It’s kind of ironic that I have a hosting and homemaking book coming out next week, as, simultaneously, Husband and I have been packing up our beloved rented bungalow in California and preparing to move across the country next month with no real employment opportunities, or solid idea of where we’re going to live next.
After over a decade of being Angelenos, we’ve made the decision to leave California, moving back East to be nearer to my family and toward our own version of the Promised Land. (For us, it’s named Virginia.) True, this happened because of job layoffs, but other than the initial freak-out, we decided to see it as an opportunity rather than a crisis.
This is our life right now.
So it’s been a busy summer. Playing and working hard. Book layout, proofing, errands, vacations, parties, hosting, photo shoots, gun tournaments, getting central air installed…
A week or so ago, I was packing our bags to go on a trip and doing my usual Ned Flanders post-it note rampage for the house sitter (Thank you, Wanderlusting, for that great article, by the way! ). Upon making a list of everything I had to take care of before our vacation, I realized our house is a mess…and not just a little mess. As my Dad would put it: “This place looks like a pig sty.” Or better yet: “This place looks like a bomb hit it.”
One of my favorite blogs, A Slob Comes Clean, features my recipes for Curried Egg Salad and Curried Potato Salad today. (Thanks, Nony!)
These are great side dishes for your Independence Day Celebration, and they’re Vegan and Gluten-free, too. Happy 4th, everyone!
A few recent threads and conversations in my social network has got me thinking about parties, potlucks, and events. Specifically, the logistics of executing hosting tasks in a fairly tasteful, fun, and drama-free manner. As we move into the wedding/party season of late spring and summer, many brides and party hosts are dealing with these issues:
“I don’t have time.”
“I would ask people to help, but I don’t know how to delegate.”
“How come potlucks always ends up being a random mix of weird foods?”
“I can’t make those cute decorations on Pinterest.”
“How can I feed a large party of people on $20?”
“I just don’t want to be a bitch/asshole.”
“Everything costs money.”
So… many… pom poms….
Let’s approach these issues one by one. Ready?
Oh look! It’s another one of my articles on OffBeatHome.com! This one is about moving from a small apartment to a roomy home and how we got our sh@# together.
I’m writing an article for a magazine, and in it, I talk about a great blog and book by Nony of A Slob Comes Clean. If you’re guilty of being a “slob”, Nony helps you develop skills and techniques to have a “normal-looking” home.
This is a quick digital read (as in, an hour tops) about taking 4 weeks to learn lifetime cleaning skills. It will make you laugh. It will restore your hope in yourself, your cleaning abilities, and your home. Her advice is simple, pure genius, and you don’t need to be a full-time housewife to apply it.