My Family Suffers From SDA. Does Yours?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this on here before or not, but my mom suffers from a disease known as SDA, also referred to as Seasonal Decor Addiction. Sadly there is no cure, it's just something she has to live with. But more times than not I think it's my dad who is more affected by her SDA, during Christmas time there's a good three week span where he is literally afraid to open doors in fear of what will come spilling out upon doing so. Glitter ornaments? Home-made stockings? Light-up trees? One just never knows. See that's another side effect of SDA- memory loss. My mom will purchase an abundance of holiday decorations after the said holiday (because they're on sale, usually at Target) and then she'll forget almost every single item she bought by the next year.



After I was home this last weekend it was very evident my mom's addiction is in full force. I think I counted seventy-nine pumpkins. And that was just in the kitchen. I said to her, "I like your Halloween decorations." And she responded, "I don't have my Halloween out, yet." No, what she has out is just her "fall." Halloween hasn't even graced the counter tops yet apparently.




Then I found this in her pantry.


When I asked her why on earth she had a Duggar sized tub of cheese balls just hanging out in her pantry she responded, "I thought they looked like little pumpkins."Guys, I'm really worried.

SDA is highly hereditary. My sister doesn't suffer as bad as my mom, but she is well on her way. Before I came over to her house to see Knox and Lola she said to me, "Just a warning, I don't have any of my fall decorations out yet." As if that would really matter to me. But that's another side effect, the belief that others judge you based on your decor. Sometimes I'll start to worry I'm starting to get the addiction myself, like when I buy a pumpkin scented candle and take a little too much joy in it then I should.

But then I looked in my closet from my bedroom when I was a kid and remember that my idea of "decorating" might still be a little off yet.



But I dare you to look at these photos and tell me this wasn't the coolest closet ever. I spent almost two weeks cutting clippings from Delia's, BOP, and Teen Beat, and then dry cementing them to my walls- pausing only for a moment or two to play with the rubber cement boogers I made along the way.


And that little message on the ceiling written in 1997? "Taylor Rules the World!" Classic. If I find some time this winter I might just redo my bedroom here in Chicago with a magazine collage. I mean why not? It ages so well!

Anyway, before I go I wanted to take some time to introduce you to a new link-up created by Jen that I am very excited about because its focus is writing fiction, which happens to be my all time love and passion. In college I actually studied creative writing, which as it turns out, might be even less useful than a theater degree. But that's neither here nor there at this point.

I don't usually do link-ups, mostly because they confuse me and I always forget about them, but this is one that I will definitely be joining this week!


Hey Daily Tay readers! Just wanted to drop in really quick to first say Happy Hump Day to ensure that you all have the vision of that Geico Camel in your brains for the rest of the day. You're welcome. AND also to tell you that it's time to get your creative thinking caps on for a little link up I am doing on my blog, That's What She Read this Friday. As you can probably tell from my painfully clever blog name (I love a great play on words) that I fancy myself a bit of a bookworm. Not only that, I like to dapple in a little creative writing as well. I've heard rumors (and maybe even read for myself) that your girl Taylor is quite the scribe as well. I have a feeling that this world of amazing bloggers is capable of some amazing fictional stories and I want to tap into it!

I want to talk about  stories that haven't been talked about yet. They haven't been talked about yet because they are original. They are YOURS.

You can read more about the inspiration behind this link up here. In the meantime, get to writing!  I can't wait to read your story! 

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22 comments:

  1. In Jr. High my room was lined with the 'Got Milk?' ads and surfer pics. Because, you know, as a girl living in snowy MN, we all want to be pro surfers.

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  2. So many pumpkins!!! I love her reasoning behind the cheese balls hilarious.

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  3. i have to find a pic of one of my adolescent rooms, one of which I made a wallpaper border out of skittles wrappers and another was plastered with Cosmo covers!

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  4. I love the decorations!! That is pretty amazing.

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  5. hahaha omg you were serious about the fall decor. i wish i had some cute fall stuff, michael's mom goes INSANE for christmas. and she starts decorating this week. shes insane.
    and love this link up idea.

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  6. i'll take that giant container of cheese balls if you don't want them :P my 87-year-old grandma once bought my boyfriend that same container of cheese balls because it was only $5 and he joked that he wanted it... gosh those boys and their charm with the "ladies"!

    I feel ya on the glitter thing... my boyfriend HATES our Christmas tree because of the months of glitter post-Christmas from the glitter ornaments my mom insists on getting us "because they're cute"

    cheers.

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  7. My mom's attic terrifies me for this very reason. I've limited her to one box of decor per holiday, two for christmas. It's still appalling.

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  8. My mother goes overboard mostly with Christmas decorations. Santas and snowmen cover everything. There are even little bells with santa and snowmen heads attached to them hanging from ALL of the cabinets.

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  9. Oh my mother is the same exact way. Having my niece and nephew have brought it in a little, because she doesn't want her decorations ruined. I, on the other hand, find a pumpkin scented candle the perfect decoration. Nothing too over the top for me.
    ~Krista
    kristiesbluejeans.blogspot.com

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  10. Oh wow, your mom really takes it to the next level! But to her credit, everything looks amazing! And as for me, I don't suffer as much from SDA as SEA - seasonal eating addiction. I eat by the season and I can't stop. I won't stop.

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  11. Those totally do look like little pumpkins. Justified purchase.

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  12. My mom decorates as well, I just never can get into it. I never would have thought those cheese balls would have looked like pumpkins lol

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  13. your closet is the best! but you put it right on your wall? no posterboard? brave soul...

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  14. SDA is definitely hereditary. I know from experience. I'm getting to be just as bad as my mom. I mean I went and bought MORE pumpkins just this week even though I have over 2 dozen already. smh. and i'm sure i'll just get worse over time. Is there a rehab clinic somewhere for this? I mean they have them for candy crush...

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  15. I love all the fall decor! I don't think SDA runs in my family... I have like 3 decorations mayyybe!

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  16. ahhh I totally had a border around my entire room of got milk ads and recently found a whole bunch of collages in notebooks like on your walls (my closets didn't have doors and my mom would have killed me if i plastered the walls) Did anyone ever read those magazines or just use them for their sweet pictures and titles? I also had a few blink 182 posters peppered about and neon stars on my ceiling. I think you should rule the world, THAT would be awesome.

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  17. Lol my mom is the exact same way!! There is currently a very large pumpkin sitting on her dining room table surrounded by itty bitty pumpkins! Im afraid of whats in store for christmas lol

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  18. This had me cracking up - sooooo many decorations! Love it.
    Love the collage wall too - especially the CK logo, I was obsessed back in the day

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  19. Are those cheese balls just cheese or cheese and bacon, Tim loves cheese and bacon balls..................

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  20. holy toledo. that's seriously a lot of "FALL" stuff. you have to update us when she puts out "HALLOWEEN" ! does she have like a ghost or bat addiction? or jackolanterns?? :)

    p.s. my mom buys those cheese ball duggar bins on the regular.

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  21. I am incredibly impressed by both your mother's tenacity AND my dream closet (circa 1997). Ummm...is that a flower made solely out of baguettes, boules, and doughnuts?? DREAM COME TRUE! Love this Taylor. Seriously.

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  22. When I was in middle school I completely covered my closet doors in the "Got Milk" ads and when I had slumber parties I would make us all get milk mustaches and have my mom take our picture in front of them. Good lord. This may be why I just can't get on board with the current mustache fascination. Also why none of those girls are still friends with me.

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