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4 Reasons Why I’m a Jedi Master*

Or, 4 Reasons Why My Life Is Slightly Less Higgledy-Piggledy Than It Might Be Otherwise

1. I made my own bike bag.

So all the bags out there for bike racks are either 1) panniers, which I don’t want because that’s just inviting a lot of weird balance issues, or 2) fugly. Come on. Why is everything black and utilitarian? Fashiony ladies, help me out here. Start designing some cute bags for the back of my cute bike. In the meantime, I had to make do with my own modifications to this tote bag, which is the perfect size and shape for the back of my bike. It’s insulated like a cooler, it’s nice and tall with lots of outside pockets, AND it has a crossbody strap. I can toss all my Autumnalia in there and just take the whole bag with me once I arrive at my destination. All I did was sew a couple Velcro straps to each corner and it works like a dream. Is the stitching neat and even? No. Did I separate my fingernails from the nail beds trying to push a needle through that tough fabric before I was smart enough to use a thimble? Yes. But, you know, it works. That’s the important thing.

Kindle, phone, keys, bike lock, change of clothes…everything fits.

2. I recovered the cats’ old scratching post.

Dear Piglet, Monkey, Turkey, and Cricket: Your beloved scratching post has been restored to you. Please stop shredding the armchair. Please. With tears in my eyes, y’all. Seriously. Love, Autumn.

scratching post

Piglet enjoys the new post (after spending three hours attacking the sisal rope I was trying to wrap it with and making the whole process hideously difficult).

Anyway, I originally made this post a few years ago. The design is pretty simple if you want to do one yourself. The cats wear out the covering after about 18 months and then it needs to be sort of rehabbed, so this is the third time I’ve done this. But the structure itself is still going strong! Here’s some basic instructions if you want to build your own:

Make sure to wear gloves—sisal is ROUGH on the hands.

3. I embroidered this.

If you’re a cataloger, you’ve probably heard this slogan before. I find it’s a helpful reminder not only for the finicky work of cataloging (which requires that you interpret half a dozen complicated standards and formats with incredibly lengthy documentation), but also just for life. Stop freaking out so much over all the tiny details, guys. Be more like me. Be zen.

Sadly, I did not follow this advice when I took three dozen photos trying to get the best angle.

4. I cleaned out the car.

I don’t really have a picture of this or anything. I just felt like you needed to know.

*When I say “Jedi Master” I really mean “DIY goddess.” Same diff.

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4 Reasons Why Life is Worth Living

Or, 4 Reasons Why I Am Not Doing My Homework or Cleaning My House Like I Really Ought to Be Right Now

1. I recently discovered Pinterest.

Proceed at your own risk. No, seriously, if you have important, time-sensitive things to accomplish, don’t sign up.

2. Tomorrow is Olivia’s birthday. Which means….CAKE.

More specifically, chocolate peanut-butter ganache cake. Happy Birthday to me! Erm, I mean, Olivia. (You know I love you, Oli. As much as I love cake. Or nearly.)

3. I found deep plum velvet fabric to slipcover my Autumn-sized Goodwill chair–for six dollars.

Ok, first of all, when I sit in this chair, my feet touch the ground. Plus, it’s comfy. Plus, it was ten dollars. And then I found the perfect fabric for six dollars. WHAT!?

4. The Walking Dead is back. Encore presentation, anyone?

I have added the following to my zombie preparedness plan under Weaponry:
NOTE–Screwdriver surprisingly effective method for zombie-slaying.

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