Good Time Girl.

This weekend, Flea was visiting her Dad, and then headed off for a night with Grandma and Grandad. 

My best friend is in town and we were faced with the thrilling – nay, dizzying – prospect of a whole weekend to cut loose and do whatever we liked. What to do? 

Well, first off, I alphabetised the DVD collection (sub-dividing into feature films and box-sets, obviously): 


Then I upped the ante and spent a thrilling hour matching up all my Converse and giving them a quick clean: 


After that, I let the good times keep on rollin' and sorted out all the toy baskets. For some weird reason, Flea doesn't share my belief in the importance of keeping small animals and action figures separately, so I took the opportunity to demonstrate how much better things look when they're in their RIGHT place. 


I tidied the fridge. I went through my overflowing desk drawers and shredded enough paper to fill three big black sacks. I backed up my hard drive – twice to external hard drives and then a THIRD time to cloud storage. I know! Crazy, right?  

And then came the highlight of our weekend.

If you've ever read the fantastic Motley Crue biography, The Dirt, then my weekend makes THEIR weekends look tame. Oh yes. This is the kind of thrill-seeking that makes Motley Crue look like Terry and June.

Yep. After the abject failure of my To-Do lists to make me, well, do anything in recent weeks, I bought myself a white board. It's a thing of beauty. Look upon it and be dazzled. 


Then we sat in my lounge where I marvelled at being able to sit on the floor without feeling a single stray piece of Lego or Playmobil piercing me in the backside, and watched a movie.


And then we went for a walk at 2am, and lay on the floor and looked up through the trees. For no reason other than the fact that I COULD. Take that, Tommy Lee. 

Some people may feel that this post indicates that I am now basically sad and middle-aged and some may even dare to suggest that I'm a complete bit of a control freak.

But I feel SO relaxed. Life's been so chaotic and unpredictable lately, and some days I feel like I'm just barely hanging on to it by my fingernails. And I can't think of anything that soothes that sort of angst more effectively than knowing everything is Just So. 

I'm totally Rock and Roll. Right? 


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. susie@newdaynewlesson
    20th November 2011 / 7:10 pm

    Sounds like a little piece of heaven… 🙂

  2. 20th November 2011 / 7:39 pm

    Ooh I want a white board. On the other hand my Filofax has it all and more and I’m still not doing the stuff I put on the lists. Ms Losinit of Overwhelmington

  3. 20th November 2011 / 7:48 pm

    Hope you manage to keep hold of the calm feeling for a while yet!

  4. TheBoyandMe
    20th November 2011 / 8:28 pm

    That looks incredibly organised. I need hubby & The Boy to give me an afternoon so that I can sort out our house, it’s just madness.

  5. 20th November 2011 / 8:30 pm

    At what point did you throw the TV out of the window?

  6. 20th November 2011 / 8:58 pm

    At my rate I’d need a week to accomplish all that. Wow!
    Love the collection of Converses! 🙂

  7. 20th November 2011 / 9:07 pm

    Ha – I love it!
    I don’t care whether the plastic toys are segregated or not but noone comes between me and my trusty whiteboard OR my several oragnisational notebooks 😉

  8. 20th November 2011 / 9:08 pm

    or even organisational notebooks!
    Clearly I’m also a control freak about spelling.

  9. 20th November 2011 / 9:11 pm

    you are SOOOOO rock and roll!!!!!!! Awake at 2am on a Saturday night??!! I was in bed asleep by 10pm……
    I also love your toy box organisational skills but then I am borderline OCD about such stuff 😉

  10. 20th November 2011 / 9:58 pm

    Don’t worry, you are what I used to be before I became well and truly middle-aged and gave in to the inevitable chaos that the rest of my family intimidate me with. I have a 2 week menu for the kids on my white-board and I stick to it most of the time. It saves me thinking about it and trying to remember what they had last night!
    PS I am jealous that you have that many colours of converse!

  11. 20th November 2011 / 10:28 pm

    Well, so long as you promise not to make a mess…

  12. 20th November 2011 / 10:28 pm

    I stopped looking in my Filofax. And my PDA. And phone. And Outlook. But this is the kitchen – I can’t miss it!

  13. 20th November 2011 / 10:29 pm

    It’s impossible to achieve while children are in the house.

  14. 20th November 2011 / 10:29 pm

    I just dusted it. More rock and roll. Probably.

  15. 20th November 2011 / 10:29 pm

    Ah, my shoes. I should probably own more grown-up shoes but, well, I don’t.

  16. 20th November 2011 / 10:29 pm

    Control freaks are welcome here, amigo.

  17. 20th November 2011 / 10:30 pm

    I am not OCD. I am completely normal, despite what my best friend might say.

  18. 20th November 2011 / 10:30 pm

    I will never give in. I find mess REALLY stressful, I can’t bear it!

  19. 20th November 2011 / 11:15 pm

    White boards are the best! We got one to keep a record of all our jobs on a few weeks ago, and it’s a great way of keeping sight of everything.
    And I LOVE the collection of converse!
    Oh, and on Saturday night I was in a hotel with 9 of my girlfriends. There was wine. All of us were in bed and asleep before midnight. Yes, we’re THAT rock and roll!

  20. 21st November 2011 / 9:51 am

    Oh I completely get that. You can face the world again when all that is organised and done.
    Who cares if it’s odd 🙂 (And… well…)

  21. 21st November 2011 / 9:57 am

    I am green with envy on so many accounts. Can you imagine the chaos in my house? I tried to bring order to it last week pending the visits of both my in laws and my 15yo’s girlfriend (for the first time) on Saturday. My mother in law is a mess magnet, she sits at the table in my kitchen and stuff piles up around her. She was lucky to survive. This week I shall be taking a room at a time and imposing order in anticipation of the festive season…if anyone objects I shall set my eldest upon them, we call him the Cod (mainly cos I mispronounced OCD at him when he was reorganising the supermarket trolleys). Sally, this post made me drool…I long for such order. Apologies for lengthy comment.

  22. Vic
    21st November 2011 / 9:58 am

    Sally, I’d like to invite you to stay at mine for a week or two – my life needs this kind of attention!

  23. Mummy Mania
    21st November 2011 / 10:59 am

    My idea of bliss! Besides – rock’n’rocl is all about doing exactly what you want – so you;re up there as a real grooving chick.

  24. 21st November 2011 / 11:13 am

    (1) you have toooooooo many Converse – says she who has none 😉
    I do have about 16 pairs of MBTs though 🙂
    (2) You are far too tidy – compared to me 😉
    (3) that lounge looks like something out of a magazine – I want one!!!
    Great post – I NEED a tidy weekend – I have about 6 months worth of post to open 🙁
    Liska xxx

  25. cherished by me
    21st November 2011 / 1:06 pm

    As you are so obviously good at it, could you come and organise me now please. 🙂 I’m at that arghhh everything is so messy stage and whatever I do nothing improves it!
    Enjoy your bit of calm. 🙂

  26. 21st November 2011 / 8:19 pm

    I see me on that board with my pet name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Happiness for ever

  27. 21st November 2011 / 11:25 pm

    Amazing weekend! The job I’m returning to in December basically allows me to use a whiteboard, multi-coloured post-its and sometimes even a flipchart to organise other people. I’m a lucky woman.

  28. 22nd November 2011 / 12:05 am

    Ah, I had a weekend of stupidly late nights. And now I sort of want to lay down and die. I’m too old for this staying up late talking nonsense.

  29. 22nd November 2011 / 12:06 am

    Oooh. I love the prospect of a good challenge. Of course I say that because I have one child and no husband. Even I might quake in the face of a large and lively family!

  30. 22nd November 2011 / 12:07 am

    1. There is no such thing.
    2. There is no such thing.
    3. Only by firelight.

  31. 22nd November 2011 / 12:07 am

    I am feeling SO calm, still. I do love a good tidy.

  32. 22nd November 2011 / 12:08 am

    Er, yes, of course. You’re in my heart, you’re on my whiteboard, TT.

  33. NonChavYoungMum
    22nd November 2011 / 4:30 pm

    Wow- major Converse collection jealousy! Slightly off topic but love the wallpaper behind the white shelves, where’s it from? And you’re right, things do look better in their right place. I love the moment when Esmae’s in bed, her toys are away and there’s just… silence.

  34. 22nd November 2011 / 6:37 pm

    Erm. How can I put this? I’ll break it gently. Obviously I wasn’t going to be the first to comment because what I have to say could cause alarm. But. Brace youself. Here’s the situation – there’s a DVD on your bookshelf called Bandslam. It’s facing the wrong way.
    *sniggers a bit more*
    *collapses in a heap*

  35. 22nd November 2011 / 6:39 pm

    Obviously, OBVIOUSLY, I cannot let that kind of slur go unchallenged.
    There’s a reason. The box to that DVD is broken and if I have it the right way you can see it’s broken. My aversion to broken-ness outweighs the direction issue but I’m sure you can imagine the careful thought that went into that choice, and the time spent examining the issue from all angles.

  36. 22nd November 2011 / 7:07 pm

    Isn’t the fact that you actually have Bandslam on DVD much more concerning that the way it’s facing 😉

  37. 22nd November 2011 / 7:26 pm

    I am jealous. Firstly of your converse collection, and secondly of that whiteboard! Inspired i mean, not jealous…. honest.

  38. 24th November 2011 / 10:03 am

    I love the white board idea.
    I’ve been toying with the notion of creating a mock blackboard, pinboard, or wipeboard on one of my bedroom walls for to-dos and ideas. I’m torn between it helping me sleep, and it keeping me awake, plus whether in execution it will actually look very naff.
    Anyway, must go, I’m off to disinfect my skirting boards (I so wish that was a joke).

  39. 25th November 2011 / 9:11 am

    What are the skirting boards infected with, exactly?

  40. 25th November 2011 / 9:11 am

    Arf. I do love a good pair of Converse.

  41. 25th November 2011 / 9:12 am

    No, I was just glad you didn’t notice the whole Hangover/Hot Fuzz DISASTER.

  42. 25th November 2011 / 9:12 am

    Umm, somewhere incredibly cool like… Homebase?

  43. Lesley
    5th February 2012 / 11:22 pm

    There’s nothing more we like than sorting the sock drawer. Who cares if it’s not rock’n’roll.