Conquering the Cubicle — Sneak Peek!

OK, so I didn’t get everything done that I hoped to this past week. But, I am making progress!
Here’s a sneak peek at one project that you’ll soon see hanging in my work space.
Here’s what you need to customize your own magnetic message board.
1 magnetic dry erase board (I paid $9.99 for this one at Target)
Spray paint
Painters Tape

I printed out a free chevron template that I found here.
Then I just cut it out and taped it to my dry erase board.
Now the hard part is done!
Just spray paint,
wait for the paint to dry, and remove your tape!
I can’t wait to show it all to you!


Conquering the Cubicle

I am suffering from writer’s block. It’s a problem because I write for a living. I mean I write, like, 9 hours a day! (So you can see the problem.)
I this this may be a HUGE part of the issue:
I mean how am I supposed to be creative when I sit at that for 9 hours a day. That cubicle is D3. And no, I don’t mean 3D. I mean D3 as in D-cubed. Depressing, dark and disgusting!

Well, it’s about to change! I can’t wait to show you the reveal next week!

Beauty Sleep {How We Saved an Extra $80 on Our Mattress}

I hate the creepy commercial that shows all the nasty mites and dead skin that is now hiding in my  “greater than 8” year-old mattress.  Ewwww!  Plus our king size mattress is so old that is it no longer comfy.  I will actually ache when I get up in the morning. 

After kicking around the idea and putting it off and then thinking about it again, I read where we could shop at Sam’s Club from May 2-4, 2014 without needing a membership.  (We had one, but it is now expired.)  So, off to Sam’s we drove.

Picking a mattress at Sam’s didn’t take any time at all (because, let’s face it, there is not much selection.)  We actually decided on the lower priced pillow top.  Turns out there is a 10-year warranty on the mattress … and we can return it at any time.  We thought about the mattress as we walked along the store’s back wall … and came upon another mattress.  It had the same number … but it ended in “C” instead of “A”.  The other difference?  This mattress came with a price tag of $449 instead of $529!  An employee said it’s basically the same bed … but last year’s model.  Yo!  I’m fine with that!

So we walked out of Sam’s without having to buy a membership, saved $80 on the mattress we needed … and can return it in the next 10 years if we hate it!

My Thumb is Getting a Little Greener

I’ve been feeling blah lately. Winter seemed to drag on FOREVER … and now that spring is here, I can’t seem to get out of my funk.

I finally made it to Home Depot the other day to browse the flower selection. But instead of finally picking up some color for the yard, I fell in love with several little succulents.

I brought them home and finally got around to planting them today. I found some great glass containers at Home Goods. Then I poured in some river rock …
then just added some potting soil.
It’s as easy as that!
What do you think of the little guys?
Meet “Hobbit”
“E.T.’s Fingers”
and “Pork and beans.”
I’ve never heard of succulents with these names. That intrigued me! I guess I choose my plants like I choose my wine … by the name on the label! 😉

I Bleed Crimson and Blue, BUT …

Image   Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE Royals baseball, Chiefs football, KU football (yes, I realize I’m just torturing myself) and KU basketball. 

I love watching the Jayhawks tipoff inside Allen Fieldhouse … love the “Beware of the Phog” sign in the rafters (it should be larger) … and my favorite KU mascot is Baby Jay.  (How can you not love it strutting around with its little 1/2 jersey??)

While my heart will always belong to the Jayhawks, I am THRILLED that the Wichita State Shockers are the only remaining undefeated NCAA basketball team in the country this season.  I love that there’s another Kansas team experiencing success.  I grew up near Wichita.  My mom earned her Master’s Degree from WSU.  But the big rivalry was always KU vs. K-State.  (No mention of Mizzou in my hometown.)  WSU barely got a mention.  

I get it.  Wichita State is in a different conference.  The University dropped its football program way back in the day.  Its basketball team couldn’t compete.  Well, until recently.  It’s giving sports fans in Wichita — and across the state — another reason to cheer.  I hope it will help create even more basketball fans.  Because the sport is fantastic.  (Well, until you hit the NBA, at least in my opinion, but that’s for another time.)

So yeah, I’ll still be waving the wheat for the Jayhawks.  But a tiny bit will also be waving for the Shockers.

My Love Affair with Zombies and the Color Orange

OK.  So this sounds like something from Halloween.  Funny how things often aren’t what they seem.

I LOVE The Walking Dead.  I love that it’s not really about the walkers.  (They could really be a number of antagonists.)  They could just as easily be war, hunger, a plague, etc.  But it wasn’t love at first sight!

I blew off the show for the first two seasons.  Everyone at work was talking about the show and LOVING it.  I just pulled the Titanic card.  (A.K.A. — it can’t be as good as everyone says it is. — and by the way, I’ve never seen Titanic.)  Then my husband decided we were going to watch it and got the discs from Netflix.

Oh, yes.  We watched the first 3 seasons in about 2 weeks.  After watching hours upon hours of the show one weekend I may have even started to think that Walkers COULD be real. (j/k … kind of)  Anywho … I’m glad the survivors are finally out of the prison.  I’m also looking forward to seeing what the writers and directors do with the show this season.

My new obsession is Orange is the New Black.  We just streamed the first season and watched all of it in 2 days.  (Yeah, we’re getting a little too comfy on the couch.)  I’m late to this party too … but not as tardy as I was when I jumped on The Walking Dead wagon.

Now I’m left counting down to the release of season 2.  At least I still have the zombies …

The Secret I’m Keeping from My Husband …

It’s time to clear the air, I guess.

I’m keeping a secret from my husband.  And it’s a pretty big one.  It has a lot to do with these pictures:


OK … it has EVERYTHING to do with that picture.  I want to welcome this FABLOUS hexagon wall into our home with open arms.  The problem?  He.  Will.  Have.  A.  Heart Attack!  Mandi over at may have blown my mind a little with this one.  She designed it for her daughter (how lucky is she???)  I want it to call me into my craft room and help me get back into my creative groove.  Ya know, like “Heidi Got Her Groove Back.”

Here’s the prob.  Right now THIS is what I have …


Yup .. in all of it’s glory.  Stacks of unfinished projects … mismatched curtains … no furniture.  Blech!!  I feel the life being sucked out of me every time I walk into the room.  Something’s gotta change in this one … and soon!