Tuesday Odds & Ends #20


Something I've been working on over the past 6 months is to purge unnecessary things.  When we moved I was hugely reminded just how much stuff you can end up with if you don't regularly throw out or donate things you no longer have uses for.  But I have a confession: I am horrible at applying this same thinking to my computer.  Especially when it comes to fonts.  I'm a font collector.  And yesterday I stumbled upon Amanda's handwritten font collection once again and downloaded quite a few new ones.  If you're a lover of handwritten fonts like I am, be sure to check it out. Ephram has impressed me a number of times in the past week.  The first was when he threw away an empty box that he knew was garbage.  The second was when I asked him to bring a pile of clean clothes to his bedroom and later found that he'd not only followed my instructions, but he'd put the clothing pile inside one of his dresser drawers.  And shut the drawer.  The third was when I asked him to put his pajamas in the laundry room and I later found them not only in the laundry room, but inside the washing machine.  Makes me feel like a good, example-setting mom when I see him follow simple instructions like this.  BUT, there are still many moments when he disobeys, loses his temper, & throws things.  Good or bad behavior, I'm continually becoming more aware of just how much he's watching me and learning from me, the habits that will become his own as he grows up.  Ryan wrote a post yesterday that hit the nail on the head.  Made me think even more about this very thing.

Quick & incredibly useful internet tip: I learned of IFTTT.com last night, which stands for If This Then That.  And just as they claim, they put the internet to work for you, by creating If-Then formulas for you.  I haven't dove too far into what is possible with IFTTT yet, but so far I've set up recipes to have my Instagram photos automatically uploaded to my Dropbox, my Tweets archived to my Google Calendar, and my favorited Tweets put into a single Evernote file.  Okay, so this all might seem worthless from a distance, but it's worth checking out the "recipes" they have and see if there are any simple tasks you could automate for yourself.

And, the most exciting part of me week so far?  Getting our new kitchen table.  Seriously, it shouldn't be that exciting, but for this nerd, it is.  Beau spent over 5 hours putting together a tv stand, a kitchen table, and four chairs (all from IKEA) last night.  I wish I would have time lapsed the whole thing, but here's 90 minutes worth of him and Ephram putting together the table in 50 seconds.  Ephram and I ate breakfast and lunch at the table this morning and I think it's safe to say he loves it almost as much as he loves milk.  And that's saying a lot.