Three months is quite a long time to have a blog about getting things done and not post, so I have come to give updates before I attempt to return to business as usual.
Update #1: Spending Freeze
I did not make it more than one month since J’s part in the Spending Freeze ended. I’m a bit ashamed that I couldn’t stick to it for a full 6 months as I had planned. The only real defense I have is that I had to replace things that were worn beyond simple repair, and I didn’t feel like I had what I needed for everyday life available in my closet when I switched to warm weather clothes.
This time last year I had just left a very physical retail stocking job with a uniform, and I honestly couldn’t get the smell or stains out of some of those blue shirts. That job still dictates the color palate of my wardrobe, so it was good for my sanity to replace some of the items.
In the spirit of full disclosure, the month after ending the spending freeze, I purchased: two basic camisoles, a pair of black leggings, a black and white blouse, a pair of black pants, three tees, a woven tunic tank, those bedside tables I kept talking about, and a copper pan. They have all gotten lots of use.
Update #2: Recent Projects and Adventures
I have not been idle in the last 3 months. I have been trying to be present and engaged in whatever I have been doing, which often means not taking a ton of pictures.
Starting with my 7x7x7 Challenge, I have been filling my guest room with things to donate or go through. Over the last month or so, I’ve been finding where there is local need of those items and started preparing them for delivery. I plan to have the room cleaned out and sanctuary-like by the end of this month.
One of the major things we wanted to do with our simplified lives was take weekend vacations and do fun things we’ve never done, or that J and I haven’t done together. We also wanted to spend more time with family. We met my parents at a condo they were renting at a resort a couple hours away, and later went with my dad to see our Chicago Cubs play the Reds in Cincinnati. Now that the weather is warmer, we should have more adventures to share throughout summer and fall.
Most recently, J and I have volunteered at Vacation Bible School at our church, which is always an exciting and rewarding thing. We have also been helping to redecorate our Sunday School classroom, which sounds like a small thing, but it’s been great for everyone involved.
Update #3: The Big One
The biggest thing keeping me from the blog lately is that I have been admitted back to my former university to take my last two classes and complete my bachelor’s degree! I return to campus in the fall and will graduate in December, if the Lord is willing.
I am currently working my way from FAFSA to registration, and yesterday I walked from building to building trying to get every other little thing sorted out. I am certain I will post more about this as things unfold, because I will be the weird 31-year-old lady in buildings full of 19-year-olds.