Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Cluttered

Thanks to Erin (@erinmargolin) and Morgan (@the818) this morning for kickstarting this prompt, because well, I’m far too cluttered to keep it together lately it seems.

I totally didn’t know it was Sunday.

So here you go…

Today’s (totally and completely optional) prompt: Clutter

stream of consciousness sunday

My world is cluttered.

Today I totally didn’t realize it was Sunday. I guess partly because it’s a holiday weekend and partly because I can’t keep up with what day it is when I work on Saturdays, but it slipped my mind completely.

This morning I took two pieces of paper to Waffle House with us. I made MY list. And I made Jason and Henry’s lists.


So many things. So much clutter in the house that needs to be tended to.

Clothes, school papers from the end of the year paper vomit, EOB’s, statements, lists, more lists. So much stuff.

Toys, more toys, pieces of broken toys that OHMYGODYOUCANTGETRIDOFORILLDIE, crayons, half used pieces of drawing paper, water bottles. All over the place.

My house isn’t a disaster, but sometimes it feels like it. I would rather be outside playing in the yard or going for a run, but if I don’t tackle this clutter (with help), I’m going to lose my mind.

What kind of clutter do you need to tackle? Is it physical clutter or mental clutter or emotional clutter?


This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post (in the sidebar). .
  • Link up your post below.
  • Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.

Serious question…

Here’s a very serious question:

Which of these scenarios would you rather see?

1. Neil Patrick Harris playing Barney Stinson playing Justin Timberlake in a JT biopic.

2. Justin Timberlake playing Neil Patrick Harris playing Barney Stinson in a NPH biopic.

3. Neil Patrick Harris and Justin Timberlake just standing around together in suits and ties looking hot.

4. Neil Patrick Harris and Justin Timberlake on SNL singing Mirrors with more cowbell.

Other options?

Ten. 10. X. Diez.

As someone said to me yesterday, someone who is coming up on 8 years without their child, 10 years just feels so permanent.

I hadn’t thought about it like that, but it’s exactly how it feels.


As if the situation could be reversed.

I’ve written a lot of words lately and shed a few (not many, really) tears over this birthday. I can’t believe that it’s been 10 years since my little bundle of love was placed in my arms for the first time.


If you want to read what I’ve written this week, here are a few choices.

Dear 27 Year Old Jana

aThe Day That Love Built


A Rock In Your Shoe

And until next year, Happy Birthday, Charlie!

Tonight we will eat pizza and eat cake and sing as loud as we can so you can hear us!

The Day That Love Built

The Day That Love Built


Starting at midnight, the Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia will be sponsored by YOU.


Well, technically, it says “by Jason and Jana Anthoine” but really, it was YOU.

So many of you donated to my half marathon fundraising earlier in the year to the tune of $5045.00. Our Charlie’s Angels team of three raised $10,384.30. All going to the Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia.

A few years ago, when I was actually serving on the Board of Directors, The House started a program called 365 Days of Caring.

It costs approximately $1000 per day to open the doors to serve the 13 families who can use The House nightly. Individuals or groups can support The House by sponsoring a day (or days).

After reaching the $2500 mark, we were given the opportunity to sponsor a day in the 365 Days of Caring program.

Obviously, I chose May 21.

So on Tuesday, May 21, The Ronald McDonald House will be run by all of you who helped support me in my goal to run 13.1 miles. It will be supported by all of you who knew Charlie, who never knew Charlie, who have met us in real life, who only know us online, who are friends and family and people who were met only a few hours before the race started.

May 21 is truly the Day That Love Built. 

And for that, and for you, I am thankful.



If you’re interested in 365 Days of Caring or supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Central GA, see their website.

If you’re interested in doing something fun to remember Charlie, join us for #10ForCharlie this week.



It’s Sunday, two days before Charlie’s tenth birthday. I’m at a loss for words and lacking motivation to do much of anything, anticipating the day in a way that has me paralyzed.

I would suspect that’s normal, though.

I was texting with my friend Karen earlier, and she suggested I make a goal of running 10 miles this week. Then we decided we should ALL make that goal.



This solves a couple of problems for me personally:

One, I’m likely going to eat pizza every night this week since my husband is traveling, so I’ll be able to burn off a few calories.

Two, Henry and I can burn off some energy and (my) anxiety in the evenings with a run around the block.

It seems so very easy, really. Just pick your favorite activity — running, walking, skipping, biking — and log 10 miles this week.

If you tweet, use #10ForCharlie hashtag. If you don’t, let me know on my Facebook page.

Throw on your running shoes and get outside!

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