Seeing Light and Color

Clump #162:  Elevate remaining paper piles; clear and file financial statements.

A quick recap: this was — just part — of the massive paper problem I’ve been chipping away at after our younger daughter threw me a lifeline and sorted everything into specific sub-categories back in January. I was still drowning in paper, but holding on for dear life.

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We needed to clear out the above bedroom for guests,  so I transported the piles to the infamous study floor, too often the site of clutter relocation.  Thus began my 28-day-28-pile challenge on February 1st.

Since then, our cat Pumpkin has been entertaining herself by batting around papers and mixing up the piles when she’s not napping.

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Today I took a big step.  No more papers on the floor.  I have eight days left in the challenge, so I re-sorted eight piles and put them on the kitchen table.  How civilized … they’re ready for tea!

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Then my husband and I cleared one pile, which consisted of financial statements.  Filed most, shredded and recycled the rest.

For the daily dose of color, I draw again on photos I took in Chicago while visiting my older daughter.  We were in a huge Whole Foods Market my daughter described as “like a cruise ship.”  I know other people visiting a great city might take photos of the tourist sites (not a supermarket) and further, wouldn’t choose a destination much, much colder and windier than home for a winter vacation. I guess I am not like most people!

I took these photos of funny napkins.  This is especially appropriate for today, since I feel like I am finally seeing the light.  We are actually about to be freed from our impacted paper problem.  I can see it now … it’s a dream come true!

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This set also spoke to me.  My life.

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We took way more taxis than I ever have in my life (see punishing weather, above).  In one, I happened to focus on the rate chart in front of me and noticed that the “Vomit Clean-up Fee” is fifty dollars.  I remember thinking, well, fair enough.  And then I wondered how much I would have if I had been paid fifty dollars for every time I performed vomit clean-up.  Maybe enough to take a vacation on an actual cruise ship.  Give birth, change diapers, clean vomit … quite a job description.

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Okay, enough nauseating talk!  Let us cleanse the palate with the daily color palette.

Here is the supermarket, with a multitude of hues:

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Roses and eucalyptus, love that grey and pink:

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A striking arrangement at a coffee shop in the area:

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Tulip heaven:

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Back home, this was the white, foggy world of — melting — snow this morning …

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And the same general scene this evening.  It’s working!  Thinking color is bringing it to our white world!

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Finally, today’s “song” of the day is “Rapper’s Delight” with Brian Williams and Lester Holt on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show.  I can’t imagine how many intern-hours were spent to accomplish this … enjoy!

Turning Over A New Leaf

Clump #159: Clear pile number 18, receipts … and shred.

Today’s pile was tedious, but most of it could just be shredded, shredded, shredded.  I do have a few good habits, and one is putting all my Christmas receipts into a big envelope.  This one was from 2012, so if it ain’t broke, and it’s over a year old, we won’t need the receipt.  There were exactly four pieces of paper in this pile worth saving: the type of receipts we would normally tear the house apart to find.  Big step forward!

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As for the third installment of my week-long pigment therapy for the winter blahs … some of you might remember months ago I posted photos of a floral shop I walked by one night in Chicago.  It seemed magical, and I was entranced.  Here are two photos from back then:

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The store was called New Leaf.

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This winter I was back in Chicago visiting our older daughter and, cheapskate that I am, got a great hotel price on Expedia.  It was one of those steeply discounted deals where you pick the general area you want to stay, and you don’t find out the hotel name until you pay.  I took the gamble, and was very pleased with the resulting hotel and location, especially for the price.

Here’s the amazing part.  Below was the view from my hotel window.  The lit up store is none other than New Leaf.  Chills!

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Since I was right next door, I was actually able to stop by and go inside!

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It was just as magical in daylight.

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Oh, rich and gorgeous color!

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Blossoms from a warmer land.

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Wickedly frigid Chicago became tolerable in this plant paradise.

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I realized that I have included a song every day with the color infusion posting.  In yesterday’s pile I uncovered many notes to myself, and I’d undoubtably jotted this one down upon hearing the song It Goes As It Goes, from the movie Norma Rae, on the radio.

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I looked it up today, and what a beautiful song it is.  From 1979, written by David Shire  and Norman Gimble, and sung by Jennifer Warnes (not Warrens, as I had scribbled).  The song won the Oscar that year.

I was moved to think of this Clump A Day project like the flow described in the lyrics, below.  What we keep and appreciate gets better, while what holds us back gets gone.

So it goes like it goes
and the river flows
and time it rolls right on
and maybe whats good
gets a little bit better
and maybe what’s bad gets gone.