Weekend Plans Post: A Taste of Winter

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  1. Avatar Jaybird
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    One thing that was kind of a bummer, going downstairs to check my morning emails and have my morning scrum over the skype, I wore one of the outfits that I wore back at the beginning of Safe At Home.

    Pajama Pants. Hoodie. Slippers.

    And it was surprisingly depressing.Report

  2. Avatar Michael Cain
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    Yep. Spent Monday hauling some of the 32-year accumulation of stuff that we are not moving out to the dumpster in the 90-degree heat. Wednesday, hauling similar stuff out to the dumpster with the temperature hovering just above freezing. Today, call the moving company and fix the exact date they’ll be hauling the remaining stuff to the new place. Next week, multiple loads of stuff to Goodwill, starting with the electronics and cabling. And packing is about to become a way of life.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Michael Cain
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      Packing. The last time we moved was in the early oughts.

      We had maybe half as many books as we have now.

      Next time we’re just going to set the house on fire and start over.Report

    • Avatar Pinky in reply to Michael Cain
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      Remember, you’ll regret every bit of pre-move work you don’t do. That small box of stuff you’re thinking of sorting through? If you don’t do it early, you’ll have to label it, find a place for it, lift it, lift it again, and eventually sort through it anyway. You want to space out your moving prep work, but space it out to get it 100% done before the move.Report

      • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Pinky
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        I know. I’m trying to go through everything and be ruthless. Mrs. Cain doesn’t want to be so ruthless, which is why she insisted that the new place have a basement. It’s a townhouse, and the upstairs feels like a townhouse, but somehow it has an absolutely ginormous basement. The tankless water heater and super-efficient HVAC unit sit next to one wall and take up hardly any space.Report

        • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Michael Cain
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          “Sweetie. Just hear me out: Billiard Table.”Report

        • Avatar Pinky in reply to Michael Cain
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          I don’t even think it’s about being ruthless; it’s about being thorough. If you want to keep the stuff in the box, stick a label on it. You just have to make every foreseeable decision and do every foreseeable task before “go time”. You may have packed the clothes, but what about the closet full of hangers? That’s 10 minutes’ extra work on the busiest three days of your life. And don’t plan on moving that heavy thing then vacuuming behind it on moving day; move it a little bit three weeks earlier and vacuum then.

          Oh, and there’s no shame in getting three meals delivered in one day if it lets you pack up the kitchen early.Report

  3. fillyjonk fillyjonk
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    I don’t even know what I’m going to do. I have grading I need to do, I can do some of that this afternoon while waiting for the SECOND COMING of the garage-door guy. (I paid nearly $500 earlier this week to have a new opener unit installed and not only does it not work right, the guy didn’t put a lightbulb in it so it doesn’t light up when you open the garage door. Do not recommend this place even if they are the only local one).

    I feel like I need something “fun,” but what? We’ve had heavy rain so trying to go hiking seems inadvisible. And anywhere where I am going to be indoors in a crowd for a prolonged time is out, at least for a couple more years. No “fun” shopping to do in town….Maybe I just write off this weekend and work ahead and also clean house, and just get used to the fact that “fun” is something not on the table right now.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to fillyjonk
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      I’ve been looking at my various vacation days and sick days accrue and accrue and accrue.

      And there’s a part of my brain that does a small jump for joy and says “OH YEAH!”

      And the other part of my brain that says “what in the heck are you going to do with a day off?”

      All that to say: I hear ya.

      (The wacky thing is that the current crisis really drives home the whole “can’t go out and play because it’s raining” thing that kids shows in the 50s and 60’s had going on.)Report

      • Avatar jason in reply to Jaybird
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        Yeah, we had to replace our AC (to the tune of about five grand), which took a significant chunk of our savings. I was disappointed, but I was also saying, “we can’t travel anywhere right now anyhoo, so no big deal.” (and the ac lasted 17 years, which is pretty good for those)Report

    • fillyjonk fillyjonk in reply to fillyjonk
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      Door guy has been. I hope he chews on the original installer, there was something the installer failed to do and that he COULD HAVE CHECKED by trying to open and close the door. (I didn’t go and check right away because I was working, and you know, it was part of his job….)

      also the dude who came out was an enormous guy and he looked at the smallish lightweight ladder I had and said “nope” when I hinted about him putting a bulb in. So I did it myself.

      But at least that’s sorted.
      But I maintain I shouldn’t have had to call them to come BACK. It was a really simple balancing issue the first guy should have checked.Report

  4. Avatar Fish
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    Premier League starts up again tomorrow, so my Saturday mornings will now include trying to squeeze watching soccer around doing yoga with K.

    One of our house guests left, so I’ve got my library back. It’s nice to have that space, I have to tell you. It was a guest room before, and sometime around January-February I decided that it was dumb to have a room dedicated to no use whatsoever 90% of the time. So we found a nice couch that converts into a decent-enough bed and moved all the bookshelves in there and it’s so pleasant that now I kind of wish I had painted the room before taking it over. But it’s nice.Report

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