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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Last night I had an extra weekly session at the Easthampton Massage School . I had been with a friend on Friday night but my back was so wrecked and then I forgot to stretch my hamstrings at all after the Give Peace A Tri, relay triathlon I did on Saturday. I was able to get in to see my favorite current student, Brian, and he once again worked miracles. If you have never been, it is only $25 for an hour and they ask that you leave a $5 tip. If you are a deep tissue kind of person, just tell them when you call to book your massage. They are great at hooking up the right students with the right people.

After that bit of loveliness, I went back to the homestead and began the purge again. I am working off the 100 Thing Challenge. Trying to limit my personal belongings to under 100 things. I was able to drop off a box of books at a local used book shop last night, tossed out 3 bags of trash, Freecycled another bag of yarn and donated another 2 large bags of linens and clothes.
I have to be in Baltimore this weekend for a bout, but boy if I had the weekend free I would be sipping some cold beer and cleaning house. After these past few days of tossing out so many things easily, I quickly found last night that I am not likely to get to the 100 Thing maximum. I did toss out a few pocketbooks, but what about that fancy one I use for weddings, and that one is too cute, should be carrying it more, that other one was hand made and I would carry it more but like to try and keep it nice....ugh!

It has cleared out my tiny apartment quite nicely though. I am already wishing I took before and after pictures.

I have reached my yarn, book and linen purging max though. And no one is getting a hold of my ceramic collection. That just goes unspoken. Now t-shirts.....this is going to be fun!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

100 Thing Challenge

So, it's been a long time since I have even seen my own blog. Roller derby has taken over about 4 nights and every other weekend from my life and although I am blissfully in love with the sport, it has taken away from many other aspects of my life. One being able to spend any time in the pottery studio and the other being able to keep a tidy house.
So, reading over the yahoo news I discovered many people are taking the 100 thing challenge. I have decided to jump on the band wagon as well.
Yesterday I tossed out a 45 gallon bag full of shoes, towels, blankets and miscelaneous clothing. Today I put 2 bar stools out near the curb while I was running my bath, when I left for work they were already gone. Now at work I have a stuffed past capacity bag of yarn that I am going to put on Freecycle. Tonight, the local used book store is getting 2 small boxes of books that I read years ago and for some odd reason was holding on to, and some books that I just never could get past the first chapter.
Although I live alone, I have no closets so all my worldly posessions are out for guests to see. At times, it feels cluttered to me. So, I am going to start downsizing. I have given myself a month to get down to 150 items. We'll see how this goes.
The more gentle form of this I have found is the 365 day challenge. Where you simply give up/get rid of, one personal item a day. I think I am way beyond the one item a day realm. But I am counting some things in groups such as all my bicycle gear (gloves, shoes, helmet, bike, etc).

Any one else out to simplify their lives? Anyone trying the 100 Thing Challenge?? Anyone think I am going mad?