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boring Tuesday in the life of

a storm of tissues

Life is quiet out here in the sticks outside of my incessant sneezing. The cold rages on as you can see. Thankfully even wadded up used tissues look better with a 50mm lens.

new winter-time bed arrangement

In other news, I rearranged my bedroom. Huzzah! I love it that I can rearrange furniture whenever I please. This new arrangement is not for beauty or any kind of bren* shui though. It’s purely because I got tired of the drafts from the window wafting down on me in the night. It gets cold out here at night!

My little Parisian Apartment (cough cough)

I think I’ll move the bed back under the window in the summer because then drafts are quite nice. For now though this is much cozier and it only hampers our path to the bathroom by a few steps. We don’t use that bathroom much anyway so it’s no big deal to have to walk all the way around the bed to get to it. In Bug and Holly’s case, you can just lumber right over the top of the bed and save yourself five steps.

new winter-time bed arrangement

Since we’re doing a “home tour” I might as well show you Bug’s fairies. She draws them (with some help from me) and then tapes them around the house. Look right below the red poppies painting and you’ll see this little guy:

the Brenda Fairy

I think this is me as a “mom fairy.” She watches over me when I sleep or maybe this is just here so I know where my bed is. Who knows. If you give your kid paper and things to draw with and access to scissors and tape, you never know what you are going to find randomly taped around the house. Right now as I type this, I see there is a colorful Easter egg taped to the living room window. She’s very proactive with her seasonal decorating.

Holly has a fairy too but it was too dark when I took that photo and it was too blurry. (You can see it in the window shot, just really really small. That’s where Holly’s dog bed usually is.)

Bug's Bulletin Board

This is Bug’s fairy. I drew this one (per her instruction) and she colored it.

Maybe she needs more shoes...

While I’m in Bug’s room I might as well show you her giant shoe collection. Do you think this kid has enough shoes? (Most of them are hand-me-downs or gifts.) You’d think she does but there is aways some outfit that doesn’t match with any of these. Good thing kid-fashion is pretty carefree. She wears the craziest combos and nobody even blinks an eye anymore. I think she also has a giant shoe collection because her feet never grow. She’s been a size 7/8 for a whole year now. She’s just like me with tiny feet.

Also, the vacuum cleaner lives in her closet. I do feel a bit bad about that but there is no room anywhere else and it’s almost like that shelf was built just for vacuum cleaners. Thankfully Bug doesn’t know any better and thinks it’s totally normal to have a vacuum cleaner in your closet.

official rock concert papers

These are some very important rock star concert documents. Can’t you tell? The one on the right is a contract that I had to sign and on the left is some sheet music I presume. Bug made this really long movie describing them all and what they are for, (the card is for zoom-zooming in the zoom zoom machine) but then after she was done and I was watching the movie, I noticed my shirt was gaping wide open sideways showing some armpit/boob action so I deleted that movie. Sorry Bug. I’ll have to have her do it again. It was all very funny of course as most doomed things are.

Fairy Breakfast

And that concludes my boring Tuesday in the life of Brenda post!

*Bren shui is my own form of feng shui that has no system of aesthetics other than my gut feeling of where things should be.

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  • Stephanie M

    Gorgeous banner. LOVE it!

    I meant to comment yesterday and tell you I was glad to hear from you (but to not feel guilty for not posting, as that wasn’t what I meant at all)…and now I remember I DID click over to comment, but my browser acted up and ate it and I gave up. So…I’m glad to hear from you, sorry you’re feeling sick, I’m properly impressed by the yoga, and I need to have you teach me how to use my camera. Oh, and I thought of you last night when I was at Michaels and they had a large selection of Paris type decorations etc.

  • Alexandra

    Brenda – Hope you feel better! The cold around here is a bad one, but I bet with all the extra citrus you have in your yard, you’ll be feeling better very soon. I also love your new banner. Someday when I grow up and get my own blog (I’m writing for a group one now), I will hire you to do the banner–I love your work!!! Healing thoughts to you and so nice of you to still blog when you are sick! -Alexandra

  • pinky

    Sorry you’re not feeling 100% – I’ve had the crud for almost a week, and if I miss a dose of Sudafed, I remember how sick I actually am :-)

    Love that photo of Bug – a ponytailed pink-winged girl sitting at the breakfast bar is a very cute thing :-)

  • Yara

    I guess I’m gonna need a 50 mm lens for my camera. And maybe a lesson or 2000 on how to really use the thing ; )

    Also, if you ever feel like rearranging someone else’s furniture, just let me know.

  • Clownfish

    It’s funny, that Kleenex is a face. The mouth is open (wide lower jaw), above is a triangle nose and two eyes. – Feel better soon!

  • Erin

    Not 1/2 as boring as my Tuesday. I am still in my pajamas and I don’t have any fairies to show for anything! You make everyday details interesting.

  • Ruth

    Whenever bloggers say they’re posting something boring, I always think they’re so interesting! I love looks into people’s homes. And yours is so cute! Love your photos with your new lens–that one of Bug at the counter is gorgeous! Feel better, I’m in the same boat :/

  • Ruth


    Because I too have a new(ish) DSLR and am still trying to get the hang of it, I’d love to know more about what kind of equipment you use and how you take shots!

  • kim

    I’ve been reading for a long time and figured I should comment at some point. I love the new banner.

    I think it is so amazing how artistic Bug is. My son cries because he can’t draw at all, multi arts is his least favorite subject. Then again, I’m not either, so it hasn’t been a priority for me to work on with him.

  • Madge

    This appeals to my NOSY personality. Not because of the Kleenex though :P

    We have lots of taped things all over the house too. It’s fun. I think Bug might have more shoes than all three of my girls together.

  • Becca

    What did you change in your RSS feeds? Before it would just give me a blurb but today I was able to read all the way through.

    I like the little fairies around the house watching over their sleeping counterparts. Bug has an amazing imagination!

  • OMSH

    Pretty banner.
    Pretty fairies.
    Pretty cool HELLO KITTY slickers.

    I love all the shoes lined up and I can totally and complete attest to the FREEZING COLD NIGHTS!

  • K

    Which lens do you have? I’m looking to get a 50 mm but can’t decide if I want a compact macro or the f/1.8.

  • gingermog

    I think having angels hanging a round the house is beautiful idea of Bugs. Did I ever mention that in my husbands last work places he stuck tiny printed labels in odd places around the building “saying things like press here for a gateway to the the magical land of Narnia to appear”. What a lovely nut. He has also switched the shower gel bottles in the bathroom for Heinz tomato ketchup squeezy bottles.

  • Mrs. Wilson

    I love that last photo with the fairy wings. Liliana (almost 4) is almost constantly in fairy wings and I totally love it.

    ps. Your posts are NEVER boring. :)

  • Beck's Mom

    LOVE that quilt! Please do a blog on it/similar. I assume it’s a creation of one of your talented aunts?

  • Amy

    My almost-5-year-old has feet that won’t grow too! And she’s been in a 7/8 for a year. I was shocked when she pulled last year’s rain boots out of the closet today and they still fit comfortably. She certainly does NOT get that from my side of the family, in which women wear sizes between 9 and 12.