|Shit Shift and Good Things!
||[Jul. 1st, 2007|11:54 pm]
Kelly J. Cooper
Yesterday (Saturday) the BF made raspberry muffins with white and dark chocolate chips. YUM! We also went off and bought tomato plants to replace the seedlings that didn't survive June. (Hey, istemi, I got a Mr. Stripey!) I spent the evening at at the Porter Square Book Store for my friend Alexander's book party, celebrating the release of his book (co-written with Steven Withrow) Character Design for Graphic Novels.
Thanks to motivation, assistance, and gentle but persistent prodding on the part of miss_chance and i_leonardo, today (well, Sunday) I cleaned a bunch of stuff up in our spare room (we also call it the "dressing room" since our bedroom is so small, most of our clothes are in there). Morale boosted with remote assistance from rmd.
In anticipation of their arrival, I picked up many of piles of stuff that had no home and put them on my bed. This meant I was able to reach AND OPEN the windows! It's been a couple years since that happened.
As was my intention, by the time miss_chance arrived (with BAGELS!), we had more room to operate, so we moved a bookshelf over a bit, then put together a Metro shelf knock-off I'd bought MONTHS ago, and stacked most of my dirty laundry on it.
When i_leonardo got there, I sent her off on an errand to get more bins so we could do step two: stash a lot of books in my office.
Back in the spare room, using the Metro and a curtain rod as swap space, miss_chance put about 20-30 clean shirts on hangers while I filled a bag with stuff to give to Rosie's Place and made room in the closet to put most of the shirts INTO the closet. We then filled half a box with books to sell, threw away a garbage bag full of wire hangers (after salvaging the nice plastic and wooden ones from the tangle), and arranged things so that I have a nice place to sit and work on old bags and boxes of unknown STUFF (to pitch most of it, but salvage the occasional important bit) in comfort. While sitting there, I filled another bag with donations and, after poking through it, designated a third bag (old bedding) for donation as well.
Then I created homes for many of the piles of stuff on my bed. Most of them were stacks of guidebooks and souvenirs from past trips; I'd bought several small boxes specifically so that I could dedicate a box or two to each trip and then LABEL the outside of the box so I could more easily FIND the stuff from any given trip, but hadn't gotten around to putting the stuff in the boxes. So that's DONE (four trips' worth, plus a bin for another trip I'd already assembled) and they're on top of the new shelf. Together. Labeled. I can SEE them.
Meanwhile, the ladies loaded books (mainly from the past couple of years' reading) into the bins i_leonardo bought (and which I need to pay her back for), then stacked them neatly in my office space (which was, until then, nigh unusable due to the piles and piles of books).
Then i_leonardo headed off and miss_chance and I discussed the basics of how I might create a realistic work space in my office (it's currently stuffed with bookshelves that are filled with books, graphic novels, and trade paperback comic collections; there's also a large Metro shelf covered with long & short boxes full of comics).
Once miss_chance headed out, the BF and I made grilled pizza, amused jbsegal (who stopped by to give me a very nice present!), and then I finally dragged my butt upstairs to finish clearing off the bed. I also put some random things that I'd stashed around the bed back in their places in the other room, so the bedroom has returned from swap space to status quo.
I should mention that, while we were workin' inside, the BF cleaned the bathroom, mowed the front and back (push mower), weed whacked the remote bits, trimmed the GARGANTUAN HEDGE, put the tomato plants into their beds, and did contract work. I'm sure he did a bunch of other stuff too (he usually does) but that's what I noticed him doing. Special note to knot_frayed give him NO CRAP ABOUT THIS or face my wrath. And quit giggling.