My Dad reading me The Hobbit sometime in the second half of the 1970′s.
Thank you Dad.
A little under two weeks ago, I did a post “If You Read Me on Facebook“. The gist of it was I was no longer going to repost the daily twitter summaries from this blog onto Facebook, although regular manual posts would continue to get automatically posted there.
I’m now saying the same thing for Google+, for basically the same reasons. If you want to see what I post to twitter, either follow me there, or follow me directly on Abulsme.com. You can even sign up for a daily email with links to my posts from the previous day if you care for that.
As with Facebook, I’ll continue making sure my manual posts get cross posted to Google+… for now. But I’m giving a heads up that I may stop doing that soon as well. Google Reader made it pretty easy for me to click a couple buttons and share my own posts on Google+. Google Reader is of course shutting down soon. My replacement of choice so far, Feedly, also has a share to Google+ feature, and while it works fine when it works, it has been inconsistent at best for me, and I’ve usually gone back to Google Reader to do this little bit of things. When it goes away, I probably won’t go through a lot of extra effort (read any) to make sure things get on Google+. Especially since it seems there are very few people who use Google+ to follow me. There are some. Just not many.
If Feedly improves on this front, then I’ll continue, otherwise… I dunno.
If you are one of the very few people who normally get my content via Google+ and if this will be a pain to you, let me know. If there is a lot of demand, I may continue even if it is a bit more work. If not… well, you can find my stuff in the ways I described in the second paragraph…
I’ll keep posting the “regular posts” (as opposed to the automated Twitter summaries) to Google+ at least until Google Reader is shut down. After that, no promises.
Despite taking part of a day off on Monday, progress on the garage/driveway slowed dramatically during the work week, with me generally only able to spend an hour or two on it in the evenings before it got dark. (Yes, it might have been possible to do some after dark, but since it was dark, it was hard to see what I was doing…)
Anyway, by early Saturday UTC (Friday evening local time) almost everything that was either stuff we knew we wanted to keep, or stuff that we might or might not want to keep but would have to actually spend time looking at it to know, was back in the garage. For some reason I didn’t post then, but here is what it looked like at that point:
Looks so much better than it started! Everything all I’m nice neat stacks and such!
Unfortunately, there were still huge piles of things we know we want to get rid of (either donate, recycle, or trash depending on the specific things and their condition)… Quite a bit of which were large items like furniture… and we haven’t quite yet made arrangements to have those things picked up and taken away to wherever they are going to go.
So all that had to go back too. That process just finished. At this point everything that came out of the garage (with a couple minor exceptions that were claimed by Alex or Brandy and actually are now being used or unpacked) is now back in the garage.
So what does it look like? Here ya go:
So… Well… Just as full looking as it started… Almost. It is now possible to walk a little bit in there. But just a little. But it is still very very full. I certainly didn’t reclaim 40% of the floor space as I had hoped.
But… Everything that was added between early Saturday and when I finished is stuff that is fully ready to be gotten rid of. Brandy has collected the information on who to call to come get all that stuff, and those arrangements will probably be made soon. All that stuff is fit up front and ready to go. It is no longer interspersed with everything else.
Once that stuff goes, I ink my 40% goal is indeed actually met. Perhaps even 60% or more actually. And at that point, what is left is neatly stacked and accessible, not thrown in haphazardly like it was before.
It will be in a state where it will be easy to grab one box a week or whatnot, in order to go through the box and reclaim what is still wanted, and trash what isn’t. I suspect 80% or so of what is in the boxes will actually be trashable, but unfortunately that can’t be determined on a box by box basis. We actually have to go through the boxes.
That will be a long term thing though, not a project we will attempt in the same way I did the garage straightening.
For now, next step, call the trucks to take away that big bulk of stuff we know we don’t want any more… Brandy will do that though.
I’m going to take a nap.
Once again, click to embiggen (since folks liked that word).
View from inside house:
View from driveway:
And, um, the driveway:
Now time to start putting everything back. Hopefully in a more compact (and accessible) fashion. Unfortunately, given that it took just short of 28 hours (including breaks for sleep, food, etc.) to empty the garage, I find it unlikely that it will all get back in the garage before the end of the weekend.
I may have to take some personal time from work on Monday to finish. Either that or just not worry about leaving some stuff in the driveway a few more days than I had planned. It isn’t supposed to rain, so I GUESS that is a possibility. I really want to get this done though.
Click pictures to embiggen.
Starting state viewed from inside house:
Starting state viewed from driveway:
Plan: It is a nice sunny warm weekend. No rain forecast. Empty the ENTIRE garage, putting everything in the driveway. Then put it all back, just in a more compact and possibly (but maybe not) organized way. Based on exploring the voids currently in the garage, I expect to be able to free up 1/3 to 1/2 of the garage. We shall see!
All winter long Alex has talked about how last year he walked his dog in the snow, and how when it snowed he would do it again. But all winter long, the most we got was a short lived dusting. Now, we managed to take advantage of one of those dustings, but it just wasn’t the same. So I had started thinking about taking Alex and Roscoe up to the mountains some Saturday in the next few weeks to play in the snow.
But then this morning there was real snow, with an inch or two on the ground! I was at work and missed it, but Alex got his walk with Roscoe in the snow! He was reluctant at first, but from what I hear in the end he had to be dragged away from the snow and the dog to get ready to actually go to school this morning. So yay!
Perhaps there will still be a trip to the mountains. Or not. We’ll see.
As of the time this posts, 2013-03-14 00:59 UTC, Alex will be exactly three and a half years old. Yay! Such a big boy! In the home video above (from the 13th), Alex recreates the tractor tipping scene from Cars and sings with Roscoe.
[Note added 2013 Mar 17 14:58 - Since at least one person contacted Brandy with concern, 2 things... First, Roscoe is not mad, growling, or threatening Alex in any way. As you can see in the video, Roscoe licks Alex several times. The noises being made are ones that Roscoe makes regularly when "singing" with Alex, myself, or other family members. Roscoe sometimes does get impatient or upset with Alex, but this was not one of those times. Second... yes, I know what it looks like when Alex lies down, but he is three and a half, Alex was not doing anything inappropriate, and it is all completely innocent, so get your minds out of the gutter! Thanks!]
Some random notes on some things from the past six months:
And that is more than enough for now. Happy three and a half Alex!
[Edit 2013 Mar 14 14:33 to add the first of the two parenthetical comments in the first bullet.]
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