Declutter News

Well, I’ve been hard at work on the decluttering of the wool in the craft room.


Like I thought, this potentially beautiful fleece was full of scurf. I took a lock outside and flick carded it, ending up with a pretty lock full of scurf, as well as scurf flying around and right up my nose. I may be ok with many things, but sheep dandruff up my nose is not one of them. I trashed this.


Do you see all the burlap bags to the right? I kept just under 4 ounces of gotland fleece, already washed, and began spinning it. I decided I didn’t want to spin it at all, so I set it aside to see if I can destash it in some way. The other burlap sacks contained a partially separated icelandic fleece sample, and I decided I didn’t want that, so they got trashed.

In the round washbasket there’s brown merino fleece already carded into batts. There’s a total of 8 ounces. I began spinning that on the prelude last evening, but didn’t get a photo.

In the rectangle basket at the top you’ll see grey fleece. This was one of my best fleeces, and it went really far. I thought about it for a bit, and decided my absolute favorite way of spinning this has been flick carding and then spinning on a support spindle from the flick carded lock. Since all the other yarns I’ve created from this fleece have been a gorgeous bouncy 3 ply, I have decided to ply this into a 2 ply yarn. I got a good start:


I’ll keep after this one regularly.

On the rose, I began spinning samples:


The top is navajo churro, the white below is racka, and the two at the bottom are jacob fleece. I need to get these plied. I am plying the navajo churro and the racka together since they’ll never be anything other than a coaster or something anyhow. The jacob fleece will just be a small sample yarn.


In this photo on the right is a bunch of angora fiber. I took that to Miss Marja and left it in her doorway yesterday because she’ll use it and I need it out of the house.

This weekend my dyes and crockpot will come out and I’ll get some of the undyed fiber dyed into something I can use in batts and rolags, furthering my declutter goals. This seems less nighmareish than I originally thought. And, when I can actually ENJOY some of the decluttering, by spinning wool I actually LOVE, it takes the edge off.

Mr. Ink said last evening “It’s getting harder and harder to get near you!” As I was spinning away, surrounded by boxes and bags of wool. I said “Well, I am decluttering!” He said “Spinning seems like an awfully slow way to declutter…..”

He’s right of course. But he hadn’t seen how I filled up the trash yet.

In other news, here’s a quick garden photo.


Last year I planted cannas that barely bloomed, they struggled along all year. I wasn’t sure I was even going to bother this year. But, I bothered. I have the ol’ regular tall red ones at the back, they are starting to grow. But, this time I added two different colors to my garden, and one of them is already blooming! I also have some tropical milkweed in there. Something for the hummingbirds and something for the butterflies.

That’s it for today, more to come tomorrow as I continue on my declutter journey.

Acknowledging a Problem

During my declutter of my craft room, it became clear that I’ve got to do something about all the various undyed natural fibers I’ve got in my fiber stash. At one time I was quite obsessed with prepping my own fleece, and that was great for me. However, I am not at that stage in my crafting anymore. In other times, many times really, I have been into making my own batts and rolags. My craft room is absolutely FULL of “hidden” undyed fleece and dyed fiber and add ins for interesting batts and rolags.

This is basically hidden not because I am deliberately hiding it in any way, but because it doesn’t actually reside with the rest of my yarn and fiber stash. In Mr. Ink’s den I have an area where I keep both yarn and dyed prepared fiber. I am so accustomed to walking into that room and choosing something from that cabinet that I never get around to choosing something undyed, and I rarely get around to making new batts or rolags.

So I was able to declutter that craft room to a large extent, but then had a total stall out once I started opening cabinet doors and realizing I had a serious problem with being unable to use up my hidden stash.

I am going to haul it out and present it to you. Not for the purpose of decluttering it, I’ll be keeping most of it. But for the purpose of identifying what I have. And then, once I spin a bump of regular prepared fiber, I need to find a way to move what I have into handspun yarn or into fiber that is prepped/dyed in such a way that it makes it into my regular fiber stash.

Now, I’ve already moved away from dyeing my own fiber. I still have dyes, so I can still dye some of it, but I am done with purchasing new dyes so those colors will be limited. I also only have a crock pot to dye with now, I decluttered the remainder of my dyeing supplies a few years back. It’s just not a passion of mine, and I know I won’t be taking it up with any expertise or intention toward that. But, if I get some of these things dyed, I’ll be able to use them in batts and rolags.

New summer goal for this year, move undyed fiber stash and colorful add ins into my regular fiber stash by making batts or rolags, or make it yarn. Plus, it should make for interesting blogging, right? Anyhow, let’s see what I’ve got going on in my “hidden” stash. (For the record, I’ve been saying for years “it’s not that much.” And it isn’t, for someone who is processing fleece regularly. But when I haven’t touched it in 3 years, it’s suddenly a whole lot!)


Here are two CVM Romeldale fleeces. The one on top is much larger than that on the bottom. They are both washed, as I made sure to wash everything before I moved 3 years ago. It was a wise goal, but it would have been nice to have touched some of this since. Anyhow, these are both pretty full of vegetable matter, they aren’t the best. But they are worth working through I think. There’s a lot of flick carding to be done here! The bottom one isn’t washed in a way that preserved lock structure, I didn’t have that ability at the time I washed it. So there will be a large amount of waste associated with it. The top one less so, As I had created my fleece washing box when I washed that one, and it was in use. The fleece washing box is now long gone, it went to Mr. Ink who took it apart to make a device to sift dirt with. I guess in the end it served its purpose more than once.


This is a Romney fleece, or part of one. It’s one of those situations where one learns to maybe not purchase fleece on the internet unless you really trust the seller. And, maybe to wash a test bit immediately and then see how it goes. I think this fleece is full of scurf. I need to flick card a bit to find out. If it is, this’ll be going in the trash. I have no interest in working through that, despite the fact it is otherwise a gorgeous fleece.


Here’s a whole load of various fibers in various dyed states. More to be dyed, tons to work through and create yarn, or batts, or rolags. This looks pretty overwhelming to me. All that red? It was given to me by one of my international conference attendees. I have decided that I would like to spin some up and give it back to her in October. So, I’ll yank some of that out and spin it up pretty quickly I think. I just have to keep that at the forefront of my brain.


This photo is of a basket of samples. This is super cute because I can see that at some point way back when, I was trying to keep Miss Butterfly occupied by having her make post it notes with the names of the wool on them. This is my project number 1. I will flick card and sample spin some, and the rest I’ll flick card and dye for add ins. Here’s a secret, there’s some in there that are already flick carded! Bonus.



On the left top is the remains of a CVM Romeldale fleece that I purchased and processed. It’s a truly lovely fleece, Much of this fleece was spun into yarn that was used for the edging of my huge lizard ridge blanket:

Other parts of it made it into a dye pot, then into batts that were spun along the way. But I still have quite a lot left because one fleece goes a LONG way. Seriously though, this was one of my favorite fleeces to work with. It was a great investment, even if there’s still some hanging around.

Below that there’s this STUNNING black wool and unfortunately I don’t even remember what it is anymore. It’s definitely a longwool. The white batts are leftovers from a jacob fleece, I processed awhile back, I don’t even know what to do with them anymore. These I tend to hand out pretty freely when someone is learning to spin. All around that are more various samples of things to try and spin.


Guess what? MORE SAMPLES!


This one is from a Corriedale fleece that I spun and knit into a featherweight cardigan. I still have more 2 ply laceweight from this. It’s a beautiful fleece with hints of grey. It’s washed, it’s flick carded, and it would be easy to dye for add ins, but it’s also so pretty that I am not sure I want to. I bet this is one of the last things I work with.


And finally, Border Leicester dyed locks on the left, and angora I cannot use on the right. (I am allergic to angora, not that there’s something wrong with the angora.)

You know, now that I’ve hauled it all out, I think there is quite a lot I’d be ok with parting with. I think tomorrow I should get some weights and post what I’d be willing to part with in case anyone is interested.

In any case, Mr. Ink took a look at all I’d hauled out and raised an eyebrow. I said “I am working on admitting I have a problem.” And he just laughed. That being said, this is mostly a problem I created before he and I moved to the new home, it’s not a problem that has been building over 3 years. So, I don’t think this is a bad habit I have to break. It’s just time to declutter, use, and acknowledge the sunk cost fallacy going on here.

In Knitting

I scheduled yesterday’s post, and am scheduling this post, so writing on Tuesday. Monday was one of those odd but somewhat expected days in the middle of the midwest. During the day we ended up with strong storms that popped up entirely out of nowhere and quite unexpectedly. Then we were under tornado watch and strong thunderstorm warnings for the remainder of the evening as well.

Miss Butterfly and I had plans when I got home. We wanted to make strawberry shortcake, and declutter my handbags. Spoiler alert, I got into the cedar chest where I keep my handbags, and realized there wasn’t any to declutter. Anyhow, we spent the first bit of time after I got home cleaning up everything in the yard, moving handbaskets, putting away patio furniture, etc. Thankfully she’d already walked the dog, and was a big help running around with me as we anticipated strong winds and hail.

All in all we did ok in the storm, it wasn’t a joke but we didn’t have hail or a power outage this time. Everyone in our household was at home and safe rather than trying to get home. It was a decent outcome. It got dark as night outside, so we ended up watching a movie straight away, knowing that we might be interrupted due to power loss. We did also make that strawberry shortcake which was a lovely treat.

Anyhow, in knitting, here are a few things I am working on. I mentioned that I was going to make a featherweight cardigan out of the purple/green combo spin I recently completed. Here’s the start of that:


It’s moving right along as you can clearly see. It’s been a lot of fun working on this one. And I am now at miles and miles of stockinette mode, which is exactly where I wanted to be.

I also began this sock:


I have paired a more solid olive green color with a variegated color to create this sock. It’s lovely! I am switching colors every row. This is currently my work project. I have over half a skein of both colors, so I figured I’d pair them up to get the most out of each skein.

That’s all I’ve got for knitting projects right now, and I don’t currently have anything on my wheel. However, I might be able to get a photo of that embroidery project and explain why I can’t seem to throw it out and move on. Stay tuned….

What’s Not Working


Just a quick check in. What started all my decluttering on Sunday was this. I grabbed these three items to get a photograph because they aren’t working for me. When that photograph was taken, I trashed them and began to declutter more hardcore.

For me, part of project pan is to use items regularly to get a good idea as to if that item works or doesn’t work for my routine. Only two of these items are in my summer project pan, the other can’t even make it into a pan.

On the left, my 11 year old Miss Dior perfume has got to go. It is so old it’s discolored, and it doesn’t smell like it used to. To be perfectly honest, the reason it lasted this long was that it wasn’t my favorite fragrance in the first place! And furthermore, it kind of brings back memories that aren’t the most pleasant, from way back when I received it. So it’s not working for me, I gave it over a month of every day use and now it has to go. I tossed it.

In the middle is It Cosmetics bye bye under eye concealer. I tried using this for a bit, figuring I’d use it up. It’s a sample size after all, and there was a lot of air in the container so I knew it wouldn’t take long to use despite the fact a little goes a long way. Then every day during work I’d get annoyed because I’d have severe mascara transfer to the under eye area. I switched mascaras, I even almost threw out bad gal bang, my most favorite lower lash mascara! Until I realized that it didn’t matter which mascara I wore out of the three I was switching, I got transfer with all of them despite the fact that I set the concealer with powder. The culprit HAD to be the concealer. So that’s it, a concealer that does this to me isn’t even worthy of a project pan appearance. I tossed it.

Then there’s the Elbow Grease from Lush. I decided I was going to work on using this, despite the fact I do not like the strong fragrance. Lush advertises that in addition to using it on super dry elbows and feet during the winter, one can use it on tattoos to make them look particularly nice. So, since it’s summer and I am not having a particular problem with dry elbows and feet, I decided to use it on my tattoo. And that’s when the problems started. If I used this in the morning, by the afternoon I’d have HUGE whitehead zits all over my tattoo. It was so weird! And…ugly. And not particularly comfortable. I let everything straighten out, tried again, and the same thing happened. So I can honestly say this is a product that my skin hates, and as such, it doesn’t belong in a project pan, it belongs in the trash.

When panning, if the decision is to completely let go of the item, that still counts as a success, in my opinion. So, current pan count for summer is up by 2 items, and one item decluttered from my collection.

I’ll probably post a summer project pan update next week sometime, despite the fact it’ll be a little bit on the early side. I will be on vacation, and as such, it’ll be a good time to pull everything together, get things weighed, and get photographs if necessary.

Just a couple more photos for you. Miss Butterfly spent Sunday morning practicing makeup. She’s now mastered a winged eyeliner. For her next trick, she’ll have to try making them match.

I’ll have to remind her at some point that winged liner on hooded eyes means no eyeshadow can be seen. But she’s just having fun practicing, so I am not going to put too fine a point on it.

That’s it for today! Happy Tuesday!


Sunday morning got a rocky start. I had stayed up late on Saturday night, then the dog and the storms woke me up early Sunday morning. I admit, I was a bit grumpy and testy but also ready to get stuff done around the house. I washed all the windows outside before the weather got really hot. I did a bunch of knitting. I soaked and wrung out this spinning:


This is 400 yards of 2 ply yarn, spun on my support spindles. I didn’t worry too much on this skein about the thickness of the singles, and I plied it quite lightly. So it’s nice and rustic looking. The colors are really gentle. It’s got that particular fuzzy look that woolen spun yarn gets. It’s a lovely second finish of the weekend and I am happy to have it in my collection.

Miss Butterfly and I also decided to do some major decluttering. My craft room is quite a mess, and truthfully, I am also not doing nearly as much crafting as I had, and when I decided I enjoyed makeup, I put all my makeup stuff in there. So, when you add another hobby to an already cluttered and disorganized room, things sort of feel out of hand. I hadn’t really gone through much in the 3 years we’ve been in the house, so it was time. We moved some things to the basement, identified others that could go in the basement once we found an appropriate box for them, took everything out of the closet and reorganized in there, it was great! We even took every handbag I stored in that closet and pulled every last bit and bob out of them, putting them in a box for sorting. Miss Butterfly was a HUGE help in all this, and really also enjoyed herself.

Then we went after my drawers in there which are a combination of important papers, jewelry, and sewing type supplies. We did a bunch of decluttering there too, and organized everything in a manner which means I have a lot more room in each drawer and can actually access everything.

Not willing to stop there, we tackled the hallway linen closet. We were able to convince Mr. Ink that he really didn’t need the suntan lotion in there that he made us keep 3 years ago as no one uses suntan lotion anymore, and he hasn’t used it in the 3 years we’ve been here. We also convinced him that tums that expired in 2003 is an inappropriate item to keep. He acted amazed that these could have expired that long ago, but I had mentioned it 3 years ago! Then we went for the bathroom cupboard, but unfortunately I decluttered that about a year ago and have kept up on it, so there wasn’t much to do in there. One more section got worked on yesterday, a drawer in my bedroom where I also keep important papers, stuffing them in there when they arrive and not looking at them again. As well as that drawer being a bit of a catch all area for other stuff I don’t have a clear idea what to do with. It was great to get that area completed too, and I was able to identify another section of the house that hasn’t been worked on in awhile, so we’ll try to hit that one up this evening. We LOVE decluttering! Oh, we also decluttered Miss Butterfly’s collection of nail polishes, though we only tossed 3. And then painted our nails.

So anyhow, all in all it was a pretty good day, especially after I’d had a nap. Hah. We’ve got some plans together this evening as well, strawberry shortcake making being one of them. We are also looking forward to a little time off at home next week, Mr. Ink and I decided we needed to have some stay at home/hang with Miss Butterfly time before the rest of her summer commences. So we’ve planned accordingly next week.

OH-and after that, Miss Butterfly has challenged me to a week of no knitting and spinning. She has two goals here. She wants to know if I can do it. And also, she thinks that perhaps if I can’t knit or spin, I’ll complete the embroidered pillowcase that’s been in my craft room stash since before she was born. 🙂 More on that to come….



Sunday Morning

Sunday mornings are for telling you what I did yesterday. First off, we headed to a garden art show put on by a friend of mine. I missed it completely last year so I was eager to go this year. I already knew what I was going to get too, I’d been waiting on this for two years. While I knew I could just contact the artist and get the item any time, there’s also something fun about waiting and anticipating that new addition to your yard.

In this case, it’s a rain gauge.

It’s got a lovely coppery vine with flowers running up it, and those flowers have purple beads inside. Then, it may be hard to see but there’s a glass water droplet coming from the spout. This is the same artist who made our monster and our spider two years ago, let’s see if I can find those photos:


Well, I can’t find a photo of the copper spider, but this is my garden monster. This same artist also had a fantastic metal chicken that was also a planter, I may have to pick up one of those someday. But also, next year I should spread the love and choose something from another artist I suppose.

I also finished up my spinning project. I have 310 yards of the chain ply yarn and 330 yards of the traditional 3 ply. Can you tell which is which?

These turned out beautifully, I think. The chain ply still looks a little muddy because the wool was dyed in such a speckled manner. It’ll be fun to figure out what to do with these two.

In the evening, Miss Butterfly was off at a party with her dad and stepmom, and Mr. Ink was at a concert. I stayed home and was quite pleased with my decision. It was super hot and muggy and being at an outdoor concert would have been annoying. I decided to stay in, knit, and watch netflix. Except, I only got through 2 episodes of a show before I got bored. I am really not good at sitting and watching TV right now. But, I  did get a fair bit of knitting done on that handspun featherweight cardi I’ve been talking about knitting.

This morning for the second morning in a row I woke up to storms. It’s a great way to wake up since it means I’ve woken up with the realization that one chore for the day is off the list. Having thoroughly watered plants at the start of the day is fantastic. It’s going to be another hot one today, more heat and humidity. But I’ve been fairly productive and I’ve got a lot to show off on the blog this week. Good stuff!


Let’s Maybe Add a Title Today

I have never been a lipstick wearer. Well, as we’ve discussed for a long time I wasn’t a makeup wearer. But, even when I was younger and did wear makeup, lipstick was 100% not my thing. I’d wear a full face of makeup and ignore my lips. Why? Because all lipsticks gave me a sore throat. I tried to stick to brands that were supposed to be hypoallergenic and/or fragrance free. I tried many a Clinique lipstick and no matter what, I had a sore throat that would last all darn day.

Now many years have gone by, and formulas change just as trends change. So I figured I’d give it a try again. The first thing I got was a Clinique Chubby Stick balm in a package deal, and just like clockwork, I had the lipstick sore throat.

Then, after watching a youtuber talk up Flower Beauty Petal Pout lipsticks, I figured I’d pick up one or two of those and give them a try. I mean, the price is good, so why not? I picked up a matte formula and a cream formula. Surprisingly enough, while the matte formula did give me the sore throat, the cream formula did not. I gave the matte formula to Miss Butterfly.

Then, while shopping at Ulta, I was given a liquid lipstick at checkout. It was completely unexpected. But when I tried it on, I realized that there was no sore throat to it at all. So-something must have changed, and it’s nice to know that I can maybe wear some lip products now with comfort. And I began amassing a collection. It’s still pretty small, but here it is:


Left to right…

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm (Super Strawberry)- I really like having this on hand, the gentle wash of color when I don’t feel like doing a full lip liner and lipstick routine is just the thing, and it truly does feel like a balm. Very moisturizing. I’ve learned that I really don’t like crayon style lip products, but since this is a balm, it doesn’t bother me as much. However, it’s got the pesky sore throat thingy going on for me, and my throat is mildly sore the entire time I’ve got it on. It gets old. Really old.

Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint (Exposed)- This was my first ever matte liquid lipstick. And, I guess you could say I like it, since I used it up immediately. I even featured it on one of my empties, but have since yanked out the stopper to scrape the remainders from the sides. I MIGHT have two applications left after this swatch. I love the color on this as well. It’s long wearing, the color is great, and I get absolutely no sore throat associated with it at all.

Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint (OG)- So, because I loved the sample size I received unexpectedly one day at ulta, I decided to purchase a full size. I did purchase this one half price, which made it a reasonable amount to spend on a lip product. BUT, the color selection was limited. And this one does NOT do me any favors. It’s too light and it’s too cool toned to look good on me. I’ve handed this one over to Miss Butterfly, who has a much lighter complexion and cool tones look great on her. She’s the lucky winner of this lipstick! Hah.  I may just have to go back and get myself the color I like next time, but there are so many other lipsticks in my collection now that it can wait.

Here’s a quick selfie I took for Miss Butterfly with OG on, this was when I realized it didn’t really work for me.


Buxom Full On Lip Polish (Celeste)- I received this one in one of my subscription boxes. I had never tried any type of plumping formula, and was seriously nervous it would irritate. As it turns out, I LOVE that minty tingly formula! As you can see, this one has very little color to it, though it does have sparkle. I’ve used it as a lipstick topper from time to time, though it sometimes makes the lipstick under it slide a bit. I think this will get featured in an upcoming project pan soon. Had I thought it through, I would have added this one for summer, as it would have worked perfectly.

Buxom Full On Lip Polish (Sophia)- I purchased this one because I wanted a full size of the product I’d learned to love through trial size. But, I also wanted something with color payoff. I am super happy with this particular purchase and use it regularly. Sometimes over top a base, but often just on its own.

Flower Beauty Petal Pout (Coral Crush)- I purchased this in March for an event I was working at. I knew I’d be wearing a fantastic coral colored top and wanted a lipstick that looked good with it. I really like this lipstick, it looks great on me as bright warm colors tend to do, and I also like the formula since it doesn’t give me that sore throat situation. The staying power of this one is nothing to write home about, I do have to reapply. But, it’s the cream formula so that’s a little bit to be expected.

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte (655 Daringly Nude)- There was a youtube video I watched on the best nude lip products, and this one was featured. It looked so nice to me. I figured for the price it would be a great one to add to my collection, and I really do like it. This one gives me a hint of sore throat but it goes away within 10 minutes so I can wear it all day if I can get over the initial application.

L’Oreal Infallible Paints (Fearless Fuchsia)- I tried this one originally off a little card of samples I received of this product. With, for the record, an outdated coupon. That was funny. Anyhow, I tried all 3 colors and realized this really bright pink was the one that looked great on me. I purchased a full size in order to wear in general, but also for the Alabama wedding. This one has an initial sore throat thing going on but it does wear off for me. Funny extra story, I put this on my mom as well for the wedding, and the shade turned into a pretty dark berry color. I have no idea what was going on there! But, she says that has always happened to her. It’s a completely different color depending on which of us wears it, so crazy.

Beauty Creations Long Wear Matte Lipgloss (Kiss Me)- I received this full sized liquid lipstick in one of my subscription boxes. I have worn it once. I find it sticky. I also find the color not to be great on me. It may be that it’s a cooler toned color, and may look best on Miss Butterfly, we’ll see. This one, I think, gives my lips the illusion of being thinner than they are. I think things that pull cool toned do that for me. I should add this one to an upcoming shop my stash for a week and decide if I want to keep it or hand it over to Miss Butterfly.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (Jeffree)- Another higher end half price offering I picked up. There was only one color choice and this was it. But, because I like brights and wanted to try it, I figured I would give it a go. I’ve heard some mixed reviews about this formula. But, from a post 3 days ago where I was wearing it, you’ll realize that I ended up really liking the color. As for the formula, jury’s still out. I’ll decide that later. Upon initial application, this one looks patchy and I have to build it up. But, that also may be because it’s bright and my lips are darker, it may need a good lip liner under it.

Here’s the selfie from that lovely bright color:


Stila Color Balm Lipstick (Savannah)- The last half-price offering I picked up. The color on this one is pretty dark brown, and has JUST enough warmth to it to look ok on me. It is described as a cool toned brown but I can get away with it. Which is great because this one is by far my favorite of my recent purchases. This one has peppermint oils and has that great balm feel that I love. But, it has the color payoff that works as a serious lipstick too. I DO initially get that sore throat thing going on with it, but it wears off quickly.

I also grabbed a selfie with this new favorite for Miss Butterfly. You’ll see I managed to smile when taking a photo with a lipstick I actually like!


So, I am beginning to conclude that traditional style lipsticks tend to give me the sore throat, but many of them now don’t leave me with an all-day sore throat. It must be something that goes in the stick formula. However, liquid lipsticks tend to not do this to me at all. I am going to continue to explore different formulas I think, but only if they are on sale in some way. And I’ll try to be better about reading descriptions and staying away from cool toned colors. At least now I can wear lipsticks, and even kind of like them! My lipstick game is woefully out of practice though, and I need to add some different lip liner colors to my collection too. It’s a learning process. And because I don’t wear lipsticks at home, I have less time to really play and practice with them. I just throw them on once I get in to work and then touch up at lunchtime and call it good.

That’s it for makeup related stuff this weekend. Tomorrow, spinning! It’s only Saturday morning but I’ve accomplished so much as we had a family movie night last night.