Friday, February 12, 2016

Footloose Friday -Crossing the County Line

Another meager mileage contributed this week, but hey, it crossed me into the next county, and took me past Wild Waves (one of my kiddos favorite places, and the closest amusement and water park to us)


and on into Fife, WA. Home of this restaurant: The Poodle Dog.  The few times I have been by in real life, I've wanted to try it out ... just look at that sign!! Love the retro diner vibe.

I'll bet they've got great breakfast food -bisuits & gravy, hashbrowns... All those yummy carbs you need after a long walk/run, and for fueling up for more footloose travel.
Next week should see us into Tacoma and beyond...

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Konmari Kraziness!

At some point near the end of 2015: Hold request placed through the library for: "the life-changing magic of tidying up". I'd heard a little about it, I needed to do some organizing throughout the house (don't I always?), and hey, I like to read.
December: My cousin was telling me about her process and all of the stuff she was throwing out. Throwing out??? NO THANKS! I don't throw stuff out, and I sure as heck didn't want anything to do with this kind of magic.
I had forgotten I'd put the book on hold.
January 26th: hold notification tells me the book is ready to check-out.
January 27th: I pick up the book from the library and proceed to have a stare-down with it. Encouraged by my local Buy Nothing Group (they rock!), I open the book at bedtime...Huge mistake!
This book was speaking straight to my soul and I could not put it down! Two late nights up reading, and I was done.
January 29th: Phase 1, The Clothes. This started a whole lot easier than I thought. I'm not by nature a clothes-horse, but, by nature, I'm a big sentimental, which is why Marie Kondo (KonMari) recommends you start with clothes and work your way to Memorabilia as the last phase. For someone who is not a clothes-horse, I managed to clear out around 10 bags of clothing that had fulfilled their purpose in my life.
January 30th: Phase 2, The Books. This was quite a bit harder, and is taking a lot longer. I chalk most of this up to pulling EVERYONE'S books out.

When you are working through the KonMari process, you are supposed to only do your own things. So, I went through my actual books. Then, had the kids go through theirs. Hubby is still finishing Step 1, so his books still sit in the garage. The final part of this phase for me was magazines. Ugh. I don't subscribe to many, but over the years, they sure do accumulate. I've just finished going through them, and am getting them cleared out of the house as responsibly as I can (share or donate before recycle). Tomorrow will be my last official day of Phase 2.

February 6th: Phase 3, The Paper. I sooooooooo want to skip this, but I'm pretty sure that means that it is really important that I deal with it. I'm quite sure that we have papers (bills, receipts, etc.) from every year of our 18 year marriage. I started today. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to take a break and bust into some aspect of Phase 4 to keep my sanity. I told Hubby that by me working on the Paper Phase, it was an opportunity for him to catch-up. We'll see. That is all.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Footloose Friday

Alrighty, it was a low-mileage week, but I squeezed in what I could, when I could do it.
I added another 5.15 miles which didn't quite get me to Wild Waves, but took me past Grandma's house, and to this location that I've always wanted to check out:

The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden


I always feel a little guilty when I drive by...you know, Washington native, gardener, State Flower. All that. I need to go. Might be a good Mother's Day weekend visit -blooms should be good then.

Happy Friday!