Challenge Update: Week 49

Three more weeks to go! Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet I bought nothing. Yay me. On the other hand, I have been having deep, deep, deep thoughts about the idea of coveting: what is the line between appreciating and coveting? Is wanting what we don’t have inherently wrong? Under what circumstances does aspirationalContinue reading “Challenge Update: Week 49”

Challenge Update: Week 48

Four more weeks to go! Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet I bought nothing, and I’m going to be honest, I didn’t really covet much this week, either. I can’t tell if it was a function of having planned what I would wear a week ahead (which it definitely could be–more on that inContinue reading “Challenge Update: Week 48”

Challenge Update: Week 47

Five more weeks to go! Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet Aside from the usual and recurring coveting which I cannot escape, I didn’t do much of it this week. I was pretty busy, which helped immensely. Challenge Rule 2: The Inventory Ooh!!! This is interesting, if you have been following along with theContinue reading “Challenge Update: Week 47”

Challenge Update: Week 46

Six weeks to go! Stay through to the end for a sneak peak at our Christmas concert! Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet I did not buy. I have been coveting a little bit, but wait! Let me explain! It’s a very fine line between thinking about the things I will actually need toContinue reading “Challenge Update: Week 46”

Ideal Life Progress: Commitment

It was September 22 when the idea struck me. That is, September 22, five days before my birthday, that I somehow got bitten by a little bug that would, mid-November, be occupying my every minute. Our children attend a bi-lingual French/English elementary school. If you are anglophone and reading this, it may seem perfectly logicalContinue reading “Ideal Life Progress: Commitment”

Furoshiki and me

In my attempts to do something a little bit differently and a little bit more sustainably this year, I have decided to try my hand at furoshiki, that is, the Japanese art of wrapping gifts in reusable or recycled textile wrappings. My interest in the subject was sparked by Marie Kondo, who last year hadContinue reading “Furoshiki and me”

Challenge Update: Week 45

Seven weeks to go! Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet Oooooooooh boy. I walked right into the lion’s den this week: I went to my favorite thrift store It was for scientific reasons that I went, mind you. I went to the thrift store to look for fabrics for my furoshiki project. So really,Continue reading “Challenge Update: Week 45”

Challenge Update: Week 44

Eight weeks to go! Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet I bought nothing, but boy oh boy did I inherit some pretty amazing things. What is really quite funny about the things that I inherited is that there are a few of them that I used to covet. Let me explain: I have aContinue reading “Challenge Update: Week 44”

The Gift-Receiver Templates Part One: The Troublemakers

Part one: The Troublemakers Your homework over the last few days has been to make a list of the special people in your life to whom you give gifts during the holiday season. I also asked you add the people you sometimes forget about. (“How do I remember something I usually forget,” you may ask?Continue reading “The Gift-Receiver Templates Part One: The Troublemakers”

How to give great gifts: Part Two

Bandwidth Oh my goodness, I hate what I am about to do. I am going to use a buzzword-y jargon-y word. Please, please, please forgive me in advance. Bandwidth: the amount of information that can be sent over a network connection at one time. Also, a person’s capacity to take on more work, responsibility orContinue reading “How to give great gifts: Part Two”