I have...

~ Used my Nikon
I took my old Nikon D3100 off the shelf, dusted it down and started shooting. This baby is officially a decade old. It was released in 2010, but I got mine in 2011 as a college graduation gift from my mom. Honestly though, for a 10-year old, lower-end entry-level DSLR, the image is still pretty solid. Using it reminds me that it's not about having the newest tech and the latest gear. The magic comes from the artist, not the tools. (I am not calling myself an artist, nor am I saying my photos magical, just a thought.)

~ Vacuumed out my car
I grabbed our outdoor extension cord and hooked it up to our regular vacuum, then dragged the vacuum out the front door and to the driveway so I could get the job done. Baby was in the back seat crawling around, exploring the seat belts and having the time of his life. The change of scenery was much needed for him.

~ Decluttered my desk
No shock here. I’m sure lots of people are doing extra cleaning and decluttering right now.


~ Decluttered my wardrobe
I even got some help with this one.

~ Got my life together on notion
I downloaded this productivity software months ago and deleted it because the interface was so confusing to me. Then I re-downloaded it again, and deleted it again, then finally watched some tutorials on Youtube and gave it a proper whirl... with the help of some templates. Now that i’ve got the hang of it, I love it. It’s a one-stop-shop for my calendar, my projects, my goals, my recipes, my drafts, etc. All that’a missing for me is iCal integration, but my calendar is empty at the moment anyway, so it really doesn’t even matter.

~ Read 4 books
This is more books that i read in all of 2019. Apparently it took a pandemic for me to fall back into reading books! I also finally gave into e-reading on my iPad, and even though it doesn’t come close to being as cozy as reading a physical book, it’s super convenient - especially since the libraries are closed and only offering e-loans.

~ Cleaned out empty candle jars
I’ve previously mentioned my candle obsession, and depending on how nice the jar is, I’m likely to keep and repurpose it. However, clearing out the dried up wax and soot is very time consuming. So I had a stash of soiled, burnt-out candle jars tucked away in the corner of our linen closet. I finally took an afternoon to clear them all out, and now I’ve got some cute new storage containers!

I've also been:

  • Drinking lots of wine - not a worrying amount, but at least a glass a day.
  • Cooking lots of meals, which isn't too different from normal life for me.
  • Supporting my favorite local spots and eating some good takeout.
  • Doing lots of laundry - why do i have so much loungewear??

💕

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  1. Hope you're staying safe and healthy!

    My first camera was a Nikon D3000 and I loved that camera so much. I feel like I took my best photos with that camera and all of the photos with my newer cameras have never been the same.

    Mai
    ✰ maidoesthings.com

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    1. oh wow, it's crazy to see how far entry-level DSLR cameras have come in the past 10 years. our first cameras can be bought second/third-hand for less than $100. even now, i'm considering upgrading my mirrorless setup, but all the reviews i read say the older version (my current camera) has some sort of magic in the image output that the newer ones don't.

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  2. i have done the same thing with notion. deleted and re-downloaded but I should have done what you did and watched a few tutorials and i'm sure i would have gotten the hang of it. i've been shooting around the house with my camera more and testing out video too aside from my point and shoot. just trying to keep the creative juices flowing.

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    1. yes, watch some tutorials and download some templates. it helps so much! i am hooked now.

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  3. Hey Disa!

    Glad you and the family are well. Look at the little - how time flies. I've been debating on purchasing a camera but the photo quality is awesome. I started 3 books and I'm unable to get through two- idk my mind isn't in a reading place. Wine - I enjoyed an entire bottle of Bartenua Moscato for my birthday, one glass a day won't do much. I am hoping to tackle some decluttering soon since I feel overwhelmed in my home as of recently. I miss buying candles.

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    1. thank you, beautiful!! i'm glad you had some delicious wine for your birthday. if anything, during a time like this, you should *at least* be able to have some good sips for your birthday. 💕

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  4. Same with being on a decluttering roll. So far, I've done my desk, closet/cloths, and my kitchen pantry. Next is the guest bedroom closet a.k.a. our storage room. How are you cleaning your candle jars? Just by scrubbing it down? Do you use anything else? I've got a few lingering that were too pretty to throw away as well.

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    1. oh goodness, i'm not even gonna touch the pantry. we have those terrible wire shelves which are super difficult to clean, so instead... i'm buying a new pantry door to help hide the mess. 😭

      and to clean the candles, it's a process. especially if the candle uses the cheaper wax. soy and coconut wax is easier to clean. all you need is hot water and a scrubber brush. for palm/parrafin wax (most bath&body/tjmaxx candles use these), i had to boil water, pour the water into a large bowl, and then set the candle into the bowl (not submerged), so the wax could melt. then i poured the excess into a throwaway container (NOT DOWN THE DRAIN), and used more boiling water with soap to scrub away the excess. honestly, i worked up a sweat! lol

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