Last year, I reviewed 2010. I think it is time to review 2011.
We've got a piece of new furniture in the house - a credenza! As you can see from the pictures, it is a wall-hanging credenza, also called a floating credenza.
This is a piece Chris and I have wanted to do for years though never got around to it. Over the holidays, I had trouble sleeping one morning and was surfing the internet when I stumbled on a post at The Brick House about a Fauxdenza. Morgan had the great idea to use Ikea kitchen cabinets for her credenza then top it with a piece of nice wood. I was in love with the idea and knew it would be perfect for us.
As soon as Chris woke up, I ran the idea past him. After some discussion, brainstorming, and, of course, breakfast, we were on our way to Ikea. Procuring materials was the easy part - it always is. There were a few hurdles that we had to clear.
Chris and I are both very happy with this project and how it has opened up the living room. Removing the large table that previously held the TV, we regained at least a foot of space. I also love how easy it is to clean underneath the credenza.
I failed to take a proper "Before" picture but here are a couple shots that give a little bit of a glimpse of what our living room was like before this new piece of furniture.
Reminder to myself to read this article.
"There is no law in France, it turns out, against the improvement of clocks."
Love the storage ideas for sheets, wrapping paper, & spray bottles.
Interesting article from Matt Haughey about a poorly run project on Kickstarter so others can avoid the same mistakes.
Last week was really awful. A close coworker had an accident and passed away. There are few words I can use to describe how I felt when I got the news. Bursting out into tears was such an immediate and uncontrolled response. I’ve been dealing will rolling tides of shock and sadness ever since.
This was someone I worked with every day. Now there is just a big empty space. I could share so many memories but I’ve done my best to share them with the family and with other coworkers. There is so much sadness. Going to the funeral helped but I still well up with tears at the thought of the family left behind. I feel overwhelmed by picking up the pieces at work.
I know the hardest part of this will eventually pass, but for now it all feels so impossible and sad.
If you are my family, a friend, coworker, or just an acquaintance, I want you to know that I love you. I value your impact on my life. I am thankful for the time we have together and value it because it is so, so short.
Chris brought me flowers last night "just because." He wrote me an amazingly sweet card too. I'm thankful for him.
My friend, Jay Frosting, is doing an improvised comedy podcast with fake guests. Check it out!
It's time to say goodbye to ReadPhoenix.com. This site was born in October 2007 when my awesome coworkers at Integrum built it with me. However, it's usefulness to me and others seems to have passed. Big thanks to Integrum for building it and hosting it all these years.
If anyone is interested in the domain, I'd be happy to sell it or possibly donate it to someone with a good idea.