the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Or, you know, have already changed.

I cleaned out and reorganized my desk drawers yesterday. I found a whole bunch of things I'd forgotten I actually owned, like two folders of stationery, the newest of which is 20+ years old, some letter-openers, and a box of envelopes.

I used to write a fairly decent amount of letters because my best friend and I went to college in different states and the internet wasn't a thing yet, but then email started to become more common before I ran out of stationery. I also pay almost all my bills online now, so I have all these leftovers that I'll probably never use. This makes me weirdly sad. I don't think I've even used a stamp since I sent out Christmas cards last December, and I haven't had a chance to use any of my fountain pens or glass pens since...I don't even remember when.

And the change happened so abruptly that I have an entire desk drawer that's basically a time capsule from another era.
the_other_sandy: Movie tickets (Movies)
I'm still slowly working my way through my somewhat less gigantic pile of elderly unread magazines. Guess what I found this time? The July 26, 2002, issue of Entertainment Weekly had a big article about a new movie in development called...::drum roll please::...Batman vs. Superman. Yes, this article was published 11 years ago. And one of the actors mentioned as being sought-after to star in it was...Ben Affleck's bestie Matt Damon. ::is entertained::
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
My goal for the last mumblety years has been to declutter my apartment. One of my hidden corners (as they call them on Unfuck Your Habitat) has been the milk crate full of elderly unread magazines. This year I've been making an effort to go through them by leaving issues in strategic places where I might be tempted to pick them up and read them. It's been working quite well. I think I've reduced the pile by about a quarter.

Why read them, you ask? Why not just throw them away? Well, for a couple of reasons. One is the fun of looking back at magazines predicting that Daredevil was going to launch the next superhero blockbuster movie franchise (I did mention these magazines were elderly, right?), or reading interviews where John Cusack said that his (then) forthcoming movie Max was so important that people would still be discussing it in ten years. (It's been ten years. The movie grossed just over $2 million at the box office. Nobody is talking about it.) I also liked the holiday gift guide with the new must-have gadgets, like the new iPod. It's about the size of a deck of cards and can play music for as long as 10 hours! 8D

But another reason I'm reading them is that my tastes have changed and things I wouldn't have noticed or remembered at the time certainly get my notice now. For instance, in the November 30, 2001 (elderly magazines, remember?) issue of Entertainment Weekly, Bruce Fretts wrote a review of a TV movie remake of the 1971 TV movie Brian's Song. I had not noticed such a remake existed, but it starred Mekhi Phifer and Sean Maher (the same Sean Maher who went on to play Simon Tam on Firefly). Maher played Brian Piccolo, the role played by James Caan in the '71 version. Fretts thought Maher was badly miscast and went on to say, "A better choice for the role might've been James Caan's son, Scott, who displayed his talent on the gridiron in Varsity Blues." If I had read that article when it originally came out, I would've forgotten all about it because the names Sean Maher and Scott Caan meant nothing to me then.

I can't wait to see who else I find mention of.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
I have some time off from work, so I decided to tackle the 7 inch high pile o' crap that's completely taken over my kitchen table. So far, I've found 5 books, 4 CDs, a stack of bills and receipts from 2007-2008, a receipt for a book I bought (and read) in 2003, 2 sets of gaming dice, badges for 7 or 8 conventions, 4 health insurance cards, and a pair of sunglasses.

I really need to stop dumping crap on the kitchen table when I get home.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
I'm supposed to be decluttering my poor apartment by reading the bazillion print books I already own but haven't read yet, but I have fallen sufficiently in love with my Nook that I keep buying books for it and reading those instead. On the plus side, I actually am reading the books I've bought for my Nook, so I'm not just building up a new backlog there. I'm also reading more books now than I did last year when I was trying the 50 Books Challenge. But none of this reading is helping ease the clutter. I need to be reading the print books.

w00t!

Nov. 26th, 2010 11:20 am
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
I now have the contents of three of my five bookcases added to Goodreads! I've been weeding heavily as I go too, so the shelves look much nicer and have room to add more stuff.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
This is my life right here.

I may have gotten a little bit behind on the shredding of things to be shredded. I finally set myself up on the couch in front of the TV with a cross-cut shredder, trash bag, and giant pile o' things to be shredded, then shredded my way through commercial breaks. It took me three evenings and I completely filled a 13 gallon trash bag, but the pile is now completely gone. \0/

Now, on to the giant pile o' dishes in the sink. Too bad I can't do them on the couch in front of the TV.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
I like the idea of bagless vacuums for how they don't have bags to fill up landfills with, but on the other hand I miss the old days where I could vacuum up a big ugly bug and have it disappear into a bag, never to be seen again.

*Sigh*

Dec. 19th, 2009 02:58 pm
the_other_sandy: Chicago skyline (Chicago)
I have family coming over in 2 hours for an early Christmas celebration and for the first time in the 12 years I've lived here, my living room is being invaded by little brown ants. Ah, the festive smell of pine-scented Raid at holiday time.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
I don't mean to suggest that my old vacuum might not have been doing its job toward the end, but I just ran the new bagless vacuum over the carpet in a 6 1/2 foot long hallway and had to empty the bin. I also had to peel a 1/4 inch thick layer of dust off the filter.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
My New Year's resolution this year was to declutter my apartment. This project has been moving forward in fits and starts. Today, I took 2 big Container Store-sized bags of books to 1/2 Price Books to make room on the shelves for the bazillion books I've bought but haven't read yet...and came home with 6 movies and season 3 of House on DVD. Decluttering = fail.

But on the plus side, I've been looking for Series 7 on DVD for almost 8 years and there it was for only $3.98. And I do have some room on my video shelves because I decluttered my VHS tapes on my last trip to 1/2 Price Books.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Chibi Sam Yay!)
Today was documentary day with a side of productivity.

I finished the rest of the Conspiracy? episodes. Some of the theories people put forth are so ludicrous that I can't believe anyone could say them with a straight face.

But the best part was that I finished the last of the scummy dishes! Yay! I hardly know what to do with myself now. 8-P

I also emptied out my kitchen and bathroom undersink cabinets in preparation for the annual visit from the exterminator tomorrow. Usually, building management makes us empty out every single cabinet and drawer in the kitchen and bathroom, so I'm feeling very lucky that it's only the undersink cabinets this year. That went pretty smoothly since I had the bright idea awhile back to put everything in tubs to make taking them out and putting them back less time-consuming.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Housekeeping)
Today was productivity day with a side of documentaries.

I took my car for an emissions test and an oil change. I also worked on a tougher than expected batch of scummy dishes. The juice glasses were the hardest because I couldn't use copper wool on them as a last resort like I could the silverware. I just had to let them soak for a really long time. I also wound up doing a stack of plates (I've been letting them soak one at a time to get at the greatest surface area) because they were so gunky they were stuck together. Yuck. I'm down to three plates and a spatula now. Then I have to wash out the bin I evacuated the dishes to so I could use the sink for soaking and washing.

The only DVD I watched was vol. 1 of a History Channel series called Conspiracy?. I'm not a big believer in conspiracy theories, but I enjoy them the same way I enjoy urban legends. I once saw an interview with a psychologist (psychiatrist? I don't remember) who said that when people experience a huge life-altering event like the assassination of a president or a terrorist attack, they need the explanation for or the reason behind the event to be as big as the event itself. They just can't believe that something so huge could be caused by something (or someone) mundane. I think there's probably a lot of truth in that.
the_other_sandy: Black and white TV (TV)
It's pilot day! I watched two failed pilots on DVD today.

1. Nick Knight: This was the original pilot for the series that eventually became Forever Knight. I don't know why the big gap between the original airing of the pilot and when the show got picked up as a series three years later, but by then Rick Springfield was committed to a craptacular series called Human Target (which lasted seven whole episodes before getting canceled) so he wasn't available for Forever Knight. The original pilot script was reshot with Geraint Wyn Davies and went on to air for three seasons. I never could get into it. Geraint Wyn Davies was all wrong for the part to me, the dynamic of my favorite relationship on the show (between Nick and the medical examiner) was changed by turning the M.E. into a woman, and the only major character/actor that was kept was the one I hated the most (Schanke).

Meanwhile, I have a love/hate relationship with Nick Knight. I really loved it when it originally aired, but I've thought it was really lame every time I've seen it since. Yet, I keep remembering how much I loved it originally, so I wind up talking with friends about old fandoms, get nostalgic for Nick Knight, forget how lame it is, and buy another copy. Then I watch it and decide it's lame, and get rid of my copy. Lather, rinse, repeat. This time I think I'll just hang on to my copy so I can watch it and decide it's lame again for free. Funny how our tastes change over time, isn't it?

Since the show doesn't hold my attention like it once did, I paid bills and went through my junk mail while watching. Good thing, too. I found an emissions test notification that I'd forgotten all about. Fortunately, the due date isn't for awhile yet, so I'll try to get out and do that sometime this week.

2. Thoughtcrimes: This was awesome. It was a pilot that didn't get picked up about a telepathic young woman, Freya McAllister (Navi Rawat), who goes to work for the NSA. Her adorkable partner, Agent Brendan Dean, was played by Joe Flanigan. I wish this series had gotten picked up because it looked like it would've been a lot of fun, but then Joe Flanigan might not have been available to play John Sheppard on Stargate Atlantis, and that would have been bad. He was really cute in this, though. The pilot also featured Peter Horton from Brimstone as the guy who trained Freya on how to use her telepathy instead of being overwhelmed by it and Joe Morton from Eureka as Freya and Brendan's boss.

I also made more progress on the scummy dishes. I finished the silverware, which got the worst of it. I'm down to just plates and bowls now. They need to be soaked for a bit before they get washed, but they're coming clean much more easily than the silverware did.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Peter v. Hiro)
It's time once again for me to take some vacation days before I lose them, so I'll be home from work this week. Normally when I have to take vacation days and have nowhere to go, I use the time to read epic length fics, since I normally don't have time to read them. I have some fics bookmarked that are over 200,000 words long. However, I now have Mobipocket on my PDA and have been reading the aforementioned epic length fics on my lunch breaks at work, so I'm not really feeling motivated to read them this week. Instead, I decided to make a dent in my giant pile of unwatched DVDs.

Today, I started with DVDs that aren't mine. I checked out season 2 of Heroes from the library. I don't want to watch the episodes again because I hated season 2, but I did want to watch the extras and listen to the commentary tracks. I made it through all of them today. I really miss Molly, and I miss Matt and Mohinder playing My Two Dads to Molly. Matt and Molly were especially cute together. I also noticed that the actress in the photo at Hiro's mother's funeral looked nothing like the actress who actually did play Hiro's mother in volume 3.

The really cool parts were all the extras regarding the virus storyline that had to be scrapped due to the writers strike. There was a lot of footage that had already been shot plus a couple of storyboards, and some of TPTB (including Tim Kring) talked about how volume 3 was originally intended to play out. It looked awesome. It certainly looked a lot better than the Bug!Mohinder/Hunger/Woobie!Sylar stuff they actually did for volume 3. It's too late now, but I wish the virus story had worked out.

So as not to be a complete and total slug, I took a break between each episode to wash some dishes and check my email. Mostly, I washed dishes. Why so much dish washing? Well for one thing, I hate housework and tend to put it off as long as possible, so the sink was completely full. For another thing, the sink seems to have backed up at some point without me noticing because the sink was full, so the dishes and silverware and glasses in the bottom 3 inches or so of the sink were caked with brown and greenish-grey sludge. They were really disgusting. I had to buy rubber gloves because I totally refused to touch them. Before each episode, I would put some items in scalding water with detergent to soak while I watched, then would wash them afterward. I got through quite a bit, but I have a way to go yet. That stuff is murder to scrub off.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Housekeeping)
Well, I actually made two. My first resolution was to remember to make a New Year's resolution because somehow I always forget. Having successfully kept that resolution, my second resolution was to declutter the master disaster that is my apartment before next January 1st. In furtherance of that goal, I joined the FlyLady Yahoo!Group, which I saw [livejournal.com profile] thefannishwaldo mention on her LJ.

We'll see how it goes. I don't usually do well in groups, but anybody who's been reading this LJ long enough to have followed my two previous attempts to declutter knows that I wasn't doing so hot on my own. So far, I like that the group helps its members establish a daily routine by adding just one item to that routine every day, and I also like that they keep reminding me that it took more than one day for my apartment to get like this, so it's going to take awhile to fix. On the other hand, I don't like the "encouraging" emails I keep getting. I was especially annoyed by the one that told me I just need a great big hug and to talk to myself in a loving, gentle voice to get started. Um, no. What I need is a kick in the pants and a scheduled routine.

Anyway, tomorrow I have to buy bleach for the major sink cleaning, since I just discovered I'm out. In the meantime, I at least managed to wash the dishes in the sink in preparation for the major sink cleaning.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Default)
I've been running around like a mad thing trying to get all my errands done before I leave for Kazcon at oh-dark-thirty on Thursday morning. The con hotel has wi-fi, so if I remember the charging cable for my PDA (and if the teeny tiny screen doesn't render me blind), I'll be blogging the con as much as I can. I still need to prep for one of the two panels I'm hosting. Oh, and I have to email the co-host of my other panel to see if she has any last minute additions.

Today, I did a whole lot of laundry. I haven't been that great about cleaning the last couple of days, but I've been puttering, and in my puttering, I seem to have accidentally finished clearing off the last of the kitchen counters. I also got to the bottom of 2 out of 3 piles of crap on the coffee table. I found fliers for 2 cons that were held in 2004, plus about 5 course catalogs for the local community college (they bulk mail them every semester).

The Supernatural, SG-1, and SGA panels at Comic-Con have been blogged extensively, so here are my impressions of the news out of the con that I haven't seen on my flist or Yahoo!Groups:

Read more... )
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Default)
I've only been on LJ just under two months, but when it was down last night, it took me awhile to figure out what to do with myself. That's so sad. 8-) Forced out of LJ Land, I took a look around and noticed that I had story alerts from FF.net...79 of them. Whoops. I also had an anime DVD due back at the library (vol. 2 of Le Chevalier d'Eon).

But I was good and cleaned. I washed the dishes (seriously, it never ends) and cleaned off the counter between the sink and the fridge, then washed the counter itself. Two out of three counters are now completely clean.

I also watched Eureka, but that's a topic for another post.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Housekeeping)
I've been bad again. I didn't clean at all on Friday, so I cleaned for half an hour on Saturday to make up for it. I washed the dishes, then unpacked and washed a new supply of food storage containers.

I have no idea where my old ones went. I used to have 8 of them, but they're all gone. I know I threw away one because something in it got superheated and melted the plastic a little, and I know I threw away another one because the food in it reacted to the plastic somehow and I could never get it clean again after that. I have no idea what happened to the other 6.

I didn't clean again yesterday, but I won't be making it up today. I'm giving myself my birthday off from cleaning. I'll have to do something tomorrow. Like maybe the grout in the shower. I have this indestructible safety orange mold in the grout in one part of my shower. It's like a horror movie--no matter how many times I kill it, it keeps coming back.
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Housekeeping)
Still shredding piles and piles of old documents. The shredder is feeling overworked and abused.

Household hint (yes, I appreciate the irony of me giving out household hints): If you have something particularly odious in your kitchen trash can (say, the remains of a dinner that included chicken or broccoli or ::shudders:: salmon) and the trash bag isn't really full enough to take out, empty your paper shredder into the trash can. The shredded bits of paper make a pretty solid barrier and block the smell of whatever's underneath it.

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