completed this weekend:
• Meeting with mortgage broker. We're approved, we just need to put the paperwork in motion when we are ready.
• Business taxes paid and filed. I made a total of $115 in sales for my art business in the last 6 months, for a total of $8 sales tax. I am a model for how not to run a business.
• Housecleaner hired. You'd think this would be a lot easier than we found it to be. But we have found someone we like (though her cleaning skills are as yet untested), and have arranged a schedule with her. She comes today, so I'll be coming home to a clean house tonight! The real bonus is that she's also a professional organizer, and is in the habit of picking up stuff from her clients that needs to be donated. See below.
• Bookshelf in the living room thinned out. This was a hard one, as this shelf contains my knitting books and my art history/inspiration books. I actually didn't get rid of as many books as I was hoping to, as the new house design books we've purchased recently still don't fit. First pass is always the hardest, though, so I'll give it another go in a few weeks. I love books, and have a hard time getting rid of them. But we are out of room and I'm loathe to buy more shelves.
• Guest room turned back into an office. I put *all* my clothes away that had been piled up on the bed and we folded the futon back into a couch. It has been a bed since our last guest left just before New Year's. Riley-cat was loving it, but I'm glad to have the extra floor space back. Next goal - clear enough space in the garage to move the weight bench out there, and re-configure the furniture in the office/guest room.
• House tidied. In preparation for said cleaner. We've been decluttering, and although it seems like we haven't really got rid of that much stuff yet, we are starting to feel the difference. Less clutter, less that needs to be tidied up. More room to breathe. It inspires us to chuck more stuff, as the uncluttered areas are starting to stand out. More gets removed every day.
• Toddler sweater finished. Well, short one button. I'm making sweaters for two little boys, one of whom is very small and I haven't even met him yet. I just need to sew the buttons on his sweater. I finished his big brother's sweater/coat last night. It is so cute and I can't stop looking at it and petting it. Pictures soon. Now the needles are free to make the beautiful lacy scarf for me that has been waiting in the wings!
Things we didn't quite finish or blew off entirely:
• HOF entries. Getting close, but not quite done yet. I'm stuck on the "10 photos" entry. I have several sketches for laying out the design, but no theme for which I have 10 pictures that I'm inspired to work with. Still thinking.
• Cleaning up the garden. Lisa did a bunch of clean up in the front yard last week, but weather didn't permit much more this weekend. Weather and lack of motivation, both. It was wet and cold out there and we skipped it.
• Menu planning or grocery shopping. I'm out almost every evening this week, and was unmotivated to plan for meals in my absence. Lisa paid her bills instead. I think it was a good trade-off. So we'll be scrounging a bit this week.
• Phone calls. I meant to call several people this weekend, but didn't call any of them. Luckily my bother called me, and my sister called the house, but only talked to Lisa. Sometimes that happens. Someone from my family will call and chat on the phone with Lisa for a while, but not even ask to talk to me. I don't love talking on the phone, so it doesn't bother me, but it is kind of funny.
• Art show reception. Not only did I only tell like 4 people that I even have a painting in a show right now (I guess I just expanded that list a bit.... the show is at the Santa Cruz Art League), but I also missed the artist's reception on Saturday. We had crammed too many activities into the day, and were having a lovely time at a BBQ with a new friend and completely lost track of time. By the time we realized how late it was, the reception was over. Damn. See above about how not to run a business. I'm just not committed to the marketing myself thing these days. It is good that I have other income.
Over all, it was a pretty good weekend, and we both feel ready to return to work today. I guess that's the big goal every week, but lately only occasionally do we achieve it.