Lani: Simplicity

simplicity

I gotta say, I’m with Leonardo on this one. I know it’s more fun to shout, “Go big or go home!” and that philosophy has its time and place, but overall… I like things simple, elegant, uncomplicated and beautiful.

So, how are things shaping up for you this week, complicated or simple, fucked or fab?

32 thoughts on “Lani: Simplicity

  1. Well, the whole move thing has been up and down, right and left, as they’ve given me half a dozen different move times and all. Then it was all sewn up to be for today between 2 and 4. I just talked to the driver. He expects to get here between 12 and 2. Obviously I am just a little behind (packing last minute stuff), so I’ll have to step up my game. And the company didn’t give him all the info either, so it’s a tiny bit fucked but it will also be fab to have it done and have me on the way. And maybe I won’t need to leave my BFF waiting at the airport for me to come get him after all.

    As for simplicity, I have loved the concept for quite a while and try (and sometimes fail, sometimes succeed) in it. I gave away a lot of things. I think I’m mostly down to what I need and what I love. And then there is the Oregon storage unit, which is, I hope, mostly down to that as well.

  2. Steph says:

    Well the last week has been both fucked and fab. My grandmother passed. Which can go both ways. She had only recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. And she went very quickly and peacefully. She kept laughing and saying that God was making her laugh. She was a Buddhist so that was odd, but she was a pretty quirky lady anyway. 🙂 So as much as I will miss her, I am really more happy for her than anything.

    I had my baby shower and you’d think it would have been the highlight of my week. Not so much. I didn’t get any of the things in my registry that I really needed and everyone bought me bibs and I now have two baby bath tubs. I’m having a boy, perhaps its a sign that he will be very busy and messy. I have two girls so this boy thing is new to me 🙂 a welcome change though!! In any case, I can always take one of the bath tubs back and exchange it for something I do need. I just really miss my family. I know I wouldn’t have to go without anything if I had them around and with the passing of my grandma and bringing a son into the world I just wish I lived closer to them. So that was my fucked and fab week.

  3. German Chocolate Betty says:

    Congrats on new baby! (My now-passed-on father-in-law would say, well, circle of life: one departs, another arrives to take her place.)

  4. I have always striven for simplicity…life is hard enough without wallowing in chaos. But when I overbook work and pile on obligations, life stops being simple. Then I’m an emotional mess. I did that from December until now. Worked my butt off and never gave myself a moment of simple. A week with Son and Grandboy was deliciously restful and lovely. I’m home now (got in at 2 am this morning!). I’m headed down to make coffee and plan well enough that the overwhelm doesn’t happen again. Leo was a smart guy. I’d rather be sophisticated that chaotic…

  5. My WTFluke this week is buying a used range off the internet only to find there is no way to hook up the cord. So there is no way to use it. I now have a very large $50 paperweight sitting in my kitchen, am still cooking on only 2 working burners (both small), and more irritated than I was two days ago.

    The WTFab is that kiddo has gotten a solid grasp on her math issues, which I’m hoping means no more panic attacks at school. Well, there might be more in the future, but for now we’re good.

    Another WTFab is the forecast. Supposed to crawl into the 60s by Monday and the trees in my neighborhood are trying to bloom regardless of the cold snap. Every little bud makes my heart a little lighter.

  6. I’d say that my week has been a combo of all those things — complicated but simple, f’d and fab.

    Right now I’m distilling some of the more complicated issues into simpler steps and stages. That makes it more manageable and also reduces the f’d up stuff’s effect on my emotions.

    Honestly, in the big picture, life is grand. The negative stuff can all be reduced to small shit.

  7. Kieran says:

    You sure did have an interesting week, and I’m so sorry about your grandmother. One thing I’ve always heard about Buddhists–they laugh easily and a lot! Their inner peace allows them to be joyful. It sounds like your grandmother was.

  8. I enjoy no fuss no muss…so yep, simplicity for me. But I wasn’t always this way. I’m lightening my load as I get older.
    I’m with everyone on the mixed bag this week. One moment great, then setbacks, then fabulous, and it’s only Wednesday. Went outside around 8pm last night to see a fab full moon, huge, golden and so beautiful.

  9. Simplicity may be sophistication, but I don’t want to be sophisticated: “having, revealing, or proceeding from a great deal of worldly experience and knowledge of fashion and culture.” I’d rather be naive and embrace everything, splash my way through life. If sophistication is a little black dress, then I want a long gauze skirt with peacock-colored sequins (and I had one until I ruined it).

    Nothing wrong with people who do want to be sophistication, I just don’t think it’s good as a universal goal.

    My week has been like my life in general: always behind, always apologizing, always tense. OTOH, I love where I live and I love what I do, so all in all, it’s good.

  10. Jennifer says:

    Well, work is a lot better this week! So far nothing has exploded in my face for the last 4 days! Huzzah! And I have Friday off.

    In other news, it is very much up in the air as to whether or not I take a trip in May. I want to do it, but I don’t want to do it alone. Of the 2 people who have supposedly said they would go, both are now hinting they can’t afford it. One is still trying to figure out the logistics and the money, while the other is whining about how broke she is but she wants to go on a cruise to Alaska. I…don’t even know how to feel about this any more. Well, I hope it works with #1 and #2 is ticking me off mightily…

    I don’t even know any more.

  11. Jessie says:

    Fabulous. This weekend I am invited to help my friend decorate Easter eggs with her two granddaughters, 7 and 5. The trick is we only use natural dyes that are edible. With an art degree I want to produce masterpiece eggs and most of these dyes are not professional paint quality. And also my degree is scupture so my painting skills are marginal. So I am creating non-lethal paint out of shellac flakes (edible), grain alcohol (edible) and metallic powder from cake decorating suppliers(edible) and food coloring (etc.) So far I have created a cool gold metallic paint that looks superb on brown eggs and a green one that has dyed my hands. I haven’t tried bleach yet to restore my hands but that is next. So I don’t think the green dye is socially acceptable but I now know how M & M’s get their colored shells. My next thought is that if I could draw worth a darn I could make more of the semi-permanent paint and create short-lived tattoos without the pain or the permanency.

  12. Office Wench Cherry says:

    The week’s been pretty good, except for last night when Tall Boy scared the life out of me.

    I get home and he’s waiting in the yard, his head down and the most upset, hangdog look on his face. “I screwed up,” he says, “big time.” My heart just about jumps out of my chest because I’m thinking that he left a valve open at work and caused a spill or crashed his truck or accidently locked on of the cats in the dryer or something horrible.

    No, all he did was mix up the expiry date of his first aid ticket and now has to go to a course next week over the day when I have to go to the city to a neurologist (nothing serious) appointment.

    Whew. That’s easy enough to fix; either I change the appointment to a day when he can go or I go by myself. I don’t like to drive in the city because I have crap for peripheral vision and have a hard time with lane changes but I could manage.

    On the Fab side, after consulting with his cardiologist and the people who manage his INR (he has a mechanical heart valve) and them having no concerns about his knee replacement surgery we decided to have it at the smaller hospital closer to home. Now we’re just waiting to hear when the surgery will be and we should know within a week or so.

    F’d up side – someone hacked my Hotmail account and sent spam to all my contacts. I think it was one of those bits of malware that hacks your contact list, then your friend’s, then their friends’ lists and so on. I’ve had that account for 15 years or so and never had a problem and I’ve been hacked twice in the last 4-6 weeks. That would be since it was “upgraded” to Outlook. Grrrrr.

    In the grand scheme of things it’s been a good week. I found a bench for beside the back door and the exact area rug I was looking for for the basement living room. They were both on sale.

  13. Well, the snow’s simplified my ‘to do’ list (can’t get in the garden); and the landscape. And I enjoyed myself on Monday, fitting a couple of hours of photography in between my editing. I don’t usually take views, but I had fun with the simplified shapes and shifting light. I’m a great photographer!

    And I’m getting on with simplifying (a.k.a. editing) the Gandhi book. Just got over half of it off to the author, and did an interim invoice. All downhill from here!

  14. Office Wench Cherry says:

    I have been meaning to do this for a while but I keep forgetting. I have to give a big Thank You shout-out to which ever one of the wonderful Re-Fabers who mentioned that James Marsters read the Dresden Files books. When I started getting audio books I made a point of getting books I’d never read so it never even occured to me to look at those. My library system doesn’t have a lot so I have to ration them but they are fantastic. Just finished Proven Guilty and have two more on the way. Now I’m listening to The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley and am having lots of fun with it.

  15. My week is forkingly normal. It’s just a week. This is okay. I am tired and I need to take a break from things, but can’t right now. All is well; all is well.

  16. Mama_Abbie says:

    If the range is anything like a dryer, it maybe that you can buy the correct cord for your range outlet from your local appliance store and change out the current cord for that one. Then, viola! working range.

    (I didn’t know that when you buy an electric dryer, you buy the cord separately because there are a couple of different types of 220 sockets. The dryer installers keep both kinds in their truck and then attach the correct cord once they see your socket.)

  17. stephanie says:

    I have a huge report due on the 31st. But that’s Easter and it’s Holy Week so our office closes at noon tomorrow. So really I have to be done and get it sent out by noon tomorrow. Oh, wait, the cover letter had to be done an hour ago because the person that signs it had to leave, for his job. Did I mention it’s Holy Week and my office is just a wee bit busy already and that was before I got around to this huge report. I’d call it my WTF… day but I tried to give up certain things for Lent, and today is certainly not a feast day:)

  18. Mama_Abbie says:

    Major What the F-ked week, although, thanks to my middle sister, not as bad as it could be.

    Uncle passed last week. Major family gathering for the memorial service yesterday. Late Monday night, youngest sister, who is special needs, comes down with some kind of pnuemonia-bronchial-pleurisy thing, requiring a trip to the emergency room, and finally admitted at least for overnight observation, yesterday. My Mom is two weeks past her second round of chemo, and though doing well, is NOT up to full strength. Dealing with a special needs daughter in the hospital is more than she can handle.

    Thank God for my other sister, who was originally only planning to come up for the memorial service, then go home and come back for Easter. She is staying through next Wednesday. I will be going back next Tuesday for the first week of the third round of chemo. It looks like we will both also be dealing with a recovering younger sister.

  19. packing to move house, in week three of Sick Baby who is even now tossing uneaten foodstuffs to the floor. and the class easter party tomorrow for which I labelled 227 plastic eggs. So yeah. Fucked.

  20. Redwood Kim says:

    Looks like you’re getting a drooler 😉 I’m sorry about your grandmother, although going quickly and peacefully is a blessing. And congratulations on your son! Baby showers can be weird, especially if there were things you were really hoping to get. Good luck with the exchanges.

  21. Eileen A-W says:

    It’s a normal week here, at least as normal as the last week of the grading period and the week before spring break can be. I am so in need of a break to recharge, so having spring break start Friday will definitely help.

  22. Clancy says:

    Yesterday, a letter from the city announcing a new bike path which will be running past one block from this house. This is good. The part where they expect to working on the four (4!) block stretch closest to here for 24 months is…embarrassing. 2 years for 4 blocks? So the whole thing will take at least 6 years for 1.7 kilometers.

    This morning, before 8am, jackhammer and even louder, high pitched compressor. My week long study break is going to be a good bit more annoying than I had hoped.

  23. Micki says:

    One of my favorite natural dyes is from onion skins. They make a lovely gold color, and I think you can tweak the color a little by adding some vinegar, or adding some baking soda. The eggs come out so lovely. I even dyed a favorite shirt with onion skins, and loved it. (-: I had to re-dye it yearly, but . . . hey, onion skins. Not hard to get!

  24. Lois says:

    Attended a good conference over the weekend (lots of laughs) and then extended my trip to visit a friend. Found yarn I’ve been looking for. It was fun to go shopping (since our stores are scarce here). Limited my purchases but couldn’t resist a dress from TJMaxx and a sweater on big clearance at Chicos. I love all these floral watercolor prints 🙂
    The WTF part was the 7 hr. drive home. I think my body is getting too old for it. So today was mostly a recovery day. Also some work I had planned fell through.

  25. Liz H. says:

    I don’t normally listen to audio books, but James Marsters is a definite temptation to start!

  26. Liz H. says:

    I don’t know about fucked or fab, but realized in a class as we were doing stretches against the mirror that my American Eagle yoga pants (i.e. not cheap junk, except apparently they are) are see-through in the crotch when stretched. Which raises the possibility that they are see-though in other areas, and thus begins the frantic mind searching about exactly when or where I have worn them, and exactly how I moved about when doing so…
    And at the same time, without knowing about my crotch concerns (doesn’t that just sound fabulous) someone sent me this link…

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/blogs/moatas-blog-idle/8460313/Friends-don-t-let-friends-wear-tights-as-pants

    Which made me laugh, and at least I’m obviously wearing regular pants. (But dark colored underwear only from now on, lol.)

  27. Liz H. says:

    And now I’ve got this song stuck in my head- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2fizeoT22g

    And the inevitable question- I’m an American living in Edinburgh, and I’ve seen both underwear and bare under kilts in the last 5 years. Not sure whether the latter was just due to drunk rugby gaming. Perhaps Alistair can weigh in on what’s more traditional? (If you ask anyone over here they either blush or give you the raised eyebrow and attempt to be mysterious.)

  28. Steph says:

    Thank you. She was. She had the best laugh. The day she passed, that’s all I could think of, how great her laugh was. 🙂

  29. Steph says:

    Thank you. It was a really awkward baby shower. My mother in law threw it together last minute and I barely knew anyone there. I was grateful for her effort though.

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