This past week saw something magical here at The New Pad: I started and finished a project. One cabinet in the rumpus room has been painted and cleaned and filled. And it’s gorgeous.


Even though I’ve finished more than a few projects at home, there are countless others still awaiting my attention. And it’s far too easy to slip down the rabbit-hole of depression over all that unfinished business. I know. I live with that dark temptation every day. Now if you’re thinking to yourself, “Well Mikki – why don’t you just finish those danged projects and be done already?”, well, I’ll tell ya. Time and money, friends. Every single thing around us takes time and money. And getting one thing done means avoiding something else. Which is fine, of course, but it still equals unfinished business.


In order to live with the half-begun-ness that is my world, I am working on my tunnel vision. Because, you know, if I don’t see it, it’s not there. The problem seems to be my excellent peripheral vision. That is keeping me from seeing only what I choose to see. So now I’m wondering if I should order some of those pony blinders that horses wear during parades and the like. (Technically, they’re called horse blinkers, in case you were wondering or were planning on schooling me.) Maybe if I wore them they would make me look like a half-ass pirate or something. I don’t think I’d mind being a half-ass pirate, instead of a whole-ass one. Wouldn’t have to change my entire vocabulary or anything. And I could still bathe regularly. Hmm. Have to think about that one.


In the meantime, it’s very inspiring to look at my handiwork. One cabinet down. Makes me want to finish the bar cabinets as well. Eventually. Right now, all I can see is the work I’ve finished. Those pony blinders are working great!

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