How you win at google maps

Damn, son.


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Simplicity challenge: accepted

Super proud of myself. I took a simplicity challenge for October, but I didn’t start until the 10th. I had to play some catch up (you get rid of one thine on the first of the month, two on the second, etc) and piled up 55 things on the 10th. I got 11 things pulled together yesterday, and today I was doing some put-away tasks and got days 12 and 13 squared away, too! Pretty psyched.

Here are days 1-10, mostly DVDs (the painting behind everything is completely unrelated. It’s beautiful and it stays. Anyone ever hang a heavy fragile antique on brick before? Halp).


Days 11 was another stack of DVDs, day 12 a box of treasures for my mom, and day 13 was mainly just junk (not trash; I haven’t been counting that, but I wonder if I should) from the bathroom cabinet. Ain’t nobody needa see that.

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Anyone wanna join me in a simplicity challenge?

First of all, I’m addicted to Pinterest. We all know this, I think. I know this. MBF knows this. End of list. Anyway, I saw this blog “DoMoreWithLess” and I’m loving it. She posted a bunch of links recently, one of which was to a simplicity game. Ready?

Get rid of one thing on the 1st of the month. Two things on the 2nd. Three on the 3rd. And so on.

So today is October 10. I think I’m going to catch everything up and get rid of 1+2+3…+10 things: 55 total.  (TWO?? FEFTEH-FOIVE!) Wow, that’s a lot today.

Who’s with me?

Watch the last two seconds of this to get my reference:

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Back to WoW, baby!

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And it’s the best $25 birthday gift evar.

And due to my impeccable timing, my birthday re-entry to WoW included a near instant level (to 86), two free crafting achievements, and an in-game concert. Oh, then I got nimmy all smashed and tried to go fishing. I love birthdays.

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Solar powerful!

I turned my solar on last night so today is my first day to generate my own electricity! Ok, ok. It’s now officially Fall. It took since April or May to get it installed and inspected and going. But luckily, the sun shines all year! Also: Texas.

So here we go! Happily, since it’s so nice out now, maybe I won’t even use as much as the system is tuned to produce. With all the rebates in Austin, it’s a great time to roll your own. Ask me about it!





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Desk accomplished!

After I wrote my rant the other night, I got off my chocolate-loving ass and cleaned using unfuckyourhabitat’s 20-10 rule. Clean 20, rest 10. It. Effing. Worked.

Ok, admittedly I had to hide a few (hundred) things in the garage. Things that I need to “go through” or “sort” or “file”. Know what? That stuff kept me from getting to my desk for years. When I’m ready to sort for 20 minutes, I’ll go grab a bit from the garage. It’s not perfect, but you can read about perfectionism at .

Now, to sew. Onward!


Before was this:


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Proof to fuel my hatred of clothing

I was gonna fix the title to say “clothing retailers”, but no, I think I’m to the point of hating all clothes and just being a nudist or wearing rags. I’m good with either at this point. But anyway.

I’m invited to two more weddings this year, which is fantastic and to which I look forward, no question. But of course, what to wear? So long story short, I hate most “normal” dresses and shopping in person so I went to Cute stuff. Normal-ish, but sometimes quirky. As an online clothier, they have a great system (on their app anyway) to let you filter by your measurements. You get to see the items ladies with your (reported) measurements commented on. Sweet! So I put mine in and then proof of my rage:


Nothing for me. There it is in writing, at last. So I’m bummed, but then I’m like ok, definitely my limiting factor has to be my height, right? Sure enough, there are tons of recommendations (ok, 32) from women my size, but shorter. Like 5 inches shorter. Like 11 inches shorter. And even they say the waists hit them “in a weird place”.

Alrighty. Sigh. So I’m glad we all have unique bodies blah blah. But society and wedding etiquette dictate we should cover em up.

I’m a societal outcast and now officially have no options. Naturally, this calls for chocolate.

And then I realize hey, I have a sewing machine. And double hey, I even know how to use it. Triple that, I know how to see from patterns and can sometimes even figure simpler cuts out without a pattern.

So fuck it all. I’m doing this. I’m cleaning my desk right now, getting myself a sewing area (super swears that machine is under there somewhere, probably supporting the murloc).


And know what? Chiffon might be too lofty to aim for. Draping might be difficult without a dress form. But I’m going for this, which btw is straight up a 90 year-old dress. Looks amazing. Oh, and it’s a “day dress”. Ha!


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