Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Inbox Ninja

I have to admit something to you dear readers.  When I see someone's inbox that's holding all their email and has an unread count of any number over 10, my soul dies a little.  Pretty much every email program has free folders or labels.  There is really no good reason not to use them.  "Well gmail has a search function."  This is true.  But it doesn't always work.  I don't know if anyone else has trouble, but there has been many times I've attempted to search for an email and it came up dry, and when I finally found the email I was looking for, everything I searched was spelled and formatted correctly.  WTF gmail?!  Anyway....

I want to show you something.  My Gmail inbox.  Here's what it looks like:

The "Social" and "Promotions" tabs look the same.  A few things to notice: first off, the obvious one, it's empty.  Second, although I have around 35 labels, there are 3 visible on the side.  (Outside of the standard ones)

A quick tip, you may notice my top label is "....temp".  (I put the dots there so it comes in first on my list)  I use this for emails I don't need to keep permanently, but many need to reference again.  Order confirmations for example.  I hold onto it until I get my order, then delete it.  I'll save the receipt obviously.  My temp folders helps keep all my other labels a little cleaner.

I felt like sharing this today after reading This Blog Post from the "A Life Less Frantic" blog.  It lists out how EASY it is to go from a mess of an inbox to an empty one.

Every couple months or so, I go through some of the labels and delete things.  I have a label for my online hopping receipts, but I try to only keep a couple years worth and then delete anything older. Same with online bill payments, although I keep those for longer than a couple years.

As I always say "digital clutter is still clutter."  And clutter = stress.  You have to think of email like physical mail.  Sort it immediately and you don't have to worry about it in the future.

I hope this was helpful.  Or at least inspiring to see what an empty inbox looks like.  :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015


As I promised in my video on my last post, I wanted to share some photos of the costumes I made for a show at our theatre.

My craft room is and has been coated in fake fur, but I'd say it was worth it.

I can only lay claim to the mouse and rabbit.  The llama was made by the costume designer.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday Five!

I felt the urge to do one of these today, but neither of my usual sources had a list that spoke to me.  So I'm going to do a random list from the Random Question Generator and see what I get!
So let's see where we go in today's:

Totally Random Friday Five!

1) What is the one thing you cannot live without?
Love.  Hokey answer I know, but love.  Thankfully I know there will always be someone who loves me and I will never stop loving my family so I don't think this will be something I have to deal with.

2) What is the longest you've gone without sleep?
A weekend.  I've gone a couple times to the Sci-Fi Movie Marathon up at Case Western in Cleveland.  I successfully made the entire weekend without sleep.  I think at one point I went to a corner and laid down but couldn't sleep anyway.

3) What's in your fridge?
A ton of veggies, some hummus, about 10 eggs, and a couple bottles of salad dressing.  I think that's it.  We have a massive fridge that seems silly given our usual sad lack of food in the house.

4) If you could invent a holiday, what would it be?
National Nap Day!!!  Everyone is encouraged to stay home and by lazy for a day.  Just enjoy spending time with your family and be lazy together.  Then again, I guess that's Thanksgiving.

5) Who was the last person you called or texted?
Mom.  She and dad are off this morning on a trip with their Harley group, so I wished them safe travels and sent my love.

I hope everyone is well, much love!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Random Thought on Grieving

My mom and I went to our first meeting with the Compassionate Friends, an organization for group support for grieving parents and siblings.  I think it was really great for both of us.  But it got me thinking about something that's bothered me before and is bothering me again.

It's that moment when the grief is no longer shared with everyone around you and becomes your own.  You look around and don't see all those faces looking at you with care and love and the words of "How are you today?  Do you need anything?"  When everyone around you has gone back to their lives, but you haven't.  The world around you keeps going, but you're standing still.  You feel so completely alone.

You want to cry and and scream at everyone "I'm still grieving, why aren't you?!" How can the world just keep going on when my loved one is still gone and I still hurt.

I know very well that no one has likely forgotten I've suffered a loss.  But it's not in the forefront of their minds like it is mine.  And why should it be?  And maybe they've had a loss of their own that they're dealing with.  It makes me feel so selfish, but so lonely.

Being in that room and knowing every single person there knows grief and knows what we feel and is feeling it too.  That alone was worth the trip.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Five

It's been awhile since I've done one of these, so I figured why not?

This is a list from My usual source from a few weeks ago.  The most recent couple didn't seem all that enticing.  

Anyway, let's get down with today's

Under Friday Five!

1) What goes under grape jelly?
Seriously?  SERIOUSLY?!  Unless you have a peanut allergy, peanut butter.  Peanut butter ALWAYS!!!  Although I had a roommate in college once that put grape jelly on her Pierogies.  That's honestly disgusting.

2) What goes under your car?
The street?  My mechanic?  This question is weird, NEXT!

3) What gets under your skin?
Blatant racism and/or homophobia.  Seriously.  It's 2015, not 1950.  And I'll leave it at that.

4) What is the underlying cause of your latest underlying headache?
Myself most likely.  Nothing should be bothering me at this point but I'm certainly having my days of irritability and/or frustration at very small things.  I think we all do at some point though.

5) What do your underlings think of you?
I don't know that I have any underlings.  I'd say my cat, but let's face it, she's in charge of me.  My co-workers all seem to adore me, so that's good.  They're not really underlings though.

Wow, that list was kinda boring.  Sorry.  But hey at least I did it!!  

I hope everyone has something awesome to look forward to this weekend.  Much love.