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happy new year
2003 was eventful. I managed to work for only two companies, so this year's taxes should be a breeze, I got my lovely (though currently neglected) spinning wheel, we adopted a new kitty, and best of all, Wolfie and I got engaged. The next New Year I see, I will greet as a married woman. That's kinda cool.

We got a lot accomplished yesterday. Wolfie cleaned out his old art room so I could move into it and use it as my work space (we tried sharing space, but I like to chat when I work, and he zones out, so it just didn't work). We got a lot done -- all my stuff is moved out of the downstairs art space and upstairs into my new space, which desperately needs vacuuming and painting. One wall is textured, which I hate, and Wolfie used it to spray fixative on his work, so that needs to actually be sanded down (that's one job that will suck beyond all belief -- I'll have to move some stuff out entirely and drop-cloth everything else). The painting will have to wait till after the wedding, most likely; I've got too much to do to between now and then to worry about the ugly peeling wallpaper.

The dark blue blind will have to go, though (I came to the conclusion long ago that the people who decorated this house before us had no taste whatsoever), and I need to get a fixture to hang from the ceiling to shed some light -- that's the other thing I hate about this house -- the bedrooms have NO ceiling fixtures. They're like caves.

Then we need to get a bureau from my mom's house that my sister gave me -- it was supposed to get refinished, but that never happened. It'll probably get painted when the rest of the room does. The bureau is supposed to hold fabric and yarn, but given all the fabric I found when we cleaned out the art room, I'm not sure if there will be room for yarn -- there are still two boxes of fabric out in the garage. If not, there will be plenty of storage tubs left over.

After all that, I just ned to put up some shelves or move a bookcase in to store my books, buy or build racks for my spools of thread, and find a solution for my bits and bobs, and I'll be good to go! I'm very pleased.

i feel: accomplished accomplished

5 trips or shoot the rapids
cellio From: cellio Date: January 2nd, 2004 09:51 am (UTC) (base camp)
Congrats on the move, even if there's still stuff to do.

I've found that pole lamps shedding diffuse light can make up for a lack of ceiling fixtures. (You might need two in opposite corners.) In fact, in my current office I have a ceiling light, but I prefer the pole lamp. (It does a better job of distributing light without drawing the eye to a point-source.)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 2nd, 2004 10:00 am (UTC) (base camp)
It's a thought, but I really prefer strong, direct light when working on needlework projects, especially since the floor is carpeted and I have an annoying tendency to spill entire boxes of pins. Could be a good stop-gap -- in fact, we use it at work in this dark little corner I sit in.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 2nd, 2004 10:09 am (UTC) (base camp)

I've been reading some of your posts...

...and I'm blown away by your resourcefulness! You built a YERT? I LOVE that! I'm slightly obsessed with Central Asian / Tarim Basin culture, so this excites me. That's actually a little sad, but we all have our dark secrets.

Just wanted to mention that I find your accomplishments awesome - glad you feel 'accomplished' today!

Annie (http://www.modeknit.com/blog)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 2nd, 2004 10:19 am (UTC) (base camp)

Re: I've been reading some of your posts...

Hee! Thank you! See, when you look at it from my point of view, it's just something I did, because in the SCA, you run into people all the time who've built their own tents. I mean, I know people who've forged their own tableware and built their own suits of Gothic plate armor. To me, that's impressive. I just got happy with a table-saw. I guess it's all about perspective.

Thanks for the ego boost, though -- it really meant a lot to me!
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: January 2nd, 2004 04:04 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I think the people who put up the blinds in our house were salespeople or otherwise got samples. The living/dining room has dusty purple, the family room has copper, the kitchen has white, the bathrooms have navy blue, the master bedroom has dark brown, and the other rooms have bright yellow, lime green, and fluffy baby pink.

Also, there are ceiling fixtures in the small bedrooms, but they are all single "can" fixtures were you can put a flood/spot bulb and in every case right in front of the closet door. WTF?

For some reason there are never enough bookcases. We have five 7 foot tall 3 foot wide bookcases, two more that are five feet tall, and various other small ones. And piles of books everywhere. This is what happens when bibliophiles marry, I guess.
5 trips or shoot the rapids