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A Wonderful Christmas = More Stuff

29 Dec

Alright so, have I shared with you that I am a borderline hoarder? With such a small space, this is not really productive. You really can’t tell walking into our house because thanks to years of working in tedious retail jobs, I am extremely good at organizing.

YES! It's color coded, and just in case you're wondering, so is my side of the closet.

But I mean, I am a proponent of “reduce, reuse and recycle”. I do admit I am mildly harkening back to elementary school platforms (or more recently, bureaucratic 60-year-old’s platforms) where the little green arrowed triangle is stamped on to our mushy little brains in hopes that we may some day throw that cream of mushroom soup can and our soon-to-be non-existent newspapers in the recycle bin and save the world!! (Cue Star Wars theme music)

But here’s the thing, I still have my Cabbage patch doll from my 1st birthday, Valentine’s Day cards from when I was 7, and I’ve taken up an ever-expanding collection of old clothes and various fabric in hopes that some day I will make something wonderful out of them.

Why do I still have these?!

And since some extremely lazy residents in our complex couldn’t walk another ten feet to dispose of their trash in the correct receptacle, we no longer have recycling in our apartments. So now I find it extremely hard to throw away beautiful glass jars (despite the fact I have not come up with ONE idea as how to repurpose them).

But wait, didn’t global warming get de-bunked? Shouldn’t all these ‘green’ practices that we have so happily adapted be making some sort of dent in this ‘horrible’ place we’ve created for ourselves? Who knows and really that’s an argument for another day.

Anyways, in our tiny little piece of the universe, it’s getting to be a bit much.The other day, as I was trying to pull out my gift-wrapping ephemera (i.e. re-used boxes, recycled tins and wrapping paper, ribbons, etc), I thought I was either going to be killed in an avalanche of stuff or have a panic attack complete with mental break down.

Watch out!

I even considered shelling out the extra dough each month so we can have a glorious chunk of real estate (comparatively speaking) for storage space, aka ‘a garage’. All of a sudden I had wholesome daydreams of a house (rented or bought is neither here nor there) with a lusciously green back yard for the dogs and multiple rooms complete with craft room for me and man cave for Kyle. Swoon!

Then… suddenly remembering our current balance in our checking and savings accounts… I dreamt of becoming a minimalist. Ravenously throwing things out left and right. Living off of dried beans and rice, no cable/internet, and the good Lord forbid, only two t-shirts and one pair of shoes, or shall I say sandals.

Don’t get me wrong, I am SO THANKFUL for the gifts we have received, but we are dealing with limited space here people! Luckily we received some things that are going to encourage organization. Yeah for bookshelves!

I believe the exact words I chanted upon opening were “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!”

Is that blasphemous?

So needless to say the top of the list for resolutions and all that… CLEAN HOUSE!! But can I rid our place of things that I KNOW we will need at some point???

Ummmm…..

I think we need more storage.

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Taking it up a NOTCH!

28 Dec

This Christmas season was very technology based for Kaleigh and I.  In the span of a two weeks we have made an impossible jump in both coolness and utility.  Observe.  We went from having a Crustaceous period computer (that sounded a lot like an angry pterodactyl), to a new ultra-hip, ultra status improving MacBook, and yes I am typing on it right now and yes I feel a lot better about myself.  We went from having a camera that is nice but in technological years is about to have a midlife crises, to having an amazing Canon DLSR which has more features and functions on it than a new car.  And from not having any way of capturing the crazy things in our life on video to having a Flip video camera that can record HD quality video and be mistaken for a candy bar all at once.

MacBook!

Flip video camera...or candy bar

And our new Canon Rebel EOS XS! Awesome. In case you were wondering that is me in the picture and no our house isn't filled with smoke, the is the reflection in our TV. Pretty sweet huh?

So you can now see how far the wife and I have come in the last few days in the technology department.  It is very exciting because as of now I probably know how to do between 4-5% of what all these devices are capable of so in the next few months I should be creating amazing works of art, maybe I’ll even become rich and famous and will never have to work again!! Ya right.  I leave you with a few examples of my new-found, yet very amateurish camera skills…

Notice how Sam is in focus while the couch is not...yup all me

Just a little bear cub sleeping in our hallway

Lego Millenium Falcon in our Christmas tree...

Running with your tongue hanging out

Gustopher...part of our extended family

National Geographic quality

Keep Away action shot

Ellie the old lady of the group...very majestic I say.

*No Dogs were harmed in the creation of this post

**Accept for Molly because well she needed it