Manic Monday

Well, this post is a day late and a dollar short. Let’s just call in Manic Monday Tuesday.

That might be because this weekend was just too much fun. My book club went to the beach! And the stormy weather and sheets of rain was not any kind of indication of the sunny atmosphere we enjoyed inside, cozy and warm.

hedbanz is fun- especially for grown women.

ceviche, rockfish and salsa! photo by Allyn.

bundled up!

Amazing view of crashing waves.

hope we win!

See! It's a book club. We read.

Love my Grandma's house.


I want to thank my sweet grandmother for letting us stay there (hi grandma!). We had the time of our lives, and yes, we made sure to buy some rose quartz crystals that are already proving to be possibly too effective 😉

Here are the links that I enjoyed in the last week:

Oh heeeey, empty inbox!

Lately I’ve been a little stumped creatively, and as usual, that has done so much for my organization.

Organizing is a huge stress reliever to me. Whenever I need a little space to let my brain solve a problem, I find myself organizing my bookshelf. Or creating a new filing system on my computer. Or putting together a clipboard system.

Or, like today, sorting through my inbox.

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I try to keep my inbox pretty meticulously organized. I am a Gmail Ninja. I have folders for personal items, correspondence with friends, clients, projects, billing,  you name it. I automatically filter some emails (like Groupon or ThinkGeek) to a folder so they skip my inbox and keep me from spending too much.

Here’s my system.

  1. if it is not actionable, all new emails are filed.
  2. If an email requires action, I leave it in my inbox to remind me later.
  3. If my sorted inbox ever hits more than 20, I have to sit down and winnow this list down!

The problem with this system is that with multiple projects and clients at any given time, my inbox is very rarely empty. There’s always more to do! That’s why this afternoon’s work was so satisfying. Except in order to post the picture above, I sent myself an email of it from my phone, and actually made my inbox not empty.

And now I have no excuses to avoid my creative block. Here we go.


Manic Monday

Hello and Happy Monday! This weekend, Portland experienced unseasonably wonderful weather- nearing the low 80’s at some locations! I spent as much of my weekend as possible outside, resulting in a bit of a surplus of Vitamin D in the form of a sunburn, lots of gardening, and great times with friends and family.

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And because it’s Monday (and this is what I like to do) I’ve put together some simple questions for you: