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Moving, Moving, Moving September 22, 2016

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Big news of the day: I signed my lease and got the keys to my new place (freshly cut for the freshly re-keyed locks). Weeee!  The walls look nicer with a fresh coat of tan paint. The stuck doors are unstuck, and all sockets are properly covered. There’s a plumbing issue to resolve, but hopefully that’ll be all set by the time I’m actually moved in. I did some re-measuring and am now more secure in the idea that everything will fit through the doors. Though, the washer and dryer are still going to take a bit of work to get down into the basement through the tiny kitchen. Hurray for professional movers.

In book news, I finished Practical Demonkeeping, and am currently listening to M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman, another short story collection, this one for a younger audience. I also read the second volume of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer graphic novels. More confusing than the first, but possibly just because I’m not used to the format. I also sold a short stack of books to Acorn Books, and a slightly taller stack to Half Price Books, today. The rest of my discards are going to CML Friends of the Library.

I have finished packing everything in the bedroom, office, and bathroom that I’m not going to need this weekend. First step moving is tomorrow evening: all the boxes. Monday is all the furniture. I’ll probably move some of the smaller furniture bits myself on the weekend, if we don’t add them to the trailer tomorrow. My computers probably won’t move until Monday, either, as WOW! hasn’t established if they serve my new apartment complex or not. TWC does, but I’d rather not, if I can avoid it.

Barfleet party this weekend, so I get to relax with friends in the middle of moving craziness. Yay! One more week until October, and all the craziness that entails.

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September, Can I Move Now? September 1, 2016

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Still no word on fixing my office window leaks, but they want to send the exterminators again on Tuesday. They gave everyone notice, addressed to all the wrong apartments today. I am supremely uninterested in moving everything into the center of the rooms again. 23 days until I sign my new lease. Unfortunately, my boss asked me to switch work days, so I have to sign on my lunch break and do the actual moving after work and/or Saturday morning and/or Monday afternoon. Weee!

NTB sealed my leaky tire again, we’ll see if that lasts. But they could not open my hood to change the oil. I even gave them permission to break the latch, and they still got nowhere. So, sometime soon, I am going to have to go to the dealership and see if it’s fixable at anything resembling a reasonable price, because I really do have to get the oil changed at some point, soonish.

Enjoyed the rest of Trigger Warnings by Gaiman. Weird stories, but nothing terribly disturbing – some a bit ghosty, some a bin akin to Poe. Then, I finally got to listen to the very first of the Pratchett series I’ve been going through – Wee Free Men. Enjoyed it very much. Wednesday, I got most of the way through XKCD’s What If? by Randall Munroe. Very silly questions, answered by science and math. Hoping one of my holds becomes available, because I’m not sure where to go next.

Upcoming events: genealogy cafe, Ohio Renaissance Festival, moving a friend, moving myself, and a Barfleet party.

 

New Adventures August 25, 2016

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The IFLA tour went well, we got lots of complements on our branch. Our management team survived long days at the conference. We’re getting into the swing of the school year, our Homework Help Center is already going strong. And our new branches are well on their way towards opening.

The moving everything into the center of every room for Pest Control was very interesting. Packed all my pewter, and two rows of books in the living room. Discovered hidden things in my kitchen in a cupboard I didn’t know I was using (too high to be useful for me). Emptied my bedroom closet shelf into suitcases, where those things will stay until after the move. Emptied my office closet, most of that went back in Tuesday. Cleaned up the bathroom a bit more, and bagged up everything in my medicine cabinets. I guess it went well, I haven’t seen any more bugs in the outside hall.

More excitement, last night, however. Rain started pouring into my office through a couple of holes in the ?head?board? of the window. Two, full power streams of water just falling down onto the sill. It’s not a place one normally looks on windows, but when I checked, all of mine have three or so such holes, that I don’t recall ever seeing before. I am assured this was not done on Monday, but must have been there before. I’ve never had rain stream into my apartment in the three years I’ve been here, though. They’ve put in a work order to check it out and fix it up. This can’t be good for the walls… Meantime, I have to wastebaskets sitting below the sill, surrounded by towels. Good thing I was awake during the storm last night.

I finished up Hat Full of Sky, and then Audible was having a Two-for-One sale, so I got Felicia Day’s You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) and Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warnings.  The first, I loved, and was inspired by. She’s so young, you might say, why has she written a memoir already? At the time at the end of the memoir, she has just finished some major things in her life, including a lot of introspection and healing, and is unsure, but energized about what might come next. It’s a very heartwarming, funny, and crazy tale of a geeky, hippy-homeschooled, southern girl who chased her passion, and which encourages the reader/listener to do the same.

The second, I’m only a little way into. Other than Good Omens with Terry Pratchett, I’ve never tackled any of his novels, only his short fiction. Fragile Things left me confused and disturbed, and pretty sure I shouldn’t try the longer stuff. So, when this new collection popped up, I figured I could manage more of his short fiction. The introductory section was very interesting to me. He discussed why he wrote each of the stories in this book. Including a story about Ray Bradbury taking time out of his day to talk to a young boy who wanted to be a writer. As with most writers, the advice was to Write, Every Day, even when you don’t want to. Also a good reminder to this astray writer.

So, I’ve packed up my TV early, and set some goals. To find my passions again, to do the work, and stop staring at Netflix with my precious free time. I’ve got a lot do do before and during the move, but in those quiet moments, I need to feed myself, my soul, my heart.