I just filmed a fall house tour today and wanted to share it. Come take a fall tour of the house with me.

But first?

Can I ask you a question? Have you ever tried to multitask?

I know….right?  I thought it was an amazing idea, too.

Two things at the same time?

Crossing two items off the list with a single stroke of the pencil?

Brilliant idea you tell yourself.  Simply brilliant.

It has to work.  I mean, you’ve seen your mom successfully do it and friends do it and you think you’ve tried it before.

How hard can it be?

Kind of like rubbing your stomach and patting your head.

I had such a long list this week to get to that I multi-tasked my way through it.

At first it worked like a charm.

You listen to your favorite podcast while rearranging pumpkins and root-soaking the mums on the front porch.

You edit all the photos for this post while washing two loads of clothes.

You sweep off the back porch and water the flowers and go over your speech for the conference next week.

This week I climbed mountains and leapt over buildings with a single bound.

A true go-getter.

An accomplisher.

I checked off that list so fast, a talk show might call me up to interview me to see how I got it all done.

Seriously.

If I were a superhero they would call me the efficienterator.

I was so happy.

My list was getting shorter and shorter and shorter.

I blinked twice and there was a light at the end of the tunnel.

It was going so well and zipping by so fast without a hitch.  Everything was wonderful.  Everything was working out.

Until.

Until it didn’t.

Until I decided that I was going to pluck my eyebrows and talk on the phone to my daughter at the same time.

Simple, right?

I mean isn’t that what speaker phones are for?

The conversation goes a little like this.

You: (pluck pluck pluck) Hello?

Her: I need your opinion.

You: (looking at the eyebrows and squinting) Of course.  You have come to the right place.  My specialty is opinions.

Her:  What if I drive across the country to go to Colorado for spring break?

You:  (pluuuuuucccccckkkkk) WHAT?  I think I……(pluck, thud)  

……ohhhhhhh nooooooooooo.

Pause.

Silence.

You:  (with the sound of anguish in your voice) I have to call you back.

My eyebrows now have a hole in the middle.

Yep.

I yelped and gasped and overplucked the hairs right out of them mid-conversation.

Good times.

Now I just added growing my eyebrows back to my to-do-list.

And instead of multi-tasking, I’m extra-tasking.

The moral of the story?  The lesson learned right here in the middle of this fall tour?

Multi-tasking is awesome.

But trying to get everything done in double time can be overwhelming and exhausting.

So today my friends take a lesson from your friend with a holey eyebrow.

Press the pause button.

Slow down.

Take a break.

Then look around at the beautiful fall leaves outside, smell the crispness in the air, smile at the world, take a sip of coffee and enjoy the sunshine….

….and tackle one thing at a time. 🙂

PS Here’s a little video of the fall tour of the house so you can see the tour from one room to another.

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Comments

  1. Image for Linda Scott Linda Scott

    OMG, hilarious! I'm still laughing! Thanks for the chuckle. Why do kids do this to us?? Because I'm sure we did it to our parents, at least I know I did! Your home is absolutely beautiful!! Enjoy this beautiful season!!

  2. Image for JC JC

    Beautiful fall tour and your cheery voice is the sweetest. I'm sorry about your eyebrow! Thank goodness for eyebrow pencils!!

  3. Image for Toni Toni

    Holey eyebrow, that was a wonderful tour and your home looks amazing! You could always be a pirate for Halloween with a large patch over that eye and eyebrow! Thank you for sharing and starting my day off with a laugh! Question, you referred to your back entryway....I thought that your front door entry? Just curious.

  4. Image for Judy Young Judy Young

    Karianne you are so inspirational! I love Fall too and I am so in love with your house. You are one lucky girl! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Fall season.

  5. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    So pretty, so fall. House is always beautiful no matter what season it is. Thank you for sharing and I hope your brow grows quickly.

  6. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I am loving orange this Fall🧡 Orange with blue, whites , wicker, inside, outside, just beautiful!! Loved your tour, and humor 🧡🧡🧡🍁

  7. Image for Lee Stearns Lee Stearns

    I feel like you’re the master at “ quadruple-tasking” at least! Nobody gets more done than you do! And it’s all so tasteful, attractive, creative and LIVEABLE! I’m so proud of you! Think of all of us that you encourage and inspire so joyfully and humbly! Happy fall!

  8. Image for Kris Kris

    I love your hints of orange with the blues. So fresh. And multitasking does work ...but never ever with eyebrow grooming. ;) Those college kids are too likely to throw you for a loop mid conversation!!! You aren't the only one to have an oops moment with those eyebrows.

  9. Image for Heather Taylor Heather Taylor

    Dear KariAnne, Why are you still plucking your eyebrows? Threading is the thing - so much easier and quicker! Takes no time at all, you can get it done while you are out and about :-). Your home is so gorgeous any time of the year, although my favourite is Christmas, can't wait to see your tree(s)!

  10. Image for Va in NC Va in NC

    Love your home and the tour is A-Plus. The pops of orange are perfect for Fall; my favorite time of the year. Your brow story gave me a much needed smile. Thank you. And all our kids give us those kind of moments. But they grow up and away all too soon. Blessings,

  11. Image for Maria Kamara Maria Kamara

    KariAnne, First, I know as women we're supposed to be good at it, but multi-tasking is over rated! Secondly, your home is so beautiful. It's old bones make me happy, and you've decorated it in such a warm and lovely way for Fall.

  12. Image for Anna Anna

    Your home looks stunning decorated for fall. I like the term efficientator- It describes many women I know. Multi- Tasking might be making us a little less smart and perhaps not very good at patting our heads while rubbing our tummy. On a positive note- eye brow hair does grow back!! Just between you and I - I think many of us need to hit “pause”.

  13. Image for Mary Anne Russo Mary Anne Russo

    LOL OH GOSH! THANK GOODNESS FOR EYEBROW CREAMS! YOUR HOME LOOKS BEAUTIFUL! LOVE THE NEW HUTCH! PERFECT SPOT FOR IT! YOUR FALL DECOR IS SO LOVELY! OUR LOVES... WHEN THEIR LITTLE THEY STEP ON THE TOES, WHEN THEIR BIG IT'S THE HEART!

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