erynn: Gaelic merman image (Writy enochian keyboard)
I hauled in a box of stuff from the garage today, and dealt with the one in the cabinet under one of the living room bookshelves. I sorted through other things in the cabinets as well. I've packed another box of things and taken it out to the garage, rearranged the contents of the bookshelves, and now there's only one of the tall one that still has things on it in the living room. I'm not able to haul the empty one out to the garage myself, but it's ready to go when I have some assistance with it.

Tomorrow morning at 10am the contractor will be in to deal with the heater in the living room. That shouldn't take too long. Nobody showed up or emailed about the couch. So it goes.

My brain woke me at 9:45 this morning and now it's dragging me down into the primordial ooze. I did a little cooking this evening, and made myself a peach cobbler. It's very tasty. It's probably cool enough to stuff into the fridge now, as I'm considering just crashing early tonight. I have to be up around 9am to be sure I'm showered and dressed before the contractor gets here tomorrow.

I've been too exhausted lately to even throw a sentence together in the story I'm working on. It's been probably almost three weeks now since I've written anything that wasn't an email or a blog post. My brain feels encrusted in sludge.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Earth: where I keep my stuff!)
I sorted the tool basket and part of the laundry closet, and the junk drawer in the kitchen. Things are pared down a bit. Also a little stuff from the cabinets in the living room bookshelves. I sold the KitchenAid mixer today, so more money went into the moving fund. The couch might go tomorrow; I'm more optimistic about this one than the last inquiries.

Laundry got done. [ profile] gra_is_stor took me over to the credit union to deposit some cash. A mammogram was scheduled, and the heater in the living room will be replaced Wednesday morning at 10am.

The day bed is a little harder than I usually like, but easier on me than sleeping on the floor, so that's good. The DoDC+3 has been sleeping on the couch in the bedroom, what with the tiny space we'd have to share. I may end up putting a couple of pillows on the floor for him once the couch is out of there, if he doesn't want to sleep on the bed with me, it being so small.

Still doing more research on living in Italy and all that. Consensus among the people I'm talking with on the Fodors travel forum is that I'm preparing pretty well and have been thinking it all through pretty thoroughly. I know I have a ton of things to learn, but I'm definitely willing to ask questions and follow up with research and discussion.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Northwest forest)
I did a little bit of stuff around the house today and hauled one thing out to the garage, but mostly I was waiting for Qi and Dana to drop the day bed by. They did so about 3pm, I think, and I spent some time after that putting it together so I'll have a place to sleep tonight. It'll be more comfortable than the air mattress on the floor, thankfully. It'll also be easier to get the couch out around it, if someone buys it.

Irish class was a little easier on me this week than last, as I wasn't feeling well and had been really really stressed with all the cleaning and packing that had to be done. I still feel like I'm doing miserably badly at it, but I'm making an effort at least.

I got a note back from someone I'd contacted about replacing the burnt out heater from the living room. He's going to order the unit for me and get back to me about when he can come over and replace it, then that'll be another item checked off my list of stuff to do for the condo sale. The installation itself is really only a matter of turning off the circuit breaker, wiring the thing in, and reinstalling the grill over it, then turning the power back on. It shouldn't take more than about 15 minutes; this should cost me a little under $300. I should also hear back from the HOA's contractor about the bathroom repairs this week.

Thursday is group at the VA, then the Loreena McKinnett concert. It will be at the zoo, with festival seating, so I'll be bringing the camp chairs and some blankets, as well as my jacket, for when evening falls and it gets colder out.

I'm going to call my neurology doc this week and ask about the MRI results. The tech said they'd be ready to look at later that afternoon, but I don't know how long it will take for the images to get through the system and to the docs for examination. Anyway, can't hurt to ask.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (d'oh!)
The person came by this morning to look at the couch. She hadn't brought anyone to help her move it, and she thought for some idiotic reason that it would fit in her mid-sized hatchback that was already full of shit. Um, no. Needless to say, she did not leave with the hide-a-bed.

Nobody came to see the condo today, but I got sorting and packing done. I brought in a box full of notebooks (got rid of almost all of them, as they weren't actually filled with anything currently or futurely useful), and then sorted through the two-drawer filing cabinet and got that emptied and out to the garage. I packed one box of papers and records (VA and financial) and hauled that back out to the garage.

[ profile] gra_is_stor came by for a while today, and I gave her some things I'd been holding for her. We talked about her moving her bike from my garage at some point. We also went for a walk around the lake while the weather was nice. It got all cloudy toward the end and we thought it was going to rain but it hasn't yet. There was also some dish washing and floor sweeping, which has to be kept up with in case someone drops by with ten minutes' notice or something.

I talked to the sib today on Skype and he's on his way out of the country on his motorcycle tomorrow for a few days. He said next week he would talk to a friend of his at the town hall and ask her what he needed to say for the formal invitation letter, as the Questura hasn't got back to him yet; as with so many bureaucracies, people only want to do the bare minimum to get by and then go home for the day. At least in his friend's case, they'll be more inclined to actually be helpful.

Yesterday I signed up for the Fodor's travel forums and am now talking to a woman from the UK who moved to Venice last year with her husband. I've been reading his blog and it's been lovely and actually quite useful in terms of things I might expect as I go through the process, though of course they are from the EU and so their move was considerably less complicated than mine will be, and they are working over there now.

No word yet from Qi about when tomorrow she might be over with the bed she's loaning me. I did email her an inquiry today but haven't heard back. I'll try calling her tomorrow after I'm up and about and see if I can get hold of her.

Overall, a busy and productive day, even though (as usual) I feel like I've got not nearly enough done. I know I don't have to kill myself on this, but I still feel like every minute not spend Doing Something is an egregious sin against my progress in getting out of here.

Ah, well.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Airmed)
Nobody by to see the condo today, but that's okay because I was out much of the day. It was great to catch up with [ profile] lakmiseiru, though [ profile] gra_is_stor wasn't feeling too well today (though she did drive us). Things went pretty smoothly at the VA, and purty pikchurz were taken of my brain. I haven't seen them yet. I'll call neurology next week to see when they can let me know how things look. I'm still waiting to hear back from the women's clinic about scheduling an appointment for the annual tit squish. Gigi should call me Monday, I think.

I have someone else allegedly coming sometime between 10-10:30 tomorrow morning for the hide-a-bed sofa. We shall see if that actually pans out.

When I had the jewelry reinstalled today, the eyebrow piercing had shrunk down and had to be rather painfully stretched back out for the jewelry. The nose was similar but not quite so painful. Right now my nose is fine, but the eyebrow still stings. I've poulticed it a little with some hot salt water. It'll probably be fine by the time I get up tomorrow. I traded in three of the captive bead rings for endless rings, which look better and I don't have to worry about losing the beads. I kept the one I'd been using a garnet bead for, as I liked that. I'm really really glad I had a professional do this whole thing for me. It would have been way too painful to cope with if I'd done it myself.

Aside from someone allegedly coming to get the sofa tomorrow, there's nothing specific on my agenda. I think I need a little down time and will probably spend at least a little of the day sorting through a box of notebooks and maybe one of the filing cabinet drawers in order to pack another box or two of papers.

With any luck, I'll have more people come through to look at the place this weekend.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Illya "Missed it by this much")
I had three different people come and see the place today. I figure we're off to a pretty good start. I have no idea what tomorrow will bring. Well, except the MRI, but that's different.

Today I found out where the MRI will be (up in the radiology department on the second floor). I stopped up on Capitol Hill today at Laughing Buddha and had some of my jewelry removed for the MRI and they'll put it back in tomorrow when I'm done. [ profile] ingvisson and I stopped for some Ethiopian at Queen of Sheba between dropping some boxes at the storage unit and dealing with the jewelry.

I was supposed to have somebody stop by around 7:30 to pick up the couch. They said they were five minutes away and would text me. They still haven't showed up. I've told another person I still have the couch. We'll see what happens tomorrow. yay craigslist flaking. I mean, I hope the person didn't get in a car wreck or something, but it has been pretty annoying.

My back hurts. My neck hurts. I'm a little creaky and cranky. I'm contemplating food but mostly I'm contemplating crawling off to bed, as I was up this morning at 8:30 so I could be up and about when the guy showed to replace the fireplace glass. That took about 45 minutes and now all is well.

Overall I am doing pretty well, I'm just frustrated with the flake factor. I really hope the condo sells quickly.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Bowie's disappointed in you)
It's a perfectly good loveseat, but the bed is solely for guests you're trying to chase away with discomfort.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Have you seen this wizard?)
Here's the link for my condo for sale. They have some nice photos of the place. It's even more minimalist now than it was on Tuesday, the tv stand having been sold and taken out of the living room.

If you know anyone who is looking for a place in the Puget Sound area, please send them the link. Thanks everyone!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Bydand)
The photographer came over today and took a bunch of photos. I should get the link for the house listing tomorrow in email. He was pretty impressed by the condition of the place; I assume he ends up taking photos of places that are either appallingly decorated or the victims of enthusiastic hoarding a lot of the time.

I sorted through a large box of papers and stuff and turned it into a small box of packed papers and stuff then hauled that out to the garage. I also got the tv stand out of here, though a little later than I was expecting. The guy did call, so it wasn't problematic. I hadn't been sure I'd be able to go to the steampunk social this evening, but I did make it out there, and Qi has offered to loan me a small day bed to save my back from the evil that is the fold-out couch with an air mattress on it. The air mattress is fine, it's just the couch has a huge dip in it that is not doing me any favors. I'm very grateful, and she will probably be by Saturday or Sunday with the bed.

As to the couch, it is probably better that I just get rid of it. At this point, the bed isn't at all comfortable (I had suspected that would be the case) and just use the air mattress on the floor when I move, until I know if I'm going to be in Seattle permanently or whether I'll be moving to Italy.

I did get the FBI criminal check back (clean as expected) in the mail yesterday, finally. It's tucked in the file with the other papers for the Italian visa application.

Now that the photos are taken, I can relax a little and go through the papers and other materials still to sort in a somewhat more leisurely fashion. I still have to make sure to do a little bit nearly every day, but it's not the frantic rush to get everything done before the photos, as the past week and a half were.

Since I got the tv stand out, I've moved the long couch and then relocated the DoDC+3's crate to the space next to the computer. It's surrounded on three sides by walls and desk, and is right next to me, so he should get used to that much more easily than where it was hidden behind the long couch against the far wall. Poor little guy is coping as best he can, but it's all stressful for him.

Does anyone know what to do with a couch that has a not so great folding bed in it? I'm not sure I could sell it. Maybe I can give it away.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Eggplant)
The attorney came today and we talked about the questions I had. I mentioned to him the "god bless you" bit in the packet from the law firm describing the hardship letter. He said he hadn't been aware of it (but he hadn't read every document that they give to people), and that he agreed it wasn't a great thing. He also said he suspected that yes, it actually does make a difference because so many of the places that do the approvals are in states like Texas. He wasn't thrilled with it, but there isn't much anyone can do. He did say he'd talk to the people in his office about it, though. Maybe, at least, the packet won't go out with that in it.

There is a slim chance that the short sale won't be approved unless I'm in default. He said in that case it could take a year or more to sell, but that I could just stop paying the mortgage and walk away. He did advise that I keep up the HOA payments if that happens, because being in arrears on the HOA payments makes it that much harder to sell, but he didn't think this was a likely situation in my case.

We had a pleasant and clear conversation, and I'm a lot more confident in where I stand right now. Once he left, I packed another box of stuff. I cleaned some more, and I took the CD player, the DVD player, the VCR, and the surround sound system out to the garage. I took photos of the electronics (except the VCR, which [ profile] gra_is_stor wants), and listed them and the mission style tv stand on craigslist. I sold both the CD and DVD players today, I have someone coming to get the tv stand tomorrow, and someone bought the bed frame today, so it was a really successful day in terms of removing some items from my list of concerns, and I got most of what I asked for. I've also listed my Kitchen Aid mixer, as that's going to be too large to deal with in a tiny apartment. I do have a small hand mixer that will do for the stuff I generally need, and I'll keep that unless I get approval to go to Italy.

I emailed the contractors about the repairs for the bathroom water damage and they will get back to me about scheduling for next week, to let me know when they can come and how long the repairs will take.

Tonight I washed dishes and floors, I hauled out more trash and recycle, and I went down to the store and got some flowers for the table for the photos tomorrow. Everything is about as ready as I can get it with the time I've been allotted. There's still a lot to do, but I have accomplished an immense amount today. [ profile] ingvisson says that he's good with taking stuff down to the storage unit whenever we have to go to Seattle, so that means I'll be slowly but surely getting things out of the garage. That will reduce the number of things that have to be moved when I do actually vacate the condo.

And now I'm going to try crawling off to bed because I'm exhausted and my head hurts. With any luck, tomorrow evening I'll be hanging out with steampunks (assuming I can get a ride). Also, more sorting and packing.

Of the packing of things, there is no end.

erynn: Gaelic merman image (Ganesha)
I cleared out the library closet today except for the packing materials and a few other items that need to remain there. That meant sorting through the various stacks of Pagan papers and moving what's being donated out to the garage. Dishes got washed and the kitchen counters cleaned. I also hauled a few other things to be got rid of out to the garage, then brought in a stack of framed pictures and prints to put into a box with other things, and brought in a box of other things to be sorted through and packed. A couple of small tables were also taken out to the garage.

Irish class was this evening but focusing through the dizziness - which tends to intensify when I have over-exerted myself - was really difficult. After class, [ profile] gra_is_stor and [ profile] ingvisson stayed for a bit. I fed him some spaghetti with pesto (she can't eat it) and then they helped me take down the surround sound system that I had hooked up to the tv. The blank walls look better without the speakers and the trailing wires. I'll see if I can sell the sound system. It's perfectly functional and sounds pretty good. Unlike dvd players (which are going over to blu-ray more and more these days), sound systems remain rather similar for a longer time.

Tomorrow, more sorting and packing, then washing the floors tomorrow evening for photos Tuesday. The real estate attorney is supposed to be here tomorrow probably late morning. He's coming after court, where he has a 10:30 appointment.

So, Monday, attorney. Tuesday, real estate photos. Wednesday, shrink. Thursday, glass replacement for the fireplace and group. Friday, MRI. It's a way too full week, but none of this can be put off or avoided. In between all of this, I have to deal with more packing, more cleaning, and keeping the place in presentable condition for total strangers to come in and look at it no matter how I am feeling physically. I'm doing my best for coping, but it's hard. I'm just really glad I have supportive friends.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Everything Hurts)
Today Sonia and Doug came by and picked up the mattress and box springs. I was able to list the bed frame. Here's the link if you are interested.

I went down to Fred Meyers with [ profile] gra_is_stor to get an appropriately sized air mattress and some sheets for the bed in the couch, which we moved into the bedroom. I got the wrong size the first time around, so we went back, returned them, and got the right size, whereupon I set things up and will be going in soon to crash there.

Further small bits of furniture were carried out to the garage. Papers and various books of shadows were sorted through, most of it went into the recycle, and some went into the pile of things that will be going to the archival library. I cleared out most of the stuff from the cabinets in the living room bookshelves, giving me some space to deal with what I need to have here in the house but which can be out of sight. I still have some sorting left to do here, then I can deal with the stuff I'd packed out to the garage just to get it out of the house for the photos.

There's still some cleaning to do (washing floors and suchlike), but that can happen late Monday so that it's actually still clean on Tuesday when the realtor gets here with the camera.

I really am just so exhausted right now. I'm going to try to have a slower, quieter day tomorrow that doesn't involve leaving the house beyond just walking the dog. Irish class meets here tomorrow evening and I'm debating whether or not I'm feeling up to dealing with trying to pour words into my brain. They can certainly still meet here, I might just be hiding in my bedroom while class happens, though.

Strange as it feels, I actually nearly have an end in sight, at least for the current round of sorting and packing. I need to deal with the laundry closet, which is going to be a rather hefty job, but a lot of things can probably just be tossed from there. Kitchen drawers need to be sorted through. I should probably also do a clothing sort again at some point soon, and get rid of anything I haven't worn in a year or more.

At this point, the library is entirely empty except for the closet, which mostly at this point consists of packing materials, a dog crate for travel, and some things that have been sorted through but which I haven't yet either packed or taken to the garage until I figure out how to deal with them. I can't have a garage sale here, as it's against the association rules. I'm uncertain about trying to list individual things on craigslist, seeing as I've had pretty rotten luck with actually selling much of anything so far. I've had a couple of inquiries about the bicycle. One gal from Portland will be up in this area next weekend. She was considering checking it out of I still have it then. Mostly, people inquire about things, I tell them that yes, I still have it, and they don't even bother getting back to me again or they say "yeah, okay, not going to do it" for whatever reason. Someone today asked about the bed frame but can't get a vehicle until Monday. I told them to check back with me Monday to see if I still had it. I have no idea if I'll hear from them again.

Anyway, I have to take the DoDC+3 out, then it's off to bed for yours truly. I have zero plans for anything prior to noon tomorrow so I hope I will actually be able to sleep at some point.

A mixed bag

Aug. 3rd, 2013 12:33 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Everything Hurts)
There will be someone coming Thursday morning to replace the broken fireplace door panel.

I got up about 10am and got about 90% of the stuff I intended to done before the real estate agent showed up an hour early - but his camera was broken so all he did was take a look around, talk with me for a little bit, and leave the key box. I have a reprieve to finish up the work properly and then actually wash the floors before another agent comes by on Tuesday to take photos. Wednesday they will list the place. I have told them about the DoDC+3 in his crate, and requested no calls before noon, and they were amenable to this. He said he didn't think we would have any trouble getting approval for the short sale, so I am slightly more at ease. There are never guarantees, but I'm sure he has a good feel for this kind of thing.

Tomorrow, Sonia is coming to pick up the mattress in the morning sometime, probably 10:30 or so. When she's got that, I'll take a couple photos of the frame then see if I can persuade her and the person with the truck to give me a hand dismantling the frame and moving the small couch from the library into the bedroom so that I can sleep on that. Then I'll get the frame out to the garage and whoever comes to buy it can get it already dismantled.

I ended up stuffing a lot of things into drawers, and some into boxes to haul out to the garage unsorted and open, and then piled a bunch of papers and binders full of things into the library closet to get them out of sight. Now that I have a little time, I can sort through them properly over the weekend and on Monday.

I was so exhausted today that I took a soak in an epsom salts bath (I'm covered with bruises from moving things) and then took a nap. [ profile] gra_is_stor came over for a bit before that and we caught up on what's happening with each other while curled up on the couch. After the real estate agent left, I essentially just said "screw it, I'm taking the rest of the day off," and gods have I needed to. I'm still so exhausted I'm numb and tingly. The dizziness has been worse the past couple of days because of all the physical effort I've been putting into things. I ordered chinese after I got up from my nap, and I'll be heading for bed again here fairly soon because I need to be up at about 10am for Sonia when she gets here. Then it's tackling the things that are left to do before Tuesday.

I also need to call one of the gals from my VA group, who said she might be able to help me out this weekend. I'm thinking perhaps on Sunday she can help me haul some boxes down to Seattle, as she says she has a station wagon.

Anyway, collapsing now.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (AAAAAIIIGHH!)
I got up today about 10am, worked on stuff until Bill came by to pick me up at 2pm, went down to the VA for my group, had a blood draw for the baseline for the upcoming MRI, and then we had some food when he came to drop me off. I got in touch with Gary and Melody and asked if they could come by to help me haul the bookshelves from the library out to the garage and they agreed to come by.

While I waited for them I hauled more stuff up there. At one point I was wiping my forehead to get hair and sweat out of my eyes and a fingernail caught the top of my eyebrow piercing; it went flying. I had to grope around in the parking lot looking for it. One of the neighbors helped me. I think we spent about ten minutes looking for it. When I was finally going to give up, I found it again. Rinsed everything down with hydrogen peroxide and put the thing back together, so that's safe and dealt with.

It took us about 40 minutes or so to haul all of the bookshelves out to the garage. When Gary and Melody left, I started in on cleaning the fireplace. Aside from one pane of glass gone, it looks like a used but reasonably clean fireplace. I couldn't get anyone to come today or tomorrow, so I'm going to have to ask the real estate agent to take any photos of the fireplace from angles that won't show the broken pane. I'll work on getting somebody out to replace it as soon as I can.

The guy from the fireplace shop did call me today (I wasn't able to answer the phone when he called), and he left a message saying that if it's just a pane of glass, I could get it faster and cheaper from a glass shop and install it myself. Sadly, I can't get the tag ends of broken stuff out of the metal grooves and won't be able to put the thing in myself, even if I get the pane elsewhere. I've left another call for him but don't expect to hear back for another day or so, I'm guessing.

Once that was done, I cleaned out the stuff in my bedroom and got that looking pretty good. There's still a pile of stuff on the couch and the coffee table in the former library that will have to be dealt with, but that will be first thing tomorrow. I did dishes and am soaking the sinks with some bleach to try to get the sinks as clean as possible. Tomorrow I'll scrub down the counters and wash the floor.

I do still have a little stuff on the bookshelves her in the living room, and some stuff on the table, but most of that is going to be fairly quick to handle, especially if I don't sort and just put things in open boxes to take it out to the garage to get it all out of the way. Once the photos are done, then I can deal with the rest at a more reasonable pace.

Needless to say, I'm completely exhausted. I will be setting my alarm for 10am again today so that I have a few hours to work on things before the guy gets here.

And now, to bed.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (d'oh!)
I got a ton of stuff done today. Patrick came by and did some more work here at the house and I boxed things, shifted stuff to the garage, cleaned, and moved furniture. [ profile] randwolf came by as promised and we moved a bunch of book boxes into my new storage unit on the hill. I've sorted all the stuff that I'll be sending to the archival library into a couple of large boxes to take over to the mailout place when a car is available. They'll have to be put into FedEx boxes of some sort as these are not shipping boxes. They're really only suitable for just carrying stuff, but it will be good to get them out of here.

The place is a lot less cluttered now, which is good, but is feeling desperately empty, which is not so good. I have a lot of shelves that are empty of books, but covered with small things that need to go into boxes so that they can be packed properly.

I still have a ton of things to do before the real estate agent gets here Friday.

As to the stupid, while I've been dealing with stuff here, I have occasionally put stuff in the fireplace and burned things like old herbs, papers with personal information on them, and other type things. I did that today but tossed a couple of candles in the pile without really thinking it through. Wax was melting all over the place, and at one point it got so hot I thought it was going to start the wooden handle of the fireplace door on fire. I couldn't get it open, so I zapped it with the fire extinguisher. Which shattered one of the tempered glass plates on the four panel folding door. On the other hand, better than burning the place down, you know?

It's kind of a mess. It's largely cleaned up but I've got a call in to a fireplace place to have somebody come and replace the panel and maybe see if there's any wax all run down below the fireplace inside, hopefully before the real estate agent gets here on Friday at 1pm. It was stupid. It will probably be kind of expensive to deal with. On the other hand, I've been pushing myself really hard and just plain wasn't thinking clearly when I did this.

I still have some cleanup to do, but most of it won't be too bad, it's just messy and yet another complication when I don't need one.

On the good end of things (in addition to getting a bazillion things done today), I was talking to one of my neighbors who used to do real estate (he actually sold several of the units at the condo here in past years), and he said that the market is getting better and prices are going up. I don't know if it will be enough of a rise in prices that I won't still have to do a short sale, but we shall see what happens.

I've had a couple of inquiries on the cargo bike. One person was asking about possibly coming over tomorrow to have a look at it, hopefully before I leave for the VA appointment at 2pm.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
All the books except a couple I am reading, and the ones I'm using for Irish and Italian study are packed, along with several boxes of binders and papers. There are 54 of them. They are now all in the garage.

Jade came by again today and was a total champion box packer. Patrick did a ton of cleaning and will be back again tomorrow for more. My next door neighbor Sally helped out a little bit, as well, which I really appreciated. Someone came and picked up the TV. I had posted the TV as a free giveaway on craigslist (because really, nobody wants to pay for them these days, when the thin screens are so much more available and smaller and lighter). I got two inquiries and, as the inquiries were coming in, I actually got an email from some dick saying "if it's one of the big ones, nobody wants those". I mean who the fuck sits around on craigslist all day sending messages to people saying nobody wants stuff? Really? Does this person have no life whatsoever? *headdesk* Needless to say, the troll was wrong.

Anyway, I have posted an ad for my cargo bike. I'm selling it for $500 because I can't ride it anymore due to the dizziness. If you know anyone who might be interested, please pass the link along.

I will probably be doing just a little more sorting and packing of art and whatnot tonight before I go to bed. Tomorrow, more sorting and packing art and stuff, then [ profile] randwolf is coming by about 1:30 to stuff things into his truck and take me down to Seattle to rent the storage unit. He'll bring me back up here afterwards and I'll give him some gas money.

I'm probably going to need to get rid of a few of the bookshelves I have, though I have not yet decided which ones. I'll need a couple in Seattle, I'm guessing -- the smaller ones if I'm in a studio just for a couple of months. If I end up having to stay, then I'll want at least a couple of the larger ones, too, but at any rate, they'll need to be in the storage unit until things are sorted for me about whether I'm staying in Seattle or going to Italy.

The place right now is both emptier and, paradoxically, rather more cluttered at the moment than it has been in a long time. Part of that is just that I've had to remove things from shelves and walls and haven't had a place to put them yet, so a lot of it is piled up on the table or on the back of one of the couches. Friday Sonia is supposed to come over for the mattress and box springs. I'll be posting the ad for the bed frame once I can take photos of it. I forgot to ask Sally what the condo policy on garage sales is. I'm not sure I can actually have one here, but if I can, then I'll set up for a couple of weekends from now and just post some ads and hope people will come and buy bits and pieces of my non-ritual things. I have a lot of stuff like vases and decorative stuff and way too many mugs that I could do with getting rid of without just giving it all away. Any money at all that comes in from it would be very welcome.

I know I'm rambling a lot about this lately, but it really is kind of eating my life, as one would expect from having to deal with something like this. I'm so blessed with good friends who are willing to come and put in some heroic effort to help me out. So thank you again, my friends! You are the best!
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After not having heard back from the guy at the New Alexandrian Library after I sent the tapes to him, I emailed Macha today about the issue and he emailed; apparently his emails got lost in the aether somewhere. Anyway, he says to send things along, which means that my issues of Pagan APA and APA Tarot will have a new home, I suspect, along with a bunch of various issues of Pagan magazines. I don't have the collection I used to. Over the years I've got rid of a lot of things or given them to other people, but there's a fair collection of them here, and tapes and videos of presentations I've given or have been at. He'd said he couldn't guarantee they would keep all of them, but that they would at least try to find homes for whatever they didn't need. I'm good with that. When I have access to a vehicle, I'll haul things over and they will pay the FedEx fees for me to send them things.

Huge amounts of taking things off the walls in the living room, sorting through things, packing my bronzes from India and Tibet, and moving a little stuff out to the garage got done today. I got a call back from the storage place on Capitol Hill and have arranged a ride to get down there Wednesday to sign for the unit and take the first load of boxes over there. I have to inventory the boxes first so I have a running list of everything that goes into the unit for when I do move to Italy (if I get there).

It was an emotionally really hard day; the more stuff comes down, the less this place feels like my home anymore. It's becoming a hollow shell of what it once was. It's going to be hard being here during the transitional period, between listing the condo and actually moving away, when most of my things are in storage and my life has been pared down materially to a shadow of itself. I have a candle burning tonight for my Brigid flamekeeping shift, but the most recent candles I bought for it are absolute crap and won't stay lit.

I got a call from the VA today to schedule the MRI. I need to be there an hour ahead of time for some kind of contrast medium IV, and I need some lab work before I do the appointment for some kind of baseline; that I will probably try to do on Thursday, if there's enough time after my weekly group. The MRI is scheduled for Friday, August 9th. I'll need to get a couple of my piercings removed over at Laughing Buddha before then, as I can't get them out (and probably not back in, either) by myself. Most of them are fine and easily doable, but the nose piercing and one of my ear piercings are just painful to try to deal with. I haven't tried doing the eyebrow piercing myself, but we'll see how that goes. I'll get them put back in again afterwards, as well. Worth the money to get a pro to do it if doing it myself is going to hurt me.

Tomorrow, Patrick is supposed to come by to help me do things for a few hours. I'm going to have to get more packing peanuts before I can pack more books. I used the rest of them packing the bronze statues in one box. I have a few things I could wrap in some bubble wrap and put in small boxes, but for the most part, I need the peanuts for filling in the edges around books in boxes so they won't bend each other too much. The mailing outlet down the street can be walked to, and they do have peanuts, though we may have to make a couple of trips. Patrick doesn't have a car, so it'll be walking and carrying things; peanuts are light but pretty bulky, and it needs to get done. There will probably also be some cleaning done, and perhaps photos of my bicycle so that I can list it on craigslist.

[ profile] gra_is_stor might come by tomorrow as well. We shall see - she wasn't feeling too well today, so didn't come, even though she'd hoped to. She's also got a lot to do at her own place at the moment.

And now, since I'm expecting Patrick sometime around noonish, I should ought to crawl off to bed. I didn't sleep well at all last night and am hoping to do a little better tonight.
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Today [ profile] randwolf and [ profile] apipiyalotl came by briefly on their way back from Qi and Rob's to visit and offer a little moral support. [ profile] randwolf might be able to help me move some things into a storage unit on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, should all go well. I took the precaution of reserving a 10'x15'space at the Public Storage on 12th, which is pretty much ground zero of where I'll be looking for places to live when I move out of here.

[ profile] ingvisson came over and helped haul book boxes out to the garage, after I'd sorted through damned near everything out there and either recycled, trashed, or set things aside. None of the comics boxes or their contents are damaged; I need to get this stuff to a place where they actually will give me decent money for it, so if you know a place like that in the Seattle area, please let me know. I have two long comic boxes, six short ones, and two other boxes, all filled with comics, sf magazines, and various memorabilia, as well as a box with some gaming stuff. I haven't sorted through the pile of gaming books in my library as yet but I will be adding to that as well.

As [ profile] ingvisson was leaving, Jade, one of my steampunk friends, came by. She packed boxes of books for me while I was doing a lot of sorting and other work. Thank you, Jade! I now have a total of 33 boxes of books packed, and 23 of those are out in the garage, as are the boxes of things I packed from altars and whatnot yesterday. That means that, aside from stuff on the shelves in the walk-in closet, that's empty for the moment. The library closet has two of the smaller altars stored in it until I can get the items on them dealt with. One of them is a little rolling stand, and I'll be selling that. The other is a nice little arts and crafts style side table. That'll be going with me, as it will fit in even a tiny studio apartment. I still have to sort through the bin of camping gear to decide what of that I'll be selling or giving away, but that I can deal with later this week. Tomorrow has to be actually doing more packing of altar and Pagany things.

Some large, flat boxes need to be got for my art. I need probably several poster-sized boxes for my framed stuff. A lot of the smaller stuff can go in boxes I already have. Jade said she'd be by sometime Tuesday with more packing stuff for inside the boxes. [ profile] gra_is_stor wasn't feeling well today. She'd been considering coming over, but we didn't actually get together today. Right now, I'm just too tired. I'll probably throw myself into the shower and go to bed early, as I worked myself way too hard today. After I finished up most of what I was doing, I staggered over to the pizza place next door and ordered a small pizza; half of it is in the fridge for tomorrow.

I'm hoping I'll be sensible tomorrow and stick to dealing with smaller things so that I'm not frying myself like I did today.

Thursday the 1st, Bill is coming by to take me to my VA appointment. Friday the 2nd I have the real estate guy here to take pictures. Monday the 5th, the real estate attorney is coming by to talk with me about some details I have questions about.

Tired. Just plain fried. Extra crispy.
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To my great delight, and with my great gratitude, [ profile] joyful_storm and her husband came by this afternoon and stayed for several hours to help me out; Jack took me over to the U Haul so that I could get boxes and packing materials, and he packed several boxes of books for me. [ profile] joyful_storm swept the floor in here and then went out and swept out and organized what's left in the garage so that it looks a lot better and cleaner in there now.

I did a lot of sorting and packing myself, both before they arrived and while they were here. Most of the altars are dismantled and packed away. There are still several to go (I do have quite a few of them), as are all the various bones I'm keeping (at least until I figure out if some of them are legal to take to Italy with me if I go). I cleared out the coat closet of all the stuff I was getting rid of and rearranged things a bit, and cleared out the closet in the library as well.

One of my friends from back in the LGM fandom days dropped by briefly and picked up a big bag of fandom stuff for X Files and Lone Gunmen that I didn't want to just get rid of -- he will give things a good home, so I don't feel too bad about letting go of it. I was really happy to see him again, however briefly.

Tomorrow will be more packing of altary/Pagany things, and then hauling boxes out to the garage. If I have any energy left at all when I'm done with that, there will be more packing and then starting with thoroughly cleaning the bathrooms. I am not looking forward the the actual getting in and scrubbing things; I don't have a lot of energy for stuff like that and I can only do a little bit at a time. I'm needing to unclog my bathroom sink again, yay. *sigh*

Certain parts of the house are looking very bare. I'm going to have to rent a storage unit this coming week or early next. For the moment, I'll just store boxes in the garage, kept off the floor of the garage with some plastic garbage bags to keep them clean until I can arrange to get things together and have somebody start hauling things south for me.

Does anyone want a bag of three-ring binders? I have a bunch that I'm not using. They're perfectly good but are taking up space and I don't need them. Free to a good home.
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Today one of [ profile] gra_is_stor's bandmates came over to get some things out of the garage that she will be storing for GIS. Since I can't keep anyone's things in the garage anymore (eventually not even my own), it was good to get her stuff moved; her bicycle is still in there, and we're trying to figure out where to keep it, as she hasn't got enough space in her apartment's storage locker. Anyway, a fair few things went, which means I can get to other things that need to be sorted through and cleaned up, then sold or otherwise dealt with.

The bandmate took all the plant pots and the tomato cages that I'd had from when I was gardening on the lanai, so that was great. She also had been looking for a new king sized mattress, so she bought the mattress and box springs, as they have a frame at home and didn't need the one I have. What this means is that once the mattress is gone (they'll come get it in a few days), I can take photos of just the frame, list that on craigslist, and probably sell that fairly quickly -- several people have asked if they could buy just the frame and I didn't want to do that, as getting rid of the mattress would have been the hard part, generally speaking. So yeah, things are continuing to move along quite well, despite my feeling like everything is crawling.

I have given it a lot of thought and will not be selling the computer desk. It's solid wood, it's sturdy as hell, it has a fair bit of storage in it, it's really nice looking, and it cost me about $3,000 when I bought it and moved in here. If there's any chance it will fit into wherever I'm living when I move out of here, I'm keeping it. I think I would have a hell of a time trying to find anything as nice that I could afford later.

When I spoke to the real estate agent today he said not to worry about trying to pay off the second mortgage - it wasn't going to make that much difference, and if the lender did want to collect later, we could deal with that when it came up. For right now, I will hold onto the money I've been saving for moving expenses instead of trying to pay the loan off.

Tonight [ profile] ingvisson, [ profile] gra_is_stor, and I went over to Central Market for some grocery shopping, then we stopped at Fred Meyer, where I picked up a bunch of cleaning stuff so that I will have ample supplies for this weekend. I have a few people who might come by to help out, but there's no way to know unless and until somebody actually shows up at the door.

And now, I'm going to try to get some sleep. I'm doing better today; only a really mild headache, no migraines, and the huge cramp in my back is doing a little better as well. Overall, I'm pleased with how things are going, despite all the anxiety this whole situation is producing. I'm doing my best.


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