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Jul. 25th, 2017 08:21 am
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Can we talk hobbies?

I recently gave up on the idea that I would ever make jewelry again and gave away nearly all of my beads. I donated the box and found a smaller box for the repair tools. The beads I kept are intended for adding to knitting projects.

Oh, knitting.

That large collection of yarn, patterns, supplies.

I decided to do something. I've long been on a "yarn diet" in which I do not buy new yarn. I do not go into the yarn store. I do not look at yarn online. I have accepted yarn from a friend when she moved--she has good stuff. But mostly, I am using up what I have.

I gave away some yarn I'll just never use. I went through patterns and got rid of the ones I'll never make. I gave away the stitch markers I don't like. I gave away knitting baubles I didn't want in the first place. And I am using up scraps in projects. My knitting things are more under control. I did buy some yarn that I've used immediately in some scrap projects. Now I am creating a stash of knitted things for gifts, or for charity auctions, or local charities, or whatever strikes me. I am making those projects I've had prepped for quite some time and I am taking apart projects I stopped working on to regain control of the needles, beads, and yarn. I will have to start over using some yarn. And that's okay. I keep it in check now.

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Jul. 24th, 2017 06:18 pm
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Guess who had her comp's harddrive throw up a catastrophic failure, and her backups are out of date?

...yeah.

And risk assessment indicates buying a new comp over just getting a diff drive installed.

I'm not happy about any of this.

weekend uncluttering

Jul. 24th, 2017 10:27 am
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How did everyone's weekend uncluttering go? I know I'm writing this a bit late (for me), but it is still Sunday for some of you, so I'm hoping that counts...

Saturday for me was a bit of a write off, with the first ballet class (for me) of term, and then going to an exhibition ice-hockey match in the evening, but I started a project that I'm hoping will lead to uncluttering the yarn stash -- I'm making multi coloured knit strips (30 stitches wide, 85cm long) which will be sewn together to make blankets to be donated to a local cat shelter. I'm very deliberately not thinking about colour order, or much in the way of yarn weight (I'm pretty sure most of it is 8ply, but at least one of them would have been 12 ply), and just grabbing everything out of the Basket Where Left Over Yarn Goes to Rot* that is a tiny ball of 'urgh, whatever will I do with that'. I've gone for the strips idea because the materials and tools for one strip will fit in a tiny carry bag (which I made from fabric I've been hoarding for years because I knew it was useful, but didn't have a specific task -- like soft tulle). Strip one is about 50cm, so I'm pretty happy with that!

And then I spent Sunday working on finishing existing craft projects, so that at least I can get those out of the work space, and know what is 'left overs'.

(Today, I'm going to take the big box of random Stuff from the front hall, and drop it in at an op-shop, on the way to do the school pickup. Not quite in the right direction, which is why I've managed to put so much Stuff in it).



* Sadly, not quite hyperbole -- one ball had weaknesses where it split about every 30cm, so in the end it was just pulled to pieces and shoved in the 'stuffing' jar.
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So Sean Spicer's resigned (we all knew it was coming), Sessions discussed the Trump campaign and policy issues with Kisylak in 2016, and Trump looks like he's revving up to fire Mueller and Sessions and then pardon himself and his family for everything they've done ever.

And all I can focus on is this story that Sean Spicer stole a mini-fridge from junior White House staffers.

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:13 pm
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The local community theater guild is hosting a yard sale. I pay the guild $10, I get a space to sell my stuff.

Suddenly my "departing the living space for keeps" pile has grown by a dozen books and about three dozen DVD/Blu-ray cases.

Funny how that works. XD

(Whatever I don't sell will just go to the library book sale or the Goodwill as appropriate.)

Friday achievements

Jul. 21st, 2017 03:59 pm
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I have not done any big uncluttering, but a lot of little things. We have been knocking over a batch of paper bags storied near our utility room door for months. It finally got to both of us. About 35 small white handled bags went into recycling, and 6 big Barnes and Noble bags went to B2P to use at our fall book sale. Both these kinds of bags keep coming into the house, and they look so possibly helpful they get kept. At least for a while we will not knock bags to the floor when carrying baskets to the washer.

I also finally got to cleaning up my email account on the Snow Leopard laptop. My email comes to 2 different laptops and my iPad. I don't sync these because I do not want to sync other things, so email deleted in one place stays in another. Someday I hope to figure a way around this. Anyway, since I am going to clone the Snow Leopard laptop in preparation to getting a new iMac with Sierra, I though I should try to clean up my account on that laptop before the cloning. I have deleted over 1000 emails, mostly from places I shop on line who keep sending me ads every day. I also had a lot of political emails from various organizations, especially pre and post the election. I deleted them on my iPad, but they are now gone from the SL computer. This also means that when I do the data migration all that will not transfer to the new iMac. Managing computer data is a huge chore, and I am not done yet. I still have to look at the documents I kept on this laptop, and see what I do not want any more.

Paying attention to all this is important. When I stop watching what I save, or forget that I have other email records, or save webarchives that I never look at again is when stuff accumulates and gets in the way. I need to keep reminding myself of that.

Decluttering!

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:38 pm
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What's an exciting way to spend an evening? Decluttering doesn't necessarily spring to mind (or at least for me it doesn't). Often it's fraught with emotions like guilt and frustration so not exciting or something to look forward to in my book.

By contrast though, how does relaxing in a clutter-free, clean and tidy room that you can look on with a sense of pride and the knowledge that it's done and you were the one who got it there. Better, right? So that's what I'm trying to hang on to at the moment - the goal, rather than the getting there. I've got an image in my head of what I want it to be like and now I'm determinedly trying to hang on to it while I get there. It doesn't get rid of the guilt and frustration, but maybe they last a little less each time or I can balance them a little.

A little bit of that pride is achievable in the moment, by rather than imagining the whole room complete, I try imagining the little bit I'm going to be working on - be it a shelf, a box, a pile of filing or whatever. I take a look and I imagine what's it's going to look like when I've finished 'today' because every little helps.

What about you? What helps you declutter emotionally or maybe that should be unemotionally? How do you stay focussed on the goal and what is your goal? And how's your decluttering been going so far this week?
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The Guardian: Trump had undisclosed second meeting with Putin, White House confirms

New York Times: Trump and Putin Held a Second, Undisclosed, Private Conversation

Note: it was "private" as in "out of earshot of anyone except Putin's translator" and "not mentioned to the public". It was not private as in "it was held in view of most of the other G20 leaders OMFG ARE YOU KIDDING ME".

Just to make the whole thing even stupider (on Buttercup's part) and more of a blatant power play (on Putin's).

[tumblr.com profile] plaidadder breaks this shit down: A Million Encores: Putin And our Playable President

And spells out one point in particular:

Why do we know about this? Because some of the European G-20 leaders were so concerned about this that they called their global risk consultant to get his opinion on it. That’s what Ian Bremmer does: he assesses global political risk for people who want to use it to make investment decisions.

Weekend Uncluttering

Jul. 16th, 2017 05:31 pm
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What uncluttering have you achieved over the weekend?

I did a lot of rearranging, so that we have more space, but mostly for a null amount of decluttering. Saturday morning we collected a table from one friend who has moved house (and can't fit it any more), Saturday afternoon we sent the old kitchen table out the door with another friend. The new table in the folded down size is the same as the old table in the folded out size, so the space taken up is the same (although we've since expanded the new one; not sure how long it will stay like that). And I've moved a number of books that were scattered over many horizontal surfaces (including much of the games room floor) and lined them up in front of the long (~3m) bookshelf, as if the floor were another shelf. As this only partially obscures the books on the shelf, I'm calling it a win. I found 6 books that I want to rehome, but three of them didn't make it past eldest (ooh, I like those two; I haven't read that one).

The only other thing I found to rehome was a solid shampoo from Lush that the two scent sensitive kids thought was fine while we were in the shop, but when it was brought home was found to be merely less offensive than the rest of the options. We've been using it (still wrapped) as an 'air freshener' in the kids bathroom, but when it was too much for me when I walked in there yesterday, and neither kid wants to open it, we passed it on to a visiting friend.

Today, I've found one DVD that I don't want to watch again (March of the Penguins), so once that has gone past the rest of the household, I need to find it a new home.

So yeah, got scurvy again

Jul. 15th, 2017 09:08 pm
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For the sake of pedantic clarity: much as I like saying that, I don't actually have scurvy -- quite.

I do presently have plasma vitamin C levels which (Google tells me) would qualify me for a scurvy diagnosis if I was showing any particular symptoms. Which I'm not, beyond my usual levels of fatigue and physical crud (there's stuff -- flare-up of an old injury, etc. -- which, with hindsight I could construe as maybe related somehow, but basically I'm very well, and said stuff would not have made me suspect that anything was wrong). Possibly I'd get symptoms if I let the deficiency run on longer, but that's an experiment I am disinclined to try.

N.B.: this is on an intake of fruit and veg which should easily supply far more than the RDA from diet alone, plus supplementation of a gramme of vitamin C a day.

Which is absurd mega-dose levels.

It used to be two grammes, as that's what it took to drag my blood levels back into the normal range when this showed up on test results before; this past year I suggested tapering down to half-as-ridiculous and monitoring my blood levels to see if they stayed okay. Which they did, at least until last autumn.

Then I was getting a blood test for something else completely, my GP suggested checking my vitamin C levels, and boom, they have fallen through the floor again.

So now, back to double-ridiculous doses and waiting to re-test.

My medical Google-fu is usually pretty good, but it's failed me so far on this. I've asked my doctor to consult colleagues and see if I should be referred to a relevant consultant or WTF, on the basis that it's such a bizarre and extreme test result we should probably see if there's an underlying reason that could or should be treated (or, for example, something which might cause the test to give inaccurate results).

Anyway, I thought I'd lob it to the hive mind in case anyone's heard of a similar case or know of something that could cause this, because I am so baffled. And I realize that my belief that bizarre medical things should happen because of reasons has been shown to be delusional before, but still.

... maybe I have a tapeworm that consumes nothing but vitamin C.

A small decluttering

Jul. 14th, 2017 07:12 pm
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I did not get rid of a lot, but what I did is very significant in my thinking process about letting go of stuff. I loved WordPerfect back in the day. It was much easier to use and to make corrections and edits than Word. However, as things go, Word really began to dominate in usage, and I was eventually required to use it at work. I had Wordperfect at home, but it began to fade in the early 90s. I bought an update, back when software came in big boxes, with lots of discs and handbooks - my box was about 4 inches wide. I also had 3 heavy user books, on that slick, heavy paper. I have not used WP in years - my computers are now Macs, and in any case WP is no more, but for some reason I held on to all this software and manuals. They took up about 9 inches of shelf space, on a high shelf in my office area. I think I was so irritated that the software I thought was much the best lost in the sales race and did not let go of useless stuff out of some kind of demented loyalty.

I am editing the desk and reference shelves over it because we are getting a new iMac with a 20 inch screen. B uses a laptop running Snow Leopard, and that OS is getting seriously out of date. He wants a bigger screen to watch various videos, and I would not mind using it either. So we are making space for this bigger device, and the extra stuff it will have - DVD/CD drive (Apple no longer includes them in their hardware) a touch-pad, 2 speakers, a back-up drive, and a lot of cords. This means I have to clear the shelf that will be behind the computer, and therefore find places for stuff or get rid of it. I gained 9 inches on my upper shelf, and moved the OS manuals for Snow Leopard and Windows XP (yes, we have old systems) to that space. I also discovered the reference shelf had 2 different editions of The Dictionary of Word Origins and 3 Bartlett's. One of the word origins is going to Books to Prisoners; I have seen requests for something like that and I am going to see that someone who needs it gets it. I am looking over the Bartlett's to decide which one to keep.

All this seems to say that I am getting over at least part of my need to hold on to books that I will probably not need again. It is a very small step, but I'll keep reminding myself that no evil happened from this action, and space was gained.

This is a trope, right?

Jul. 13th, 2017 10:12 am
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Where someone gets flustered into confessing more than they were actually accused of?

It has to be a trope, but a dive into TV Tropes has failed me. It's not quite Accidental Public Confession -- something more specific than that.

I mean, as I understand it, the NYT had sources who described a message they had seen in which "Skittles" Jr. was told that the information he was hoping to get was from Russia.

The e-mails he Tweeted show that he he was explicitly told he was going to get "high level and sensitive information" as "part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump."

From the WaPo: The email exchange showed clearly that Trump Jr. understood he was taking the meeting as a way of channeling information directly from the government of a nation hostile to the United States to his father’s campaign.

Here is a journalist who was chasing this story for a year. Here is the sound of his head exploding.

I'm still boggling that they wrote it in an e-mail, "part of Russia and its government support for Mr. Trump", come to the meeting so we can provide "very high level and sensitive information", maybe I've watched too much spy tv but I vaguely thought there'd be some sort of subterfuge, some sort of nudge-and-wink, if not actual covert communication, but LOLNOPE.

[tumblr.com profile] sashayed's commentary: #SUBJECT: wanna come 2 treason meeting #FROM: collusion at kremlin dot ru

(Like [tumblr.com profile] plaidadder, I have wondered if it's so absurdly blatant on purpose, as part of a Russian intelligence scheme of some kind. Or maybe everyone's just that fucking stupid.)

And then Skittles forwarded the whole e-mail chain to Kushner and Manafort at their work e-mail addresses.

Also, it's been suggested that talking about "adoptions" is basically standard code for talking about sanctions (the Russian ban on adoptions was imposed in response to US sanctions; re-starting adoptions would presumably mean lifting sanctions):

In which case, if Skittles is actually telling the truth that they went to the meeting and then this wacky lawyer just talked about adoptions so he concluded it was a dead end -- his official line of defense is essentially "I totally wanted to collude, but was too fucking stupid to recognize the quid pro quo being offered."

Also, anyone else have a McDonald's earworm? ("Collusion: I'm lovin' it".)

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