Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Neglected Space

I've been neglecting my blog a lot lately to take care of other business. Recently that business has become rearranging my house and learning to share space with another person. My boyfriend started moving in with me at the beginning of February and while this has been a very long move it's still been stressful. I love that we're living together, but trying to consolidate stuff is tricky when the shared space is a two bedroom duplex. We suddenly found ourselves with two of almost everything. Compromises were made about furniture, but books, records and DVDs were a non compromisable area for us. We're currently working on storage solutions and floor plans. All of this means that my photography and his drawing has taken a bit of a break. We starting to finally put stuff on the walls and get the closets in order. 

While our styles are in sync with each other we still have a long way to go. Also, we've hit a bit of a speed bump as one of our three cats passed away last night. So we're trying to pull ourselves out of a funk and use house work as a distraction. 
I should have some new pictures soon I hope. 


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Boyfriend Art

My lovely boyfriend, Me. Sparks has set up a society6 account. He's working on getting lots of art added to it this week. He's got some awesome deals on art prints, phone cases, t-shirts and other fun stuff. Go check him out www.society6.com/jeffsparks 
I'll definitely be getting some of the throw pillows for our living room!


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Minimalism challenge update

It was a little boring writing about each day's challenge so I decided to do a few at a time. So far I've defined goals, evaluated commitments, examined daily habits, started learning a new skill and the two most challenging things: cleaned out my closet and didn't buy anything for 24 hours. I'm half way through with the challenge and while it's been very introspective some of the challenges were not feasible in my life. For example, not checking email until lunch. Email is a major part of our business, so while I didn't check my personal email I still had to check my work email. 
In other news, I'm working on some new photo ideas as well as helping Jeff set up his society6 page. I'll have a post about it when he gets stuff complete. 


Friday, January 23, 2015

Minimalism day 9

Day 9's challenge was to downsize my beauty products. I don't really wear make up, but I have accumulated lots of costume make up and hair supplies for pictures. So after sorting through all of it I think I got it downsized nicely into things I actually use. 
Everything in the medicine is what I use every day. 
My make up now fits neatly in a little wire divider. Nice and organized. 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Minimalism challenge days 7 & 8

Day 7 of my minimalism challenge was to streamline my reading list. This was hard because I'm one of those people that has multiple books going at one time. I decided to focus on one book and evaluate my other choices. What it came down to was setting aside Hollow City, the sequel in a series that I had started, and focusing on finishing Eyeless in Gaza, which I'm really enjoying. After that I've got three more books on my list: Eye of the World, The Gold Finch and a book that my boyfriend got me for Christmas (with a french title that's hard to spell). I think focusing on one book will allow me to slow down and enjoy reading each piece. 

Day 8 of the challenge was to learn to enjoy solitude. There wasn't much learning here as I crave alone time. I love having a day to myself where I can relax and work on my photography and crafts. I especially enjoy cooking for myself. It lets me try new recipes and slow down and enjoy the cooking process. 

I'll have another post later today about day 9's challenge. 


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Minimalism day 6

I'm a day late with this post, but oh well. The challenge was to follow a morning ritual. This is hard for because my mornings are usually so rushed since I leave for work very early in the morning. One ritual that I have though, is to make a cup of green tea every morning. I love using my tea kettle (unless I'm in a major hurry then I use my kuereg). It's a nice little four minute breather amidst the chaos while I wait for the water to heat. 

On weekends when I have more time Jeff and I have coffee and listen to records. Both rituals are nice, but I prefer the slower paced weekends. 


not quite myself

i'm not quite myself lately....

...but i'm okay with that.