Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What I Learned In September

The weather in my neck of the woods is not fall-like. Instead we've had a resurgence of heat, the kind that makes you irritable and itchy - even with the AC cranked. September, nonetheless, is rapidly coming to a close. Linking up with Emily Freeman and her What I Learned series. 

Photo from a recent hike. 

1. There is something far, far better than shelf paper. When we moved into our house, I put shelf paper in the bathroom and kitchen cabinets and drawers. It was frustrating and the end result wasn't very pretty. No matter how hard I tried, there were wrinkles in the paper and everything looked a little wonky. A friend suggested using double stick tape instead of pulling off the sticky back, so I tried that. Still, no bueno. 

Then, I was at a friend's house and saw this stuff. Eureka! It's non-adhesive, so you don't have to worry about wrinkles or air bubbles. It's also clear, which means aesthetically preferable to the regular shelf paper patterns. The label says it's "premium," which of course means it's more expensive than regular shelf paper, but trust me - it's worth it. (Also, have you seen the price of regular contact paper recently? Egads!)

2. The Target near Disneyland has great Disney souvenirs. The other day I was in Target returning something when I overheard this exchange between the cashier and a customer. The customer said she was going to Disneyland and the employee chimed in that she should buy her souvenirs at the nearby Target. The employee said that because of it's location, that particular Target has a wide selection of Disney items for a price far below what's offered at the park itself. Makes sense! I'm not headed to Disneyland, but, this seems like a good tip to keep in your back pocket. Eavesdropping has benefits!

3. It's about perspective, not bricks. I had heard this story before, but recently ran across it again and it bears repeating. There were three bricklayers. They were each asked, “What are you doing?” The first answered, “I’m laying bricks.” The second said, “I’m building a wall.” The third said, “I’m raising the house of God.” The first bricklayer had a job. The second had a career. The third had a calling. What are you building with your bricks today?

Happy last few days of September, friends. 

1 comment:

  1. When I toured cathedrals in the UK, they often talked about small details done by artists during the construction -- carvings, verses, or writing -- that the casual observer would never notice, and frequently would never even be able to see. It was something done by the mason/artist/etc as a gesture of ownership, or a small token for God. I love that!

    - K.