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!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Judeo-Christian father cult?)
I managed to sell the cd/dvd shelves today. The gal came by at about 10am to pick them up, no problems, handed me the cash I requested, and we were good to go. I helped her haul them out to her SUV and waved them goodbye.

The rest of the day was largely consumed with the affairs of bookshops. I went to pick up the first installment of Mary's payment to me (the second comes in two weeks) for the books she bought. While this was happening, and while Merlin and I hauled the rest of the books back to the car, [ profile] ingvisson hauled the cds down the block to Easy Street and got them started on sorting through them. Once I was done at Merryweather Books, I wobbled down to Easy Street, where I hung out mostly in the cafe with a Limonata while things happened. I picked up cash for music, then we hauled the rest of the books, the music, and the vids down to Half Price Books in the U District.

They spent about two hours sorting through things (there were several people ahead of me) and [ profile] ingvisson and I walked over to Cedars for a bit of lunch while we waited. We got back before they were done, so I hung around and waited on a hard nasty chair upstairs (I didn't want to have to negotiate the stairs today more than absolutely necessary) until they finished. They also gave me a handful of money.

When I got home, I had a packet of PDF papers in email from the real estate people. I've filled out most of the forms they requested (stressful and involving looking at my financial situation and detailing it several separate times on different forms), sent them some questions about other things, and will spend a little time considering what to say in the letter they want from me describing the hardship issue that is causing me to have to sell the place. I was too emotionally and energetically fried to write the letter today, after having to fill out all those forms.

It's pretty obvious that the most common problem for these things is people being unable to continue to pay the mortgage for whatever reason. I don't have a problem with that, but can't continue to live here anyway. It's at moments like this that the time I spent working for an insurance attorney will stand me in good stead, as I used to have to draft letters to be sent to the insurance companies describing how the victim's quality of life was diminished, make an argument for payment of medical bills and compensation for pain and suffering, and all that kind of stuff. That is, in a modified fashion, what I need to do here.

Their documents PDF contains some instructions and a basic template, which is reasonably useful, but their note about "thank the lender" contains the example, "Thank you so much for considering helping me. God bless you." I am having a major WTF here, but it's not like I have to care, because it's not language I'm required to use. I'm just annoyed that they are throwing religion into this for no reason whatsoever. I hate that some people assume you are somehow a better or more "worthy" person if you throw in a "god bless you" when you are begging for something. It is incredible bullshit. I am annoyed. I am also having cramps to my toes again, so this may well play into the level of my annoyance.

The PDF also gave me a rough timeline for the sale. They said if things go quickly and well, it may be 3-4 months before I can get out of here. If things for some reason do not go well, it could be up to a year. Both of these are not good, but I'm hoping for the shorter option. I don't know if I can do a year here with things as they are, and with people coming in and out of my place at whatever ungodly pre-noon hours of the day to look at it. It basically means I'm going to spend the next several months possibly getting phone calls with maybe 20 minutes notice to vacate the premises (including getting the dog out), or that people will be coming in while I'm down at the VA and the DoDC+3 is in his crate, where he will be noisy and upset. There's not a damned thing I can do about this, either. So please put in some good words to whatever deities or spirits (or good vibes or whatever) you so choose that this will be as fast as possible and that we won't have too many disturbances in not-very-controllable situations.

I have two days of VA appointments, then I will have some time to deal with more packing.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
Today I spent time following up on things and making some phone calls. I've got a reminder in about replacing the heater. I got a callback from the real estate agent and they will send me an email later this week (three days or so) then come over and we will finalize our plans for listing the condo. What this means is that I am going to have to look into getting a storage unit (at least 10x10) to put my stuff in very soon; real estate agents prefer having the place reasonably empty when they are trying to sell it. This is going to require some further effort at packing the books and then getting the rest of my ducks in a row.

I think I have sold the two dvd/cd shelves; I had an inquiry tonight and the person is supposed to come by tomorrow morning at 10am to pick them up.

Mary got back to me and offered me a really good price for the books she wants. (It was considerably higher than I was expecting.) I was very happy with her offer. I'll be over in West Seattle tomorrow around 2pm to pick up the ones she doesn't want, and the first part of her payment. She says she'll give me the rest in two weeks. So if you are in the Seattle area and couldn't come up to Everett, you can go to Merryweather Books in the West Seattle Junction and visit the collection there. Please go and take some home with you! I'll be taking my music over to Easy Street Records while that's in progress then the rest of the books will go to one of the Half Price bookshops, probably U District, as it is easily accessible on the way home.

Since [ profile] gra_is_stor and [ profile] ingvisson will be out of town the first week of August, I had to spend some time finding someone to take me down to Seattle for Thursday, August 1st for my group appointment. Fortunately, I was able to get another friend who lives in Granite Falls to agree to drive me. Thanks Bill!

I feel entirely too much like a grownup. And now I should crawl off to bed so that I can get up at 9:30am to be vertical for the person buying the shelves.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (kermitflail!)
I've spent the last couple of days in the company of [ profile] mael_brigde, who was down visiting from Vancouver. It was lovely to catch up with her, and she was very very helpful in helping haul the books I am selling from my place over to Mary's bookshop. Mary's still working on putting together an offer for me, but she seemed very excited by the stuff I'd brought to her. She should have the offer ready on Monday. Tuesday I will probably go over to pick the money up and the books she doesn't want, and will take my music over to Easy Street while I'm over in West Seattle; they should have a buyer there between 1-5pm on Tuesday, according to the person I talked to this afternoon on the phone.

I got my contributor's copy of Lupa's anthology Engaging the Spirit World today. I have an essay in it about animism; the anthology itself is about animist and shamanistic spiritual practices in the Pagan communities.

Email came for me two days ago from Jerome Rothenberg, a very famous mainstream poet and anthologist, asking for permission to use my translation of the Cauldron of Poesy poem for a new anthology he's doing. While poets are not really household names in the US, the anthology most likely to be familiar to folks in the Pagan community is Technicians of the Sacred, and anthology of global indigenous poetry. He is putting together an anthology of "outside and subterranean poetry" both ancient and modern. He was interested in any other writing I might have done, so I'll be sending him a copy of Fireflies and photocopies of the essays from Mandragora and Datura, as they will likely be of interest to him considering this project.

This is just such a fantastic thing to have happen. It is some serious mainstream recognition for my work, and I am very excited. If I had more energy, I would be jumping up and down squeeing so loud you could probably hear it in San Francisco. It may bring further attention to my collection, as well, which would be wonderful. Jerome said that the anthology will be out sometime next year, so I will keep folks posted about what is happening with it as I hear any developments.

[ profile] finnchuill sent me the file for his poetry manuscript that he wants me to do a cover blurb for. I have people coming for movies tomorrow but will try to read it in the early part of this week and think about what I'd like to say about the work.

It feels really good to get all those piles of books off the floor here. I feel a lot less anxious without the clutter. There's a lot of other anxiety-producing stuff happening in my life, as you might imagine, but that was one relatively easily fixed situation that has now been resolved.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
Today I made an unsuccessful attempt to find the herb the doc suggested at Central Market and ended up ordering a bottle of it online for fairly cheap. We shall see if it does any good.

I shuffled boxes around and stacked the five packed boxes of books in the closet to get them out of the way. I finished sorting all the unsorted books into general categories and the folding bookshelf in the living room is now empty and folded, stashed with the five boxes of poetry and poetics books in the closet. I called and made arrangements to take my books to Mary over in West Seattle on Thursday next week after group. I hope they will all fit into Garuda.

[ profile] alfrecht came by to pick up the books he'd asked me to hold for him. He was only here just long enough to get the books and visit for a couple of minutes, but it was good to see him.

Jay and [ profile] ingvisson should be coming by tomorrow for drag queen movie afternoon with me and [ profile] gra_is_stor. I am wondering if we are going to get The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. Anyway, there shall be movies. There will no doubt also be popcorn because you cannot have drag queen movies without popcorn.

And I should get some sleep because tired.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (giftie)
To start out, the neurology appointment went about as I expected - the doctor is kind of mystified but there are no signs that this is anything potentially fatal. She's suggested an herbal remedy and if that doesn't work then come back and we can try an allopathic medication, though I want to wait until I am done with selling the condo and getting to Seattle before I do because one of the primary side effects of the med is grogginess and tiredness, so I do not need that right now. She was very thorough in her questions and exam and does not feel that an MRI or anything of the sort is needed as I'm not showing any symptoms of anything that would indicate it at the moment. She spent some time attempting to classify my headaches ("maybe it's not a migraine, classifications have changed in the past several years"), but none of their categories actually fit, so she decided okay, it's a complex migraine and some of my symptoms are anomalous, so maybe dizziness is actually part of it, who can tell.

After we were done, I talked to her about the phone call yesterday and she said they are supposed to ask, but I told her that there was a really heavy-handed attempt to make me take the schedule change and then the guy didn't get back to me. She said, "yeah, I know exactly who you're talking about" and said she'd have some words with him. It sounded like maybe they had received complaints about this guy before, so maybe some attitude adjustment will be forthcoming.

I got done with the appointment in time to actually get to my group. I wasn't there for the last session as I was supposed to be on my road trip. I missed the group and apparently they really missed me because they all cheered when I walked in the door. Definitely good for my ego!

After the VA, [ profile] ingvisson and I went over to Travelers, where I saw about half a dozen of my friends, including [ profile] nathan_fhtagn, who was dashing in for some chai to go. We talked for a couple of minutes and he said that when I get to Seattle, if I need rides anywhere to give him a call and he might be able to take me places, so that was really sweet of him and I will possibly take him up on it if I need to get places I can't go by bus.

One of the gals who runs the Esoteric Book Conference was there - she'd said she had heard ripples in the community that I was leaving, then a second set of ripples about "OMG Erynn is selling her entire library." Of course, I said I wasn't selling the whole thing, just a good chunk of it. She wanted me to take it over to Magus because they give pretty good money (and one of the other EBC people works there); I said I was taking it over to Mary in West Seattle and she said that Mary paid pretty well too, so we shall see what we shall see. It was interesting to see the reactions of people to my situation.

After chai and food at Travelers, we went over to Magnolia for a Bach lute concert, which was really quite lovely and very enjoyable. Sadly, the musician hadn't brought any cds of his work to sell, which I found very surprising. The concert was about two hours, then we headed home. I stopped by at [ profile] gra_is_stor's briefly then walked back to my place from there. All in all it was a really good day. Weather was pretty good for the most part, lots of friends seen and talked to, good food, and some excellent music. How much better does it get?
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Northwest forest)
I was contacted by the referred realtor today, and we are going to schedule something for next week for him (or one of his associates, as he's out of town most of next week) to come over and talk about the condo and my options. He said he's done over 900 short sales, so he obviously has a clue here, which I am pleased by. They also have a real estate attorney affiliated with the office, who can answer questions for me if I have any. This will no doubt come in handy regarding tax issues, as I don't want to be stuck showing a "profit" I have to pay taxes on that is actually just me in a huge financial hole.

Craigslist came through for getting rid of the chairs, but I was listing them for free to just come and haul them off. It seemed about par for the course here. I still haven't sold the bed. On the up side, it looks like the guy who picked them up will be sending the chairs and a bunch of tables to a school in Africa, so they will be put to good use. Go go gadget activism.

As far as books, I packed another box of poetry books, then spent much of the rest of the day sorting a lot of my other books into categories on separate shelves or in separate sections so that they will be at least vaguely organized when I get around to packing them. Huge shelf of shamanism, several shelves on Eastern religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto), astrology, etc. I'm afraid I was wobbling around a fair bit with the dizziness from all the activity. While the vertigo doesn't go away, it does sometimes get worse with a lot of activity, and I was really active today. Despite that it feels like I'm just shuffling things around, I'm actually consolidating things so that they'll be easier to deal with as I pack them. Needless to say, this cranks my anxiety level like crazy.

The condo association is going to wash the windows on Thursday. I pulled the screens from a couple of the windows but wasn't able to get the one out of the window in my bedroom. They're just going to have to suck it up, because it was leave it there or break the thing. It wasn't quite the same as the others. I don't know if it's in backwards or what, but I couldn't get it out from the inside and I'm not going to go around the back of the building to try to deal with this.

Tomorrow is shrinkage. Thursday is neurology, possibly my spirituality group (if I get out of neurology in time), and then a Bach concert over in Magnolia. Friday the condo association's contractor comes in the afternoon to look at the damage to the bathroom ceiling in the guest bathroom. Saturday, Jay is coming by and there will be bad movies. That's about as far ahead as I want to think right now.

I need some tylenol.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Eggplant)
I spent a fair bit of the day today too dizzy to sit up too much, but got things done anyway. I walked down to the mail outlet and posted the next-to-last box from all the folks who have bought books from me. I'm still waiting to hear back from Geordie, because he wants stuff shipped to Canada and it's going to cost damned near as much as the books did to ship it. I may just have to hang onto it until he gets back from Spain and comes to visit.

Yesterday was Irish class, and some further book shuffling, and I packed three more boxes of poetry books. I've got another shelf of poetry to go and then I start on the poetics and writing shelves. Today I put all the cds in boxes and stacked them, then cleared all the books off most of the surfaces here in the living room, stacking them on the floor in somewhat more orderly piles. I've got a few more piles to go but needed a break.

I wrote a couple of thousand words yesterday in my fic but nothing today because it was a little much for me, though I did a bunch of work on my Italian, both online and some basic grammar exercises.

Due to a bank thing (it worked out in my favor) I spent half an hour or so on hold and talking to people at BECU. All is well, but it was a bit of a surprise. I cancelled the dvd portion of my Netflix account and am sending the last dvd back to them. I just haven't had time to watch it and I don't want anything to get lost while I'm in the middle of all this; I sometimes watch things streaming, even if they don't have everything available at the moment. That bit is a little frustrating.

The contractor called about the water damage in the guest bathroom, and they are sending somebody out at 2pm on Friday to have a look and make an estimate for the condo association. I still have heard nothing back from the realtors (if nothing by Wednesday I'm doing a web search on people who specialize in short sales and getting someone on board for real). I called Mary and will be trying to get my books down to her in West Seattle. [ profile] gra_is_stor didn't have time today, won't tomorrow, and Wednesday through Friday are going to be busy for me. It's looking like I won't get this stuff out of here until next week sometime. [ profile] ingvisson has still been driving Sol's car, and that broke down, so he can't help with this.

After everything else, I ordered an Italian dictionary of the not-pocket variety so that I can actually read the entries a little better, and so that I'll have somewhat more vocabulary to work with as I'm learning. I spoke briefly to an old fandom friend and will be giving him a bunch of X-Files/LGM stuff that I don't want to just let go off into the aether; I do have to get rid of it for space purposes but I'll feel better having it go to a fellow fan. I may end up doing the same with all the SGA stuff I collected.

So anyway, lots of tiny things done. I know I'm making progress but it feels like I'm moving in geological time. Glaciers move faster. I remind myself that I'm fighting this huge physical issue on top of all the other crap I usually deal with, so I'm really doing pretty well. Still, I'm way too easily depressed of late because of how stressful things are, and having to depend on everyone else's schedules and situations in order to accomplish things.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Bowie's disappointed in you)
And the folks who were going to buy the bed frame had their car break down, so they didn't show and (after I texted them) they texted me and apologized, saying they weren't going to get it. Charming. But at least maybe I can still sell the whole thing now.

I put the file up with the books listed, and have already sold several online. I'm waiting to hear back on another short stack of them, and two people are probably coming over on Saturday to look at the collection in person. So far, so good.

I mailed out the fingerprints and the form to the FBI for the criminal records check the visa application requires. Gods only know how long that will take. I'll have to go down to the Federal Building in Seattle sometime soon to get records from the VA, as I have to request them in writing, and I'm convinced it will take less time if I just sit in line rather than mailing in a request. I'll be able to get them that day instead of waiting for weeks.

Brian got back to me about the water damage in the guest bathroom and will have the association's repair contractor contact me to come and see what they need to do to fix it, both from my end and in the unit above me. At least I won't have to pay for it!

And now I am tired and am going to try getting some sleep, as I have to haul books over to the mailbox place to check on postage before the real estate agents come by at 3:30.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
I've got the listing for the books and some dvds and cds I am selling. You can see what is available at this spreadsheet link. None of the $2 books are listed, and only the more expensive cds and dvds are listed. There is nothing on this list for less than $5.

NO SALES OUTSIDE THE US DUE TO SHIPPING EXPENSE. I will send all books at 4th class book rate and all dvds and cds by the cheapest method. I will have to haul things down to the mail out place on foot to check the shipping costs so only ask for something if you really want it. You can pay me for the books, I will get shipping costs, then you can pay me for the shipping and I will then send the books out. No items will be sent without both payments being made. Shipping costs includes any packaging.

I will take payment via PayPal at my inisglas at seanet dot com address. If you are local, you can come pick things up, and you can also look at the other items if they are still here when you get here - I will be taking some of this stuff out to sell it very soon so that it is not taking up valuable space in my apartment.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
About half a dozen or so people came by today, some from the Everett Pagan meetup group. I sold the mostly-complete set of Man, Myth and Magic, which was the next biggest item in the book listings, so that makes both the top dollar items sold. I had speech briefly with monkeyboy about picking up the folklore dictionary for [ profile] martianmooncrab. Bj came by today and bought a huge bunch of books, and invited me over for dinner at some point soon. He also put a boot in my ass for not calling him about some healing work, so I will talk to him when there is dinner.

[ profile] mael_brigde will be coming down in July for a brief visit, so it will be lovely to see her for a bit. [ profile] gra_is_stor and I went out to the DeWycks place this evening and hung out for a while. There was supposed to be a bonfire, but they were just arriving home from the Fremont solstice parade when we got there, so it had not been lit by 10pm when we left. I got to pet horses, yay. :D The DeWycks might be over tomorrow to peruse the book collection, and the Irish class has been informed that they can paw through the collection as well, before and after class, if they like.

With any luck [ profile] gra_is_stor and I will take her little inflatable boat out on the lake tomorrow for a brief Manannán midsummer ritual, and some paddling about. I'm hoping the weather will hold fine.

This week should be time spent cataloguing the books/movies/music that are left after everyone's been in, then I'll list them for folks in the US (I am not going to even try to deal with overseas postage). I feel like I've been doing really well so far with the sales. Nobody came from the craigslist posting, though I had one actual inquiry about location. Another person emailed me repeatedly asking if I had anything free I was giving away. As if one request with a "no" wasn't good enough. I think I got five emails from this person in the past two days. One inquiry I would not have minded, but five was really just annoying.

Hopefully, this week I can also get [ profile] gra_is_stor to take me down into Everett for a couple of things I need to do toward assembling my visa application. I need to get fingerprinted (police station) and get SSDI financial records from the Social Security office. I don't know if I can get VA records from an online request or if I'll have to go hang out at the federal building down in Seattle and actually speak to a human being.

I sent in an inquiry Friday to a local Windermere office, as I was told that they deal with property management, about renting my condo. I haven't heard back but I hope to maybe by Tuesday. If I don't get an email, again, time to actually show up and speak to a person face to face. The sooner I can get moving on these things the better.

Lots of stuff going on, tired Erynn is tired, and things are progressing reasonably well for the moment.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
I'm having a sale of books, movies, and music today until 7pm and tomorrow from 2-7pm at my home across from Silver Lake in Everett.

If you're interested in coming, please message me and I will happily give you the address!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (egret strutting)
I was at the VA for my monthly shrinkage and talked to Tracy about coming in twice a month until my whole moving to Italy project is resolved; she was able to fit me in, and happy to do so, which is a relief. I know I'm just at the beginning of things, so stress is only likely to increase until things get worked out.

I received confirmation about renting the condo, and am waiting for the list of requirements the board has put on the rental to find out what I need to do. That should arrive tomorrow or the next day.

[ profile] ingvisson was talking to me today on the way back from the VA and said that he might be able to buy Garuda from me in July, so we shall see how that works out.

Three of my friends came by today and bought books; Jeff bought the ashiko drum, as he had been looking for a nice one for drum circles for a while. I've already got more out of selling off bits of my library here than I would likely have got for the whole thing at Half Price as a bulk purchase. Everything I get out of this is going into funds toward paperwork, travel, and the like.

I hadn't had sushi in a while, and hadn't been next door to Sushi Ring in about forever, so I went by for the all you can eat dinner and talked with Francis for a little bit about life, the universe, and moving. It was nice to say hello and have tasty feeeesh. I'll be crashing here shortly, as I have dental tomorrow, then chai with [ profile] varina8 at Travelers.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
Today [ profile] gra_is_stor, [ profile] ingvisson, and Patrick came by; they were going to deal with G's bicycle, which has been stored in my garage. Patrick bought a bunch of books from me, and some cds and dvds, which all made me quite happy. I remembered that I still had a small stack of vinyl on a shelf, so I priced out that stuff, too. If you still have a turntable, maybe you'd be interested in that, as well.

I will be extending the book sale open house into Saturday the 22nd from about 2-7pm as well as Friday, because I know most folks work during the week, and a Saturday might be easier for people to come and browse things. Items range from pocket change (less than a dollar for poetry journals, pamphlets and such) to $250 for the 4-volume set of Katherine Briggs's Dictionary of British Folk-Tales.

My bicycle (cargo bike) is for sale, $500, includes lock, air pump, bike helmet, lights, and other gear. It's an awesome bike that I didn't get nearly enough use out of for various reasons. Tires will need to be pumped up and checked, and the chain cleaned and oiled again, but otherwise it's pretty much in new condition.

The weather was gorgeous today and I walked down to mail out a package for my mom. I had a scoop of mango yogurt at the Baskin-Robbins next to the mail place. I always feel like I'm listing a bit when I walk, but there's no alternative anymore. I'm considering giving up the cane and using hiking poles so that I won't feel like I have to lean all my weight on one side to keep from wavering around on the sidewalk. It's pretty weird to feel that way. [ profile] lakmiseiru, I know you understand about the hiking poles business. It does mean that carrying one of my backpacks is likely to be a much more common occurrence in coming days.

I've been checking rentals around Seattle and under $1000/month is possible if I'm not terribly picky (and at this point, I'm not, given I'm only looking for temp housing). I'm not sure what lease/month to month is like these days. Some places list leases (6 months to a year is common, though 3 or 6 months occasionally appears). I'll be looking for a month-to-month, though, when I leave Everett. A fair number of them do allow small dogs, which is encouraging. There are, in fact, places in Capitol Hill, Belltown, lower Queen Anne, and the U District that seem viable, but I can't look into them until I have someone dealing with rentals and a move-out date for the condo.

Sally asked if I'd heard from our property manager yet. I told her if I hadn't heard by the end of tomorrow, I'd email him again and get confirmation. That sounded to me like a go-ahead for renting the place, but I want to get it from the management, and I need to ask him about finding a property manager for the condo.

So much to do.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
If you are local (or you want to drag your ass out here from wherever) I will be having an open house book, music, and video sale this FRIDAY, June 21st. Open house will be from 1pm until 7pm.

I have hundreds of books and cds for sale, along with a few dozen movies and tv series on dvd. A dozen or more Pagan books are signed by the authors, if that interests you. I have some rare and interesting things, as well as the usual stuff. There may also be some photocopies of academic articles and whatnot that I no longer need in the stacks...

If you want to come by and you don't have my address, please message me for it. I will be happy to let you know where I live so you can come and paw the books.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
Today I priced out the vids and the books. There are stacks of things all over the living room. [ profile] gra_is_stor and [ profile] ingvisson are helping me put stuff into a spreadsheet so that when I've sold stuff locally, I can post it online for folks who might want to get particular things (plus postage) that I haven't already sold.

I'm thinking next week sometime I'll have an open house and have people come over if they want to paw through the library and buy some of my stuff.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
I spent probably four hours off and on today dealing with the library. I probably sorted through about 90% of the books in the actual library room. I think about half of them ended up in the "to go" pile; there's a lot of stuff that I haven't looked at in years, and a good bit of that is genero-Pagan and Wiccan stuff that I really have no particular use for. There is a small but appreciable number of signed books in the "to go" stack. [ profile] gra_is_stor and I will be checking around on amazon and abebooks to see what reasonable values are for some of these things, then probably put them in an accessible database online for folks to peruse to see if they want to buy them.

Local Pagani will probably get first shot at the Pagan/spiritual/myth stuff that I am getting rid of. Given that I'm trying not just to cut down on the amount of stuff I have to pack, store, and/or ship, but to get money toward my moving expenses, I'm going to avoid doing the yard/garage sale thing on as much of it as possible.

We had to get a tire ordered for Garuda, as he got a flat yesterday. The tire should be at the garage tomorrow afternoon. I talked to the mechanic about best way to sell him, and he said craigslist and that the engine was in immaculate shape, so I should get a good price for it. I looked and saw cars like Garuda at dealers and on craigslist asking between $3500 and $6000. The mechanic said he could print out all the maintenance records and I could offer those with the car, which is also very useful to folks and will enhance the value. I figure I will ask for the upper end figure and if they try to talk me down some, I will still be getting considerably more than I had initially thought when I do sell him. I'll want to have him washed and vacuumed out before I show him to anyone, as he'll probably impress a little more.

I think the only maintenance records I won't have are the ones from Oregon when I broke down in Ashland a few years back. I looked around the house and didn't find them. I'll look in the glove box in Garuda and see if the papers are in there, but I know approximately what was done and can talk to the mechanic about how to document that if I can't find the actual papers.

The whole process is stressing me out somewhat, as you might imagine. I may not do anything on the moving project tomorrow. Since I don't have a hard deadline right now that I'm working against, I can afford to take a little time and breathe between big efforts like that. I'm sure it will hit me hard later.
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The Trinity College Library has made a digital version of The Book of Kells available for viewing. Have fun!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Brighid's cross)
Aside from Irish class this evening, I spent some time today digging out more of my Brigid sources and material related to some of the things I want to cover in the flamekeeping book. I scribbled more notes, and now the table is covered with books and photocopies. I know I'm not doing a lot on any given day, but I'm at least getting a little done on a semi-regular basis.

One of the things I did was order a copy of Kim McCone's Pagan Past and Christian Present in Early Irish Literature. I had to order it through ABE from Germany. It was the cheapest copy I could find, which means that inclusive of postage I'm paying just under a hundred dollars for it. I saw copies listed for I think up to about £800 (I don't even want to think about it), so I can't complain too much about what I've had to pay here. It'll take a while to arrive, though.

In a little bit I'm going to drag myself into the kitchen and make a rhubarb cobbler. I wasn't feeling up to doing much today until just a little while ago. The time change is not something that makes me happy, but I bitch about it every year. I'll need to haul out the ladder and change the clock on the wall sometime soonish as well. Probably tomorrow.

For those in the Seattle area who might be interested, Leon and Allen are doing Shivaratri at Travelers tomorrow evening at 7pm. They told me to pass the word to interested parties. I might go, if I have enough brain cells to drive that far. I won't be able to decide until tomorrow sometime.


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