October 26, 2019

Trying to get the house in order. Took down a pencil tree which kept trying to fall over and break ornaments and heads. Took the electronic recycling over to Office Depot and picked up some ornaments hooks to put up the Halloween Shiny Brites.

Most of the Halloween decor is actually placed and it’s not even Halloween. Lol. And most of it will shift easily over to a more general harvest theme next month.

Time to get cleaning. Later, cuz.

Gratitude:

1) That the pencil tree fit into the trash bin

2) The YouTube #teamtrees campaign that Mr. Beast organized.

3) Tester pots of paint that should be enough to do the accent wall in my bathroom without having to buy a full gallon

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October 25, 2019

I was listening to a podcast this morning that sparked me to think about my relationship to things. Physical things. I grew up as what is termed a Global Nomad. We are the children of service members, national company officers, diplomats, etc. We are used to moving every few years and attend multiple schools through our lives.

We do not have a family home.

This is a huge difference between my parents and myself. They have a town that they grew up in. Their parents lived in the same houses for more than forty years.

I have been, for the first time in my life, living in the same house for more than ten years. This is a huge shift and the coping mechanisms and the life I was used to hasn’t completely shifted either me.

As a nomad, my things were what I attached the term “home” to. The bed that moved with me, the teddy bear who traveled Europe with me, the collection of things which has followed me from place to place. What it also means is that I was used to a purge every two years because we were moving.

That hasn’t happened in years.

Thus, there is too much stuff in my life right now. This is part of why I am doing the eBay thing. To reduce that amount. Also, we have sent so many boxes to Goodwill that the people working there recognize my father. And still there is more stuff.

There’s not really a resolution to this explanation or exploration of my brain, but It is something I am trying to be aware of and change my thinking on. I do not need to surround myself with stuff just to have it. I don’t need to tie my memories or sense of home to them. Don’t get me wrong, I will never be a minimalist with a white box of an apartment and three pairs of black pants in my closet, but I am working at curating my life more and releasing the things that are just hiding in the closet.

EBay: Penny doll

Gratitude:

1) That people will listen to my ramblings

2) That I have a possible new job opportunity

3) That I have the time and space to store things while I try to sell them and recoup some of the money to put against debts, as opposed to being so against the wall from packing that I just donate it all and hope for the best.

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October 24, 2019

Yesterday was mostly bland, punctuated by a little venting and whinging.

Gratitude

1) Johnathan Coulton’s “Re: Your Brains” for always making me smile.

2) Hank and John Green for being adorkable and intelligent nerds.

3) My memory for lyrics which lets me sing along with songs in the car

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October 22, 2019

Discovered a new charity today by watching a video: onesimplewish.org. It provides gifts to kids in foster care who might otherwise not have anything special in their lives. You can donate a straight amount or you can choose a particular wish to sponsor. I love shopping for others, so this is right up my alley.

Similar to this is modestneeds.org which allows you to help families out with simple needs that might otherwise cripple their finances. For example, brakes on the car or new glasses.

You can help teachers out on donorsChoose.org if that’s your bag. I love buying books or art supplies for classrooms on this.

Just… do a random act of kindness today. We need more kindness in the world right now.

EBay sales: pattern, necklace, vintage Ewok, 2 books, collectable banks,

Gratitude:

1) the meeting this afternoon which had the potential to go nuts was actually really well received and did not turn into something nasty

2) That the podcasts I listen to on the way to work and back are interesting and well produced.

3) That Nanowrimo is on its way and I know what I am going to write for it this year

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10-21-19

Gratitude:

  1. Friends who are willing to help blow off steam even on a weekday.
  2. Games that can be played for a short period of time. Even just one level at a time.
  3. Wikipedia for making sure I always have a weird and wonderful fact of the day.

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October 14, 2019

Gratitude:

1) That while on vacation my parents and I do not have anything like the Family Drama (TM) that I see on display around us.

2) The ventalin in my inhaler for making it possible to push the wheelchair and still breathe

3) Jimmy Buffet music.

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October 12, 2019

Once again marveling at the miracle of flight while my knees are pressed up against the seat in front of me and the underseat bag is in for the long-haul because while I can get into it, it requires advanced core strength and flexibility.

Still, vacation is a wonderful thing and my cortisol levels aren’t already falling. I highly recommend the new Key West Has at Olivia’s restaurant at Old Key West resort in Disney. It’s tofu based and a wonderful choice for the vegetarians among us.

Gratitude:

1) The plane stayed in the air and the kids were well behaved.

2) Disney provides free pass and tampons.

3) The wheelchair was at the resort when we arrived.

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October 11, 2019

My life today can be summarized as meetings. No, I do not want to interact with anyone else. I have had my fill of human interaction and wish to resign and become a cat.

Gratitude:

1) The beautiful light of fall which makes everything crisp and clean.

2) The right temperature in the morning to let me wear my moto jacket.

3) That the things which sold on eBay today were already packed and just needed shipping labels.

EBay: ventriloquist dummy, projector and slides

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October 9, 2019

Well, today felt… anti-climactic. It seems that when IT “upgraded” the database system I work with, they failed to inform me of a new way that things are registered into the DB. As in, I was running around chasing my tail trying to figure out how to fix a thing that wasn’t broken because the criteria for correct was changed and no one thought to tell me. You wanna hear about the wasted hours I’ve spent trying to fix this thing? I’ll tell you if you really want, but I don’t think you’ll enjoy my language.

Training other people is hard. I keep realizing that there are things I haven’t told my team-mate at work. Things I thought he already knew, which I suppose is my mistake, but it just hasn’t come up in the past nine months, so not really anyone’s problem because he didn’t actually need to know the information until now? Except, if I’d magically gotten transported to Narnia, he’d have needed to know what to do. Failure to document how to do the thing too. That’s easily fixed, but still annoying.

Words: only this blog post so far.

Gratitude:

  1. That I found out today that the vacation setting on eBay doesn’t immediately remove an item from being found. It used to, I thought, but well, it hasn’t. So, that changes how I approach that. It also reminded me that I need to put other platforms on vacation mode as well.
  2. That one of my friends was comfortable to come out as LGBTQ+ today. That’s always beautiful to see.
  3. That I have clarity on where I don’t want to be by spring and that’s a step in the right direction.

EBay: Shirley Temple photo, celluloid doll

Bonanza: Viewmaster slides

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October 8, 2019

It’s been just an ordinary day today. Nothing particularly one way or the other.

Still, I got a big old smack of imposter syndrome at work today. “Wow. I think this is really good. You have gotten so much done.” And I am thinking, seriously? This has barely scratched the surface of the project. Holy crap you have different standards.

Gratitude:

1) That other people see my worth more clearly than I do and point it out to me. I am a perfectionist and I always feel as though the thing I have created is not good enough.

2) That Pandora music streaming has introduced me to several bands that I never heard of before.

3) That there is a vacation setting on eBay so that I don’t have to resist everything when I take a vacation.

EBay: wine stopper, 1 teddy bear

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