Tuesday, June 17, 2008

And now back to our regularly scheduled program

Well, I know that it must seem like I've spent the last four days doing nothing but blogging and listening to people vent about a certain convention being canceled, but that really isn't the case. All things considered, I guess that I've had a pretty good weekend. Nothing really special, but I did enjoy most of it.

We watched Fringe. Bad Robot. Good show. Enough said.

Okay, so I'll probably come back later and write another post about Fringe, but for now I'll just say that I think I'm going to like the show. We also managed to go and see both The Incredible Hulk on Friday and The Happening on Sunday. I should post about both movies, but it will have to be later.

And we watched the usual stuff like Doctor Who and of course the new Battlestar Galactica. It seems strange now that we had time to do all that in addition to going out a few times and actually doing just a little bit of shopping. And that's just the stuff that we did together. While he was out I watched most of the last half of The Tripods (though episodes 10 and 25 seem to be missing), and the first half of Chocky. And I read Heroes: Saving Charlie. I used to read all of the time, but now it seems to be a rare thing. I don't have the patience for it, or I can't concentrate, and most annoying is the situation with my eyesight. I have to remove my glasses and read with the book just so, right in front of my face. Not that I didn't often read with the book pretty close to my face anyway, but now I have no choice in the matter, and if I move the book more than an inch or move my head to get into a more comfortable position, I can't see well enough to read.

So with all that I didn't manage to do anything useful like cleaning or sorting. Actually, I did, just not that much. Getting this mess under control rather seems like trying to move a mountain with a teaspoon. But I've decided to go ahead and move the mountain a teaspoon at a time, but mainly just during commercial breaks. I only get a little bit done, but I was only ever just getting a little bit done anyway, and this way I do something everyday and don't just get frustrated with the whole thing and give up. So when I remember the events of the day I don't have a mental picture of trying to do the impossible and doing a lot of work and getting no results from it, I remember watching The Tripods or some movie I haven't seen since I was a kid or reading something, and doing a bit of work between watching TV or reading chapters. And then at the end of the week I can actually see where I've gotten something done. It's not much, but it's something. Better than me sitting around all day complaining that it's too hot to do anything.

I've gotten another bag of clothes ready to send to Goodwill. I've boxed up about two-thirds of my video tapes. And I have finally figured out how to properly store a certain odd shaped costume. I'm not sure how old this costume is, but I only wore it the one time, and I think it is pre-9/11. Still, I worked hard on it, and I can't stand the thought of tossing it out. But part of it is an odd shape, and part of it is too big to fit into the 18 gallon storage boxes that most of the other stuff is in. Most of the time it has been in my closet, hanging at an odd angle, and taking up a lot of space. But I couldn't figure out how else to store it. There are different plastic storage containers that it might fit in, but they are so much more expensive than the 18 gallon totes, and of course if I bought one of those it wouldn't stack properly with the 18 gallon totes. And as many times as the place has flooded, I couldn't just put it in a cardboard box. After Christmas I got the idea that maybe the main part of it that didn't fit into the 18 gallon totes would fit in one of those plastic round boxes made for storing wreaths, but that didn't quite work out either. So the costume has been sitting in my closet, at an odd angle, taking up space.

After the incident of seeing the mouse in the closet, I decided to move the costume. And I finally decided that maybe the best thing was to just put it in a long cardboard box and be done with it. I think that I have finally fixed the flooding problem, so it should be okay stored in cardboard, but if not, I'll probably never wear it again anyway and if it is flood damaged I will then at least be able to make myself get rid of it.

So off I went to buy one of those over-sized long cardboard storage boxes, but I couldn't find any. They didn't have any at Target, and they didn't have any at Garden Ridge. And I guess it's been years since I've bought such a thing, so maybe just no one wants them anymore. I wasn't going to waste the day going to different stores looking for boxes. It's waited this long, so it can wait a bit more til I just happen to be in the right store for some other reason.

And then Sunday while we were out, I found a really big cardboard box. It was way too big for my purpose, and it was really too big to do much of anything else with either. But I thought that I'd take it home and cut up the cardboard to use later. And then I thought as long as I was now okay with putting the costume in cardboard, how about trying to make something out of this cardboard. So that's what I did, and it now fits in the closet and hardly takes up any space at all.

Okay, that's not much, but that's something that I've been trying to figure out for like five years and I finally got it done yesterday. I think the plan is going to work.


dmarks said...

They sell really long plastic storage boxes similar to the old cardboard ones, but probably better (more protection from floods, mice, bugs, and Martian crickets). We have at least one, for Christmas wrapping rolls.

laughingattheslut said...

I have quite a long one that holds my knitting machine, and I thought that if I was going to get another plastic stackable box I should get one like something I already had. But I was thinking that it costs a little over ten dollars, and this one was almost twenty. I guess I don't want to buy another bunch of boxes at twenty dollar a piece. But it turns out that this one wouldn't have worked for the costume anyway. This one was plenty long, but I needed at least two feet wide.

The Diva's Thoughts said...

Tackling large projects a little at a time is always the bes way to go about it. Good for you.