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07 September 2009 @ 11:11 pm
What I Did With My First Holiday in a Year  
So Labor Day was productive. Today I have:

1) Cleaned out my car. This was a big thing that I have been putting off for, oh, about a year. Kinda sad that this is what it took to get me to do it.
2) Cleaned the downstairs bathroom and took most of the wallpaper down. It peeled right off in full sheets, which is a huge relief. I didn't get the last of it because Door had started to make antsy noises (her litter box is in there). But with the wallpaper down I can start priming it to paint. I did discover that I'm out of the floor tiles I had been using to cover the floor, so finishing that will have to wait until I can get to Home Depot and get more, plus a cutting tool good enough to make them fit around the toilet.
3) Cleared off the dining room table (aka the crap magnet).
4) Finally sewed my futon cover onto the futon. I'd been trying to find a way to make it easily removable since about a year ago, but it's not going to happen. So I've just sewn it in, and will hope it doesn't get stained with anything anytime soon to necessitate taking it back off. It was really a bigger project than I expected or fully thought through -- as is usually the case, really. I thought, oh, it's just six rectangular pieces of fabric sewn together, no big deal. It was only months later that I fully acknowledged that I was basically doing DIY upholstery, and with no plan to speak of. Anyway, it's done now and very cozy and retro in orange and brown.
5) Got another few steps closer to finishing the laptop bag I've been working on since well before I left Wisconsin. I keep having inspirations for this one -- recently I noticed the dimensions on a cardboard box that had been sitting in the spare room and realized it would be a perfect fit for the sides, so they'd have some structure. Then I pulled out the shoulder strap and started again, because with no padding and a crap buckle it was basically useless anyway. Now I've got one that's double padded and covered in soft brown velour (left over from the futon cover). There are so many layers, though -- working on it makes my fingers hurt, so I can only do so much at a time.
6) Cleared all the clothes off my bed; started the laundry and put the first load away.
7) Did a spot of vacuuming.
8) Went through all of my handbags and cleaned out all of them. I own a lot of handbags, and stuff tends to just linger in the ones I don't use often.
9) Cleaned and reorganized the shelves in my closet.
10) Dyed my hair. Clairol makes a touch-up dye that I highly recommend; it actually works surprisingly well and I have yet to accidentally dye anything I didn't mean to with it.

I should get stuck at my house without a car more often, obviously.
 
 
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(Anonymous) on September 8th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Damn You're Good
Wow Flamingo, that's a whole lot of productivity. I feel your handbag pain, though. It's amazing what hides in those things. I found a set of keys from 2004 that I thought I'd lost at the mall when I was cleaning up to show the house. Also, laying your own tile is awesome! I am very impressed.
pointnopoint: introspectivepointnopoint on September 8th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
Did you get my phone message?
Renfield: oh GODrm_renfield on September 8th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
No, I don't think so, I'm sorry. What did you say?
pointnopoint: I like pants.pointnopoint on September 12th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to chat as it has been a while. Give me a call when you can.