October 3, 2017

Currently: September 2017


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Currently September 2017

Let’s wrap September up, shall we? Since we’re already 3 days into October. September was a pretty hectic month with the start of school and all. We’re developing a new rhythm and routine. More homework, more hustling, MORE to remember and a whole bunch of get-togethers thrown in the mix!  Fall baseball season is in full swing too so our weekends occupied for awhile. I honestly don’t know how people do it with more than one child.

All of my healthcare checkups are done for the year….just in time to put HOURS into figuring out what healthcare plan isn’t going to kill us. Literally? I just knocked on wood. Worry not. It’s incredible what it goes into maintaining life.  OK SO SEPTEMBER. Let’s get into it.

Inspired by:

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My zen garden has been inspiring me. It’s coming along slowly but surely. I’m curious how it will hold up during the rainy seasons. I’m going to be sad when there are no leaves on my Japanese maple.

It’s teaching me how to have patience, pay attention and be hopeful. Most of my garden has been made with propagations from other plants in my yard and that makes me happy.

We also got rid of a giant dead tree in our yard. It brought like back in and I am grateful for that.


This is my dream for our front yard…. it’s the Sun Garden at Marin Arts & Gardens Center. 

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I sat there for 15 minutes and made notes.

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Have you seen Lady Gaga’s new documentary Five Foot Two on Netflix? It’s really good. What she doesn’t talk about is that she has fibromyalgia. I thought it was cool to see the behind the scenes of record making. I’ve been listening to it non-stop, so I suppose it worked!

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For about a week and a half, I woke up early and did morning pages a la Artist’s Way. This week I’m having a hard time getting out of bed. In the process, I’ve also been looking through some of my old diaries and finding some interesting things. It feels like time travel…and I like seeing little clues of my past self that I left for present Tracy.

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I also completed a few organizing projects:

Junk drawer makeover:

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Cleaned up workspace:

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Organized my purse and shared What’s in My Bag

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My fridge looked like this for about two weeks and it was awesome. I have to do that again….

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Worked on some more stuff in my sketchbook.  This skillshare class really inspired me.

Painting Relaxed Florals with Erin Kate Archer

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This month, we didn’t watch a ton of TV. We’ve been working at night and I’ve also been falling asleep earlier/waking up earlier. But, we have been enjoying House of Cards when I don’t fall asleep.  We finished watching the American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story and then Hef died the next day. Very bizarre. The show was good. The actor they chose was too tall. If you are also interested in magazines, editorial history, and set design you’ll probably like it too.

Also- Watching Flipping Out while doing the laundry. I love Jeff Lewis.  Makes me want to design houses.


Signs & Symbols

Psychic Intelligence

Alton Brown Everyday Cook  (that’s where the meatballs came from!)


Thinking About:

The holidays coming up. Taxes. Property Tax. Trip to Los Angeles, Nola, Oregon, New Mexico…a change of pace. Cooper’s birthday, Halloween. Handwriting book, classes, workshop, stuff.

Listening To:



Talking in Circles Podcast by my friend Laura Miller. Highly recommend if you’re also interested in mental health and real talk!

Obsessed with:

Cooper’s favorite song right now:

Funny thing about sharing playlists….the artists find out! I got a really nice email from Chad Lawson thanking me for sharing the Peaceful Piano Playlist:

Now I’m a Chad Lawson fan. I’ve been listening to his music all month. The internet is awesome!

Dream Life:

My sleep has been pretty deep. I haven’t needed a lot of lately.  But now that I say that I think it’s catching up to me.  A lot of what I am dreaming about seems like everyday life so sometimes I feel a sense of deja vu. I had a dream I lost 7lbs.  That was cool. Maybe I should lose 7lbs. If only it were that easy.


This month I did a demo at In Good Company for Muir Glen.  Here are my Tomato Parsley Bloody Marys made with canned tomatoes! All you need is a blender and you’re golden.

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Thank you so much for the Yonanas machine, Sally. We’re really enjoying it here!

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs  recipe FTW!!! It’s becoming a staple in your houses too!

Combine the flavors of Chicken Parmesan with meatballs with this Chicken Parmesan Meatball dish! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Caramel Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars  were GOOOOOD. A few of you have made them already and one person substituted the pumpkin with bananas and said it was great. Gonna try that next!

Find the recipe for Caramel Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars on Shutterbean.com!

We’re back in school lunch mode! I wrote about School Lunch Ideas this month to get my brain in the game.

Tracy from Shutterbean shares some of her School Lunch Ideas!


September Self Portrait:

Celebrating a good hair day and a dirty mirror while out for coffee.

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September spread:

My Everyday Life: Week 39 on Shutterbean.comHow about you? How was your September?? Care to share?

What are you looking forward most to this Fall? 


  • Jane M

    I enjoy your straighenance pictures! I took a different route home the other day and I discovered THE CONTAINER STORE is opening this weekend! WOOT WOOT! I rarely shop in this store but I find it a whole bunch of FUN! We have a ton of their “drawers” for our business and I must say they are such quality. Happy October!

    • Tracy

      Oh my goodness. Brace yourself. It’s dangerous living close to one!!! but also YAY!!!!!

  • Carissa

    The last line of your opening paragraph is just so true! ” It’s incredible what it goes into maintaining life.” I think that so often! Thanks for keeping it real.

  • Libby

    I’ve been loving Talking in Circles! I learned about it when Elizabeth Laime was on and I’ve since listened to every episode. I struggle with depression and I worried that a mental health podcast might be triggering but it actually makes me feel so empowered and in charge of myself. <3

  • Hillary

    Watching: The Good Place (SO GOOD)

    Reading: Any selection from “the hot books” at my local library. The two-week deadline motivates me and I actually feel someone current in my choices!

    Listening: To too much depressing news.

    Dreaming: Work stress dreams but, in my waking hours, of the day the baby sleeps through the night.

    Eating: Too much junk. Too much sugar. But a decent amount of salad too.

    Thinking about: How much I love my kids and my little family.

    Baking: Joy’s apple crisp (which she randomly talked about in her IG stories today!), oatmeal/flax/nut butter balls, a weekly loaf of bread (I’m so proud of this one).

    • Tracy

      I wish the library two week deadline motivated me. I am a serial renewer!
      I loved that IG story. Made me miss podcasting with her!

  • Christina

    Inspired by: YOU!

    Watching: Shameless (I’m on Season 3 – I’m way behind the times!)

    Reading: Carrie – Stephen King (Book Club choice this month. I’m scared!)

    Listening: Macklemore’s new album

    Dreaming: Boring, life stresses dreams

    Eating: It’s all over the place right now

    Drinking: Water/Coffee/Beer

    Thinking about: Purging my house AND getting on top of my grading pile (English teacher’s have WAY too many papers to score). Also thinking about how AWESOME October is going to be!!!

    • Tracy

      Oh i need to listen to the new Macklemore. I love that song Glorious that’s out right now.

      What are some of your favorite pens for grading papers?

      • Christina

        My favorite pens for grading are definitely: Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens and the Paper Mate Flair Felt Tips. The colors are so bright and clearly stand out on the page.

  • Ellen W

    I made the chicken parmesan meatballs -yum and had the recipe printout tacked up on the side of my fridge. My freezer portion of my fridge broke so the repair guy was at the house and noticed the recipe and commented it looked good. I told him it was and wrote down your website so his wife could make them.

    • Tracy

      that’s so cute. thanks for sharing that 🙂 I love hearing stories like this!

    • Cassie Sue

      Those meatballs are yum!! I have a few people I plan on sharing the recipe with too! Hubby somehow dropped the last serving of them (that I was looking forward to) which really bummed him out that food was wasted, but it was an accident, so what can you do?

      Tracy, you are really making me want to journal, though I’m afraid I won’t keep it up. Any tips to stay motivated?

      • Tracy

        When you find value in keeping up a journal, you’ll keep doing it! 🙂 This summer I went through some of my old journals and was so happy that I did it. I could see how much I’ve changed.

        • Cassie Sue

          Great advice, thank you! I’m inspired by some of the layouts you posted this week. I think I may start small, I always try to do too much and then get overwhelmed.

  • jwoolman

    So how long before the cat pushed everything off the shelves?

    Somebody said proof that the world isn’t flat is that if it were, all the cats in the world would have pushed everything over the edge by now.

    I learned a long time ago to use self-sticking Velcro tape to secure all vital items (including keyboard and trackball) against the feline assistants. Also have hard plastic catproof covers for keyboards after one cat kept jumping up to sleep on them and I kept losing keycaps. The escape key never fully recovered.

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