goal for me that I have never really gotten off the ground for those exact reasons.

Every time I would start a blog I would realize the name was right, or I didn’t have a back log of posts to pad up my home page (because who reads a blog thats in its beginning stages??). Many of us have likely followed blogs over the years and have watched them grow, but rarely does anyone stumble on a blog in its true infancy. Leigh went on to tell me that she has started doing something she coined “Administrative Breakfast Fridays” where she tackles all administration related tasks related to her business that she used to put off before. By taking herself out for breakfast she has not only started to complete the tasks she used to previously avoid, but also begun to look forward to her Friday morning each week. Thus was born Blogging Breakfast Fridays for Très so that I would have one day a week dedicated to getting some writing done.

Sometimes I take myself out but not every time, and I haven’t been completely habitual in my Friday dedication. However, the intention is there, and because of that I have noticed far more motivation during the week to log things that will go into the blog on the next Friday, and I have finally gotten the motivation to actually publish, instead of waiting for ever for perfection that I will never reach.