Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Do you have project-oriented ADD like me?

Case in point:  This post was going to be about red bar stools, then it morphed into my ADDness that makes me want to jump to a new project without completing many other projects already begun.  Then I started thinking about all the things I want to get done around the house in 2012.  I've now got three separate posts to write, and who knows how many more I'll come up with while I'm writing.

For this one, let's stick with my project ADD.  I'm not sure I can even count all the large or small projects I've started in some way and either abandoned or put on the backburner because something else has struck my fancy.  We would tease my old boss about always being distracted by a "shiny penny," and perhaps a bit of her rubbed off on me.  I swear I didn't used to be like this.  Maria, if you're reading this, you can be satisfied that I took a little bit of you with me!

The Mr. is sitting next to me as I type, poring over something on his own laptop.  I mentioned that I was writing a blog post about my project ADD and was trying to think of the many projects I have in flux.  I know my "problem" drives him absolutely bonkers, because he's one of those one-track people that wouldn't even dream of moving on to something new until the first thing was closed out.  His response to my admission?  "I agree.  Good talk."

I wanted his help coming up with a list of my many unfinished projects, and I figured he'd be able to start rattling off a million things, but he was afraid he'd get in trouble for pointing them all out!  Hey, good on him for keeping an eye out for trick questions.  But I really did want his input.  After all, I know he's keeping score.

So, with a little help from The Mr., here's a sampling of some of the random projects I've started and not finished:

  • About a dozen blog posts!
  • Making over a vintage 2-tier table that has an ugly finish, but nice bones
  • Publishing a tour of our master bedroom
  • Ironing (there are 10 shirts hanging from our ironing board, which is against a wall in our bedroom right now)
  • Getting a pair of shoes fixed
  • Measuring out templates for possible art to go on the one remaining blank wall in our master bedroom (more to come on this project soon ... or when I can get my act together)
  • Posting about the diamond-tufted upholstered headboard I made for my mom
  • Framing some awesome "Cats in Clothes" prints I purchased in December
  • Researching a white comforter or quilt for my mom's bed
  • Reading the thousands of blog posts waiting for me in Google Reader
  • Putting away all the stuff that got dumped in the basement during holidays when cleaning up for visitors
  • Replacing or repairing the laundry hamper whose grommets are tearing away from the hamper fabric (because I had to remove the fabric part of the hamper from the frame and throw it in the washer after it got hit with cat puke - ick -- even vertical surfaces aren't immune)
  • Painting an ornate mirror I thrifted (just can't choose a color b/c I don't have a spot in mind for it)
  • Re-accessorizing our living room (some purchasing may need to be done for this, as I've "shopped our house" and am not satisfied)
  • Shopping for a black blazer that matches at least one of my nicer pairs of black pants (of all the matching suiting sets I own for work, strangely I don't have a blazer in black)
  • Completing the multiple decorating books I have started reading
  • Repairing a couple shirts that have beads falling off, etc.
  • Scrapbooking vacation photos

I inadvertently left my essential notebook (the one with all my to-do lists) on my desk at work, or the list would be longer, because I know I've forgotten some things.  Good grief.  But let's just revel in two projects I did actually get completed this week.
  1. Installing the diamond-tufted headboard I built for my mom (now if I could just get my blog post done so I could tell you all about it!)
  2. Choosing a location and a beach house for our summer vacation!  Woo-hoo!  We usually visit Outer Banks, NC, but decided to switch it up this year.  The Mr. and I, being the analytical people we are, researched beach communities up and down the east coast and finally settled on Tybee Island, GA.  Anyone who reads The Lettered Cottage probably has heard of Tybee from Layla.  She and Kevin have visited there several times, and have even made over several vintage cottages on the island.  Sadly, none of them worked for our family, as they didn't have enough bedrooms and/or bathrooms, but we found a great place right at the ocean.  It even has a hammock with an ocean view, which is calling my name!
I guess this is a photo-free post.  Not pretty, but oh well.  Hey, if I try to find a photo(s), that would take additional time, and if I don't end this post now, I'll probably have to put it off until tomorrow because I'm already not going to get nearly enough sleep tonight.  So, in an effort to get something accomplished, I'm going footloose and photo-free!

Now I'm curious -- do you have project ADD like me, or are you a one-and-done kind of person?  (Or did you stop reading this post a long time ago because it consisted of too many words?  That's a trick question, of course, because if you stopped reading, you wouldn't see the question.)



  1. Hollie! you make my list seem like shorthand! Oh my! How do you do it? oh wait--you don't! hahaha

    Good luck girl! Thinking of ya!

  2. Your unfinished project list looks much like mine! SO MANY THINGS! Ah well. Things will get accomplished eventually. I'm glad to know I am not the only one with this affliction!


  3. I like to think of it as multi-tasking, a yoke all mothers bear - and one that when you mix in a bit of creativity, it keeps life spicy.

    The best artists always have more than one project, more than one book to feed the different chambers of the soul, more than one favorite this, or that. More than one dream. And that makes all of them possible.

  4. I too have about a dozen unfinished posts and as many unfinished projects! I do give myself a little project to FINISH every weekend so that at least I have something I can blog about that's complete - but alas, there are always MANY more waiting for me!

    Creative minds, ya see! Or at least that's what I like to tell myself... ;) xxx


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