The internet is a black hole of time suck. I just watched 4 movie trailers, a crowd-sourced cancer drug ad, and too much of people.com admit (roughly 58 minutes - 4 movie trailers).
But it's still Friday so let's see what we've got.
1. We just got back from our annual Big Sur getaway. It was so wonderful. Always is. I am convinced that early Fall is the best time to get away if you're a So Cal resident. By the end of September you are official exhausted by the heat and desperate for a change in the weather. The very best remedy is to drive a few hours and wind up in a colorful redwood forest on the coast, with mornings cold enough for hats and fires. I want to post more soon (especially the last night when 4/5 of our children peed in their sleeping bags!!! Yes, really!! In disposable pee-wear!!) but until then you can go see all the awesome photos of our trip by us and friends by checking #2k14bigsur on Insta!
((((((cute kids to help us forget about urine soaked camp life))))))
2. About camping, one of the things I love the most is how simple life gets to be. One tent to manage, a few changes of clothes, a few dishes, one kettle, one pan.
I came home kind of hating our stuff and it send me into another minimalist rampage. Today I managed to haul 4 trash bags of clothes, toys and books to the standing Goodwill drop (the back of our van) and I think I'll rampage again tomorrow. I seriously think the key is to wait until you actually feel *hatred* for your stuff. It made it so easy for me to go through our closets at warp speed. I found myself being able to be a real decision maker when it came to all the little maybes that I left behind the last time I did this. Gone, gone, gone.
3. Wardrobes. Camping ----> simplifying ----> wardrobes. I know it's not totally Fall yet but it will be soon and packing for camping made me realize that 99% of my kids clothes are shorts and t-shirts. I tossed out of ton of clothing today and I want to think hard about compiling good Fall/Winter wardrobes for them using only a few interchangeable pieces. I feel the sudden urge to become an expert at minimalist wardrobing (mostly so I can become an expert at minimalist laundering). Someone teach me all the ways.
4. Have I complained enough about how hot it's been? For the first time in 4 summers, we had someone out today to give us a quote on installing central A/C.
Him: "Yeah, you're definitely looking at the over $10,000 range."
Me (in my mind): "Oh, excuse me sir, I just have to barf real quick." (hashtag hot forever hashtag barf)
5. Also barf-worthy, just less... my dinner: 3 bowls of mac and cheese and a root beer float. All Whole 30 enthusiasts, ask me anything. My wisdom is but a flowing river of free wisdom.
6. Did you read this? I want to know what you think but first you should know that I agree (husbands forever!)
I feel like every good minimalist wardrobe needs a few staple jackets. Here is what I like/deserve/cost less than A/C. Validate me and help me find knock off's for many less dollars.
+ This leather jacket (I can't tell if I want to have this jacket or be this girl, but I don't think it matters)
+ This lightweight, military-style coat
+ This over-the-top casual, uber expensive, oh this old thing-style jacket
+ This, for more army-ness, for the 3 cold days of Winter that slowly approach and for sales
+ And this
+ Really just this, maybe. Forever 31.