I’ve been tinkering with my daily schedule again, trying to find the best fit for my virtual career, exercise, home projects, blogging, and…what else? Oh yeah, fun! I have room for it all (the joys of single life!), but I haven’t found that comfortable flow state. Yet.
And so I tinker. Well, some would call it an overhaul, but I prefer to think of it as a makeover. It just sounds more desirable that way.
Thanks to the technical glitches last week that had me approaching my day differently and my new Pomodoro love, I think I’ve got a nice little productivity groove going here. And as I’ve blogged about before, momentum creates an energy of its own for me, drowning out the distractions that sometimes keep me from moving forward.
As so often happens when I get rolling (in matters of weight management or life management), I’ve got a little interruption in this makeover process. Friends arrive today and we leave tomorrow for a road trip to visit more friends in Texas. I’m looking forward to it more than I can express, but today I caught myself wondering if I’d find this momentum again. My previous weight loss history included many a plan that fell apart after a vacation or special event (raise your hand if you know how that feels), and I was feeling a little sad that the same thing might happen with my productivity groove.
Being older and wiser now, I flipped my thinking around. Instead of wondering IF I’ll find my momentum, I reframe it and ponder HOW I’ll regain it. I’ve started by listing out my first 10 Pomodoro tasks to tackle on my second day back home (first day is for decompression, laundry, and general loafing), and I’ll go from there. It’s my productivity version of the state line rule.
The great thing about all of this is that, while it feels good to have a few things ticked off my to-do list, the joy is in the process itself–trying, learning, regrouping, continuing. Pity I didn’t see that the first 40 years of my life. It doesn’t have to be a smooth re-entry, I just have to re-enter and ignore any temporary turbulence.
Okay, enough ruminating. Day makeovers are not the only makeovers going on around here. Here are a few of the recently completed small projects:
First, there’s my little curb-find table. It had a broken leg, which I think I fixed with some wood glue. ::fingers crossed::
Those aren’t the permanent accessories–I’m still scouring curbs for those — but I do like the table with its new coating of Rustoleum Heritage Red. For now the table sits just inside my foyer on the World’s Most Hideous 1970s Tile Floor. I’m hoping the red keeps anyone from noticing it. Painting WMH1970sTF is on my possible tasks list. (But not spray paint and not Heritage Red.)
For the next project, I give you phase one of my chandelier makeover. It would have been nice if I’d thought to take a photo of it with it’s brass(ish) finish and the 236 crystals in place, but when I took it down, I had intended to get rid of it in favor of something more modern. But as my budget started shrinking, I decided to invest in yet another can of Rustoleum–glossy black this time.
Phase Two involves a) getting matching light bulbs, b) choosing tiny lampshades, and c) deciding how many, if any, of those blasted crystals to add back. I do like them against the black paint. Sparkly.
I’ll keep you updated on that progression, but it will be slow going. I’m thinking it would be wiser to get dining room furniture first, and then choose the lamp shades instead of the other way round.
My next project attracted the attention of half the neighborhood:
I found this little bistro set at a neighborhood yard sale for $15 earlier this year. The color was fine in the sunlight but quite blah on my patio. I gave it a couple coats of Valspar Exotic Sea, and that certainly livened it up!
The cushions were a make-do effort. I had a couple of 21″ pillows in a closet and I used a couple of new-in-package pillowcases I’d found for $0.50 at another yard sale to cover them. Not perfect but perky!
My neighbors really liked this color. We agreed it’s a happy-maker color. One neighbor liked the repainted set so much that when she saw some cushions at Ross’s in complementary colors, she bought them and gave them to me as a gift! Sort of a patio-warming present, I think. Wasn’t that the kindest thing? (I’ll try to remember to take photos of the set with its pretty new cushions before I head out on my trip. I know you won’t sleep until you see them!:) )
The last project was purely a manual effort involving my 40-year old vinyl kitchen flooring, ground in dirt that had resisted every sort of cleaning product or technique I’ve tried since buying the house, and a magical ingredient that made a huge difference.
You can read the nitty gritty details over on Serentipity, but needless to say, I am feeling much better about the floors now and much less likely to need that Arson for Dummies book I ordered.
So that’s a peek at some of the wee makeovers I’ve been doing, and now it’s time for my reward makeover: a mani-pedi! I haven’t had a pedicure this summer, so I’d better stop by the bank so that I’ll have a generous tip available for the technician. (At least I got the heritage red overspray off my feet. )
What have you made over recently? Anything on the horizon?