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Me and my spray paint labored all week

Well not the entire weekend. First we, as in the husband and I, not the Krylon and I, jaunted downtown Friday night to watch the notorious Rocky Mountain Showdown at the Bronco’s stadium. CU (go Buffs?) vs. CSU, grain alcohol, public transportation, tailgating in a Prius, half nekkid fans everywhere, Oreo McFlurry at midnight.

I don’t think there’s anything more to tell.

Saturday dawned and I told myself, self, it’s time to whip this house into shape. Get in the car, we’re going to Saver’s.

I was on the hunt for a bookshelf or low table to use the in kids’ school corner, something to go on the wall over our bed, and a handful of other might wants and must haves. I try to have a list going in so that when I’m caught up in the moment of delight over a $2.99 price tag on some piece of … something, I can reign myself back by asking “was this on the list?” or at least, “could this potentially work instead of something on the list?”

Never go thrifting unless you’re willing to walk out empty handed. Otherwise, you’ll be doomed to enter into the damning karmic cycle of what Dave affectionately calls “renting from Goodwill.” I’ll let you scratch your own pretty little head and figure that one out.

Bottom line, crap in = crap out.

So here’s a few cute things I ended up with:

This little cutie was still sporting it’s Target tags and rang up at 3.49 with my coupon (I am one hundred years old in this post.) because it was missing the shattered central mirror. No problem though, because Dave has put a moratorium on any more mirrors entering our house (also, our closet doors are mirrored. not my fault.) for the time being, and I was looking for a pop of color anyway. So

I unscrewed the backing, hit it with some turquoise spray paint, waited 4 minutes, smudged it, repainted, waited 8 minutes, and then screwed it back together. It looks awesome over our bed, and I swear it winks at me when I walk into the room.

Love love love our bedroom now.

Next up, while not a thrifted project, I got really grossed out about our pantry yesterday around 7 pm and started snapping pictures of it. I guess with you fine people in mind, but mostly to shame myself into doing something about it.

(forgive me, I’m 13 years old and I just learned how to make a picture collage:)

Horrifying, right? It’s like Food Hoarders.

In my (our?) defense it was 60% spices, but I am still ashamed.

So I hit up the Dollar Tree this morning and found some not hideous plastic containers and, armed with my trusty can of white Rustoleum and some elbow grease, I emptied, cleaned, touched up and then re-stocked our closet of chaos into what Joey is now calling “the grocery store in our house.”

Looking at these pictures, I see that he’s right. We have food in abundance, enough that we can display it on shelves and actually take the time to make it look pretty, meanwhile the world is starving…I don’t know, I just feel kind of crazy for caring what my food storage situation looks like in the face of poverty. I didn’t mean to go there, I just think a lot about this post whenever I’m in my kitchen now, and it kind of makes me feel like an ass. A grateful ass, but still.

 Anyway, here’s the big reveal:

SO MUCH BETTER RIGHT? And I didn’t even mop the floor. I give it 4 days. But what a lovely and organized 4 days it will be.
Finally, the dirty dirty you all came here to read: the Whole 30. We’re on day 4 and it hasn’t been that bad! I feel convicted that potatoes – real potatoes, not the heinous sweet varietal – have saved my bacon this time around. It’s like a whole other food group has been made available! (Hey, I’m Irish.)
So day 4, cravings are only minimal, and I have a decent amount of energy considering it’s 3:45 pm right now. In about an hour I meet with Katie the thigh punisher, so I’ll report back with any traumatic accidents involving my quads and the stairs. 
A quick menu recap: 
Breakfast: eggs with avocado and salsa
Snack: green apple with almond butter
Snack: (still breastfeeding, the proof is in the second snack…) handful of almonds and raisins 
Lunch: turkey rolled up in romaine leaves with mustard, raspberries
Snack: (DON’T YOU JUDGE ME) roasted golden potato cubes with olive oil
Dinner: Steak, bacon, roast brussels sprouts, green salad with o & v
Riveting content today. You’re welcome!

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