Organized Chaos

23 Feb

I live in a state of organized chaos. 

Whether it comes to my kitchen with my limited counter and cabinet space

The contents of my fridge

And yes, when I am feeling uninspired and too lazy to look through hundreds of recipes that I have at my fingertips, I simply pull up a stool to the fridge and stare until I come up with meals to make.

How I organize my cookbooks

Hell, even my magnets on my fridge are organized chaos

And especially at work, this is my desktop on a day where I have 95% of my work done and I’m feeling good about it

My thoughts are  in a state of organized chaos. ALL. THE. TIME.

But I’m cool with that since that is how I am used to things being and living. Some may not understand that but that’s how I am and operate. I have so much going through my brain on the daily, it’s difficult to keep things straight but somehow I manage. I thank my Blackberry memo pad that lets me jot down random thoughts and things I need to get done and of course, Post It notes. I can’t live without Post It notes.


Even living with Lincoln is a state of organized chaos since he is the dog who like to rest with a pillow on top of him, not under him

My workouts are in a state of organized chaos. I go to the gym with no idea what I’m going to do but knowing I want a killer workout. I do this because the gym I go to gets busy which means that finding a machine can be difficult. I try to find any kind of machine I can whether it be elliptical, treadmill or bike and go to town on it. Afterwards, I usually do some kind of strength training but again, unplanned. since that is how I roll.

Meals are sometimes in a state of organized chaos and unplanned….like on Monday.

I had off on Monday but since I have been so overloaded with work, I went in for a few hours to knock some stuff out without distraction. I was there for two hours and really didn’t get that much done nor did it give me the peace of mind I was hoping for.

I made a tuna, green onion and avocado salad with tomato on top of a sandwich thin with a side of Kashi Mediterranean Bruschetta crackers

This was such a fantastic and flavorful combination! I didn’t use any mayo and it was still rich and creamy.

Dinner was a bit unorganized as well and the brainchild of sitting in front of the fridge for a few minutes.

I chopped up some tofu then pressed for few hours

Mixed with taco seasoning

Then fried those little suckers up

I added some black beans and corn that was looking for a home

Then I remembered I had cooked mushrooms that were also in need of a home

While that was cooking, I chopped up a few springs of green onion and two jalapenos (with gloves of course!)

Then added everything together….plus some tomato, cheese, avocado and salsa

I already have enough organized chaos in my life, why not add some more to the mix with food?

This was such a terrific meal but I got too ambitious with my toppings and they were difficult to eat. I love that since most of the ingredients were fresh I didn’t have to add alot of seasonings to the mix except for the taco seasoning.

And it left wonderful leftovers such as a naked burrito bowl.

Dinner on Tuesday night was a completely random one….. brown purple pink green monster!

Instead of using baby spinach like I always do, I used kale instead after reading about a kale smoothie on Thorns Have Roses. I love me some kale but never thought to use it in a smoothie before so I was a tad apprehensive. I mixed with almond milk, strawberries, flax-seed and Spiru-tein Blueberries and Cream protein powder

I would never really crave a green monster for dinner but I had my permanent crown put on Tuesday afternoon and was supposed to stick to soft foods for 24 hours.

Do you live your life in a state of organized chaos?

How do you keep your thoughts and life organized? Paper, phone, calendar, planner?

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29 Responses to “Organized Chaos”

  1. Amy @ Second City Randomness February 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    I call myself an organized mess as well. Or “beautiful disaster”. I think I got that from a song that plays in my office… ha ha

    Lincoln is quirky. And I sort of love that.

  2. zenlizzie February 23, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    I have a day planner that I would be lost without. I try to keep my life contained in separate compartments, and I devote one day a week to sifting through all the things I’ve throw in the “to figure out later” pile.
    I also love leaving myself notes via e-mail and “stickies” to remember ideas, sites I want to look at later, and things I need to do.

  3. Valerie Furnas February 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    That looks so good! I never envision tofu looking like that when I see that slimy lump at the store!

  4. Allie February 23, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    Organized chaos is the way to go. Also, I need to get some of that taco seasoning because it looks oh so good on tofu.

  5. divasrun February 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    My chaos is mostly organized as well. I’ve slowly been decluttering my life since I moved to a much smaller home 5 years ago and trying suggestions in the book, “It’s All Too Much” – good tips in there. I always have things in order when I have company, though.

    Those tomatoes look SO FRESH!!

  6. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl February 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    My life is perfectly described as organized chaos. That’s just kind of how I roll!

    Lincoln is so cute!

  7. ashleigh February 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    my life is organized chaos too, but I always know where everything is!! I hate when people try to pick up for me… it’s like I knew that pen was under the shoe, come on now!

    That thrown together meal looks fabulous though!

  8. Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest February 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    I can totally relate to your post. I am the same way at home and actually the total opposite at work. At home, I like things clean surface wise, but they aren’t always that organized (it would help to have a bigger kitchen). At work, I am very organized and know where everything is at all times.

    To keep my thoughts organized, I have a balance between using my work Outlook calendar for reminders; my personal life is organized with my iCal on my iPod and I have alerts that pop up; plus I e-mail myself reminders from work to home and vice versa so I don’t forget something. My brain is always racing with thoughts, so that works best for me.

  9. According to Gus February 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    Ahhhh!!! That photo of Lincoln is so stinkin’ cute. His ears are absofrickin adorable!

    Our lives are total chaos right now. Organized? Not so much. 😉

  10. christina February 23, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    all this chaos just makes me want to come hang out w/ you even more. i’d fit right in!

  11. lookingupwhileslimmingdown February 23, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    I couldn’t live without post-its. I write myself notes on them all the time and stick them on my computer and desk at work. And since I hate to have a messy desk, I work hard to get the things on my post-its done fast so I can get rid of them. 🙂

  12. dianacheung February 24, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    So I’m a freak. Sunday night I look at my fridge and kinda see what I have to eat for the week and I also look at my gym’s schedule to see what classes I can take based on my work schedule. Gotta plan ahead YO. But I’m a fan of check lists…it’s therapeutic to check things off!! ANyways, off to get some tofu ASAP.

  13. vixter2010 February 24, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    Sounds like you deal well with chaos! I’m a planner I’m afraid – I like to know where I’m going and when and what I’m eating prob ebcause I’m indecisive so it takes me a while to choose things :-)your dog is so cute!!

  14. leashieloo February 24, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    Nothing wrong with organized chaos! At least you know where to find anything 🙂

  15. Kace February 24, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    I have to physically write something down for it to ever happen-whether its a post it or a note in my planner or what. Hand-written lists are my only way.

    And hey, who cares about the clutter. As long as YOU know where everything is, that’s all that matters!

  16. Alyssa @ Life of bLyss February 24, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    that bowl looks DELICIOUS!

    and since I’m a newbie when it comes to tofu, what does pressing it do? Does it make it more firm?

  17. thehealthyapron February 24, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Jotting things down on paper keeps me organized best! I find that I do not do well with chaos because it is never organized. If something is messy then I would have no clue where to find anything I’m looking for haha. Everyone is different though.

    I was craving a smoothie for dinner last night! I used spinach but I have also been intrigued by using Kale lately. I just thought since it is more bitter it would taste bad.

  18. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle February 24, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    I’m not as good at organizing my life as I should be…I’m fairly organized with food and working out, but not so much anything else. I see random things all the time and think to myself “I should write that down” but I don’t and then I forget about until it’s too late, like remembering to buy tickets to a concert after it’s already sold out, that kind of thing. I bought a planner to remedy this problem…that little experiment lasted a week. Oops.

  19. Monique February 24, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    I def live in a constant state of organized chaos which is why i can not have a roommate ever again. He organized my cabinets yesterday according to his prefernces…and the shit doesnt even cook!
    I was hanging on to your every word today but maybe becuase i am drawn to our similarities LOL miss you

  20. Stephanie February 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    I definitely live in a state of organized chaos. It looks messy but I can find anything I need. 🙂

    Love post-its, scrap paper, spreadsheets and emails.

  21. OliePants February 24, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    I totally believe in organized chaos! I once yelled at Binks for putting something back in its right place because I knew it was in the wrong place and was looking for it there…

    I cannot live w/o my calendar and list book!

  22. This Italian Family February 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    Wow, you really make me think I’d like tofu looking at those tacos… they look so yum!

    I’m so old school – I still have a paper and pen planner. 🙂

  23. Angela (the diet book junkie) February 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    haha…your book collection looks like mine. 🙂

    i do try to keep organized for the most part though. my brain doesn’t function well if the apartment is a mess. (we live in a very small place, it would drive anyone nuts.) p.s. your dinner looks awesome!

  24. eatspinlive February 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    I love post-it notes too! I use them all the time! Your meal looks delicious! And I had a green smoothie tonight! It was SOOO good! 🙂

  25. janetha February 27, 2011 at 2:57 am #

    dude. i am all about organized chaos, too! i love all your examples.

  26. adrianna February 27, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    so long as i know where to find it, its an organized life to me!

    your eats look hella yum.

    love the WVU MUG in the first pic 🙂 lets gooo…


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