Casey Kay B

Things I do and things I like

Sort of Spring Cleaning

Not that it is sort of spring, at least not here. I know there are other places that are still going through the 90 &8457; days followed by freezing temperatures the next day. But it is fully spring here, so that is not why this is only sort of spring cleaning.

More like I have never actually been bothered to clean things out in the spring. Ok, I don’t do much cleaning very often anyway, but you already knew that. I do get bitten by the clean up bug about random things occasionally, though.

Take my closet, for example. I’ve been trying to find the best way to keep up with my “clean out the closet every three months” goal. I had been using pictures taken “almost” every day (read: once a week when it was time for laundry), but that was getting to be too much of a hassle and taking up a lot of space in my pictures folder.

Enter the spreadsheet. Or, should I say, spreadsheets. I created a file in numbers for all my clothes, divided it into worksheets for each main category (shirts, pants, shoes, etc.), and created tables for each sub-category on each worksheet. Yesterday I even (finally) came up with the brilliant idea to add a count row at the bottom. For those looking to do the same thing, using checkboxes to keep track of each piece of clothing being worn, use the formula =COUNTIF(b3:b7, TRUE) in each count box. Of course, be sure to use the actual cells that create the boundaries for what you want to count in place of b3 and b7.

The other thing I started cleaning up is what I call my “yarn leftovers”. Those are the bits and pieces you have left over after completing a project. I have decided to wind my significant leftovers into hanks and label them with a tag tied on by some “waste yarn” (leftovers that are under 1 gram, usually used for tying things or making a provisional cast on). I even created nice labels with a little leftover container on them that you can download if you want to have a label for your own yarn. It includes space for yarn name, color, weight, and length. You don’t have to tie it to the yarn, either. You could safety pin it to a ball of yarn, stick it in the plastic bag or tape it to a plastic box, or any other way you like to store your yarn.

Click here to download the labels in a single PDF sheet.

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Real Fun in Rio (2)

Last night we went in a very large group to see an opening night screening of the hilarious new movie “Rio 2″. This particular group went to see the movie to honor the writer, Don Rhymer, who happens to be the late husband of a family friend. There weren’t any actual children in our group. And the theater was roaring with laughter through the entire film.

Basic movie synopsis: Blu and Jewel, the rare blue macaws we met in the first movie, now have a family, and there might be more of these rare birds in the Amazon Rainforest. When their human handlers appear to be in trouble searching for these birds, the family (and their hip hop friends) head out in search of them and find more family than they knew existed. Also, Nigel finds them and still has a score to settle with Blu. But wouldn’t you if you had been rightly defeated by someone and it had left you the flightless star of a street market “oddities” tent?

Obviously, another Rio movie set in Brazil with vocal talent the likes of will.i.am and Jaime Foxx has an incredibly high energy soundtrack. With some hilarious songs as well. Like I said, a theater full of teens and adults was rolling with laughter the entire time.

You don’t need the kids as an excuse to go see this movie. Although, it would make a good family movie event, too. The adults wouldn’t be bored to sleep by the plot or humor, and the kids will love the bright colors, fun music, and physical humor. Everyone should definitely go out and see this movie. You don’t even need to have seen the original movie, this story works well on its own.

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Confession: Why I Will Never Be Able to Live Alone

My room is a wreck. If you’ve ever seen my room under normal circumstances, you are probably either thinking I’m Captain Obvious or you need to send in a rescue crew. Don’t worry, it’s not that bad. But it is in need of a good cleaning.

What? You expected pictures? Nice try, but I don’t want photographic evidence of that. Just try to imagine the mess of random instruments, art supplies, and a mix of clean and dirty laundry. Well, not really mixed laundry. The clean stuff is in the laundry bags, so the dirty stuff is on the floor.

I did at least manage to wash the pile of dishes overflowing in the sink. Because no one was going to be in the house, I just chose to rinse my dishes and leave them in the sink until I needed to wash them. Hey, at least I rinsed the dishes.

This is what happens when I’ve got the house to myself. I do clean. It’s not that I would have trash cans overflowing or have a house like one of those featured on the hoarder shows. Like I said, I rinsed the dishes pretty thoroughly before I stacked them in the sink. But when I have a lot of free time, I get into a habit of starting projects whenever the urge strikes. I just then fill my time starting everything I wanted to start for the past however-long-it-was since I had that much free time. Then I get to the end of the day and just pile the mess into a corner and tell myself I will clean that up later.

So now I have filled all corners of my room with things to be cleaned up “later”. And here I am writing this post. Because I will clean that stuff up tomorrow…

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