Spring (Cleaning) Has Sprung

My girls are currently on Spring Break with their dad.  While they are gone, I am going to try to get a few projects done around the house.  Why is it sometimes so much harder to accomplish the smallest things with kids around?

My project list includes:

Project #1:  Organizing my closest.  My current closet is the smallest closet I have ever had.  It has double sliding doors so it’s not terribly tiny, but I’m having to adjust.  It currently has one long bar across for hanging clothes.  And one shelf that runs across the top of it.  Nothing else.  My shoes are a complete mess.

The Fix:  I purchased one of these for my shoes.

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I will probably need another one.  But we will see.  I am also thinking about getting one of the units with drawers.

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The units can be stacked, if needed.  Think they will do a lot to help get the lower section of my closet in shape.

Project #2:  The garage.  I have a single car garage that is actually pretty large.  It has room for storage along one side, as well along the front of the garage.  The problem being there is only one built-in shelving unit currently.  I need more shelves and a place to store our bikes.  They are currently being kept against a fence, under a tarp.  Not good!

The Fix:  I purchased a set of heavy-duty shelves for more vertical storage.

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I also bought a storage track system with vertical bike hooks, similar to this one.

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Once I get the bikes in place, I hope to get a few more hooks for the girls softball bags, brooms, etc.

Project #3:  Our back deck.  Our house does not have a back yard.  It has a deck that you can access through the dining room or kitchen.  The deck itself is very narrow.  I will have to measure it, but I would say it’s 5′ x 40′.  We cannot fit a regular-sized table out there.  There is also my neighbor’s garage just a couple of feet away from the deck.  My  landlord put up bamboo screening along my deck for privacy.  But the whole space is a very blah, monotone beige.

The Fix:  Color!  I need pops of color.  This will be done with lighting, potted plants, placemats and rugs.  Seating!  I have purchased two green, bistro sets for outside dining.

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So there you have it!  My plans for Spring Break.  Not that I have any time off work, but with my girls gone, I hope to get a lot accomplished.  I will post the before and after pictures as I complete the projects.

Do you get time off for Spring Break?

What are your Spring Break plans? 

Do you have any Spring Cleaning projects you are working on?

Rummage, Brunch & a Movie

Spring Break has begun!  Well for my girls anyway, not really for me.  Except for today.  I took the day off.  Yeah me!

We slept in a little and then Sassy and I went to a rummage sale.  It was packed!  Wall to wall tables full of stuff with very narrow paths.  Add in way too many people and I was ready to run screaming from there.  We made one quick sweep through and headed out.  No treasures for us today.

Then we headed back home to pick up OMG Becky and then off to brunch.  We decided to go to my favorite breakfast place.  They are only open mornings until 1:30 PM.  And there is usually a pretty long wait, but I was hoping since it was almost 11:00 AM on a weekday, we might get lucky in between the breakfast and lunch rush.  And we did!  We only had to wait about five minutes before being seated.  Score!

The restaurant was originally a house.  It is adorable, with blue, green, yellow and purple tones everywhere.

OMG Becky was checking to see if the flowers were real.  They were.

I always order the same thing when I go there because it is the best!  My main dish comes with a warm, berry muffin or toast.  I always get the muffin.  It is so moist that after cutting it open to spread the pat of butter, the muffin must be eaten with a fork or spoon.  And then came the main event!…

The Gorgonzola Omelet with my choice of hashbrowns, buttermilk pancakes, white cheddar polenta or tomatoes.  White cheddar polenta, please!  You can’t tell from this photo, but this omelet is huge!  I, at the most, only eat half of it.  They rest comes home with me for a second meal.  Yummy leftovers!

And now lets see what’s in that omelet!

Toasted walnuts, caramelized onions and fontina cheese!  Oh yes!

My girls decided to split on of the dishes this restaurant is known for.  The Lemon Ricotta Stuffed French Toast with Raspberry Syrup!

I had to try a bite.  It was amazing!  I can see why it’s so popular.  It was a lot of food, even with the girls splitting it.  They both came home with half of their halves.

This afternoon, OMG Becky and I finally did what we have been waiting weeks to do…  We went to see a little movie…

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Have you heard of it?  It was as good as I had hoped it would be!  Yes, they left out many things from the book.  But the movie on its own made sense and all the important parts were covered.  I cannot wait to see the next movie from this book trilogy!  I am currently on book three.  I am reading it slowly because I don’t want them to end.

Did you see the movie today? 

Have you read the books?