Friday, December 14, 2007

The Little Things in Life

There's just something about the little things in life. Little things like my coffee table. And my foot creme. Those two little things go together. Allow me to back up?

Two birthdays ago a good friend gave me some foot creme made by Burt's Bees, one of my favorite companies. Burt's creme has the wonderful smell of the beach (coconut oil) with a hint of peppermint. After eleven barefoot years in Florida, my feet and heels were atrocious. But my friend, Jen, has the softest feet imaginable. She knew how jealous I was. It took me more than six months to use up that bottle of creme (I'm insanely frugal), but my feet were soft and beautiful at the end. I was determined to keep soft feet, so this last birthday I was at Ross and found an English rosemary foot lotion that is just heaven to my feet.

I'm sure this post is just TMI for many of you, and you have my permission to skip to a different blog or site, or just check your email. It's okay. I probably would.

So now I have this new lotion and no place to put it (I KNOW I'm supposed to put it on my feet). I love, in the morning, while sitting on the couch as the kids get ready for school, to lotion my feet and put my socks on. It just feels decadent. But the tube doesn't look so luxurious sitting on the coffee table.

Before you say anything about me leaving things out, I know that I'm a bit of a clutter bug. A LOT of a clutter bug. Things are out all the time. I blame it on the ADD. Out of sight, out of mind. If I can't see something, it doesn't exist. Conversely, if something is laying out - it can be on the floor, table, dresser, couch, wherever - that's where it belongs. Chris is always saying, "Why did you just step over that? (the pot of spaghetti in the middle of the living room floor, for instance) Me: "What, that? It belongs there. It's been there forever, hasn't it?" I'm very bad. But I really am trying .. very .. hard .. to stop.

You can see my cluttered coffee table above. Isn't it pretty? I'm sure it would be if you could actually see it. The point is, my foot lotion IS NOT OUT. It's in the little drawer at the bottom. Yay me. And the coffee table itself is one of those little things which makes me happy. When I started grad school we determined that I needed one of those fancy new lift top coffee tables (I didn't pay anything near that much for it), since I prefer the corner of the couch for school work, and the old coffee table was too low, and my new laptop is SO HEAVY that it kills my knees. So we bought one. And I LOVE IT. And I swore that I would keep it neat and uncluttered so long as I live, so help me God. Well look at it. Now I swear when I look at it. But I still love it.

And so we come to the end of my insane ramble. Just like that. I can't remember the point. Oh yeah! The little things in life. Like coffee tables and foot lotion.

Until I write again ...



jeni said...

Hey girl! I love this post!!! It is so "you" and makes me miss you!!!! Remember the time I stopped by unannounced and you had your feet soaking? :) I never understood the fascination for Burt's Bees stuff. It always looked so plain to me. I'll have to try it now. :) I love your cluttered coffee table! And the pot of spaghetti on the living room floor. lol!! Too funny. We had a white elephant (or pink elephant as Teresa calls it) last night at Rob and Teresa's with all the gang and kiddos. I wish you guys were here! Send some snow our way. That would be AWESOME!!! lol (now that was a rambling, all over the place comment! ha!!)

Flea said...

I remember that! Oh, I felt so bad, but as I recall, not TOO bad! You're such a good friend.

I wish we had snow to send your way. It lasted just a few hours then melted away. :(

So what pink elephant gift did y'all bring home?

Kidzmama said...

I read your blog all the time. Not a big commenter, but I read. I've tagged you for a meme. You're certainly under no obligation to do it, I just want to get your opinions. Thanks!

jeni said...

Katie got a little pink purse that's actually a jewelry box that's really cute. Austin got a ninja toy. A.J. got a Rockstar and a Dr. Pepper hat (guess who that's from?). He also got a 7-Eleven coffee mug that was left over. And you'll laugh about this. I got this little foamy building from one of the insurance companies that had "stress free church" written on the bottom. lol!!

Flea said...

Oh what fun! The Dr. Pepper hat sounds great, and I LOVE your gift! That's too funny!

Chris' office party was this weekend and we had white elephant. We got a bag full of coozy's. I had no idea they were called that, but they're those insulated sleeves you put canned and bottled drinks in, with advertisers names on them. I don't think they made it past our trash can. :)