Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Remodeling The Show

We decided to remodel a bit and make a change to the WWTD show.  Listen to this short-pod to check out the change and find out about our upcoming episodes.  Much in store

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If we don't change, we don't grow.
If we don't grow, we aren't really living.  
Gail Sheehy

Friday, April 4, 2014

Classic Mommy Man

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A classic WWTD episode featuring Jerry Mahoney with a special introduction from Karly and DJ.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Our House - Remodeling

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Karly and DJ talk about all the trials, tribulations and joys of remodeling. Be sure to check out each of their blog posts below.

Painting with no taping...take a listen
on who paints in this style
After...looks how much more the fireplace pops

Our House - Remodeling... According to Karly

Remodeling The Home... According to Karly

Establishing a space that is full of light, yet comfortably warm with color and reflective of our taste can be a challenge to create but very doable as long as one view stays constant...  your personal view.  My style has been critiqued, complimented and "okayed" by family and friends, yet I haven't taken it too personally.  We each have our own style whether we have copied it from a magazine, a designer, HGTV (love it), a home show or have utilized our own creative designs; it still reflects what speaks to us or at least it should.  We are the ones that exist within what we define as "home"and our personal view is the best.

This week DJ and I invited our friend, Josh, who is a school teacher by day and an amateur remodeler at night (at least for the past several weeks as he remodels his master bath).  Taking on a job as he did takes patience and a belief that he can transform his small outdated bath to a new bathing creation.  Unfortunately, we have no pics of what the bathroom looked like before the first hole was made into the drywall but Josh shared a few views of the process.  Take a glance at Josh's following remodeling pictures (check out the hallway picture... a creative temporary place for the toilet):

What a conversational piece...
you never know where
a toilet may turn up during bathroom renovations.
Josh, pleased and proud of his
new bathroom space... way to go!

I also had to share a few pics of room expressions that I have found along my decorating path; mostly from featured home shows.  As I mentioned earlier, I love the use of color, space and light.  Throw in a few interesting comfortable pieces of furniture and you can transform a room into a new space.

Love the white bead board and the
bench style kitchen seating

Two tan high back chairs that make
a strong statement in a sitting area.

Everyone needs a reading nook...precious

 A bright and engaging children's playroom


The wood floors and the window
light compliments the room. 

Our House - Remodeling... According to DJ

You may recognize the "remodeled"  poem, How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count The Ways by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.  Here it is:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Organizing-- A New Day

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This week on WWTD we are talking about all the stress that comes with not being organized; we share stories of our own disorganized homes but of course we have some ideas that may help in being better at organization.  Of course, as you probably know from your own life, ideas are great, but the actual organizing...not so much!

Enjoy reading Karly's post and DJ's post on organization below.

Also, if spring has given you the "get organized bug," here are some resources to check out:



Thursday, March 20, 2014

Organizing-- A New Day... According to DJ

I am a list maker.  When I start to feel overwhelmed and am not sure where to focus my attention, I make a list.  I adopted this coping technique in law school when the amount of study and preparation required prioritizing and organizing.  But I didn't write out word lists on a piece of paper. During study time I made "lists" by stacking my books, notebooks and assignments in a particular order, then I would go through the stack from top to bottom in the order I had made until the work was done or my study time was over. I've been out of law school a long time, but I still use "listing" when I am trying to figure out where to start and where to focus my attention on any project whether at work or at home.

I have taught my young daughter to make lists too.  For her, lists are not yet about getting a handle on an overwhelming task, they are about organizing our days together between fun and chores.  Here is an example of the early lists she and I would do when we were planning our day together.  I think she was about three when we did this list:

The way we put the list together is as we decided what we were doing that day I would write the words and she would draw a picture to finish the sentence.  The chore ideas were mine and the fun ideas were hers. For instance,  Number 2 is "put on 'clothes'" and number 3 is "play 'barbies'" or is that "play 'zoo'"?  I'm not sure.

Just for fun and because it is my blog post and I want to show off how incredibly precious my daughter is here is another list we did when she was young.

Number 5 is "snuggle with 'mommy.'"  I told you, Precious!  Number 2 is "do 'Barbie' episodes."  You can decode the rest as a kind of game if you like.  I would love to hear what you think number 1 is because I have no idea.   As you can tell from the crossing-offs, we ended up not doing number 1 or number 7.

I am such a believer in lists, I even bought my husband this book when he was trying to make some tough decisions about his career:

It is 285 pages of lists for the reader to complete as a means for organizing thoughts and discovering what the reader actually values.   Each page has a topic and then lines under it for making the list--like a diary, but directed.

Here are some example topics from the book that you may find interesting to complete yourself:

List What's Consistently in Your Garbage
List What's In Your Glove Compartment
List What You Like To Do When You Are Alone
List The Nicest Things Anyone Ever Did For You
List How You Would Like To Change Your Inner Life Right Now
List All The Fears You Have When You Wake Up In The Morning
List All The Times You've Fallen Flat On Your Face
List The Businesses You Wish You Presently Owned
List What You Wanted To Be Like When You Grew Up
List Those Regular Daily Items You Wish You Never Had To Buy Again
List The Pieces of Your Favorite Outfit
List Those Projects You Put Off Time And Time Again

The purpose of making lists for me is organizing my life so that I don't lose precious time and organizing my thoughts so that I don't lose good ideas.  However, the best time and the best thoughts often come from disorganization and clutter.  My daughter and I have had wonderful times doing things that never made it on a list.  My husband is convinced that the reason he is so smart (yes that is what he thinks) is because his family's home was cluttered with magazines, old pictures, projects, collectibles-- which he says was information for a developing mind.

My husband also is a champion of what he calls "unstructured" time, where we can just be together and life moments come from the just being together.  No organizing necessary.     We certainly do not want to be like Toad from the story "The List" in Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel.   Toad wakes up one morning and decides to make a list of things to do during his day.  The first thing he puts on his list is "Wake Up" which he immediately crosses off since he has just done that.  He proceeds to write the rest of the list and move from task to task on the list, including going to visit his friend, Frog.  But then Toad loses the list. He is frantic because he cannot remember what is on the list and does not know what to do with the rest of his day.  He refuses to search for his list, however, because searching for the list was not on the list.

"The List" by Arnold Lobel
While his friend Frog is running all over the place looking for the list, Toad is immobilized. Eventually Toad remembers that going to sleep was on his list.  So he writes "Go To Sleep" in the dirt, crosses it off and he and Frog fall asleep.

Organizing is a great tool, but don't let it get in the way of your life!  

Because I promised on this week's podcast that I would post a photo of my one and only home organizing tip, here you go... my actual tub.
Storage problems? Re-purpose your unused Jacuzzi tub to hold dirty laundry!

Organizing-- A New Day...According to Karly

How I wish I was that girl; you know her and may even be her.  Always knowing where the stamps were placed that were purchased the day before, having cabinet shelves that display Campbell soup cans which are sorted by flavors and sodium content or the methodical lady who switches out winter clothing for spring the weekend after the calendar displays Spring Begins (not because she’s late but chooses to wait a week to ensure that the winter chill has departed).

Who is she and does she sleep, eat or is she in constant motion arranging and rearranging the duties of the day.  I find myself being my biggest critique.  I cringe as I enter my home office that has oodles and oodles of paper flowing from each end of the desk and lining areas of the floor. I accessorize so well; a grey and yellow swirled designed 8 x 10 rug (a fantastic deal from Home Goods), a mercury lamp with a soft green shade, multi-colored woven baskets (filled with my daughter’s items), a black framed bulletin board above my desk that displays pictures of my sweet girl, our four legged bearded pooch and thoughts that inspire me (unfortunately, none of them have anything to do with organization).  

I have found myself entering the office, stopping and glancing around dreaming of a little sanctuary that gives me comfort and also stirs my spirit.  I picture myself sitting in my comfortable mesh backed desk chair; coffee in hand, light jazz from the speakers (throw in a little Sting), and everything in its place.  Ah… great joy!  Unfortunately, it is a dream as I look around at the nightmare of an office.  Once reality hits, I usually dash toward the desk, stepping over piles of previous attempts of organization, grab a file (actually I have to hunt for the file first) and my computer and then depart and travel to another part of the house where clutter doesn’t block my concentration.

All the organizing magazines, Pinterest boards, blog sites and weekend time devoted to the challenge has not assisted me in completing this goal.  What would the achiever of organization do?  What stops me from devoting the needed hours to complete this task?

As I ponder these questions, I realize maybe its just… life.  The weekends hanging out with my daughter, walks with the dog, a quick Zumba class, hanging out with friends or just relaxing (when I close the door its amazing the peace I have not looking at the room).  I realize it just hasn’t been on my priority list.  The day will come that I will walk into the room and take on the challenge like an organizing pro.  Oh, what a day it will be and what sense of accomplishment I envision.

Now listen, even after the task is completed this probably doesn’t mean I will become that one that has towels color-coded in the linen closet or DVDs separated by genre and you know what…that’s okay

The home office from the floor's view.  If you look closely 
you may catch a glimpse of the rug.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Making History With The History Chicks

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Karly and DJ talk and laugh with Beckett and Susan, The History Chicks, about women in history and so much more.  Thank you Beckett and Susan for being our guests on What's With the Drama!  

Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider: Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour. Go. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

What's With The Drama Promo For The History Chicks

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Listen to the fun and informative interview of Susan and Beckett from The History Chicks Podcast on Sunday March 9, 2014 here at What's With The Drama.

Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider: Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour. Go. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hooray for Hollywood - Oscars 2014

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Karly and DJ talk about all things Oscars 2014.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Cats and Donkeys and Deer... Oh My!

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Karly and DJ share stories about losing older pets, the debates over minimum wage and a deer in the... house?