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Archive for June, 2014

Bonjour! Guten tag! You may have noticed that the blog has been a little quiet the last week or two. That’s because Bart and I have been doing some globe trotting and just got back into the states on Sunday. Now that I’m back, I’m excited to share what the Taylors have been up to.
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When we moved to our house, we had dozens of boxes of tools plus gobs of other random stuff lining every shelf and wall of the garage. As we worked on projects, tore out old stuff, and purchased new materials, it got another layer of disaster on top of the other. We somehow managed to find stuff we needed for projects, but it was a mess, and the winter was just too cold to tolerate being out in the garage long enough to get anything done. With summer finally here, we were finally ready to implement an efficient storage solution.
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The last month has been really productive, particularly around the very end of May and beginning of June. Things have slowed down a bit, as we have some other stuff coming up that has required more time and mental bandwidth, but we’ve still made some recent progress.

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We don’t exactly live out in the boonies here in Washington, D.C. However, our neighborhood is unique in that it doesn’t have rows of closely spaced cookie-cutter homes. Our street goes way back into a wooded area, with homes on big lots with 100-foot tall trees all around, and a small creek cutting right through the plot of homes. It almost feels like a national forest at times. And with all the wildlife around recently, it sometimes feels like we’re way out in the sticks.

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A few weeks ago, somewhere about blend cycle 1,015, I was making my morning smoothie when my beloved Blendtec blender began making an awful racket and smelling of smoke.  I stopped the cycle, not knowing what had happened. I looked at the bottom of the jar, and I saw some small pieces of plastic and the blade was loose in its fitting. Not so good.

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As one might imagine, moving two times in eleven months is not conducive to staying very organized. All our worldly possessions lived in and out of boxes during our move and our time renting. When we bought our house, we initially found temporary homes for all our stuff and boxes, but the process has been very slow. However, since we moved, and particularly since the beginning of spring, we have been on an organizational tear. From craft supplies to tools, spices to paperwork, Bart and I have been taming the beast and getting back to an efficient and functional household.

One of my ongoing projects is dealing with all the paperwork. Starting a new job, registering cars in two states, and buying, selling, and renting homes generates a mountain of paperwork that piles up in the blink of an eye. I managed to stay afloat until we made our final move, but was clear that our files needed a major intervention. My method of filing paperwork for many years was to use hanging files in a dedicated file drawer. I had a folder for each utility and financial account and for other categories like health records, receipts for big purchases, and school info. This worked pretty well, but with a big life change some of the files were a bit outdated–for instance, we have new utility providers and I no longer am in school–and it was time for a refresh.

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This week, my coworkers and I had a meeting for work in Ottawa, Canada. I was only gone a couple of nights and returned yesterday, but I really enjoyed seeing the other national capitol up north.
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