I'm beyond honored! I just found out that 245 Days made someone's list of Top Contemporary Romance Reads!
I like to say that making lists doesn't matter, but it's nice to know that someone enjoyed what you poured yourself into a novel.
Glad to have written a story that touched you, Francoabrina and Ezvid. And I've added a couple of reads from your list to my TBR.
Thanks for sharing 245 Days with your followers! ♥️🧡💛💚💙💜
I guess this goes hand in hand with my previous blog post about my bullet journaling... things being in order and all... It just goes to prove how A.R.* I can sometimes be.
Today I'm going to share with you my #LifeHack with regards to cords.
Yes, those things that hang off of our small appliances, specifically the ones we put away when we're done using them. From kitchens to bathrooms, small appliances abound. Hand mixers, panini presses or waffle makers (did you know you could make a panini in a waffle maker? Not all styles, but works on some! Maybe a post for another day...), hair dryers, curling irons - you name it. I bet you could name a few appliances that have cords that get taken out and put away regularly.
Are you wrapping cords around the appliance? That's not great. the wrapping can actually kink the wiring inside the insulation (that exterior rubber part) and besides - it never stays tight enough and when you pull out the <insert appliance here> the cord unwraps.
Same can be said for stuffing the cord into the handle - when there's a handle around for stuffing.
Here's what I do - and it's FREE!
I gently fold the cord back and forth and slip into a discarded toilet paper roll. The pressure of the cord keeps the roll in place, and my cords aren't hanging all around getting ruined or tangled with other stuff. This also works with discarded paper towel rolls, either cut in half, or if you have a really long cord I guess.
But TP rolls aren't the only free thing I used to manage cord mayhem. I use chopsticks! Yep, The ones that come with the Chinese delivery, or brought home from the restaurant. (Of course, they're cleaned.)
Now, clearly this works when there's a handle on the appliance.
Looks confusing? It's not.
Step 1: Gently fold the cord in half and guide the loop over the appliance and under the handle (or in the case of my slow cooker, up the unit and through the loop handle on the lid.)
Step 2: Bend the loop over the handle and separate the loop so you can grab the cords leading to the handle.
Step 3: Pull those 'under cords' up and slide the chopstick over the loop part, under the 2 'under cords' and over the loop part (I hope my picture is clear there.)
And voila! Contained cord!
Okay - I admit this was a dorky post, but things like this make me smile. I also have labels in our bathroom line closet so my hubby puts things in the right place so I can find them! Like, we have a shelf for "Hair & Face" things, a shelf for "Dental" things, a shelf for "First Aid" - yep - I'm pretty geeky that way.
I hope I've made you smile & helped you out in some way!
I'd love if you shared with me some of the ways YOU keep organized and tidy! Comment below!
I'm a go-go-go kind of person. If I'm not actually going somewhere, I'm planning where I'm headed to. Sure it makes keeping my tushy in a seat to write all the more challenging, but it is what it is. For years, friends have tried to get me to go to a yoga class with them.
"It'll center you," they'd suggest
"It'll calm you," they tried.
"You won't believe your clarity and focus," they said.
I've tried it. I usually end up frustrated and angry that I could have used that hour for something else... something productive. Or sometimes it's the patronizing tone of the class leader. Or sometimes I'm simply struck with a great idea and I have to get out of the incense-filled, low-light, soothing-music filled room to write up the idea before it's gone.
In short, yoga isn't for me.
But know what I've found over the past year that has centered me? Calmed me? Given me clarity and focus?
I freakin' LOVE IT!!
I bullet journaled all last year - but I did kind of drop off at the start of November, and WOW did those last two months of 2018 feel frazzled and haphazard! I've finally gotten my 2019 Bullet Journal all put together and I feel like I can breathe again!
Here's the stat to my January.
I also have Book Reading logs, Habit Trackers, and Budget planning pages. I have pages for brain dumps, lists of thing I want to watch, do, & see. And of course I have weekly spreads to organize my Sundays thru Saturdays.
So there you have it. Bullet Journaling is my Yoga. What's yours? It's okay if it's actually Yoga.
About Isabelle Peterson
Contemporary Women's author.