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What A Week!

Most of it was good.

However, this past Wednesday, hump day, my blog post title was going to be….Who Let the BI…OTCH Out?  Woof, Woof, Woof, Woof.

I would have sliced you down to size, but only because I was pushed to my limits.

Otherwise, I am one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet!  hahaha

We have been without a receptionist at work since December 26, 20017.

So that makes me triple busy, because my job is pretty demanding in the first place.

I can handle my job, but add-on another job and uh, stand back, sooner or later, mama is going to BLOW!

If one of the accountants had not graciously offered, of her own free will, to help me out by sitting up front and  helping with the phones, I am pretty sure I would be sitting in jail right about now.

Two other people on staff also offered up their help, one was a CPA and the other was my surrogate bro-in-law, which makes him that much cooler.

I accepted all three co-workers help and now they are on my *Wow, thanks for stepping list*.

Fast forward to Friday, the huge surprise for the staff that I previously spoke about in another post, HELLO BOWLING PARTY!

To my knowledge, for the first time in my company’s 52 year history, they closed the office at 12:30 pm, at the on set of tax season, on a work day, to take all of us bowling.  UM.  Holy WOW!!

Check it out…

You see those two smiling people?

One would be my boss, and the other would be the new receptionist we just hired on Thursday.

BOTH would be the BEST DAMN BOWLERS in the firm.  Dah.  Hence the smiles!

I personally sucked.  For real.

I was the worst bowler IN THE ENTIRE firm.

Note to self – only pick or suggest activities in which I will excel!!!  For real!!!

Next time, we are SO swimming laps or ice skating or doing hot yoga…or something that takes everyone else out of their comfort zone, yet, something in which I can own. hahahaha

For the record, our 3rd set of bowling, in which we only had 3 minutes left to play (of course!), I held my own thank you very much.

I honestly do not recall bowling so poorly in the past.

Um.  Granted, I may or may not have been drinking in past bowling experiences.


Yeah, I am so not a party girl (only in my dreams baby!).

But I am a, um, Ok, if that takes the edge off (legally, of course!), I am in!

But still, I certainly would NOT have suggested something I totally suck at as a team building event!!!

My ego is too fragile!  hahaha

Fast forward to today, Saturday.

Much to some people’s disappointment and/or surprise in our company (cuz I got a few texts, emails & “alarms”)…I was not at work for our first day of Saturday office hours.

#1 I gave my bosses the heads up, I came in way early and took some work home to do over the weekend.

#2 Admin don’t normally start pulling Saturday shifts until early March.

#3 I am already doing some work from home early mornings or in the evenings after work remotely, AND I have already stayed late 3 of the last 5 days this past week to make sure things got done.

I don’t mind either.

BUT, I do however get a little (read A LOT times ten) bit perturbed when anyone thinks I am not a team player or that I am off goofing off.


And that was so said with a huge amount of eye rolling and attitude.

Currently, I am putting in more time and effort than I normally need to do so soon.  And, pretty much more effort than most in the firm at present.

The accountants will soon be CRAZY busy for a good bit of time, and then I am due to be CRAZY busy to pull the rest of it off.

However, this year, I have been CRAZY busy since the receptionist resigned, and…I am STILL due to be CRAZY busy to pull the rest of the tax season off.

I have NO problems with working hard.  None at all.

Especially since I have no life at present outside of work.  Sad. But true.  BUT.  One day it will pay off!  I just know it.  hahaha

I sincerely am trying to figure out how to remain “on” for 4 months straight.

So.  Today.  Although I did resolve a few things at work remotely….I was all about me and my home.

My home.

Which I LOVE.

And I have so much gratitude for one person in particular. (#ThankYou).

My home today, was the apple of my eye, and I about killed myself trying to fixing it up today.

For real.

Check out these bruises…


I am one of those fools who prefers to……”God Bless America, I can do this by myself!!!!”

Except when it comes to my motorcycle, then my SBIL (surrogate bro-in law) can take care of things.

Yes.  I look like I have been beaten.

No.  These bruises will not be gone by Monday when I go back to work.

Yes.  I typically wear short sleeve or sleeveless shirts because I get pretty hot running around.

Oh well.  I have no man in my life currently, so these horrible bruises cannot be mistaken for abuse.

Check this out!

This is what I bought, a console turn dinning room table, as I work on the whole multi-functional furniture to maximize my space since I own a 1 bedroom condo that I love and want to get the most use out of my space…

Um.  I do not  know if you caught on, but I did NOT pay attention to the dimensions of the table because this looked pretty small since it “only seated 2.”


Hence the bruises!

When the UPS (a very, very little young woman) courier delivered my package at work (because I am not sure of my home delivery options as of yet) , I said, for real, What the f*ck is that??!!

I then did say, I am very sorry for my language, BUT SERIOUSLY, what the f*ck is that??!!!

I honestly thought a mistake had been made.

So much so that I did not even open the package until Saturday when I stopped in at work to gathering things to take home.

I really thought a mistake had been made and that huge @ss box was so going back to sender!

I unwrapped my larger than life package and to my surprise and pain (please see previous bruises) …

I found EXACTLY what I had ordered, which now resides in my home nicely (yet painfully).

Check this out…

(A). OMG it works out so nicely.

(B) At present this is resting/holding place and not the end result.

Other home projects currently reside above and below the painfully owned console/table that in fact does not comfortable seat two, but holy moly, seriously it could freaking seat SIX thank you very much. hahahaha

I am going to rest now.

Lots to do for work.

For both my home and for work.

But seriously, in this moment in time….I am truly *happy*.

I was able to focus on my home today.

My haven & heaven. ❤

All I can say is…..

Thank you.


And it is about time!!! hahahaha

When mama is happy and grounded, she has so much more to give (true for any individual)!




Less is More. Except in the Garage!

So three weeks ago today, I got rid of a lot of my stuff.

And I still haven’t bought replacements yet.

I have been roughing it, and, I am pretty proud of myself for not freaking out.

In the past I have practically killed myself to unpack and put my entire place in order on the very same day I moved.

I couldn’t sleep soundly unless everything looked perfect.

Wow. Baby has come a long way.

Since selling my condo in the fall of 2009, I have moved many times trying to find my footing again.

Well I guess I found it where I am, back in Northern Virginia.

I have been in my apartment for 2 years this December, and I recently signed a lease for another 18 months.

That’s a pretty big commitment for me. hahaha

I owned my condo for nine years, so all this moving around and trying to find my footing again really hasn’t been all that fun.

I like having a home base.

And now I have it again.

This year I was looking into buying a place.

And I could have.

But I didn’t feel comfortable asking for the kind of help I would have needed to own again right now.

Plus, I visited my dream condo (check it out here) and it so wasn’t worth tying myself down to own it.

I want to have fun, and freedom means a lot to me.

Now vehicles, owning and enjoying the *bleep* out of them, um, that speaks to me.

I have loved vehicles since the ripe old age of 14.

I remember it like it was yesterday.

My first set of wheels was a moped.

A Honda Spree….


God I was in love.

No fear.

I even drove on the open roads, much to the annoyance of the cars behind me.

But the best part was driving in the storm drains at night with New Edition blasting in my ears and the wind blowing against my face.


Those were some of the best days of my life.

Freedom at 14. #mindblowing

I think that is when I became……Born to be Wild!

So back to present day.

This is my empty home.




This is them installing my new carpet.




This is my new Jeep.




Pretty, huh?

I now own two of my five vehicle goal.


One I own outright, and one I am paying on for the next six years and it pains me so, and one……

A third one could be mine any day now if I make the move.

A 2002 Honda Shadow.

Check it out.


I know of three right now for sale by owners, all with extremely low mileage and within my price range, so I could pay cash and owe one of them.

And I could easily park it right in front of my other two, only gotta back the S2ooo up a little bit.


I am sitting with that at the moment.

I would love nothing more than to leap, but that is a pretty big responsibility owning three vehicles.

The good news is, one of my coworkers has dealt with motorcycles for more than 20 years, selling and owning, so he can help me.

That is one thing that has always held me back; I know nothing about bikes except how to drive one.

So having him in my corner might just push me to finally buy a bike.

Just thinking about it, I can taste the wind and feel the thrill of riding on the GW Parkway…..

But in this moment in time, I really need to do something about my place.

Three weeks, no furniture, I am tired of roughing it. hahaha

I am going to go with a minimalist approach.

Open – airy – spacious – clean – crisp – but still, I need some furniture.

So I am going shopping today.

I hate shopping.

Even for cars and motorcycles.




Wordless Wednesday: Recent Home Improvements

Bathroom 1

Bathroom 2

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4


Living Room 1

Living Room 2

Tunes for the post (so I lied, a few words here) just because they make me HaPpY!

Shower – Becky G

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

I Am Not Passive Aggressive.

That’s a lie.

I think we all are to a degree.

It’s so much easier.

I happen to be the target at present.

One of my bosses is deeply disappointed that I am leaving.  The other one is disappointed too, but not quite as much.

This past weekend I had a missed call from work, so I called in to see if they needed something.

Nope.  Found it.

Well when I came in on Monday morning I was left with the trail of discovery, along with a few other things.

Somebody threw a “party” and forgot to clean up.

And everyone in the joint knows….please don’t dork up my area, dork up your own.

Yesterday, let’s see, I was told…..You did this wrong….um, I lost count how many times, only two of which were indeed me and owned and corrected.

My boss followed up this spectacular display of digs with, So did you change your mind yet and decide to stay?

But here’s the thing, he’s not a bad guy or being mean, he’s just human.

We all do this, whether it is conscious or not.

When we are hurt or disappointed, we try to hurt and disappoint in return, classic tic for tat.

So, one week down and one week to go.



Happy Homebody 4th of July!!!!

I have been looking forward to this three-day weekend for some time now so I could be a homebody and putter around my house and do things that make me happy.

My to-do list consisted of….

Clean & work on my place.

Files & shredding.

Steam carpets.

Goodwill run.

Work on vision board.

Paint coffee table.

Wash & vacuum car.

Oh, and go out and buy a motorcycle!!

I didn’t even ask anyone what they were doing.

I just wanted some time to myself.

And it turns out that I really need it.

This weekend while doing these things I originally was going to be pondering….what do I want to do over the next year?

I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to make any moves work wise for the next year and was going to focus on moving forward on the yoga training front (by the way, on July 1st I was accepted into the year-long teacher training program that begins in September!).

However, I couldn’t shake the nagging thought of, but I need to make more money now to be able to do the things I want to be doing with and in my life, and I am not interested in getting a part-time job.

Stage left enter second surprise of the day going down on July 1st, I was offered a job by my former employer, which I accepted.

Needless to say, I have had a bit of an emotional and stressful week.

My current bosses are really sad to be losing me, one of my bosses had such thick emotions in his voice as he said, Man, you are really bumming me out, I’ll be down in a little while to talk.

I almost started crying on the spot as I said, I am so sorry, I wasn’t looking and I’ll do whatever I can to help you guys out during the transition.

I held it together and didn’t cry until I drove home.

I hate disappointing people, I really hate blind siding people, and I totally wrecked their we finally have a good thing going on here again thanks to Lisa.

So anyway, this weekend couldn’t have come any sooner for me and now I have even more reason to want to be a homebody and just take care of me and my stuff.

My dance card just got pretty damn full in the weeks and months to come, so I want a detach from everything and do what makes me happy and feel good weekend.

So today I bought a couple of things to brighten up my place a little more.

I am kinda from the school of I do it myself, I do it myself so I trekked across town to buy and drive home a big ass mirror in my tiny car hoping that I would not get pulled over by the cops.

I passed two on my I’ll take every back street between here and there and not go over 35 miles an hour even if it takes me an hour to get home route!!

No one pulled me over.  In fact, they didn’t even give me a second glance.

And the mirror was SO worth it because it only cost $30!  And the art work only cost $7 each.

So here are a couple of photos for your viewing pleasure and with any luck Sunday night I’ll be able to share many rooms completed taa daas!!!


I got two of these to be placed on each side of the kick ass mosaic mirror that I got from Pier One a month ago never featured here but seen on FB. These are for the dining area and right now, obviously it is laying on the carpet. hahaha

PHOTO 1_crop

Huge ass mirror strapped in and ready for painfully slow but worth it transport!!


photo 2_crop

Yes Officer, I can see out my passenger side mirror!

PHOTO 3_crop

Yes Officer, I can see out my rear view mirror!!

So, as I recoup from my long week and day, and putter around my house, I wish all of you a safe and happy 4th of July doing whatever makes YOU happy!!




Operation Organize Closet


Full View

Left Side

Right Side

And yes, my tops are grouped by color.

And yes, my friends make fun of me.


Stalling for My Hall of Fame

So I have been giving a lot of thought to what it is I really want.

In my perfect world, my 40 hour work week would look like this:

20 hours, typical office job.

10 hours, fitness instructor job.

10 hours, organizing/de-cluttering job.

I would spend 20 hours a week sitting on my butt using my brain, and I would spend 20 hours a week busting my butt while using my brain to help others better themselves and their work/personal space.

I like freedom, I like variety and I like interacting with as many different people as possible.

I am telling you, I’d be in heaven!

So I am not going to go full throttle and attempt to complete the accounting certificate this year.

The last time I was working towards that goal, I fell into a deep depression, for real.

I even sought professional help, that’s how unhappy I was.

The first thing he told me, you do not want to be an accountant.  Do you know how many accountants I have as clients?  You seem better suited to be an Office Manager, and you need to be physically active too.

Great, that’s right when I was enrolled in an accounting class that was being paid for by my bosses at the time.

Against his advisement, I stuck the class out and got an A.  But what he shared with me stuck with me.

The reason I was so unhappy was that it was going to take me forever to complete the program class by class.

Add into the mix taking time off from school because of tax season, and more importantly, the fact that I just could not fathom continuing to work under the same woman any longer than the 2 ½ years I had already put it….well, it was just doomed from the beginning.

I think that I still want the accounting certificate.  I just don’t want to go after it this year.

And I don’t want to go after it until I am in a position to get in, get out and get it done in one year’s time.

But, I am ready to put in the time on developing the other aspects of work that I would like to be involved in.

I am taking a 2-day Quickbooks training course at the end of this month.  I decided not to wait for my bosses, and I am paying for it myself.

With this training, not only could I potentially work on the side for clients as some of our accountants do, in time I will better understand accounting through the hands on approach.  I might even find getting the accounting certificate easier should I revisit it next year.

I am taking a weekend Aerial Yoga Teacher training in July, and I hope to be accepted into a 200 hour Yoga Training course that runs on selected weekends from September 2014 through June 2015.

With those two trainings, I will be a certified Aerial Yoga Teacher and a certified traditional Yoga teacher.  I could potential get work on the side doing those as well.

And this weekend, I will be bringing the smack down of getting organized and de-cluttered on at work.

I was supposed to work on the second floor, however one of my bosses said, Screw that, first I need your help with my office.

So that is where I will start, and I bet overtime I could find ways to make money at that on the side too.  Many people in the office have said…..I need to take you home so you can help me get my life organized and de-cluttered.

And all of these little sides, in time, could possibly add up to my perfect world.

Tune for the post ~ Hall of Fame by The Script, featuring will.i.am (beautiful video).

Hall of Fame

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