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I'm almost three-quarters of the way done with Operation Fix Wolfie's Cloak. Well, the embroidery, at any rate, and that's the important bit. Stitching the strip to the cloak will take a little time, but nothing to how long the embroidery has taken.

I'm a little annoyed with myself that I never tried embroidering without a hoop. It's sped up the process considerably. It takes me about an hour and fifteen minutes to stitch one motif, start to finish, which includes removing the embroidery stabilizer. I think I might get some of the Heat-Away stabilizer, which disintegrates when ironed, for the embroidery on darkwolfie's green tunic. (With any luck, I'll get to that before Coronation.)

I need to get my workroom cleaned up so I can use it, but the amount of yak-shaving that has to happen first is staggering. I have to clean my basement before I can really get this room squared away. I can't tell you how very little I want to go down there. It's dark, and it's a little scary, and it's really messy. If I do it, though, I can get a new washer down there and not have to go to the laundromat anymore, which is a Very Good Thing. I really should do that, shouldn't I... Stop looking at me like that! I know, I know. It's just icky.

I got my packet from Simmons today. I haven't looked at it closely, but they want three recommendations and a resume. I just can't get out of writing a damn resume! ;-) I want to ask two of the people I worked with while I was deployed and one of my college profs. I graduated 16 years ago, though; I hope the prof remembers me. If not, I'll find another person to write me a professional reference. What daunts me (at the moment) is the statement of career goals. I want to work with books and information and make a bunch of money. Really, that's it. I think it needs a little fleshing out. *headdesk* ...this is so surreal...

And from the "Oh No They Didn't" department: I've been waiting for a package from Amazon for some time now. I've been trusting the tracking system on Amazon's website. Tonight, I checked the tracking number on the USPS webite, and discovered that the package arrived in Lawrence on the 7th. It got here TWELVE DAYS AGO. I have been to the post office to pick up packages THREE TIMES. Tomorrow, I go to the post office and kick some USPS ass.

(I should probably write down that tracking number, huh...)

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starseeker1221 From: starseeker1221 Date: September 20th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Is there a way to make the basement less dark/scary? If you started by focusing on that (even just getting a few really good lights or something), it would help for your cleaning and make it easier to go down there for the new washing machine later. (cause even if it was far less practical, I think I'd choose the laudromat over a dark/scary basement :-)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 20th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Yeah... cleaning it. My life is one big circular argument. :-D
starseeker1221 From: starseeker1221 Date: September 20th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC) (base camp)
LoL, I tried! :-) Good luck with that! (and with everything else you're tackling right now! :-)
soteltie From: soteltie Date: September 20th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Hi neighbor! I'm fine with basements, as long as it (and the building itself) doesn't contain snakes of any kind. I can deal with just about anything else.

I'd be happy to join you for a couple of hours of basement de-junking, if you'd be willing to help me shave a yak or two over at my place sometime :-) (How do you feel about stripping wallpaper or wallpapering?)
soteltie From: soteltie Date: September 20th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC) (base camp)
You don't have to clean the entire basement all at once. You just need room enough to hook up the new washer safely, and a place to put your detergent and dryer sheets, plus a path to get to it.

Try working on it for 15 minutes, taking a break for 15 minutes, and repeating several times. I bet you will make some good progress. Or zoom down and bring one box upstairs, and quickly sort/toss, repeat.

Do you have any spare (brighter) lightbulbs? If not, add to groc. list.

Is there an old washer that needs to get hauled away? (The appliance people will probably remove it for you for a small fee when they deliver the new one.)

If you don't have an old washer, do you know where the washer hookup is located down there?

Is there enough room for the delivery people to get in and out, or will you need to clear a wide path?

If you are interested, I have a source for inexpensive "reconditioned" appliances. They came very highly recommended from our former repairman in Lowell, so we got our dryer from them. (I don't have the info here at work.)

tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 20th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC) (base camp)
If it was boxes, I'd just move them. It's piles of stuff, mostly clothes, that got taken down there to be washed and never seen again. I just need to go through them, determine what's salvageable and what's not, get rid of the "not" stuff, and organize the "salvageable" stuff. Then if we get the new washer from a store, they can take the old one, or if I get one from Craigslist, I'll call the city and see what they want me to do.

Really, it's just a question of going down there and DOING it, instead of sitting here and whining about it.
soteltie From: soteltie Date: September 20th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Can you just take an armload from the pile from the basement to outdoors? It is soo nice out. One bag for trash, one bag for keep, no yaks allowed. Good luck!
cymrullewes From: cymrullewes Date: September 21st, 2006 11:57 am (UTC) (base camp)
I'm willing to help you clean the basement if you are willing to loan me knitting books. :-)

Right now my yak shaving is all about getting our household stabilized in its new digs. So we need to buy oak 1x8s and get them dadoed so we can put in the shelf rails so we can put together the bookcases so we can unpack the book boxes in the living room. I can't do the woodwork so I'm waiting on it and unixronin won't do it because he's got other things priotized over it. What I really need to do but can't with his parents visiting is to put away all of the clothes that aren't being worn.... hrm. We have this extra dresser now... can put the too small for oldest but too large for the middle in to that... sorry. I'll noodle off in my own journal.
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