No Sleep & Bread Clips #NaBloPoMo

Kyle decided to get up at the butt-crack of dawn this morning. For those of you who are fortunate enough to not understand what the “butt-crack of dawn” is, it means it was still fricking dark out.

Apparently, Kyle then decided to go into his brother’s room and wake him up, because the next thing I know, Connor is standing at the top of the stairs yelling “MAMMA!” as loud as he possibly can, with the stairwell helping him out by making it echo through the entire house. My guess is that yelling was easier than pushing the door he was standing right next to all the way open to check if I was still in bed.

Since I was still pretty much in a coma, I tried (without opening my eyes or sitting up) to get Connor to put a movie on – quickly – so that Kyle would sit and watch for a few minutes while I caught up on some much-needed shut-eye. Unfortunately, to a 6-year-old boy, remembering to close your bedroom door is akin to remembering to use a napkin rather than wipe your hands on your shirt, so Kyle made a bee-line for Connor’s room – and all the wonderful toys in there that have umpteen million pieces. I gently reminded Connor that Kyle was going to get into his room, which made him run to keep Kyle out, which of course went against Kyle’s master plan. In his defeat, Kyle began screaming toddler-profanities as loud as he could.

Yeah, I didn’t think it was going to work either, but I figured giving it a shot would at least allow me the satisfaction of knowing that I had given it my best shot. (And it will work at some point in the future, as long as I keep trying!)

Why am I thankful for any of this? Because hubs just got home, let me take a nice, hot shower, made spaghetti for dinner, and is keeping Kyle occupied! I think I owe him big-time.

Last week I started a new collection. For someone who is dead set on getting rid of stuff, a collection sounds pretty crazy, right? Well, this collection is going to make finding things easier!

I started collecting the tabs from loaves of bread and bags of rolls. Turns out, these little suckers are fantastic at labeling cables and wires! Check it out…

Yes – they do fit cords and various computer cables. And yes, they really work!

This is going to be a life-saver – we have cables and cords for plugging in various items in a large drawer of the basement, and finding the one we need isn’t going to feel like a quest for the Holy Grail anymore!

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AP Math & Mason Jars #NaBloPoMo

My next class (that starts tomorrow – EEK!) is AP Math, or Surveys of Mathematical Methods. Yikes.

Well, I’ve been reading the text – thanks to a $150 book – and apparently, I haven’t lost the math ability I had in high school! Color me completely relieved! I was totally freaking out wondering if I’d be able to pass this class because I haven’t had to use advanced math skills since oh, the last time I was in a math class. So today, I’m thankful that a major nervous breakdown has been averted.

I have another up-cycling idea for you too!

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I LOVE to craft…so my office/craft room is jammed with stuff for making things. Naturally, I pretty much am willing to cause physical harm to people in order to keep everything neat, but functional.

How cool are mason jar sewing kits? There is NO SKILL required to make these – just put a puff of pillow filler on top of the lid insert, cover with fabric, and glue the fabric to the back of the insert!

A huge thanks to Up-cycle That for this amazing idea!

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