Welcome to Unfinished, my blog project for 2015! You can read all the posts here to catch up, and please feel welcome to join in at any point!
And just like that: 2015 is 1/4 over! I KNOW. Here's what I learned this month:
1. I thought February was crazy. HA HA HA HA. February was not crazy at all compared to March. Between Matt's trip to Turkey and Egypt, the house we're renting going up for sale abruptly, learning everything there is to know about the housing market in our assignment city (Albuquerque, NM), Bridget's Broadway production at school, her Montgomery Marathon race, field trips, Alabama History work, spring break plus all the regular stuff it's truly a wonder I was able to get anything finished at all.
2. The fact that I did get a few things knocked off the unfinished list underscores the point that you don't always have to swing for the fences... I chose my category very wisely for the time available and for the most part, it was a successful strategy.
My category: The Giant Fix-It List. I am masterful at avoiding things that need fixing, even if the fix only takes a few minutes. The stuff that takes longer... well, I am extra-masterful at avoiding that. But here's what got fixed this month!
+ the cutting board that goes with the house (lost its foot thingy... I know, aim high)
+ the beekeeper smoker that lives in Maddie's room
+ Matt's Pinewood Derby Champion plaque (it came home with us at Christmas)(heh)
+ Gracie's special owl purse from Disney
+ my engagement ring (the setting broke away from the ring in January)
+ Gracie's reusable owl bag handle
+ the van (it is generally angry about all the driving miles and needed some work)
+ a ginormous stash of cheapie but sentimental jewelry (new chains, jump rings, etc.)
+ Maddie's French horn (something sketchy about one of the slides, all fixed now)
+ our dining room family tree (missing info)
+ Bridget's special Abby-made doll (apron had come unstitched)
A lot of the fixing required getting in the car and going somewhere, which is part of the reason why I put it off. But I got to go to interesting places like this:
The Cloverdale Shoe Shop, where the owner made Gracie's Disney purse way cooler than before by replacing the ripped stitching with a rivet, then told me all about the first time he took his family to Disney
Some things you just can't place a monetary value on:
Gracie was my jewelry repair shop partner: she measured what we needed for replacement chains, took notes on the other repairs needed, helped me shop, and assisted in the actual repairs. I think we fixed about 11 things in total.
That's a lot. None of it took all that long, really. But the sense of accomplishing something vs. avoiding it all is awfully powerful. How about you? Did you tackle any unfinished projects? Share in the comments or post a link to a blog entry, Instagram photo, etc. so we can see what you were up to! And don't forget to stop in on Monday next week for April's guest interview, an international affair!