mellicious: pink manicure (breathe)
It took me about half a dozen trips out of Galveston to realize that there was something wrong with this picture: coming off the Causeway, there's one house over on the right side, at Virginia Point. Only thing is, it used to be a whole row of houses. That's really the starkest picture I've seen yet - in person, anyway - of what the hurricane did. (And I don't literally have a picture, unfortunately, but it'd be really hard to get a picture that really told that story, anyway. Particularly since you're not allowed to stop on the Causeway to adjust your camera.)

I worked a half-day again, and we got a lot done this afternoon. I think we might actually pretty much be ready for the movers on Thursday. I found a Shiner Bock beer carton (vintage 1982 or so, if I recall correctly) very soggy and absolutely full of mold-covered childhood mementos that I had forgotten all about. But y'know? If I had forgotten the existence of most of them, why on earth have I been hauling them around all these years? I'm finding it hard to mourn that stuff too too much.

Incidentally, here is our new Ikea furniture, although it's cuter than in the picture. We got the bed with the storage underneath (no headboard) and the storage unit. I'm sort of sorry we didn't buy a chest but I didn't see them at the time.

It occurs to me that what our ugly temporary "office" needs - it's actually a former Payless Shoe Source, if that tells you anything - is some Halloween decorations. I wonder how that would go over.

Things are getting back to normal! It's a meme! )
mellicious: pink manicure (skull)
So. I went and signed up for NaBloPoMo, even though I did rather badly at it last year. Of course last year was not in any way a normal year, and November was particularly bad, because that was when it became painfully obvious that my mother was actually dying. Under the circumstances, I'm not terribly inclined to beat myself up about whether I posted enough that month. And we will just see how this goes. I'll be surprised if I actually post every day, but stranger things have happened!

We are mostly occupied this week with unpacking, getting the new computer set up, and getting the last stuff out of the old apartment. We have until Sunday to be out, technically, but one of the assistant managers called me earlier to ask if we were done or not. I don't know if she had forgotten she gave us until the 4th or what, but I told her they were welcome to come in and start working on whatever they needed to work on, but that we were still working on getting the last few things out. That mainly means this:

dresser

We have been trying in a half-hearted way to sell it but have had no takers. I don't guess it's really in line with current furniture trends or anything, but it's in pretty good shape for its age, if you have room for such a thing. (We don't, really, which is why we're trying to get rid of it.) I think my parents bought it the year I was born - i.e., 1960 - and it was in my bedroom for my entire childhood. My mother had it in her apartment after the divorce and it eventually made its way back to me. Part of me hates to get rid of it, but the fact is, it's a clutter magnet, as well as being incredibly bulky. So I called the Salvation Army and they're going to come get it on Monday. (We called the apartment management back - with a bit of trepidation - to see if they'd have a problem with us technically missing the Sunday deadline to be completely out, but apparently not. They didn't say anything about it, anyway.)


In other news, I really, really need to find Microsoft Money, and get the data from the last backup and get caught up on my finances. We have a big cushion to work with right now, of course, or we would have really been screwed. For years we lived paycheck to paycheck and I had to constantly know what our bank balance was to keep from overdrawing the account. Now that it's not so crucial I have gotten very bad about getting behind on keeping up with it. (So far my copy of MS Money has not turned up, though, and we have relatively few completely unopened boxes now. I am going to have to do some sleuthing tonight, I guess!)

Added: it took me about 5 minutes to find my copy of Money. The next sticking point: I don't know my own passwords. I have a list but it's at work!
mellicious: pink manicure (Xmas - purple star)
I have already done several Terribly Important Things today - I got a flu shot and sent out revised phone lists and other such fun tasks, all before 10am - so can I go home now? I don't care that it's only 10:30, I don't care that I'm already off Friday and next Monday, I just wanna go home. This may have something to do with the fact that I couldn't sleep and I got up at midnight and installed Word on my computer just so I could make a template for new-address postcards. (My Dell came with WordPerfect installed, and either I just completely don't understand WordPerfect any more, or it's gotten very wonky. Or possibly a bit of both. I made labels the other day and saved them, and when I opened them again later they were all screwed up. And nobody tell me how to fix that, ok? I have already fixed it by installing Word, which I at least know how to use. I knew all the ins and outs of WordPerfect 10 years ago, and I don't really want to go back.) Anyway, Word is installed and the postcards are created and I did eventually manage to go to sleep, and aside from being a bit cranky now, all is well.



I spent most of yesterday dealing with Comcast idiocy. AT&T's customer service looks sterling by contrast, which makes me very tempted to try out that high-speed DSL they tried so hard to sell me. But I'm not convinced it's as fast as they're trying to make me think.

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