WHOLE HOUSE VIDEO TOUR [WHAT'S BEEN KEEPING ME BUSY!]

September is one of those months that always kicks me back into gear. I get weirdly, disturbingly, overly excited to do work and get things done. Even though my ‘back to school’ days have LONG since passed, I still get that nudge to get myself sorted, and start focusing on all the things I took a break from over the summer. My blogs, my furniture painting, even my Airbnb took a breather for a few months.  I spent time traveling, which I’ll get around to sharing more about in future posts, but the real reason I had a brief hiatus from all the things was due to my house being put up for sale. I’ve lived in my 1930s bungalow for 10 years now, and it’s hard to imagine myself anywhere else. I still don’t know if I’m ready to part with it [nothing is final!], but regardless of my hesitations and undeniable love for this house, we’re going to give it a try!

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Staging a house is normally fun for me, but it’s a TON of work when it’s your own place. Having to figure out how to somehow hide all of your things so the house appears spacious and uncluttered while still living in it is nothing short of a nightmare! If anything, this process will turn me into a minimalist yet! [don’t hold me to that though, I’m no Marie Kondo] Normally I only share design-y things on A Simpler Design, my business website and blog, but this is my personal hub, and there’s nothing more personal than sharing my home.  Today I’m posting the video our realtor had made of the house.  When I first watched it, I couldn’t believe it was the home I’ve lived in all this time! It felt like I was watching some big reveal moment on an HGTV show. We put a good bit of work into the house this spring, and this video gives you a quick glimpse [though nearly 4 minutes does feel a little long for a promo video…but there are A LOT of rooms!] of the finished product.  I’ll be doing room tours on my other website, so feel free to head there if you want to snoop a bit more into my home!

135 MOVIES I'VE WATCHED MORE THAN ONCE

I've watched all these movies more than once. Some more than two, three, ten times. I have this thing about rewatching. Movies tend to change on me. I pick up things differently each time. Sometimes I'll focus on the visuals, the cinematography, the acting and emotion. Sometimes I stick to listening to the words, pay attention to the scripting, watch the movement of the camera. It all depends. I might call some of these movies favorites of mine, others not necessarily.  Sometimes a film bothers me, but resonates. I need to sit with it longer and figure it out.  Others just make me smile whenever I think of them. Movies can be simple and perfect that way. Some of these you might hate, others you might love.  I'm in this list making mood right now, another exercise I do when I'm stuck with writing. So today was movies. And I should say, this list specifically doesn't include Disney/Pixar/Marvel movies, because this kid at heart/nerd likes too many to include in here. But maybe there's a movie on here you haven't seen [though you probably have...I didn't really have obscure movies on the mind when I was thinking up this list today]. It's Friday, go watch something :)

135 MOVIES I'VE SEEN MORE THAN ONCE

  1. 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU
  2. 13 HOURS
  3. A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
  4. A MAN CALLED OVE
  5. A QUIET PLACE
  6. ALLIED
  7. ALMOST FAMOUS
  8. AMERICAN BEAUTY
  9. AMERICAN HUSTLE
  10. AMERICAN SNIPER
  11. APOLLO 13
  12. ARGO
  13. AVATAR
  14. BABY DRIVER
  15. BIG FISH
  16. BLADE RUNNER 2049
  17. BOYHOOD
  18. BRAVEHEART
  19. BRIDESMAIDS
  20. BROOKLYN
  21. BURNT
  22. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
  23. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
  24. CHEF
  25. CHILDREN OF MEN
  26. CLOUD ATLAS
  27. DEAD POETS SOCIETY
  28. DJANGO UNCHAINED
  29. DONNIE DARKO
  30. DUNKIRK
  31. EDGE OF TOMORROW
  32. ELIZABETH
  33. EMPIRE RECORDS
  34. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
  35. EVER AFTER
  36. EX MACHINA
  37. FANTASTIC MR. FOX
  38. FATHER OF THE BRIDE [1 & 2]
  39. GARDEN STATE
  40. GONE BABY GONE
  41. GOOD WILL HUNTING
  42. GRAVITY
  43. HER
  44. HIGH FIDELITY
  45. HOME ALONE
  46. I, TONYA
  47. INCEPTION
  48. INGLORIOUS BASTARDS
  49. INTERSTELLAR
  50. INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE
  51. IT
  52. JOY
  53. KILL BILL VOLUME ONE & TWO
  54. LA LA LAND
  55. LADY BIRD
  56. LOGAN
  57. LOVE ACTUALLY
  58. MEMENTO
  59. MINORITY REPORT
  60. MONEYBALL
  61. MRS. DOUBTFIRE
  62. NIGHTCRAWLER
  63. NOW AND THEN
  64. OCEAN’S 11
  65. OUTBREAK
  66. PRACTICAL MAGIC
  67. PRETTY WOMAN
  68. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
  69. PULP FICTION
  70. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE
  71. ROGUE ONE
  72. RUDY
  73. SAVING MR. BANKS
  74. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
  75. SCHINDLER’S LIST
  76. SELMA
  77. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
  78. SEVEN
  79. SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE
  80. SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
  81. SICARIO
  82. SIGNS
  83. SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
  84. SPOTLIGHT
  85. STAR WARS [ALL…YES ALL!]
  86. STEVE JOBS
  87. STILL ALICE
  88. SUPER 8
  89. THAT THING YOU DO
  90. THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT
  91. THE ARRIVAL
  92. THE BIG SHORT
  93. THE BIG SICK
  94. THE BIRDCAGE
  95. THE BREAKFAST CLUB
  96. THE DEPARTED
  97. THE DESCENDANTS
  98. THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
  99. THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
  100. THE GREEN MILE
  101. THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
  102. THE IMITATION GAME
  103. THE KING’S SPEECH
  104. THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS
  105. THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY
  106. THE LOST CITY OF Z
  107. THE MARTIAN
  108. THE PIANIST 
  109. THE POST
  110. THE PRESTIGE
  111. THE PROPOSAL
  112. THE QUEEN
  113. THE REVENANT
  114. THE RING
  115. THE SANDLOT
  116. THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
  117. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
  118. THE SIXTH SENSE
  119. THE SOCIAL NETWORK
  120. THE TRUMAN SHOW
  121. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
  122. TITANIC
  123. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
  124. UNBROKEN
  125. V FOR VENDETTA
  126. VICTORIA AND ABDUL
  127. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY
  128. WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING
  129. WILD
  130. WOMAN IN GOLD
  131. YOUNG VICTORIA
  132. YOU’VE GOT MAIL
  133. ZERO DARK THIRTY
  134. ZODIAC
  135. ZOMBIELAND

PACKING MIX + 3 PODCASTS I'M LISTENING TO

It's Monday, it's a new week and I'm feeling a little bit underwater. We're in the process of getting our house ready to be put on the market, and the thing my mind compares it to right now is a tsunami. I've known it was going to hit for sometime, but now it's here and it's hit and that tsunami is literally taking all my things and rushing them down an unexpected river roaring through my home. What's currently left in the aftermath are random piles of clothes and junk drawers and work supplies and SO MUCH home decor and art [I'm a quiet hoarder if you didn't know]. My life has been turned upside down. It's like when I tip out my junk drawer and have to organize it all. Except that junk drawer is gigantic and filled with 10 years worth of stuff.  INSERT EXPLETIVES!

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Actually though, I'm writing this after things have calmed down.  There is an end in sight, it's just going to continue to be a struggle to get there.  Today I picked out just enough clothes to last me for the next few months, and right now I should be sorting and discarding bins of makeup and toiletries [yes I have stupid amount of both] but it's strangely exhausting.  I think it's more mentally taxing than anything else, but my saving grace in all this has been music and podcasts. I've switched between two music mixes over the past week or two, one being this one of newer songs and the other being a classics mix [to be shared on another day!]. Here's the link to the Spotify mix I started: MIX 2. When I feel like I need to be ingesting something new, I turn to podcasts. I listen to more podcasts than I'll ever have time for, but the three that I've been sticking to lately are:

Couples Therapy with Candice and Casey: I've been a big fan of Casey Neistat for years, mostly through Youtube.  He's based in New York, and I love his vlogs because they bring me back home. His wife Candice is the epitome of RBF and I sort of adore her. She's super salty and funny and I love the dynamic between her and Casey. The podcast 100% isn't geared for people in relationships. It's more of an outlet for the two of them to chat about anything, and though the focus is at times something from their relationship and their past, it's more light but still informative on how people interact when in a couple.  ANYWAY, watch Caseys videos a little to get some context, but for sure listen to this podcast.  

Decoding Westworld: This really only applies if you watch Westworld, or if you've tried to watch it and couldn't get into it and gave up. Don't give up! It's so complex and fascinating. I should just write a post on Westworld in its entirety, but I make no proimses! I'm a total TV and movie nerd, and the pair who do this podcast do a number of podcasts I listen to. Dave Chen and Joanna Robinson are fantastic at breaking down some of my favorite shows and movies. But this podcast in particular completely changed how I viewed Westworld. I find a really good TV/film podcast helps you understand the show on a deeper and sometimes more intellectual level. I know this sounds so silly, but I seriously appreciate these podcasts for this reason!

Song Exploder: I love music, I listen to it constantly, and I love it infinitely more when I get to know the stories behind the songs I love. I don't know how I stumbled upon Song Exploder, but it literally does just that. Each week it takes a different song by artists from all sorts of genres, and has the artist[s] explain the development of the song, from the sound to the story behind the lyrics to how the song affected the artist. I love hearing the songs build bit by bit. Of course I get extra excited when a song I know and like pops up here, but I actually enjoy hearing the process behind music I'm unfamiliar with.

Okay, back to sorting through my life's objects. Sigh. I've had the mix [below] on while I wrote this, but now I think I'll switch back to the podcast [currently on the Song Exploder episode on one of my favorite new Arcade Fire songs]. 

MIX 2: