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Hi.

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Let's Play 'Things That Are Not Related'

Let's Play 'Things That Are Not Related'

So I have about 5 million things floating around in my head that I want to share with y’all.  Unfortunately, I only have two hands; one of which almost always has a baby attached to it. The other one generally has a death grip on a cup of coffee. This, of course, makes typing/blogging a bit of a challenge. I am finding that I can write little snippets here and there, but gone are the days of writing Todd-long blog posts (that “Todd-long” bit is an inside joke, really only meant for my husband — if you don’t get it, you are in good company. Sometimes when writing these posts, my only goal is to make Brado laugh.  That way he won’t divorce me when he comes home to realize that, yet again, I did not make him dinner).

I digress.

The point is that this here blog may look and feel a little different over the next month or two. Don’t you worry, I’m not giving up on this blog. And soon, I hope, I will  be back to my old blogging self.  But I need to be a little realistic on what can actually be accomplished in a day. I don’t know what life will be like tomorrow or a month from now, but at this very moment, I know I need to carve out a little more time for the Finster, summer vacation/family, and mid-morning, afternoon and evening naps. And recovering from hangovers.

Basically, I am making excuses for the half-assness of the post you are about to read and the many more to follow. I’m only human folks. And when you combine that with a love of sleeping and a bit of a ‘f’ it mentality…you get half-assed blog posts. You can call me many things, but a perfectionist, I am not.

So with that in mind, today I present to you a list of things I would attempt to write clever blog posts about if I wasn’t constantly napping or if I had two to four more hands.

1. Beau’s room:

If you have already poked around this here blog, then you may have taken a little tour of our humble abode here in Beijing. On that tour you would have stumbled across a few photos of Beau’s room. Just to refresh your memory, here it is in all it’s glory:

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His room is a decent size, but it only has one window. On a bright sunny day in Beijing, I really loved it. However, if you have read CNN or BBC articles at all this year, I probably don’t need to tell you that bright sunny days are few and far between in these parts. On grey polluted days (the more common type of day), the wall color was WAAAAAAY too dark.

So I had it repainted. Cause that is what I do. It is somewhat of a tradition in my house to have walls painted, only to have them repainted a different color the next year….sometimes, the next day. It is a hobby of mine. Some people run marathons, some people smoke crack…I have walls repainted. I like to think that I am helping fuel the local economy by providing my little painter-man with lots of jobs. In truth, I suck a choosing paint colors. I almost always get it wrong the first, second and third times.

Brado loves this feature of mine.

Anyway, I had his room repainted a light grey color, got a fun stripped curtain made and rearranged the furniture. It is a long way from being done, but here are the initial results:

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I am tempted to say that I LOVE the wall color but we will need to wait a few weeks to know for sure. Stayed tuned for lots more updates on this room. Much to Brado’s dismay, I have big plans.

And of course by mixing it up in Beau’s room, I have left the rest of the house in complete disarray. See below:

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2. I found my dream house:

Remember when I wrote this bookshelf styling post and told you that I was wished I was cool/talented enough to have styled the bookshelf pictured below?

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Yeah, well upon digging a little further, it turns out that the owner/styler of this shelf is my new hero/guru/borderline obsession. Her whole house and style is so amazing and so…me. Or what I wish was me. It is light, airy, colorful, clean and incorporates lots of patterns and textures. My favorite part is how she uses all of the beautiful fabrics and textiles from Thailand, Turkey and India.

Her whole house shop

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It looks happy, a little quirky, well-traveled and collected. It is basically what I dream about my house looking like. (Note to all relevant parties looking to buy me Christmas and birthday gifts: she also has a shop).

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And yet when I look around my house, I am faced with the stark realization that my house looks NOTHING like this.

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Instead, I see lots of muted natural tones; browns, beige, black, blue. By comparison, my house looks “safe”, traditional and maybe even a tad boring. While I do like my house, this Amber lady has inspired me to L-O-V-E it. So basically, without spending a ton of money, I am determined to infuse our house with more personality and essentially make it better reflect who we are. Again, stayed tuned for how this all plays out, but you can be sure that some of these little guys will make an appearance:


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Fabrics from all over....just waiting to be used.

In fact I have already started to play around with some of the fabrics:

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3. The Finster:

She is cute. She is getting chubby. She sleeps a lot. And, can you believe it, she is almost 4 weeks old. I think we should celebrate by looking at an excessive number of photos of her.

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4. Family Rules:

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4. Family Rules:

Did y’all have family rules growing up? I am pretty sure our rules were:

  1. Eat your peas

  2. Eat your broccoli

  3. Eat your meatloaf.

If we had other ones, I don’t remember them.

In the Dittson household, we also have 3 rules and, as if it was the Lord’s Prayer, we recite them at least 12 times a day. They are:

  1. Be a good listener

  2. Be a good friend

  3. Whining is for losers.

Okay, that last one is not really a “rule” and we phrase it a little differently when talking to Beau Beau, but you get the gist. Brado made up our rules and I love them. They cover just about every annoying habit a 3-year-old could possibly have and yet they are so simple.

While I love our rules, they do not make for good frart. Have you noticed that ‘Family Rules’ art is all the rage these days on Pinterest?

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I was psyched when a good friend of mine asked me to make her a little poster that highlighted her family’s rules. This was especially fun because her family’s rules are well-thought out, adorable and perfectly encapsulate how we should all approach life. Basically, they put our family rules to shame.

Here is what I made her:

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Anyway, while I was at it, I figured I would also make a couple generic versions for you all to download. So if you are in the market for a little family rule frart, help yourself by clicking the hyper-linked PDF’s below. I have no idea if this will actually work. If it doesn’t…well…my only advice is that you should REALLY start reading some blogs that are less half-assed.


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There you have it…4 completely unrelated topics wrapped up into one mediocre post. In other news, can you lose weight while regularly eating cookies and not exercising? I sincerely hope so.

Until I blog again….

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