vanillafluffy: (Florida oranges)
I'm taking a break from the ongoing work on my bedroom. Today I'm excavating the south wall, which is largely headboard. God, what an accumulation! Still, I've found a book I've been wanting to reread, a box I'm going to stash greeting cards in (I keep running across them, and would like to corral them all in one place), and have revealed yet more floor. Floor is still exciting to me, as so much of it was covered for so long!

At some point, I will post pix---I need to send some to GK, who *knows* what a disaster it was---but right now, I'm just trying to get it to a certain point of liveability. I've done a lot of sorting and rearranging already, it seems like the more I do, the more I see to do. And this is only one room. *deep breath* But I can only do one room at a time, and the only way for it to get done is for me to do it.

I start training on Monday, so I'm trying to get as much done as I can before then, since I know it'll curtail my time and energy...it's been so long since I've had anything resembling a job, that even part-time is liable to hang my ass out to dry.

Was briefly interrupted by the mail carrier ringing my bell to drop off a box from GK, containing a snazzy beaded jacket. I just hope it cools down enough for me to wear it sometime this season!

Pic of jacket (snagged from eBay):


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Back to it....

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vanillafluffy: (Blue letters)
Got up early and hit the ground running. Started shifting more boxes so that the bedroom phone jack would be accessable for the technician. Did that and a few bits of tweaking in there, as well as the sinkful of dishes before his arrival around 10.

He reminded me of Keith Carradine, which was a bit unsettling, but not nearly as much as finding out that my line in from the pole has been severed, either by the roaming asshole trespassers or a careless yard worker. After I nearly had an aneurysm, he said he wasn't going to charge me extra for what he'd done, because the (insert technical reason here) thing on the pole didn't have a good connection, so someone else would have to come out and fix that. Other guy is here now, and also says what he's doing won't be extra, although as with many things, I am cynical, and won't believe it til I've seen my first bill.

I got brunch between technicians, and afterward got back to work on my room. Went through my scarf collection and a bunch of purses, although I really need to round ALL my bags up, go through them and find a place for them to live. Still, I got a lot of stuff that was hanging in random places catagorized and tucked into less obtrusive places. I changed out the quilted wall hanging I had blocking the east window; the pastel nine-patch is now a pieced Sunbonnet Sue that G'ma Sis made.

At one point, I was thinking of turning my current office into a boudoir, and that's sounding better and better. Of course, that entails getting approximately 2000 books out of here to make room for that stuff, which means thinning out said books and making room for them in the designated library. And *that* involves dragging shelves in there, which entails clearing off those shelves and making sure there's room to haul them into place...it's complicated. Considering my ass has been dragging since last Friday, this is not going to be quick or easy.

Anyway, that's what's been going on today. Tomorrow, I'm going with Mb to a doctor's appointment; I'm waiting to hear back from her about what time that's scheduled so I can let MarketingExec know what's a good time to touch base about scheduling training.

I'm going crazy, but it's the good crazy.

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vanillafluffy: (Laundry)
I got A LOT done yesterday. I'm pleased with all I accomplished; waking up in my much cleaner bedroom was very satisfying. That said, I feel like I was hit by a truck. I'm so sore I can hardly move---that's after popping a couple ibuprophen. My shoulders are sore and the back of my legs, just above my knees, ache.

I had to shift a lot of book-filled boxes, from the floor to the bed, then from the bed to the top of my cedar chest. I had to clear off the top of said chest to make room for boxes. That's where I finally found the silver top I was looking for...at about 1AM, when I was trying to make room for the boxes so I could get into bed and sleep.)

Anyway, I have a metric arseload of laundry to do, but my closet is accessable for the first time this decade, I've tidied up the two short bookshelves over in that corner, I got all the clothes down from hooks on doors, etc.

See, my closet is set up for separates. It has two bars that run the width of it, which makes it unsuitable for hanging dresses...so I had hanged them in three different places, namely, the back of my bedroom door, my bathroom door, or from an accordian-style peg rack on the wall. Yesterday, I took the rack from the bathroom door, hung it over the other bathroom door, and transfered all the dresses I could locate to that. (There are more, either with the clothes in my laundry room, or awaiting laundering.) The back of my bedroom door is now holding some tote bags---I need to winnow out my purses, I really do---and I'd like to take down the peg rack completely so I can hang a full-length mirror.

I also snagged a tension rod I had and hung a valance up in my bathroom window. Not for privacy, because it's frosted glass, but because I got tired of getting up in the morning and having my retinas seared by light coming through the window and being multiplied when it hit the mirror over the sink. To paraphrase Auntie Mame, "How can you SEE with all that light?!" It was much appreciated when I staggered in there this morning to a dimmer, gentler light.

There are still a few clusters of clutter---my headboard, bedside tables, things hooked on floor lamps, to say nothing of actually sorting through all those boxes (six of seven, each a cubic foot of whatnot). And laundry to do. And I hope I've got some more ibuprophen somewhere, because I'm nearlyout and I'm gonna need it.

But it's progress, huzzah....

Onward.

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Found!

Jan. 18th, 2013 03:00 pm
vanillafluffy: (Housework blahs)
I've been working on Unfucking my bedroom, specifically, getting at my closet. It's been on my to-do list for a while, and today I got up and at it.

As with any cleaning around here, there are things I'm keeping an eye out for, and so far, I've found several, yay! There are also things I've run across and been surprised: That? I'd forgotten about that....

So far, I've been happy to run across a full package of page protectors. I *thought* I'd had a pack, but I couldn't find them, concluded I hadn't bought them after all and gotten more. (This was nearly two years ago, so this really was a serendipitious find as I've been running low.) My basic brown skirt has turned up, hanging in the closet in between some other things, most of which will be Going Away. Yay, skirt! I've missed you! Discovered a plastic bag full of assorted handmade jewelery; after I've dealt with the closet, sorting my caches of jewelery is another to-do. And, oh happy day, my ruby slippers have turned up. They've been MIA for at least three years, and I was stunned when they emerged from under the wrought-iron stand in my bedroom. (I'd've sworn I'd cleaned under there more recently that THAT.)

Anyway, I'm still looking (in particular) for a tiered silver top, a new-with-tags pair of grey flats, the two middle books from the Melendy Quartet, and the mate of my black slipper-bootie.

On a parting note, BigRed and I were discussing the on-again-off-again series of phone interviews I've been having, and that hopefully where's going to be an actual face-to-face meeting soon (next week, I hope, but am not holding my breath as it's not good for my complexion). She said, You know I adore you, right? And I admire your personal style? That being said, in the event they do want a face to face meeting, you do have a professional business outfit to wear, don’t you?. To which I succinctly replied, Pin-striped. *eyeroll* Geez, give me a little credit!

Okay, back to the bedroom; if I don't get the mess resolved, I'm not going to be able to crawl into bed tonight what with all the boxes and flooredrobe....

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Update, 4:30ish: Made several trips and got all the too-big stuff out of my closet. Alll that's left are a few things I can still wear, all "That's were that went!" Also dug into a box and found several folded pairs of socks and a half-dozen pairs of panties; I'm going to wash the latter, as they may have been clean when they went in, but they're musty from being packed away. (Never mind the sniff test, just wash 'em!) Found book two of the Quartet, still need three, which I know damn well is here somewhere. Have reached the inevitable point of, what the hell am I going to do with it all?!

Keep calm, and carry on cleaning....
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Update, 7ish: My closet is being repopulated with garments that are in current rotation. The sad part is, I haven't even *started* bringing things in from the garage; so far, this is just stuff that's been hanging on over-the-door racks. Wow.

While I was shifting things around, I tried on a coat I got at the Melbourne Goodwill back when I first started working next door. Very nice. Italian. Olive, kind of tweedy. At the time, I could get it on, though buttoning it made me look like a stuffed sausage. And today, I buttoned it up, no problem. (Although I haven't tried to sit down in it---the acid test.) Too bad we're having such a warm winter....

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vanillafluffy: (2012)
LJ has been rather sketchy today; I couldn't get it to load til this evening, when I discovered some lovely anonymous person has renewed my Paid Account. Thank you SO much, whoever you are!

It's been a busy day; I've been up and going since 9:30. I've done a sinkful of dishes, because no way am I going to start the new year with a dreadful kitchen. I have one load of laundry (lights) currently in the dryer, while another one (darks) is in the washer. I intend to start the new year with fresh bedding, thanks.

GK's box arrived. It was wrapped with metallic reptile-print paper; I spent ten minutes with a Cutco steak knife trying to get it off with as little damage as possible so I can reuse it. I was thrilled to open it and find a dark denim skirt (although it proved to be a skort, size 26, yay!). There was also a black skirt, size 22/24--it fits! and a really interesting ruffly shirt? jacket? lab coat? IDEK, but I'm looking forward to the next cool day so I can wear it.

Enclosed in the card was a little something that solved the problem of my light bill; I paired the skort with a navy and white blose and ran out to take care of that. It took me longer to find a copy of said light bill than actually paying it did...New Year's resolution: To keep all my bills in one place. That's all.

My plans for the rest of the evening call for finishing up the laundry, remaking my bed while watching Hawaii 5-O, taking a shower, then crawling into said bed and sleeping as best I can while the neighborhood artillery bombardment goes on.

I never did get my Yuletide recs posted...oh, well....

I wish you all a wonderful 2013!

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vanillafluffy: (2012)
Well, the world hasn't come to an end, so I guess I'm on track with my previous plans to spend the weekend baking. I'm still trying to figure out who's getting what and when...brownies for J and Mb. They'll probably both be getting theirs on Monday. I may take the C's a bundt cake---their "do" is Monday evening---I stocked up on flour and whatnot, so I can in theory do actual non-mix baking. We're having a cool-down, so slaving over a hot oven sounds cozy rather than horrific.

I need to take something to church for hospitality on Sunday. I'm thinking corn casserole; it's gone over well the other times I've taken it, and I have all the ingredients. (Eggs, corn, crackers and sour cream, although milk will do in a pinch.) It's quick to make, too---if I get up earlyish Sunday morning, I can throw it in the oven and take it in still warm....

Today was absolutely glorious, sunny and cool (mid 60s). I dragged my hoard of cans in to recycle---that netted me $8.50 at .50 a pound---so I'm set for movie money. (I'm going to concoct a big batch of Chex mix to munch on during the show. And I always bring my own beverage.) Then I went over to Publix...sat in their cafe updating apps for an hour, then stocked up on baking supplies and a few other items, detoured into Aldi, got a few more things there, and came home feeling well pleased with myself.

The trunk of my car is the emptiest it's been in months! That means I'll be able to load it up with some of my too-big wardrobe, destined for my friend at church. I'm excited about that: It's Stuff Going Out AND I know it's going where it's needed.

GK promises a box will be coming my way (she hasn't mailed it yet, oops!), more bulky than heavy, according to her, so more clothes, I suppose. All the more reason to find new homes for the old stuff!

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vanillafluffy: (Yule schnauzer)
The internet keeps cutting out, but since it's borrowed, I can't kvetch too much. While it was down this afternoon, I spent an hour cleaning off my desk. Might not meet everyone's standards of "clean"---I didn't get the whole thing down to bare wood and scrub it---but I got rid of lots of little scribbled on post-its and index cards, crumpled reciepts,empty envelopes and the like.

The shoebox that gets odds and ends dumped into it has been emptied and organized. (Albeit loosely.) There's a pretty gift bag that tends to collect jewelery (I have a habit of coming in from wherever, turning on the computer to check my email, and shedding whatever ornaments I'm wearing) that I still need to go through. I know if I do, there will be moments of "Found!" squee and I will have "new" pretties to wear during the sparkly season.

I've been trying to find some stamps I *know* I have so I can get the fracking holiday greetings sent out. I manage to do cards about once every five years or so, and this, dammit, is going to be The Year. I already have them addressed---and my industry was rewarded when I found an envelope with a relevant address on it. That's one's addressed too. And I found most of a sheet of stamps, but alas! They're only 41/45ths of what I need. Hmm, I think it's time for a trip to the post office, oh yay.

Did a round-up of trashcans and got a full sack (30 gallons) from the office, bed and bath. AND took it outside. My sink is empty. Now I should probably clean out my fridge. My food stamps reload tomorrow, so I know I'll be out and about restocking. GooI'll be going right past the post office...I can get stamps and mail the cards so people will actually get them in a timely manner. Less than two weeks, y'all!

Next Sunday, we're having a potluck at church. Publix is having a BOGO on Ghirardelli brownines, so that's what I'll be taking. It's also what I'm probably going to be giving the few people who are getting anything from me this year. Everybody likes brownies, right? There's a recipe for banana bundt cake in this months BHG that sounds yummy, but I'd rather not risk an unknown quantity that calls for butter, cream cheese and four eggs---it's probably delish, but it's pricey if I goof up.

I have plans for Christmas Eve---the C's are hosting their usual get-together. Haven't heard anything from Mb in a week, save for Facebook dross, and the only thing I've heard from J is a request for money for the phone. She's SOL, that's a very distant priority; (and again I repeat, since when is a Christmas gift supposed to cost the recipient money?!) as it is, I'm taking deep breaths and hoping Santa stuffs money into my g-string stocking to cover the real bills.

Meh. I need to go do some laundry.

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vanillafluffy: (Life is)
I'm sane this week, which I really appreciate after last week's hysteria. I usually don't think of myself as a special snowflake, but every once in a while, I come unglued, and it isn't pretty.

Anyway, I've been keeping busy. I'm trying to make room for change, and I know, that sounds kinda NewAge metaphysical, but on a simple, practical level, I have tons of clothes I'll never wear again, and I'm trying to get them out of the way so I can keep track of the stuff that fits.

This has meant a block of time spent in the garage...I'm transfering all the outgoing stuff to the living room so I can sort it by size. The stuff that's size 30 or over is going to a gal from church, the rest I'll post on [livejournal.com profile] fatshionxchange in hopes of making a few bucks. Whatever hasn't sold by the end of January, I'll donate.

That freed up a whole bunch of hangers! I'm sure they'll come in handy while I sort through the piles in my bedroom. I haven't even gotten to my bedroom yet, which does need to happen fairly soon; it would be helpful if I could get my closet winnowed so I can bring in the keepers from the garage.

Meanwhile, the garage already looks better: I got the floor picked up to where I could put down an area rug. Not the old one from the living room, but a slightly smaller one that I got ages ago, earmarked for my bedroom. That never happened, but it works nicely in the space out there. In addition to keeping my feet a little warmer when I'm doing laundry during the winter, I figure having an actual rug down will make it more noticeable when there's stuff on the floor. Otherwise, I have a finely developed ability to tune out clutter.

Getting behind one section of clothes to some shelves, I came across a box with a ceramic Father Christms on horseback. It's dated 1995, but I don't remember painting it. (I used to be very much into ceramics and did other Father Christms/Santa figures; I did a woodland Santa that I gave to Peter---god knows whatever happened to that one---and an undersea Santa that I gave to GK, which presumably she still has.) I brought this one into the house and perched him on my entertainment unit. Nice timing, self. Usually I'd find something like that in February.

Today I've been working in the living room, trying to make enough room to be able to sort things. Over the weekend, I went through and organized my DVDs, which doesn't really impact the rest of the room, but now I can at least see what I have. I cleared off the coffee table so that all it has on it is the dragonfly dish GK gave me for my birthday. *I* know I've made progress, but a casual visitor would likely be appalled.

I've got to figure out what I'm going to do about linens and towels. I made a concentrated effort and got through the pile of stuff that had accumulated atop my wicker chair. Big stack of sheets and towels and pillowcases. Found one pair of my grey slacks, a few skirts and tops...got that all hung, but I really do need to address my closet, because I'm running out of "temporary" places to hang things!

I know I'm probably not going about this in the most organized way, but at least I'm doing something. Right? Right.



Also, I'm currently 271.6, which is somewhere between the best of times and the worst of times, but considering my record high, or even where I began this year, definitely closer to the best of times.

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vanillafluffy: (Turkey)
After donating a jumbo trash bag full of grocery bags yesterday, you'd think my living area would be free of random grocery bags, wouldn't you?

Oh, no. Not hardly. I've already got three grocery bags crammed with other grocery bags, just from trying to excavate the dining room table.

My goal is to be able to sit at the table to consume my Thanksgiving dinner. I've managed thus far to liberate a chair, which is good, since it will enable the "sitting" part of the plan. The table is still being deconstructed. I had the whole room completely pristine when GK came down in the spring of last year...she "helped" me organize my kitchen, and it hasn't been right since.

In addition to the bags, a lot of the impedementia has been laundry---clean laundry---mostly towels and linens from my last great laundry room push about a year ago. (Now, it's burying the wicker chair in the living room.)

However, I've found a good home for some of my outgrown wardrobe! There's a woman who's been attending church for the last few months who seemed to be my former size, and when I asked (as tactfully as possible) what size she was, and whether she'd be interested in an assortment of clothes in that size, she said yes. So I'll be sorting through the heaps and passing some of it her way, and the rest to the Sharing Center, etc.

That just leaves the other heaps of stuff, but a lot of that can be donated as well. I am trying to keep in mind a saying I've heard, which is "When your hand is open to give, it is open to receive." I can give away an awful lot!

Blessed be!

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vanillafluffy: (Laundry)
Slept under blankets last night, which was a voluptuous luxury. Woke feeling all cozy and happy in sunlight and lingered for a little while. Got up and made said bed. Then fixed breakfast, consumed same, and made a plan.

I decided it's time to excavate my laundry room/back third of my garage. It gradually became critical over the long hot summer. I'd go out there, throw some laundry into the machine, and when done, it would either get heaped atop the dryer or ironing board, or it would live in the dryer until I was desperately trying to do the next load. I had to lean over a pile of stuff to turn the knob and press the button on the dryer, and was slipping and stumbling over stuff underfoot. Highly unsatisfactory.

So where to begin? I snagged an eco-friendly grocery bag to stash socks and underwear in, so I could haul it all back to my room and get it squared away. Did a quick sweep of the place, rounding up more undies and things for a load while I was working. Got that started, and began on the dryer heap.

Both steps of the process yielded things I'd been looking for. Olive green top I'd gotten to go with my olive cargo pants, found on the floor of the garage, ditto my grey and pink empire top, a green cami that I'll be wearing under the green top GK just sent me, socks and undies, etc.

I hung up a bunch of stuff. I'm not down to the top of the dryer yet, because there are things I just don't know what to do with. I don't really have a linen closet as such---it got filled with other things over the years---and I'm trying to figure out where best to store the assortment of towels, pillowcases, sheets, tablecloths and whatnot.

Massive pruning is required. I have a fuckton of clothes I don't wear anymore, because they're just too big. And while that makes me happy in the sense that it's easier to be well-dressed as a 24/26 than it was at a 32/34, I'm torn between wanting to recoup some of what I spent on it all to wanting to just get rid of it and make room. But honestly? I know how bad my follow-through is; I might as well collect it all in the living room and call a charity for pick-up. It would get it out of here, benefit others, and give me a surplus of hangers for a change.

I didn't really expect my stipend to arrive today, but I'm hoping for tomorrow. Plan for tomorrow calls for waiting til the mail runs, then hopefully cashing it and getting gas. Regardless of whether it's there or not, I'm going to take my cans in for recycling (more than one way to get gas money, she says grimly), then on the way home, stop by the pay station and give FPL some money. It's conveniently next to the S'leven where I'll be gassing up.

Meanwhile, I need to go check on the stuff that's in the dryer and see if I can figure out how to square away the bedding, towels, etc.

TTFN.

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vanillafluffy: (Theomany)
My prayers and sympathy go out to those who are coping with Sandy. As a tenured Florida resident, I know what it's like to get slammed by a storm (or two, or three in a row, as in 2004). Thing is, we're used to it; the building codes and city planning takes hurricanes into account---NY/NJ? Have no idea. Blizzards and snow, sure. A fuckton of water and wind? Not so much. Blessed be!

I've had what I consider to be a fairly productive day: I've done a heavy-duty load (quilt and towels), put away all the unmentionables that have been living in the dryer, have a load of comforters (two) in progress, have remade my bed with nice clean quilt, and gotten together two black bags full of trash.

The activity has warmed me up, and closing the windows helped, although the window at the head of my bed refuses to go down the last stubborn inch. Ah well, I'll live.

Stay safe, folks.

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vanillafluffy: (Housework blahs)
I blew off church this morning to crisis-clean...had to make room on the counter (which I underestimated, of course), do dishes, plow a path from the front door because it had narrowed to a goat-trail, and do a fast pass through the fridge and toss the funkiest bits. I need to make another pass, and do some scrubbing, I need to get eggs and milk, and if I have mustard, I'm damned if I can find it....

OMG, I now have the Jared Padalecki of microwaves---it's ginornous! It does NOT fit on my counter where I'm used to having my microwave. If I insert it so that it faces north, the door won't open all the way because the side of the stove is in the way. If I angle it facing west, the *only* way it fits is between the stove and the wall, and the sweep of the door opening takes up most of the available countertop, not to mention I can't read the buttons because they're in the shadow of the overhead cabinets.

I'm going to have to relocate it. This is when I *really* wish I could remodel and rip out that closet to make room for the fridge. Because then I could install the counter in the ell where the fridge is now, plug the microwave in where the fridge is currently and be all set. What I think I'm going to do is take the wrought-iron fishtank stand and put it on that. Stick that next to the fridge and plug it into the same outlet. Will that work?! Dunno. And if I do that, wtf am I going to do with the storage cart that's loaded with nonperishables (foil, cling wrap, trashbags, etc.)?

But hey, I have a decent-sized microwave. It may require some finessing, but it's still a Very Good Thing.

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vanillafluffy: (Housework blahs)
I blew off church this morning to crisis-clean...had to make room on the counter (which I underestimated, of course), do dishes, plow a path from the front door because it had narrowed to a goat-trail, and do a fast pass through the fridge and toss the funkiest bits. I need to make another pass, and do some scrubbing, I need to get eggs and milk, and if I have mustard, I'm damned if I can find it....

OMG, I now have the Jared Padalecki of microwaves---it's ginornous! It does NOT fit on my counter where I'm used to having my microwave. If I insert it so that it faces north, the door won't open all the way because the side of the stove is in the way. If I angle it facing west, the *only* way it fits is between the stove and the wall, and the sweep of the door opening takes up most of the available countertop, not to mention I can't read the buttons because they're in the shadow of the overhead cabinets.

I'm going to have to relocate it. This is when I *really* wish I could remodel and rip out that closet to make room for the fridge. Because then I could install the counter in the ell where the fridge is now, plug the microwave in where the fridge is currently and be all set. What I think I'm going to do is take the wrought-iron fishtank stand and put it on that. Stick that next to the fridge and plug it into the same outlet. Will that work?! Dunno. And if I do that, wtf am I going to do with the storage cart that's loaded with nonperishables (foil, cling wrap, trashbags, etc.)?

But hey, I have a decent-sized microwave. It may require some finessing, but it's still a Very Good Thing.

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vanillafluffy: (Yay ME!)
I was over on Tumblr reading Unfuck Your Habitat (http://unfuckyourhabitat.tumblr.com/) and came across the following challenge: You’re avoiding something. It might be an invisible corner. It might be a box of crap you need to deal with. It might be your junk drawer. Whatever it is that you’ve been relieved that none of the challenges so far have made you deal with, that’s what you’re dealing with for the next 20 minutes. Don’t lie to yourself. You’re putting something off, but now you have to go deal with it.

And I knew exactly which drawer of crap it refered to: It was a dresser drawer---the rest of the dresser is long since gone---that's crammed with stuff sentimental, assorted WTFs and IDEKs, and it's been sitting on or near my dining room table for a very long time. (Enough that GK mentioned it while she was down and suggested I relocate it to the middle room til I got around to sorting thru it.

Okay, I thought. NOW is the time. I'll move the damned thing...except I could barely frackin LIFT it. To attempt to carry it to the middle room fully laden would've been to invite catastrophe. I'd either drop it, or the bottom would fall out.

Well then, I'd do a preliminary sift right there and then. Paperwork, blah, blah, blah, calculator, blah, blah, blah, ceramic boxes, blah, blah, blah...cylindrical wad of white printer paper,...?

Holy shit.

It was a roll of Kennedy half dollars. The paper they're wrapped in is dated 1999, so they've been sitting in that drawer for a long time. They're not sterling, alas, but even face value* is enough to cover my car insurance for this month, which I've been sweating bullets over. Plus there's a little over, which will top off my tank and maybe get a few things I'm out of. And for once, I don't mean caffeine!

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* Although I have a 2004 coin book that lists Kennedy half dollars between 1965-1970 as having an average value of $2 each. Now all I have to do is find someone who'll give me that!

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vanillafluffy: (Yay ME!)
I was over on Tumblr reading Unfuck Your Habitat (http://unfuckyourhabitat.tumblr.com/) and came across the following challenge: You’re avoiding something. It might be an invisible corner. It might be a box of crap you need to deal with. It might be your junk drawer. Whatever it is that you’ve been relieved that none of the challenges so far have made you deal with, that’s what you’re dealing with for the next 20 minutes. Don’t lie to yourself. You’re putting something off, but now you have to go deal with it.

And I knew exactly which drawer of crap it refered to: It was a dresser drawer---the rest of the dresser is long since gone---that's crammed with stuff sentimental, assorted WTFs and IDEKs, and it's been sitting on or near my dining room table for a very long time. (Enough that GK mentioned it while she was down and suggested I relocate it to the middle room til I got around to sorting thru it.

Okay, I thought. NOW is the time. I'll move the damned thing...except I could barely frackin LIFT it. To attempt to carry it to the middle room fully laden would've been to invite catastrophe. I'd either drop it, or the bottom would fall out.

Well then, I'd do a preliminary sift right there and then. Paperwork, blah, blah, blah, calculator, blah, blah, blah, ceramic boxes, blah, blah, blah...cylindrical wad of white printer paper,...?

Holy shit.

It was a roll of Kennedy half dollars. The paper they're wrapped in is dated 1999, so they've been sitting in that drawer for a long time. They're not sterling, alas, but even face value* is enough to cover my car insurance for this month, which I've been sweating bullets over. Plus there's a little over, which will top off my tank and maybe get a few things I'm out of. And for once, I don't mean caffeine!

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* Although I have a 2004 coin book that lists Kennedy half dollars between 1965-1970 as having an average value of $2 each. Now all I have to do is find someone who'll give me that!

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vanillafluffy: (Fan)
I got a postponement for jury duty until October. Hopefully by then, the weather will be liveable and I'll have my act together.

I slept for ten hours today, or thereabouts. Woke up after five hours, used the facilities, stepped into the shower for a couple minutes (because I was sticky with sweat), went back to bed to cool off under the fans, and slept for another few hours. Woke for good at 7...PM.

Somehow, I managed to wrench my right foot. Possibly while switching out area rugs? I finally put down the hand-me-down I got from the C's, which I *love*, but it needs a good cleaning. It's mostly light gold, very symmetrical faux-Persian looking, which goes much better with my decor than the old rug did. However, light gold in a high-traffic area? I'm thinking some OxyClean and a power-washer....

Previous rug was geometric arcs in mostly purples and greens. Didn't go with a damned thing in the room. I'm thinking that I'll put that one down in the laundry room (garage), which will put it to good use in a space where decor isn't a major consideration.

Upside to shifting the rugs, I got at the front of my oak entertainment unit for the first time in ages. Completely emptied the drawer, which mostly had cords from various devices...found a reciept from '02, which made me wince. I really need to Unfuck that thing! It's key to a lot of what I want to do with that space.

Tuesday being trash day (along with Friday), I got two old pole lamps down to the curb. I'd been using them as hat racks, but was going to move one into my room, because I'm tired of squinting like a mole. Plugged them in and neither worked, at all. Said screw it and hauled them out. The stuff that was hanging on them is now in ONE shopping bag awaiting dispersal.

Had a call from an unfamiliar number yesterday and got all excited, hoping it was for a job, but it was a wrong number. *sigh* Maybe next time....

I did have a small freak-out because my plumbing was acting up, but my trusty J-hook and some CPR with a plunger took care of the clog. Thank god, because I sure as hell can't afford a *real* plumber! Otherwise, business as usual.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>But wait!

Fun stuff---got a clip-on light for my Nook from [livejournal.com profile] pwcorgigirl! I love it---it's very sleek and flexable---and I'm looking forward to some quality reading after dark. Thanks, hon!

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vanillafluffy: (Fan)
I got a postponement for jury duty until October. Hopefully by then, the weather will be liveable and I'll have my act together.

I slept for ten hours today, or thereabouts. Woke up after five hours, used the facilities, stepped into the shower for a couple minutes (because I was sticky with sweat), went back to bed to cool off under the fans, and slept for another few hours. Woke for good at 7...PM.

Somehow, I managed to wrench my right foot. Possibly while switching out area rugs? I finally put down the hand-me-down I got from the C's, which I *love*, but it needs a good cleaning. It's mostly light gold, very symmetrical faux-Persian looking, which goes much better with my decor than the old rug did. However, light gold in a high-traffic area? I'm thinking some OxyClean and a power-washer....

Previous rug was geometric arcs in mostly purples and greens. Didn't go with a damned thing in the room. I'm thinking that I'll put that one down in the laundry room (garage), which will put it to good use in a space where decor isn't a major consideration.

Upside to shifting the rugs, I got at the front of my oak entertainment unit for the first time in ages. Completely emptied the drawer, which mostly had cords from various devices...found a reciept from '02, which made me wince. I really need to Unfuck that thing! It's key to a lot of what I want to do with that space.

Tuesday being trash day (along with Friday), I got two old pole lamps down to the curb. I'd been using them as hat racks, but was going to move one into my room, because I'm tired of squinting like a mole. Plugged them in and neither worked, at all. Said screw it and hauled them out. The stuff that was hanging on them is now in ONE shopping bag awaiting dispersal.

Had a call from an unfamiliar number yesterday and got all excited, hoping it was for a job, but it was a wrong number. *sigh* Maybe next time....

I did have a small freak-out because my plumbing was acting up, but my trusty J-hook and some CPR with a plunger took care of the clog. Thank god, because I sure as hell can't afford a *real* plumber! Otherwise, business as usual.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>But wait!

Fun stuff---got a clip-on light for my Nook from [livejournal.com profile] pwcorgigirl! I love it---it's very sleek and flexable---and I'm looking forward to some quality reading after dark. Thanks, hon!

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vanillafluffy: (Playing cards)
Last night, I was at J's. We played canasta til 2AM, which is extraordinary. Usually she starts making sleepy noises at 11.

Then, after the last hand, when her buddy had gone home, we sat around talking for another hour. I didn't get in til after 3, and then I was too tired to sleep. Was up til 6AM.

Slept til almost 1 PM. Lay around for a bit thinking about what I wanted to get done today, and eventually went into the office and started working in here. The good thing about working in here, apart from the best ceiling fan in the house, is being able to sit in my desk chair and bend over to stuff things into garbage bags. Mush less dizzying than standing in this heat!

Got a full 30-gallon bag up before being summoned by the phone/Mb. (We're going to the food bank in the morning, yay.) It's been a few years since I've seen this much floor around my desk, and oh, the things I found.

* A $10 gift card for Adidas, which I *knew* I had and was looking for when I last had money. Was going to get some *good* socks to wear while walking. Ah, well, hopefully by the time the weather cools down, I'll be gainfully employed.

* My copy of Formula 51. Yay, now I can inflict it on J! Although really, 2 hours of Samuel L. Jackson in a kilt isn't exactly torture. And besides, she fancies Robert Carlyle.

* A bunch of box tops with Coke reward codes---this is the only way I can afford to subscribe to 'zines, I get 'em with reward points. Also snagged a nice little soft-sided cooler, and one year when I had A LOT of points, I gave everybody magazines for Christmas.

* An empty bottle of Captain Morgan's Parrot Bay (coconut) rum. WTF, self? That must've been down there for years, because I can't even remember the last time I bought a bottle of rum.

* My big binder clip. The thing I love best about my desk, an old oak teacher's desk, is the slide-out tray that's perfect for my mouse. However, during the summer, it needs something on it to absorb perspiration from my arm: Dishtowel + clamp.

Anyway, I pitched a lot of stuff, went and schmoozed on the phone, ate, watched TV, came back and am working on the bookcase behind my desk, whick has had things jammed in it every which way. I'd eventually like to get it winnowed down to reference books all in one place, which would be fabulous. *deep breath* Baby steps....

According to USPS tracking, my Nook is in Orlando! At that rate, it should be here tomorrow or Tuesday!!!

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vanillafluffy: (Playing cards)
Last night, I was at J's. We played canasta til 2AM, which is extraordinary. Usually she starts making sleepy noises at 11.

Then, after the last hand, when her buddy had gone home, we sat around talking for another hour. I didn't get in til after 3, and then I was too tired to sleep. Was up til 6AM.

Slept til almost 1 PM. Lay around for a bit thinking about what I wanted to get done today, and eventually went into the office and started working in here. The good thing about working in here, apart from the best ceiling fan in the house, is being able to sit in my desk chair and bend over to stuff things into garbage bags. Mush less dizzying than standing in this heat!

Got a full 30-gallon bag up before being summoned by the phone/Mb. (We're going to the food bank in the morning, yay.) It's been a few years since I've seen this much floor around my desk, and oh, the things I found.

* A $10 gift card for Adidas, which I *knew* I had and was looking for when I last had money. Was going to get some *good* socks to wear while walking. Ah, well, hopefully by the time the weather cools down, I'll be gainfully employed.

* My copy of Formula 51. Yay, now I can inflict it on J! Although really, 2 hours of Samuel L. Jackson in a kilt isn't exactly torture. And besides, she fancies Robert Carlyle.

* A bunch of box tops with Coke reward codes---this is the only way I can afford to subscribe to 'zines, I get 'em with reward points. Also snagged a nice little soft-sided cooler, and one year when I had A LOT of points, I gave everybody magazines for Christmas.

* An empty bottle of Captain Morgan's Parrot Bay (coconut) rum. WTF, self? That must've been down there for years, because I can't even remember the last time I bought a bottle of rum.

* My big binder clip. The thing I love best about my desk, an old oak teacher's desk, is the slide-out tray that's perfect for my mouse. However, during the summer, it needs something on it to absorb perspiration from my arm: Dishtowel + clamp.

Anyway, I pitched a lot of stuff, went and schmoozed on the phone, ate, watched TV, came back and am working on the bookcase behind my desk, whick has had things jammed in it every which way. I'd eventually like to get it winnowed down to reference books all in one place, which would be fabulous. *deep breath* Baby steps....

According to USPS tracking, my Nook is in Orlando! At that rate, it should be here tomorrow or Tuesday!!!

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vanillafluffy: (Yay ME!)
I went into the kitchen looking for brunch and ended up emptying the sink *again*. (This was utencils from the counter; I got the countertop dishes done last night before bed.) There were a few things like ladles and serving spoons and my most-often used knives.

My knife drawer has been not rolling smoothly for some time...as in the last couple years. This afternoon, I actually pulled it all the way out to see WHY it was sticking. Will you look at that, the back and bottom of the drawer are coming apart.

Without delay, I fetched a small hammer from my crafting tools and began realigning and tapping at it. It took a few minutes, but I managed to geet the tongues into the grooves, the doves into the tails, whatever you want to call it---it's FIXED.

I also rearranged things on the wall. It's the wall that's going to be torn out someday, but meanwhile, it saves me having to rummage around for odd-sized stuff that doesn't fit into drawers but disappears in cabinets---jumbo slotted spoon, strainers, funnels and my collection of cast-iron trivets...I also have a collection of "copper" jello molds (actually colored aluminum)---they're displayed on the soffits above my cabinets.

I'm making progress---but I *still* haven't had brunch.

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vanillafluffy: (Yay ME!)
I went into the kitchen looking for brunch and ended up emptying the sink *again*. (This was utencils from the counter; I got the countertop dishes done last night before bed.) There were a few things like ladles and serving spoons and my most-often used knives.

My knife drawer has been not rolling smoothly for some time...as in the last couple years. This afternoon, I actually pulled it all the way out to see WHY it was sticking. Will you look at that, the back and bottom of the drawer are coming apart.

Without delay, I fetched a small hammer from my crafting tools and began realigning and tapping at it. It took a few minutes, but I managed to geet the tongues into the grooves, the doves into the tails, whatever you want to call it---it's FIXED.

I also rearranged things on the wall. It's the wall that's going to be torn out someday, but meanwhile, it saves me having to rummage around for odd-sized stuff that doesn't fit into drawers but disappears in cabinets---jumbo slotted spoon, strainers, funnels and my collection of cast-iron trivets...I also have a collection of "copper" jello molds (actually colored aluminum)---they're displayed on the soffits above my cabinets.

I'm making progress---but I *still* haven't had brunch.

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vanillafluffy: (DIY -- Toolbox)
This may be laughably obvious, but I'm *trying* to get into the habit of multi-tasking, IE doing something while waiting for something else, like wiping the counter while microwaving something, or doing a few dishes while something's in the oven. I figure I'm less likely to burn out this way...much as I'd like it to all!be!clean!RIGHT!NOW!!!, it didn't get this way in two hours, and it's not going to be perfect that fast, either. Not that I think it's EVER going to be PERFECT, but you know what I mean.

Okay, now for my crazy idea, let me know what you think: My kitchen counter is fifty years old. It was originally white with glitter flecks (VERY 60s!), now it's old and mottled and just looks icky, even when wiped off. Over the years, it's been stained in places by red dye from various spilled drink mixes. I've had the daft thought that a couple dollars worth of unsweetened drink mix powder sprinkled across a slightly dampened countertop and left to dry would result in an interesting pink-tinted laminate.

Yes, I'd give it a rinse in the morning, but that stuff stains pretty thoroughly. Yes, I know they sell kits to paint laminate countertops---which I can't afford at the moment. And I certainly can't afford new counters. This, however, is cheap AND foodsafe. Doesn't take any special equipment. And I don't think my counters can look any worse....

What do you think?

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vanillafluffy: (DIY -- Toolbox)
This may be laughably obvious, but I'm *trying* to get into the habit of multi-tasking, IE doing something while waiting for something else, like wiping the counter while microwaving something, or doing a few dishes while something's in the oven. I figure I'm less likely to burn out this way...much as I'd like it to all!be!clean!RIGHT!NOW!!!, it didn't get this way in two hours, and it's not going to be perfect that fast, either. Not that I think it's EVER going to be PERFECT, but you know what I mean.

Okay, now for my crazy idea, let me know what you think: My kitchen counter is fifty years old. It was originally white with glitter flecks (VERY 60s!), now it's old and mottled and just looks icky, even when wiped off. Over the years, it's been stained in places by red dye from various spilled drink mixes. I've had the daft thought that a couple dollars worth of unsweetened drink mix powder sprinkled across a slightly dampened countertop and left to dry would result in an interesting pink-tinted laminate.

Yes, I'd give it a rinse in the morning, but that stuff stains pretty thoroughly. Yes, I know they sell kits to paint laminate countertops---which I can't afford at the moment. And I certainly can't afford new counters. This, however, is cheap AND foodsafe. Doesn't take any special equipment. And I don't think my counters can look any worse....

What do you think?

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Finally!

Jul. 10th, 2012 02:10 am
vanillafluffy: (Sheep woman)
After all my bleating about it, I've *finally* washed all the dishes...at least, all the ones that have been living in the sink.

Now I can start on the ones on the counters....

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Finally!

Jul. 10th, 2012 02:10 am
vanillafluffy: (Sheep woman)
After all my bleating about it, I've *finally* washed all the dishes...at least, all the ones that have been living in the sink.

Now I can start on the ones on the counters....

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vanillafluffy: (Rose keyboard)
The presentation on service dogs went pretty well this morning, despite the fact that I overslept. Snoozed right through my alarm, woke, caught sight of the clock, thought it said 10:43 (Church starts at 11) screamed, virtually levitated out of bed, looked again, saw that it was actually "only" 10:13, and calmed down, but did not slow down.

I made it from bed to church in a scant 35 minutes, by virtue of knowing what I was going to wear and having it ready beforehand. (Zebra suit with cranberry red shell and shoes, shell and coral necklace.) I did not, however, have any notes, which made it challenging.

I'm told it was a good talk; I meant to discuss service dog etiquette, but didn't. Was going to differentiate between service dogs and theraphy dogs, didn't. I've run across several stories about service dogs in the news recently and touched on all of them, so it didn't go too terribly.

I'm taking a breather from my room; there's been a Hoarding: Buried Alive marathon most of the evening, and there but for the grace of God...saw a news story yesterday about a guy in California who lost it when city officials showed up on his doorstep. He shot one of them and held them off for a while before surrendering. Yikes. At times like this, I feel like a model of mental health (other times, I'm not so sure).

Got an email from GK that made me squee gleefully: She's got a new Nook Touch for me by way of some overpriveleged kid she knows who got it as a graduation present and didn't want it. Woohoo, he may not care for it, but I'm just thrilled! She says she'll get it registered for me and load a few books onto it. I suggested she scope out my Amazon wish list, which I should probably go update.

A pretty good day, all things condidered!

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vanillafluffy: (Rose keyboard)
The presentation on service dogs went pretty well this morning, despite the fact that I overslept. Snoozed right through my alarm, woke, caught sight of the clock, thought it said 10:43 (Church starts at 11) screamed, virtually levitated out of bed, looked again, saw that it was actually "only" 10:13, and calmed down, but did not slow down.

I made it from bed to church in a scant 35 minutes, by virtue of knowing what I was going to wear and having it ready beforehand. (Zebra suit with cranberry red shell and shoes, shell and coral necklace.) I did not, however, have any notes, which made it challenging.

I'm told it was a good talk; I meant to discuss service dog etiquette, but didn't. Was going to differentiate between service dogs and theraphy dogs, didn't. I've run across several stories about service dogs in the news recently and touched on all of them, so it didn't go too terribly.

I'm taking a breather from my room; there's been a Hoarding: Buried Alive marathon most of the evening, and there but for the grace of God...saw a news story yesterday about a guy in California who lost it when city officials showed up on his doorstep. He shot one of them and held them off for a while before surrendering. Yikes. At times like this, I feel like a model of mental health (other times, I'm not so sure).

Got an email from GK that made me squee gleefully: She's got a new Nook Touch for me by way of some overpriveleged kid she knows who got it as a graduation present and didn't want it. Woohoo, he may not care for it, but I'm just thrilled! She says she'll get it registered for me and load a few books onto it. I suggested she scope out my Amazon wish list, which I should probably go update.

A pretty good day, all things condidered!

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vanillafluffy: (Fan)
I haven't gotten a lot done since GK's departure, since the heat has returned with a vengeance and I'm mostly useless above 85F. Still, I consolidated a system for recycing cans---a Good Thing, since I keep finding them as I move other things around.

The middle room, which is the room everything seems to land in is earmarked to be my office/library, but GK says better I should stuff stuff in there and actually be able to use my living and dining room to their fullest. I'm not sure about how I feel about that, especially since that's my Career square on the feng shui grid. Deadweight is the last thing it needs.

Changed my bedding this afternoon, and since I can now circumnavigate my bed, I managed to spin the mattress around. (Not flipped, just a horizontal 180.)

I love the new striped curtains over my big living room window. Yes, they're darker than the old off-white ones in terms of letting in light, but they're also a lot fuller, which adds a note of luxury to the room. (Width of window is 105", plus the sidtance on either side to the brackets. The tab curtains are four panels of 42" each.) Now, if I can just get the old area rug up and the "new" one down....

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vanillafluffy: (Fan)
I haven't gotten a lot done since GK's departure, since the heat has returned with a vengeance and I'm mostly useless above 85F. Still, I consolidated a system for recycing cans---a Good Thing, since I keep finding them as I move other things around.

The middle room, which is the room everything seems to land in is earmarked to be my office/library, but GK says better I should stuff stuff in there and actually be able to use my living and dining room to their fullest. I'm not sure about how I feel about that, especially since that's my Career square on the feng shui grid. Deadweight is the last thing it needs.

Changed my bedding this afternoon, and since I can now circumnavigate my bed, I managed to spin the mattress around. (Not flipped, just a horizontal 180.)

I love the new striped curtains over my big living room window. Yes, they're darker than the old off-white ones in terms of letting in light, but they're also a lot fuller, which adds a note of luxury to the room. (Width of window is 105", plus the sidtance on either side to the brackets. The tab curtains are four panels of 42" each.) Now, if I can just get the old area rug up and the "new" one down....

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vanillafluffy: (Yay ME!)
GK got back from Savannah around 8, and we ended up staying awake til 3 AM cleaning. The results are nothing less than astonishing. Not quite "Having Martha Stewart to tea" level awesome, but if she weren't flying out this afternoon, it would be there by Monday for sure! I'm psyched!

I'd spent a couple hours trying to deal with the pile on the far side of the bed. I do not exagerated when I say it was nearly up to the level of the mattress (which is on a platform bed and is literally hip-high). Now it's completely cleared and swept and I have hopes of getting the mattress turned beforeshe leaves.

We paused for sustenence around 10PM. Descended upon Taco Bell and wolved down dinner, then over to WalMart for more trashbags and a fresh pillow for GK. She got sucked into the orbit of Discount Fabric and got a bunch, including 4 yards for me to make new bedroom curtains with. It's a cute print of yellow-gold leaves on an aqua background.

Back home, we worked on the living room, then the pantry, because it bothered her that I had cans and boxes and stuff all over the living room.

Today calls for recycling cans and canned goods---not at the same place!---within the next three hours. Finally, last thing before we turned in, we got the curtains up. They made the room smaller, but cozy.

More later!

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ETA: The cans brought in $18.50 (at 50 cents a pound, which gives you anidea of how over-run I'vebeen!), we donated a trunkful of canned goods and pantry items to the Sharing Center, and got padlocks on my gates. She departed about ten minutes ago, saying she was going to need a vacation from her vacation---I know the feeling! I only caught about three hours sleep last night---something tells me I'm gonna be zonked this afternoon!

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vanillafluffy: (Yay ME!)
GK got back from Savannah around 8, and we ended up staying awake til 3 AM cleaning. The results are nothing less than astonishing. Not quite "Having Martha Stewart to tea" level awesome, but if she weren't flying out this afternoon, it would be there by Monday for sure! I'm psyched!

I'd spent a couple hours trying to deal with the pile on the far side of the bed. I do not exagerated when I say it was nearly up to the level of the mattress (which is on a platform bed and is literally hip-high). Now it's completely cleared and swept and I have hopes of getting the mattress turned beforeshe leaves.

We paused for sustenence around 10PM. Descended upon Taco Bell and wolved down dinner, then over to WalMart for more trashbags and a fresh pillow for GK. She got sucked into the orbit of Discount Fabric and got a bunch, including 4 yards for me to make new bedroom curtains with. It's a cute print of yellow-gold leaves on an aqua background.

Back home, we worked on the living room, then the pantry, because it bothered her that I had cans and boxes and stuff all over the living room.

Today calls for recycling cans and canned goods---not at the same place!---within the next three hours. Finally, last thing before we turned in, we got the curtains up. They made the room smaller, but cozy.

More later!

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ETA: The cans brought in $18.50 (at 50 cents a pound, which gives you anidea of how over-run I'vebeen!), we donated a trunkful of canned goods and pantry items to the Sharing Center, and got padlocks on my gates. She departed about ten minutes ago, saying she was going to need a vacation from her vacation---I know the feeling! I only caught about three hours sleep last night---something tells me I'm gonna be zonked this afternoon!

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vanillafluffy: (Housework blahs)
Things got messy, literally, when we went over to NJ's after the Chinese buffet. Now, I make no bones about being a terrible housekeeper; I own it. But I could *hear* Kat rolling over in her grave as I looked around what used to be her house. It was filthy---and it takes A LOT to gross me out.

GK was even more appalled, after fighting her way through a sea of cockroaches to reach the toilet. She went back later, after NJ was off to her 3rd-shift job, and was there til dawn purging. GK says the place is call-child-protective-services bad, even after her efforts, because it's so buggy. It needs a professional exterminator and the services of a plumber and new drywall where the old has rotted out. It's BAD.

NJ was not pleased; apparently some papers were thrown away indiscriminately, but hopefully she'll get over it. She's been lathered up about how Bryan was supposed to be the house-husband since he wasn't working, and he didn't DO anything, blah, blah, blah---okay, we get it, honey---but you've still got kids at home, and that's not healthy.

I know my place is an unholy mess, but at least it's NOT buggy. (And no kids!!!) Thanks to GK bringing over what stuff her family didn't consume---they were in an efficiency suite with full cooking amenities---I cleared out my fridge yesterday morning. First time in ages! Not full-on scrub-from-top-to-bottom clean, but I extracted the green cheese and science projects and the like so that there's actually room for fresh stuff. Yay, fridge!

GK is returning here tonight after she gets back from Savannah, and she's promised to shuttle my cans to the recycling center in her big rental car before she goes to the airport tomorrow afternoon. Yay, cans! She's also going to help me hang my living room curtains, yay, curtains! Maybe even some of that tailoring we were talking about.... *crosses fingers*

I feel as if I've left things out...it can't be too important...now I'm going to go fix breakfast, then I'm going to start excavating cans in my bedroom, which I expect will take me all afternoon. I've already gotten two bagsful from my office.

TTFN.

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vanillafluffy: (Housework blahs)
Things got messy, literally, when we went over to NJ's after the Chinese buffet. Now, I make no bones about being a terrible housekeeper; I own it. But I could *hear* Kat rolling over in her grave as I looked around what used to be her house. It was filthy---and it takes A LOT to gross me out.

GK was even more appalled, after fighting her way through a sea of cockroaches to reach the toilet. She went back later, after NJ was off to her 3rd-shift job, and was there til dawn purging. GK says the place is call-child-protective-services bad, even after her efforts, because it's so buggy. It needs a professional exterminator and the services of a plumber and new drywall where the old has rotted out. It's BAD.

NJ was not pleased; apparently some papers were thrown away indiscriminately, but hopefully she'll get over it. She's been lathered up about how Bryan was supposed to be the house-husband since he wasn't working, and he didn't DO anything, blah, blah, blah---okay, we get it, honey---but you've still got kids at home, and that's not healthy.

I know my place is an unholy mess, but at least it's NOT buggy. (And no kids!!!) Thanks to GK bringing over what stuff her family didn't consume---they were in an efficiency suite with full cooking amenities---I cleared out my fridge yesterday morning. First time in ages! Not full-on scrub-from-top-to-bottom clean, but I extracted the green cheese and science projects and the like so that there's actually room for fresh stuff. Yay, fridge!

GK is returning here tonight after she gets back from Savannah, and she's promised to shuttle my cans to the recycling center in her big rental car before she goes to the airport tomorrow afternoon. Yay, cans! She's also going to help me hang my living room curtains, yay, curtains! Maybe even some of that tailoring we were talking about.... *crosses fingers*

I feel as if I've left things out...it can't be too important...now I'm going to go fix breakfast, then I'm going to start excavating cans in my bedroom, which I expect will take me all afternoon. I've already gotten two bagsful from my office.

TTFN.

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Mid-weekend

Jun. 3rd, 2012 07:30 am
vanillafluffy: (all about fluff)
Spent last evening at J's. Was introduced to Whipped Cream vodka (by Pinnacle), which is like a high-test root beer float when mixed with A&W. (Don't knock it til you've tried it!) Also meat-lover's pizza. Followed by a hand of canasta, followed by me going OH SHIT when I realized my dishes were still in the carton in my trunk.

I brought them in, soaked them for a short while, then got busy scouring while J took a shower. I ended up pitching a few things---plastic tumblers that weren't worth scrubbing, cheap flatware that was eaten by rust---I refuse to be one of those people who ha to save everything. Any of the items I tossed wasn't worth my time and soap.

Fulled up my tank while I was out---$3.31 a gallon, w00t!---and dropped off my library books.

Go, me!

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Mid-weekend

Jun. 3rd, 2012 07:30 am
vanillafluffy: (all about fluff)
Spent last evening at J's. Was introduced to Whipped Cream vodka (by Pinnacle), which is like a high-test root beer float when mixed with A&W. (Don't knock it til you've tried it!) Also meat-lover's pizza. Followed by a hand of canasta, followed by me going OH SHIT when I realized my dishes were still in the carton in my trunk.

I brought them in, soaked them for a short while, then got busy scouring while J took a shower. I ended up pitching a few things---plastic tumblers that weren't worth scrubbing, cheap flatware that was eaten by rust---I refuse to be one of those people who ha to save everything. Any of the items I tossed wasn't worth my time and soap.

Fulled up my tank while I was out---$3.31 a gallon, w00t!---and dropped off my library books.

Go, me!

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