5ives for Rhetsy

I subscribe to the email list Rhetsy from Collin G. Brooke and find it always gives value. Brooke recently called for lists of fives for an upcoming Rhetsy, so here is my attempt.

Five Things that Will Make a Difference (for the better!) in Your Home Life

  1. Stop putting things down “for now.” Put it away, or, if you don’t have a spot for it, make one.
  2. For every new possession, subtract an existing possession. I subtracted two until I had a place for everything. This rule led directly to my owning a Kindle.
  3. Color matters. Don’t surround yourself with things that function, yet make you cringe when you look at them. Ultimately, good design gives more value.
  4. Always keep the living room (front room) clean and tidy. The rest of the house may not be great, but this is the room unexpected visitors will see.
  5. Always have a clean bathroom. I’m pretty sure there doesn’t have to be a reason for this, but I still regret the day I didn’t let a little old lady into my house after she took me to lunch because I didn’t want her to see my bathroom. She asked, “Would you really risk me peeing my pants?” and I answered “Yes.” and went in the house. Don’t let that happen to you.

World Cup

Even though France is no longer in the running, the Netherlands is, so I foresee more good soccer today.


The photo was taken with Glass. I use auto-backup, and Google occasionally takes a photo and selects an effect for it through a feature it calls Auto Awesome. The result this time is a bit psychedelic.

Cute Glass Tricks

I was in a meeting today, something very common in the last few weeks of the semester, even when on sabbatical. In it, I thought of taking notes, something I’m not only bad at, but tend to lose or not find when I need the notes later. Instead, I took a photo of the screen using Glass. I’ve tried that before with my iPhone, but the screen was not readable. This time it is, and I can send the photo to Evernote still using Glass in order to keep the photos sorted into projects.


Work space

I moved my home office out of the back bedroom into what used to be my main TV room, AKA, den. Moving the big TV and adding lots of seating to the living room was my decor project last summer, and it looks like it took until now for me to get the idea to move the iMac onto the desk in the den. Good move! When I’m trying to thing of the next sentence or line, I can now look out the french doors to the back yard and the bird feeder.

Photo on 5-4-14 at 3.54 PM #2 Photo on 5-4-14 at 3.54 PM 20140504_160120The two photos of me were taken with photo booth and the photo of my desk was taken with my Samsung phone. I don’t know when or if I’m getting my Sony Cybershot camera back, but hope to know if it’s fixable sometime this week. I’ve learned one thing for sure doing Project 365 this year–the tool you use for photos makes a big difference in more than just resolution. How the shot is framed, zoom/no zoom, or the perspective changes from device to device.