My Weekend in the Third Person

I wanted to write about my weekend but wanted to do it in a creative way.  So I decided to do in the third person and write it like a small story.  No laughs please!!

Here we go.

After the phone call came of a get together in Jersey, for the following Saturday, excitement and apprehension buzzed around the small apartment Jay and his wife, Karthi shared. They had traveled more than their share to Jersey but this was different- this will be a relaxed travel and a party waited them consisting of a small group of friends Jay has known for years. These friends have close connection to the first group of friends he met on his first days in the U.S. Now, most of the initial friends have moved out of the country, with marriage, work, and to escape the east coast life, but they did leave behind memories and friends that has kept them together. With these extended friends an update of a friend far far away is never out of reach.

The apprehension sits with Karthi who after marriage moved where Jay resided-loosing all her connections along the way. Now instead of knowing exactly who will be at a party and having more than enough stories to share, she finds herself not knowing what to expect. She made sure Jay called the day before the party to get the list of the attendees. She was relived to see among the party members, mostly male dominated, that there will be few women around her age attending.

(To be continued…)

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Making a House (Small NYC Apartment) a Home (Comfy Small NYC Apartment)

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” Hans Hoffman

It is such a challenge to make a house a home. To really make it a place that you are most comfortable with takes a lot of effort and time. For a few weeks now, I have been observing our lifestyle in the apartment.  Since we have a small place organization is a key.  Some days I walk in and mentally take note of our actions so we can find furniture to meet our needs. So far its been a terrific change!

For example, the hallway right when we get into the apartment was cluttered with so many things but not one thing made our life easier. First, we had a very small shoe rack that barely fit all of our pairs of shoes and then two long narrow bookshelves that kept some of our things but looked very disorganized and couldn’t fit what we needed by the door.

We got rid of everything on our hallway and started fresh.  The furniture I didn’t want sat outside our apartment for about a hour before others carried it off.  That is the New York way.  I observed that we needed a coat rack to hang our jackets and a place to hold our umbrellas. So we ordered a coat rack that had both of these functions. Then our long table came in handy to drop whatever we brought in with us- underneath the table was enough space to put our shoes.

It feels so good to come home now- we are seeing more focus in us because our environment works for us rather than against us. Hubby and I were able to work on what we needed (ex. resume) for hours this weekend and be comfortable.

Life is simplified when there is one center; one reason, one motivation, one direction and purpose. Jean Fleming

It surprises me how long I go before uncluttering the things in our lives. If something is not useful to us- I have decided that it will be donated and trashed. I have to bring in new things in order to have new experiences.

I have been doing lots of searches on “how to be organized”, “how to have uncluttered environment”…on and on…whenever I can’t sleep. I don’t know why but I seem to find solace on doing these type of searches when I can’t sleep- it makes me happy when I find a new advice and helps me sleep better.

On Oprah I found a simple article 12 Ways to Uncluttered Your Life in which I like the first three points:

1. Everything you own should have value, either because it’s functional or beautiful or you just love it. Remember the question of what you’d grab if your house were on fire; that’s your baseline for determining an object’s worth.

2. Every item needs a place where it “lives.” Setting things down on the coffee table or kitchen counter creates piles and confusion. My clients mock me when I say, “Where do your keys live? They live in a bowl or on a hook by the front door”—but you never lose anything when you put it where it lives.

3. Focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking is supposed to help you get more things done quickly, but when you try to do 19 things at once, everything ends up incomplete. You’re trying to simplify your life, so simplify your approach to getting organized. Now let’s get started.

They are simple to remember and easy to implement (sometimes).

There are also other great articles at Zen Habits


Long Week!

Very long week but I am hoping some exciting news comes out of all this activity for myself and Hubby! I seriously thought Thursday was Tuesday this week so you can imagine how in awe I am that its the weekend!

I just wanted to share with you this picture that got me very excited. I love all the creative ideas that are out there on personalizing your home. If you can’t personalize and share beautiful memories in your own home then where?

We did an impromptu trip to Jersey this morning. I woke up, made some tea, and sat at my desk when Hubby says “Hear me out…we might need to go to Jersey.”

So we went- so glad for books since I love catching up on all my books on the hour trip. Speaking of books- I read this article on New York Times “E-Readers Catch Younger Eyes and Go in Backpacks” where they are seeing an increase in e-reader among younger folks. But that wasn’t a surprising thing.

This was:

“Eryn Garcia, their mother, said the family used the local library — already stocked with more than 3,000 e-books — to download titles free, sparing her the usual chore of “lugging around 40 pounds of books.”

What? Free e-books at the local library? WOW!


Six Word Memoir

Yesterday was a tough day for me because I lacked sleep. Actually my day was MISERABLE because I lacked sleep! I couldn’t concentrate on anything, couldn’t motivate myself, and was just terribly in a bluh mood- unhappy!

Over at The Happiness Project blog a discussion about the Six Word Memoir specifically on happiness.

My six word that sums up happiness for me:

Good Night Rest, a Promising Day

Here are some of my favorite from the site:

Count your blessings not your burdens
Find your role play your part
Happiness is my responsibility not others
When one loves one doesn’t calculate

What is your six word memoir- any topic?

Read more Six Word Memoirs on happiness and don’t forget to add your own to the site!

If you do come up with something, let me know by adding a comment here.