Give a girl four free binders, and watch her Organizing Self come out! What’s funny and/or strange is that I freak if the bills and check statements aren’t perfectly organized in our Financial Binder (that makes it sound like we actually have money, doesn’t it?), but I can live for two weeks without moving the suitcase out of the foyer (well now, that makes it sound like we have a foyer, doesn’t it? Maybe you should picture the suitcase just inside the front door. That’s more like it.)
So, not wanting to quelch (squelch? quell? what is the word?) the Spirit of Organizing, I moved on from organizing my coupon binder to my recipe binder. I tear out recipes from magazines, newspapers, and print them out from the good ol’ wide world web and then they lie around messing up the house or – if I’m feeling really dedicated! – piling up enough to cover any random suitcases lying about. So – I spent a good two hours sorting through recipes, throwing out ones I’ll never try and nicely sorting the ones I’ll keep into my binder. Oh, yes, Harry Connick Jr’s recipe for Jambalaya has a nice little spot of its own, trust me! (Wasn’t it so sweet of the magazine to include a photo of Harry next to his recipe?) Then I had my daughter draw a cover for me. Those are letters made of chocolate chip cookies with bites taken out of them. Doesn’t it just make you feel all tidy and neat? And hungry?