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April 2, 2017

My Everyday Life: Week 13

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 13 was a good one!

The Over Easy Book Tour stopped in San Francisco this week. Maj-time!

Thank you for the beautiful photo, Jon! 

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Pretty eggs….that must have been a pain in the neck to cut.

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Blood oranges are so pretty.

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Checking out the SF Farmers Market for Joy’s demo.

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Cobbler prep.

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Joy in action!

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We got to taste her strawberry rhubarb breakfast cobbler. It was soo good!

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A mother at the baseball game brought an umbrella today.

Note to self: bring an umbrella next week.

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SELF PORTRAITS:

Tracy, Age 37 /   Tracy, Age 5

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March 31, 2017

I LOVE LISTS

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Happy Friday!! Let’s celebrate with a list because I LOVE LISTS:

  1. #3 made me snort.
  2. Looking at old photos on Etsy. This one caught my eye.
  3. New podcast I’ve been hooked on: S-Town. Have you listened to it?
  4. Whoa. SCIENCE!!!!!!!
  5. This makes me want to be more organized.
  6. Fun with paper!
  7. If you wanna feel old.
  8. I want to hang this up in my house.
  9. Home decor styling tips from a stylist!
  10. Don’t get kicked off a plane.
  11. Spring look: This dress with these shoes and these earrings.
  12. Hand salad. That’s a thing!
  13. OMG I WANT THIS.
  14. April Fool’s is this weekend. What are you gonna do?
  15. Adult friendships are hard.
  16. Most unique items left in ubers.
  17. All the new emojis being released.
  18. Embroidery amazingness.
  19. I really really need to go to Yosemite.
  20. Breaking composition rules to make your photos better.
  21. You can eat a succulent.
  22. Anthony Bourdain trivia facts.
  23. Apparently, I’m kind….according to how I blow money at Target.
  24. How about adding these pretzel rolls into your weekend plans?
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March 29, 2017

Currently: March 2017

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Currently March 2017

A few more days before this month comes to a close. This month seemed to fly right by. It was filled with outings and celebrations. We celebrated Casey’s birthday and my brother’s birthday. They both turned 40. We also celebrated our 11th anniversary/18 years of being together!  Needless to say, this month was pretty indulgent with all of the celebrations. Can’t wait to start adding more spring vegetables and fruit into the routine. Hopefully, I’ll be able to add more trips to the farmer’s market in my future.  Cooper has also started baseball season so our weekends are pretty booked these days. I’ve been sneaking in some time to garden on the weekends. My succulent arrangements on the deck are looking pretty good! I am starting to research ideas for our front yard. 

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Inspired by:

Volunteering at school during art class. I’ve been going in once a week or so to help out. I absolutely love working with kids on art. Their talent blows me away! We’ve been learning about primary and secondary colors and we’ve been applying the technique to a bowl of fruit. I watched so many kids paint today that I was jonesing to make a bowl of fruit myself. This was a fun way to start the evening.

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Watching:

Casey has been deep in a rabbit hole of carpentry videos on Youtube this month and I’ve been catching myself watching some. Our favorites include Samurai CarpenterSteve Ramsey, and April Wilkerson.  Casey put in some shelves in our liquor closet and is scheming on some outdoor furniture for our deck.

I’ve also been watching The Feud. Thanks for the recommendation, Jerry! It’s a show about the feud between Bette Davis & Joan Crawford and I love it. The set design/costume design is pretty epic. Can’t wait to see how their feud unfolds. I’m an episode behind.

I’m sad that This is Us ended. I can’t wait to see what happens next season. I’m not going to spoil anything for anybody, worry not.

Watching Girls. I think this season (the last season!) is actually pretty well written compared to the past few. I thought the episode where she meets the writer guy was fantastic. Did you see it? What a mental game!

And yes…Housewives. Watching the Beverly Hills season while I do laundry on Monday nights. It’s so mindless, I’m absolutely sucked into seeing what Erika Jayne wears/how her glam squad puts her together. Did any of you catch that spiral notebook of her looks? I wanted to see more.

Also watching Billions…having a hard time not falling asleep during it. I think it’s mostly because we’re up late watching it. Gotta be better at going to bed earlier in April.

Reading:

I haven’t had much time to focus on leisure reading this month, but I’ve been turning to two books right now on my nightstand before I go to bed.  Do the Work which is motivating me right now (I’m definitely getting in my own way right now). While I was at the library, I picked up Pure Drivel by Steven Martin (one of my favorite writers!). His writing is so playful; I love it.

Thinking About:

I’ve been playing around with the idea of having a subscription service/pen pal experience. Who wants mail???

If you want to send me mail

  • Tracy Shutterbean
  • P.O. Box 604
  • San Anselmo, CA 94979

Listening to:

Angel Olsen (seriously go listen to her and watch all of her videos). I might have to put someone else in the rotation or else I’m gonna get sick of her because I’ve been listening to her non-stop.

Finished the Missing Richard Simmon’s podcast. I really loved Richard Simmons when I was young (I used to sweat to the oldies and I had deal- a-meal!), so I’m so curious to know more about his life. He’s been out of the spotlight for years now and his fans want to know what’s up.  He had such a long career (40 years!) of non-stop working. I hope he’s doing OK and I wonder if he’s permanently retired? The weird thing is that he just vanished with no word why.

Dream Life:

Remembering dreams again this month. I’m on the road in them, looking at abandoned buildings. There are a lot of trees and architecture in my dreams lately. Had a really good one about a cabin with this cool fireplace and just as I was asking about it, Cooper came in and woke me up.

Eating/Drinking:

Bought some crumpets from Trader Joe’s this week. Gonna put those back into the rotation. I love how the butter gets into all the nooks and crannies.

I really need to eat salads. More and more of them! I have to remember how good I feel when I eat healthier. Time for a good reset button salad. Pretty excited for grill season soon. That means I can start grilling asparagus and other vegetables.

How was your March?? What’s up with you?

Let me know by leaving your stream of consciousness in the comments.

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March 27, 2017

Creamy Artichoke Pizza

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It’s Monday. You’re starving. You head into Trader Joe’s (which is probably a NIGHTMARE because MONDAY) and you think about getting a frozen pizza but you want something different. You know you already have a jar of marinated artichokes at home. Pick up pizza dough, alfredo sauce, cheese and some fresh basil and you’re minutes away from Creamy Artichoke Pizza.

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When you get home, let the dough sit on the counter. I remember when Casey and I were first living together, I bought pizza dough from Trader Joe’s and it turned out to be an EPIC FAIL. I couldn’t get the dough to move. It kept springing back into the center and so we had the doughiest/smallest pizza in history. The problem was that I didn’t let the dough sit out long enough. Sometimes you have to let it go away, check on it and then come back later.

Impatience in the kitchen doesn’t get you far.

 

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Not too shabby for coming up with a pizza on the fly with things I already had in my kitchen!

Make this tonight and you’re totally winning Monday. It definitely beats sitting on the couch eating cereal for dinner…well…not if we’re talking about Golden Grahams.

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March 26, 2017

My Everyday Life: Week 12

Here’s what this past week looked like:  My Everyday Life Week 12

Remembering my grandparents through their glasses.

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A collaborative project between mother + son.

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Comfort food #1

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Cat portraits by Cooper.

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NEEDED THIS.

Reading DO THE WORK

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Comfort food #2

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Comfort food #3

 

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Sitting in traffic has its own perks.

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Dandelion on my car hood.

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Comfort food #4

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This week we were driving to school and Boyz II Men – I’ll Make Love to You came on.

It’s a very awkward song to sing in front of your 8 year old son. Do not recommend.

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Yes and no. I think it’s the nose.

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Took a detour. Found a church with 70s vibes. So pretty.

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It’s amazing what you can find if you just take a new road.

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A whole new perspective!

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Attack cat helping me fold laundry.

 

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And who also got out of the house….

Can you find her hiding under our deck? I almost had a heart attack.

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Spring is pretty.

 

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He wanted me to take a picture so I could make it my wallpaper on my phone.

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I had him take one of me while we were at it.

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This is the one I settled on.

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His skin has healed.

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Zen cat.

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You can cut a banana however you want to.

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Making things.

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Conjuring things.

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Playing.

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When the dishes in your sink have their own color palette.

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March 24, 2017

I LOVE LISTS

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Welcome to I LOVE LISTS! Let’s see what’s up with the internet this week:

  1. People are smart.
  2. Amazon is taking over the world.  I’m actually a huge fan of Amazon Fresh.
  3. The world is beautiful from above. 
  4. I still think about #17 all the time.
  5. Neil Patrick Harris gives some travel packing tips. 
  6. Whoa! Look at this house.
  7. Parents need a day off. AMEN.
  8. My ideal lunch looks like this.
  9. Oddly comforting.
  10. Ina’s got a new show!
  11. Do you think she looks like an alien? I love her but Casey doesn’t. :(
  12. Spend more $$ on these things and save $$ in the long run.
  13. Here’s a timeline of your life.
  14. Is this really happening?
  15. Buffet Strategies.
  16. New favorite show: The Feud
  17. Doing soon: Kitchen Spring Cleaning
  18. My food choices at the store mean I want to travel. No kidding.
  19. A look at the past.
  20. I would love to make soap like this one day.
  21. Apparently, I am brave according to my food choices. HAH. Is it cuz I said goldfish?
  22. An ode to the Dankso clog.
  23. Weekend reading: DO THE WORK

currently obsessed with this song:

Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

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I recently shared some of my favorite Bullet Journal Supplies. As promised, I’m gonna show you some of my favorite Bullet Journal Layout Ideas!

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It’s an evolving process, but here’s what I’ve got going on in the notebook  I started last September.

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THE CALENDAR YEAR SPREAD

Yes, I wrote out a two-year calendar spread by hand. It was quite the challenge, but I have somewhat of a sense of pride when I look at it. I just don’t look too close. I highly recommend doing it if you need chillout time. Make sure you start in pencil first then follow up in pen. Using the dotted grid on my journal made it so much easier to figure out spacing.

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The year calendar lives in the front of my journal, right behind my index.

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THE MONTH SPREAD

The month takes up two pages. I mostly use this to keep track of blog posts. All of the other calendar stuff, like appointments and such go in my google calendar online.

Remember how I use tab dividers? That’s how I separate months. In each month, we have our week spreads. With each week spread, we have a weekly to-do list (more on that in a sec!).

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THE WEEKLY CALENDAR SPREAD:

This week view calendar spread above was my first attempt at configuring. It crammed my week up and I didn’t like seeing the dates stacked like that, so after weeks of tinkering, I worked out a spread that my brain likes.

This is what I draw every Wednesday or so to forecast the week ahead of time.

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Three days of the week fill each page in columns with the weekend stack on the right edge. I spent several weeks trying to track my meal plan in the columns and just couldn’t get into it.

As for how I fill up the columns, sometimes I put things in the morning time in the morning/afternoon towards the bottom. I still need to settle in on how I fill that out, but I’ve found that coloring certain things or drawing on the pages helps certain things stick out.

Below, I was trying to figure out how to incoporate meal planning into the schedule.

I didn’t do a good job keeping it up.

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So I now create a list of dinner options based on what we have in the fridge.

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These are things I fill in on a Sunday.

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Sometimes I decorate…. Sometimes I forget my own rules.

Sometimes I forget to write things in. Sometimes I forget to look at my calendar. That’s when my life falls apart.

Sometimes I can close my eyes and remember something because I can see a picture of it written down in my brain.

This how my photographic memory works.

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Here above I made all of the posts for Shutterbean (the blog you’re reading!) in ORANGE.

The times I went to yoga were highlighted in pink. That was a good yoga week.

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THE CURRENT WEEKLY TO DO SPREAD:

The two-page spread AFTER the week is what I like to call my brain dump.

I make lists. There’s always an errand list/blog list/research/housework list.

You know how much I love lists. 

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This is where my system deviates a bit from the traditional bullet journal concept. I didn’t like making check marks and creating a list day by day.  But,  I do really like crossing things off…and whatever is left on this spread gets put on the top of my to-do list/brain dump for the next week.

LET’S LOOK AT SOME OTHER LISTS:

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THE MEAL ROTATION SPREAD

Basically what I refer to when I need to come up with dinner. I started writing down my family’s personal favorites so I know what I’m working with.

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WHOLE 30 SNACK IDEAS SPREAD

Remember when I wrote that Whole 30 Snacks post?

This is the list that turned into this—

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Snack lists are great to remember when you’re hungry and you need a good/healthy idea.

And then we have this list, also in the back:

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WHOLE 30 MEAL IDEAS LIST

Which turned into this Whole 30 Meal Ideas post.

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And we finish with one of my most used lists:

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THE PACKING ESSENTIALS SPREAD

So I have something to reference when I’m packing. It helps so much!

That’s the system I’ve been working with for the past six months.

Stay tuned for more soon!

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