1. We replaced our too-dark, too-big kitchen table with a lighter, smaller one:



(Eventual to-do: get rid of that ill-placed white expanse above the counter, which divides the kitchen, makes it so you have to duck in order to have conversations, and puts open doors right at forehead-gouging level. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this cabinet!)

2. We had our first Sunday night family dinner at the (MUCH easier to clean) table: scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon. Everyone was happy.

3. The boys went to a birthday party which was held at a deeply awesome gymnastics center:


4. JB installed new closet hardware in Riley’s room so the doors no longer fall off their railings whenever you look at them.

5. I bought two Christmas presents, stocked up on wrapping, and ordered our cards. It helped shove that panicky oh-Jesus-December-will-straight-up-kill-me feeling back a yard or two.

6. I made everyone suffer through my annual attempt at a holiday photo. It was … difficult. Let’s say that. IT WAS SERIOUSLY FUCKING DIFFICULT.


7. I deep-cleaned behind the toilet. We shall never speak of that again.

What did you get out of the way this weekend?


44 Responses to “Weekend accomplishments”

  1. Alli on November 17th, 2013 7:49 pm

    I deep cleaned the fridge. Took out the shelves, washed them in the bathtub, then washed the bathtub 3 times. Bought a new trash can for the kitchen. And tried to bring a new sorting system to the laundry room.

  2. Alli on November 17th, 2013 7:49 pm

    Oh, and I was able to do all of that with my family gone for the weekend. That was also an accomplishment. I needed some alone time, but I missed them a lot!

  3. Faith on November 17th, 2013 7:51 pm

    Oh my hell what did I NOT get out of the way this weekend?! Must have been the moon or something, cause it was that kind of weekend for us too. We cleaned and decluttered and tidied, and it sucked but now it feels awesome to not feel like everywhere I look there’s something I haven’t done in way too long, you know?

  4. Tessa on November 17th, 2013 8:00 pm

    Bank, farmers’ market, post office, deadheaded enough rose bushes to fill our large trash can, log patrol, family dinner, announced our intent to adopt to the family(!!!!), grocery shopped, bought a new entertainment center, pulled out stuff for our yard sale next weekend, gave the dog a bath. Ooh, and got a pedicure. I’m wiped out.

  5. Cheryl on November 17th, 2013 8:17 pm

    I am literally crawling out of my skin with the desire to replace our overly formal, poorly constructed dining set. We inherited it from my husband’s grandmother and he’s convinced himself that because it is old, it is worth money (not when the chairs are falling apart after less than 10 years of use). We also have 2 boys, so you can imagine the beating this poor table has taken! I would really love to get some pretty reclaimed lumber and build a table that fits our room dimensions and lifestyle!

    I’m totally with you on the cleaning out of behind the toilet – you’d think that with the ability to aim, they’d actually get some IN the toilet!

  6. sara on November 17th, 2013 8:42 pm

    Purchased a few xmas gifts, grocery shopped, bank… Did a small fraction of the cleaning I set out to do and even less laundry. Took our kids to see Santa today in the middle of tornado weather (Chicago suburbs). I had so any things on my to do list and barely accomplished any of them.. Sigh. Desperately needed to clean up the yard before it gets too cold but couldn’t because of the afore mentioned weather. It looked like a tornado went through it BEFORE today. Ugh.

  7. sooboo on November 17th, 2013 8:44 pm

    Wow that dining table is a serious improvement! It brightens the space by a lot. I took a lot of naps, played Candy Crush, went to hear some bands and went to an art opening that felt like it was taking place in a Bret Easton Ellis novel.

  8. Shana on November 17th, 2013 9:16 pm

    Can you tell me the name of the gymnastics center? My boys are on a team and we are looking around for gymnastics facilities so they can continue to train while we travel, and maybe even move some day.

  9. Skance on November 17th, 2013 9:50 pm

    Vacuumed for the first time in, let’s see, um, my baby is 8 months, so carry the one and, well, it’s been a while. Cleaned the tub (assholish 106 year old porcelain, impossible to clean tub), bathed the dog, did NOT bathe the baby, spent some time with a friend going through a rough time, picked up my Aunt & Uncle from the airport and slept until 9:30am yesterday. All in all, not you bad.

  10. Pete on November 17th, 2013 9:57 pm

    Sealed in some duct work in the garage. Only need to plumb the compressed air to both side and I’m almost done. Then on to the bathroom.
    Nice table and good family pix.

  11. Mandy on November 17th, 2013 10:39 pm

    We bought a house. (!!!)

    (pending inspection tomorrow, that is.)

  12. honeybecke on November 17th, 2013 11:42 pm

    Good work Linda! You’ve been busy. We also had a bday party at a gymnastic “germ riddled foam pit” place too. This weekend will go down in history for our family. It was the first time we had a babysitter that was neither 1. A family member (of which we have zero who live in our town) and/or 2. a long-term family friend.
    She is bubbly 14 year old with glowing references and lives in our neighborhood. How many times did I (and my husband!) think of calling and cancelling all week long? Many. Did we? Nope. I handed over my 8, 6 and 9 month old and we went out to lunch and had a very romantic grocery shopping trip. Let’s face it, without kids in tow Freddie’s can be downright romantic.
    We’ve already booked her again for next weekend. Afterall, we will be needing to buy milk again.

  13. Molly on November 18th, 2013 12:00 am

    Random sampling: Picked up sticks & branches and managed to rake, wait for it, ONE entire bag of leaves, conquered the laundry, finished PowerPoint for my boss, failed at making dog housetraining progress, made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, possibly unintentionally crash-ended my 3-yr long-distance love affair (he was THE ONE) , scrubbed brick patio on my knees (i.e. attempt to work out emotion from previous accomplishment), watched the last five minutes of my Broncos beat the Chiefs…and JUST finished ordering photos to pick up in the morning for kindergartner’s Star Student week bag (GAH!!). I am (thank you Linda – and I mean it, not a sarcastic thank you) inspired to leave my browser open on Costco’s photo center because the impending December panic of not having ordered the holiday collage card has descended upon me.

  14. Christine on November 18th, 2013 5:38 am

    Made headway on finishing the baby nursery and washing clothes so I can actually pack a bag… Only 2 weeks from my due date so it was probably time. Now to actually charge the camera battery and pack.

  15. Kim on November 18th, 2013 6:57 am

    My accomplishments mostly revolved around cooking stuff, which kind of sucks because it wasn’t exactly diet-friendly stuff and I ate a lot of it.
    But I also bought a Christmas present!

  16. Maggie on November 18th, 2013 7:24 am

    Went with my sis and our combined 3 kids to our hometown to hang out with my BFF since age 12 and throw her baby shower for the TWINS she is expecting. As a single mom! On the way home, we had to pull off and hide out in a Best Buy due to tornado warnings! Exciting and fun weekend, but didn’t accomplish a thing around the house which means I will play catch up this week :(

  17. Claire on November 18th, 2013 7:29 am

    I also did some Christmas shopping and I cleaned my shower, which was no easy task.

  18. Emma on November 18th, 2013 8:00 am

    I look forward to your Christmas photo outtakes every year. They crack me up!

  19. Kizz on November 18th, 2013 8:24 am

    The [insert string of expletives] floor is now clean. It almost broke me.

  20. Judy on November 18th, 2013 9:33 am

    What did I do? Oh, sat on my ass a lot. Watched my Chiefs lose their first game of this season. Ate barbecue.

    Your new table looks a lot like my table, mine’s probably smaller, it’s a drop-leaf that opens up to a round table, and only has two chairs (plenty for me) but my chairs are identical and I totally love the set. Got it at a used furniture place eight years ago for $120. I could not be more pleased, and glad you’re enjoying yours too.

  21. Heather on November 18th, 2013 10:35 am

    We did touch-up painting all over the house… there was a gray haze all along the walls right at the 3-year-old height level. We cleaned the carpets and our wool rug sent out for cleaning was returned (clean!). We hung art on the walls and made more progress cooking and eating our way through the contents in our chest freezer (we want to get rid of it). With the cleaned up, brightened walls alone, it feels like a new house!

  22. C on November 18th, 2013 10:38 am

    Took my own advice on painting and started painting the bathroom, which involved getting more intimate with the toilet than ever before. Proof your blog is good for people. :)

  23. NancyJ on November 18th, 2013 10:42 am

    I spent a wonderful afternoon and night with 2 college roommates about an hour and 1/2 from home. We caught up on life and I am sad we don’t live closer but I know we will stay in touch better.

  24. Jennifer on November 18th, 2013 10:59 am

    Your hair looks awesome! How’d you get those waves? I can never get mine to do that.

  25. Amy on November 19th, 2013 9:28 am

    Pllleeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaase say you’ll do a holiday-card-outtake post again. It’s my favorite. Don’t ruin Christmas for me, Linda.

  26. T on November 19th, 2013 10:48 am

    Bought myself a new coat (FINALLY)! And by the way, you look AMAZING!!

  27. Emily on November 19th, 2013 10:57 am

    Your new table looks great!

  28. Jen on November 19th, 2013 11:39 am

    After 10 years of living with nasty dark paneling on the walls in the dining room, we finally painted over it (inspired in part by your Crap Room post and the fact that we’re hosting Thanksgiving for the first time ever!) and it looks AWESOME! It took 10 solid hours between Saturday and Sunday but omfg, it was so worth the effort and time it took! Woo hoo!
    PS…please share some of the Xmas Card Outtakes with us! They’re always amazingly hilarious!

  29. June on November 20th, 2013 2:51 pm

    Oh, no family photo outtakes?! But I Loooove those!

    Good job on working on House Beautiful.

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