Pie It Forward

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Josh and I have been waiting for months to have a taste of Sarah and Chris’ sugary slices of kindness. This recently-engaged couple has been traveling across the US, dishing out a delicious assortment of FREE! pies – apple, key lime, chocolate cheese and cantaloupe! When they pulled into my town looking for a place to park their tiny wagon-truck home, we couldn’t help but to grab our camera and meet them.

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Can I Live Without Him? – The Stranglehold of Emotional Attachment: Part 3

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Me ‘n My Horsey – Summer ’84 (left) and a year later (right).

“Our life is the series of moments that is steaming through your consciousness right now, and how you use those moments and what you fill them with is what truly matters, not what you fill your home with. At the end of this short journey, you’ll look back and remember your experiences, the people you loved and who loved you back, the things you did and didn’t do. Not the stuff you had.”

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It’s still a scary thought, letting go of an object that’s made me feel secure for so many years. We all have them – our beloved childhood stuffed animals all stitched up, cuddling the memories of childhood past; the favorite book that sits quietly on the shelf, preserving that feeling we felt the first time we read it; the guitar that waits for “one of these days.” We all have the emotional attachment that defines their well-preserved existence.

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Simplifying Safely – The Harmful Effects of Flame Retardants

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Simplifying doesn’t involve just throwing stuff out. Because when the last box of junk leaves your house, you need to turn back around and re-evaluate what’s left behind. Instead of questions like, “Do I really need this?” you need to investigate further – pulling apart all of the stitches in your couch and get to know what exactly you allow to cohabitate your life.

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Mush – The Stranglehold of Emotional Attachment: Part 2

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Oh, horse’s head, it’s been a long time, you and I. You weren’t always just a head – you started out as a whole horse. A plastic rocking horse. I can’t remember, but I’ve been told that I used to lean my head against your mane in the middle of the night. I pulled myself out of my crib and rocked till mom found me. “Mush, horse! MUSH!”Continue Reading

Where is Diaper Bear? – The Stranglehold of Emotional Attachment: Part 1

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Not one of the toys on my shelf impressed me as a kid. Sure, I asked for them, I had lots of fun playing with them, but I always wondered – how would my toys hold up over time? Would I rediscover Strawberry Shortcake  at 30 years of age? Would I press her moldy red hair against my face, reminiscing about my childhood? “Mmmm, smells like….strawberries?” If Strawberry wasn’t destined to be my my favorite toy, then who?

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Recycling The Bits and Pieces

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April’s intention wasn’t a complete wash. We simplified and donated a lot and now that we are all moved into our new place, let’s continue digging ourselves out of the pit of stuff.

Last weekend we slowly transitioned back into the process, by gathering up the bits and pieces that are lying around the house. Along with Windigo’s favorite kitty toys, random junk gets lost in the shadowy dust caves of our apartment. They have nowhere to go, they just end up in the junk drawer. I’m never sure how to recycle the bits nor can I give away the pieces, so they just sit until they find themselves misplaced again.

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New Digs

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Big changes happening, guys. It’s been a busy couple of weeks. As you may have read earlier, we moved! We’re adjusting to our new home in Columbia Pike. We love it so far – great neighborhood! – and we’re saving lots of money. Our 40-minute walking commute seems like nothing with so much new stuff to explore. We were finally able to get out and take some pics of the new neighborhood this weekend. Enjoy!
 

Links to Distract and Inspire

Pic from last week's move-in

Pic from last week’s move-in

 

Last weekend we moved to our new apartment and we are now all settled in and recuperating. We’ll take some pictures of our new neighborhood and share them on the blog soon! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend – enjoy some links :)

  1. This couple travels the country giving away free pie!

  2. A year without internet. 

  3. 4 sisters take the same picture every year for 36 years.

     

  4. A Redditor explains how to get out of debt.

     

  5. A machine that allows you to turn a lever for minimum wage.

     

     

Smaller, Not Smellier – Our Search for Affordable Housing in Washington DC

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Something seemed off as soon as our potential new landlord cracked open the door to the basement apartment in Southeast DC. She seemed normal enough, but her pants were unbuttoned and an inch of bare belly showed under her business-casual blouse. One whiff inside the door and we knew she was hiding a dirty secret.

“Is that incense?” I asked, pointing to the smoldering stick on the windowsill.

“Smells good, hmm?” Hmm.

I looked around and noticed all the windows were cracked. Incense was burning everywhere. I began to investigate further.

“What’s that smell? Is that… pee?”

“No, no. Previous tenant had big dog. Would you like to fill out an application?”

I’m not sure if we were just tired of our apartment search or if it was that we hadn’t come across an apartment this cheap in DC before, but we ignored our common sense and reached for the form.

“Is that water on the floor?” I said as I looked up at an obviously damp ceiling.

“Oh, yeah, somebody must have spilled that there.”

I took a final sniff around the room and walked up to Josh who was filling out the form.

“Do you really want to pay $35.00 to apply for this place?” I said quietly in his ear.

He stuffed the application in his green shoulder bag and we were on our way.

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Donation Day

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Our house minimizing project is going well. We haven’t reached an amazing goal of owning 100 items each (maybe in a month or two), but we have drastically cut down our possessions. We are planning on moving to a cheaper apartment very soon (and  had a time limit of one month), so to stick to our schedule we declared this past Sunday Donation Day.

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