I have been...how do you say...overwhelmed. Turns out, when you live in a three bedroom house with an attic and outside storage, you accumulate a lot of stuff. Who knew? I found this out when we moved into our two bedroom apartment with no attic and no outside storage. However, I believe it is a blessing in disguise.
Ever since we started this kooky "let's move all over the world" kind of life, I've felt like we have too much stuff. I mean, who needs three types of colanders????? Who needs six sets of placemats and napkins from Williams-Sonoma????? If you've seen the movie Up In the Air, you'll understand that I've been feeling like my backpack is very heavy. So I've taken this opportunity to lighten my backpack.
Make no mistake, it has not been an easy task. I've spent my days rooting around in our storage unit, sorting and making piles and making trips to Goodwill. Not to mention, I've completely revamped my shopping philosophy - personal fashion and home fashion. I had long ago fallen into the trap of "Oh! This is so cute! I'll buy it!" Never stopping to wonder if I really needed it or even if I really truly wanted it. Who cared? It was cute!
(That's how we ended up with three types of colanders. One is sort of vintage-looking. What can I say? It's cute. And it was on sale. Or at least I think it was. It had an orange sticker on it. I never checked to see what the original price was. But, orange sticker! Discount! So I bought it.)
See what I mean?
So, I am through with buying things on a whim. I will think long and hard about all non-necessity purchases. Do I really need another colorful, floral, flowy spring tank? Not likely. Do I really truly want another set of nesting bowls? Doubt it. (Well, maybe. But I definitely don't need them.) I will not buy another pair of black leather sandals until my current ones disintegrate right off my feet. I will not even walk into the candle holder and home accessory aisle at Target.
(You all know that aisle, right? The one you always find yourself in when you go to Target for toothpaste and toilet paper and a greeting card? The one where something almost always leaps off the shelf and right into your cart and when you go to check out, you are shocked to see that your total is $150 instead of how ever much toothpaste and toilet paper and a greeting card cost.)
So, all the things I've discussed here are the reasons I've been very absent from my online life. Say it with me: OVERWHELMING. (Not to mention that Jason should be on a Raleigh-bound flight as I type this but instead he is stuck back in Brussels due to the volcanic ash fiasco. Volcano?? WTF?? I mean, seriously. Come on, Iceland. WTF???) But now that my real life is slowly returning to its normal state, I am committed to wrapping up my Brussels blog posts. Mostly because I have some great pictures to share with you and to document for my self.
(I'm not saying my photog skillz are great, mind you. The things I was photographing are great. And sometimes, it's hard to mess up such great things, no matter how little you know about picture taking.)
And after that, I have pictures of the cutest nephew ever to walk God's green earth. And after that, I have a picture of a pissed off Elwin Kitteh in a Carolina Hurricanes hat. Because dressing your pets up against their will is ALWAYS funny, no?