The Filing System that changed my LIFE.

OK. So I’m aware that this sounds totally nutso and crazy, but this system changed my LIFE. It keeps me organized and on task when it’s so easy for me to get distracted in my job and my life. It all began with a typical Robert/Livia phone call discussing anything and everything. Robert mentioned a filing system he’d recently read about (probably during one of his Bobst visits) that he found interesting. Honestly, I don’t even remember what the filing system was, but I then took the idea and adapted it to what I thought would be helpful for my life. The system is essentially a hybrid of a planner and a way to keep all my scraps of paper organized.

This doesn't look super exciting, but it IS.
This doesn’t look super exciting, but it IS.

The main idea is that each day gets its own file folder. (Sidenote: the majority of the file folders used for this system were leftover from my days in the office in when I lived in the suburbs of Boston. I remember that Maegan was going to just throw these perfectly good file folders out, so I took them and they remained in the same Stop & Shop reusable bag until I recently cleaned out my entire room so my parents could install hardwood floors. I then rediscovered the folders, put them in the proper place in my office, and then when I needed a bunch of file folders for this system, I pulled them out and put them to use! Hoarding for the win!)

Anyway, back to the system. Each day gets its own file folder. Also, there’s a folder for each month. The label maker became my best friend during this process and I firmly believe that if it weren’t for this beautiful gold with white print label tape, this system may not have come to fruition. Then, any actionable item goes in that day’s file folder. Picking up shoes from the shoe repair shop on the 18th? The pick up stub goes in the 18th’s folder. That way, you remember to pick up the shoes (it once took me months to remember my cowboy boots were at the shoe repair shop) and you have the necessary documentation for the pick up.

File folder #18 in action!
File folder #18 in action!

Also, inside each folder is a piece of paper where I can write reminders/create a to do list for that day. If I wanted to wait until a certain day in my credit card’s billing cycle to book a plane ticket? I can put it on the to do list for that day! (That’s where the system is like a planner of sorts.)

Additionally, I put any and all receipts from that day (or whichever day I decided to clean out my purse/wallet) into that day’s folder. This is one of the main ways this changed my life. I am a recovering receipt hoarder. I get it from my mom, the queen of receipt hoarders. So, I put the receipts in the folder and forget about them until that day rolls around next month. It’s much easier for me to get rid of a receipt when it’s been a month since that purchase. If for some reason, I think I may still need the receipt, I leave it in the folder for another month, or I move it to one of my month-labeled folders.

Anyway, the system keeps me on task, and even if I have a lazy day, it’s much easier to get back on track. That and the paper management make this system a major win for me.

Moving on to books… So, I’m STILL reading Dragonfly in Amber. And, not gonna lie, the main reason that I’m even at 72% is that I’ve been listening to the audiobook when in the car. I think it will be awhile before I pick up the next in the series. I think the snail’s pace I’m reading the books at is primarily because it takes me too long to get engrossed in the world. Can’t risk getting bogged down by another Outlander book until I’ve caught up on my backlog…

So many books, so little time...
So many books, so little time…

Next up on the mini reviews: The Night Circus. It’s about a battle between two young magicians who have been training for the battle since they were young. There is a magical circus as the backdrop and their battles are more who can show off their magical prowess than blood and guts battling. It was just fine. I felt at times that it meandered a bit and maybe I just wasn’t in a fantastical mood when I read the book, but it took a little to long for me to understand where the book was going. Rating: 3 stars

Janice <3 Steve!

Moscow mules were one of the favored drinks of the weekend! Janice and Steve also had the fun option of using Ciroc Pineapple in them! Clearly, Dennis, Robert, and I thought they were delicious. Random favorite moment of the night: When JLee’s sister, Teresa, texted JLee a pic of me and Robert asking if she remembered us. JLee’s response? “Livia! Don’t know white guy.”

I am so glad that Robert scored an invite to the Yu/Rose wedding. It was really fun to be in Aspen again, but this time with friends instead of with the kids. Also, it’s fun to be the knowledgable one, since I feel like Dennis and Robert are usually the ones showing me around NYC.

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13 books later…

A snapshot of the books I’ve read – though some of them are just in my queue, such as the LM Montgomery books and Blink… So, to be honest, a third of these books haven’t been read recently…

So I decided that the best way to get back into blogging was to do a short post instead of ridiculously long one that I would never finish. These are the things this post will cover:

  • I’ve finished 13 more books!
  • SHOES.
  • The Bachelorette
  • Adventures in Babysitting

First: BOOKS! Holy cannoli, I’ve finished so many books since Kavalier and Clay! I’m so proud! I followed Kavalier and Clay with a super easy, fun, fast read – Crazy Rich AsiansIt was recommended by David Molino Dunn and was such a nice change of pace to the lengthy tome that was Kavalier and Clay. It follows the lives of the extremely wealthy Asians (mostly based in Singapore). There’s a sequel coming out this summer, China Rich Girlfriend, and I cannot wait – hopefully it’ll be just as deliciously fun. I’ll get to the rest of the books in a later post, but here’s the list of the ones I read:

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I FINALLY FINISHED THE ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY. Never before has the 100% (OK, 99%, but that’s all the footnotes, and I actually totally read them) looked sweeter. It took me years to get here, and I’m not the only one. Shoutout to Nathalie who also has taken forever to read this book and as of this post is still not done. If I wasn’t subjecting myself to the book challenge, I don’t know that I’d ever have finished this book. Part of what kept me going was the next book on my list, The Royal We, by the Fug Girls (aka Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan). The free 7 chapter preview has been taunting me on my Kindle for awhile, but I refused to touch it until Kavalier & Clay was completed.

Anyway, final thoughts on Kavalier & Clay? See text exchange with Nathalie:

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Life, lately

Well, the past little while has been quite fun, mostly because Katie just got to town! Whoo! I’ve already spend an inordinate amount of time with her, but I’m totally going to hog as much of her time as I can until VOCES8 arrives. And then, to distract me from Katie’s abandonment, Robert will arrive! This is all very exciting to me.

In other news, I’ve finally caught up with the most amazing podcast ever. Which podcast you ask? Serial? Heck no! It’s the amazing Gilmore Guys! Some people binge watch TV shows – not me. I binge-listened Gilmore Guys, and it was awesome. I particularly love that they play the theme song at the end of every podcast and sing along to it (confession: I sing along with them). They break out into song frequently, my favorite being whenever Chad Michael Mudface* is mentioned, they tend to easily break out into “I Don’t Want To Be,” which is phenomenal and hilarious. They break down Gilmore Girls with an interesting perspective, since they’re two guys talking about a female driven show. It definitely passes the Bechdel test. A great article on the podcast is here. (Please note the cover art. I think that’s when I instinctively knew I’d love the podcast.) Props to Angela, who sent me the article that began my obsession with the podcast.

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Master Reader

I am a MASTER READER. Or maybe I’m just super excited because I finished not one, but TWO books since the last book! Granted, one was kinda fluffy, but still.

Outlander is all finished! Now, I’m going to start watching what has aired so far of the first season on Starz. Perhaps I’ll just try and do no more than 1 episode per day… We’ll see how that goes. I’m quite the binge watcher. I did really enjoy the book after I got used to the way the characters speak. AND, I didn’t know this before, but and Kindle are partnered, so if you’re reading a book and then you switch to the audio book, or vice versa, IT SYNCS TO THE LAST READ/HEARD SPOT. I was UBER amazed by this convenience and it definitely helped me stay into the book and finish it a little faster than I might’ve normally. So yes, perhaps after the whole first season of Outlander has aired, I will read the next book in the series: Dragonfly in Amber. (And hopefully it will be my turn in the library queue around the same time – I’m currently #58 for 6 copies.)

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Resetting expectations…


Well, clearly everyday was a complete joke. Now, more than ever, I’m quite impressed with the various blogs I follow that post quality content daily. I’m shocked that they have time for it. Especially some of them that have jobs and children.

So, I’m thinking at minimum, I’ll try to do this weekly. Maybe even twice a week if I get crazy.

Moving on… I finished book 1 of my 52 book challenge! Huzzah! Unbroken was pretty riveting once I reached the halfway point. I ended up finishing it Sunday (Monday?) at 4:00 am. That kind of binge reading definitely screwed with my productivity the next day (well… the next 2 days really), but it was worth it! Both for the book and the act of finishing book 1 of the challenge. 🙂

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A delayed Day 2

I am really enjoying the book so far! It always takes me a little while to get readjusted to the feel of a nonfiction book, but man, this guy had a compelling life… Onto my less compelling life…

Yesterday was my first day on the slopes in YEARS. Lee, Scott, Glen, Audrey and I went down lots of fun runs (mostly blues!) in the morning. Not gonna lie, I don’t know that my need to control things can take the speed and steepness of the blues. I had to pizza pie (point the tips of my skis together in order to go slower) the majority of my way down which was super hard on my legs. But, I escaped the blues without any crashes!

Hoping I don’t crash!

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Resolution: Read one book per week

Tea, check. Computer, check. Book, check.
Tea, check. Computer, check. Book, check.

So, Robert asked me the other day what my New Year’s resolution was this year. I didn’t have any real answer for him, but I thought about it a little and realized that Di had asked me the same question a few days prior. I had told Di that making my resolution about reading appealed to me. I don’t really read much anymore, mostly because there’s nothing pushing me to do it. And it’s so much easier to just push play on that next episode of Gilmore Girls. Anyway, while talking to Robert, a plan crystalized in my mind: attempt to read one book per week. (Although, since I’m not really talking into account lengths of various books and easier reads vs. more difficult reads, this will turn out to be an average.) Continue reading