Friday, May 25, 2018

And we're underway

There's nothing like an out of town guest to spur you to action!

I realized today that I maintain 26 'To Do' lists (thanks to the organizational wizardry of Wunderlist) with a combined number of 'to do's" that nears 300 items, which rush for precedence like NASCAR racers in the final laps. 

When a dear friend announced he was coming into town and to our home for dinner, suddenly the unpainted dry wall patches and dated side chairs raced to the fore of projects that must be completed ASAP! 

So, we are now underway. We've narrowed our 50 wall paint sample chips down to three that we'll get test pots for. 
Who will be the winner of the paint race of 2018?

The first side chair is deconstructed and we've officially picked paint and upholstery. 

Our hope is to have the chairs done by the end of Memorial Day weekend. 

Wish us luck! 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Habit for a Happy Monday

A while back I read a book that brought up the concept of your future self. The book explores willpower (it's an excellent book and I highly recommend it) and how sometimes we make these decisions that set our future selves up for failure, as if the bill that will come due isn't really going to impact us, our current self, and instead some stranger, our future self. This looks like not exercising today and instead eating a dozen donuts while promising that our future self will get out of bed at 5 am all week to go running. Or, not saving money because our future self will miraculously be rich and not impacted by the large credit card bill. 

Since reading this book, I've tried to remember to practice self care for my future self and one quick and easy change I've adopted in cleaning up my work space before clearing out of the office at the end of the week.

Monday is not generally a favorite day of the week and walking through the office door to a clean desk helps set the tone for a less stressful week. 

I keep eco-friendly wipes in my desk and I spend a few minutes each Friday stowing the clutter, recycling used notes, and wiping down my desk, computer, mouse, and phone, so when I return to work I come in to a clean environment - a little gift to my future self.

What five minute change have you made to take care of your future self? 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Grilled Vegetable Salad

It's officially Spring in Utah! Warm, beautiful sunshine, flowers blooming, green spreading up the Wasatch mountains like a slow rolling carpet, and time for grilling! This week's Saladganza recipe is a Grilled Vegetable Salad. It's quick, easy and healthy. 


Veggies for grilling: mushrooms, asparagus, green beans, bell pepper, onion (and though we forgot to add it, potato)
Italian dressing
Mixed greens
Strong, sharp cheddar
Black olives


1. Wash and prep the veg
2. Put the grilling veg in a plastic bag with the Italian dressing and let marinate for a while (at least 30 minutes)
3. Slice the olives and cheese
4. Grill the veg over a hot grill to desired doneness
5. Put it all together and devour.