Monday, March 12, 2012

{ What I'm Up To }

Blame it on pregnancy-induced nesting hormones run amok, thwarted by my inability to make a "nest" in the nursery 'til we get a few more projects done {a.k.a. clean out the second bedroom and transition it from office/dumping-ground-for-everything-I-haven't-wanted-to-deal-with-in-2.5-years-of-marriage to a room we can turn into a nursery}.

Blame it on loving to clean and purge and organize.

Blame it on #2, intensified by #1.

Whatever the causes, today I'm starting the house-wide de-clutter, clean, and simplify process described in Tsh Oxenreider's book, Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living. If you haven't read this, I highly recommend it. The content is deeper than I expected--for example, figuring out a family purpose statement, and an ideal purpose statement for each room of your home, before you even begin--yet it's a refreshing, exhilarating process.

Because, like, everyone wants a freshly washed-down freezer before they have a baby, right? And who doesn't need to clean and re-arrange and inventory their pantry while trying to figure out what to eat that won't make them puke?

She says this having only cleaned, organized, and inventoried the freezer and refrigerator.

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Maybe you should check back in a few days and see if I still agree with those statements!

I'm taking it slow, not expecting to do one room per day, and I'm not proceeding in the order described, either...there is no point in reorganizing the living room when it is currently Construction Zone Central for Mike's new built-in desk. Over the hum of the dishwasher, I've been listening to old sermons by Pastor Mark, including yesterday's message {the Q&A at the end nearly made me pee my pants, even the second time around!}. Hopefully this whole project will take me less than two weeks...and by then, maybe we'll be ready to start tackling the soon-to-be-nursery!

This slow-cooker honey sesame chicken is in the crockpot, and I can't wait to taste it {thank you Pinterest!}. I'm a big fan of Asian cuisine, but at this point I just hope it turns out okay...I accidentally added cornstarch at the beginning, instead of after it's mostly cooked, AND THEN I completely forgot to mix in the 3/4 cup of honey, so just drizzled it across the top. *sigh* This pregnancy brain stuff is for real, folks!

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Random side note: I'm also really excited that I bought way too much asparagus for Amaryah's birthday dinner last night, which means I have about two pounds of asparagus ready to broil and eat all by myself...and I assure you, it will probably only amount to two Nikki-size servings. I love asparagus!

And with that, I'd better get back to the kitchen. The pantry is calling my name...


  1. sounds ambitious but very satisfying! *drooling* over that chicken - yum...

  2. I just cleaned out and organized my little freezer today. Then on to the mud room I went. It looks so much better now. We must be due about the same time. (o; If I lived closer we could also share your 2lbs. of asparagus and make a portion for me and you. Love ya, Corrie