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Return to a temporary state of being

Clean, flat surfaces. They never last, but I find them extraordinarily satisfying during the brief interludes I am able to achieve and maintain them. On Thursday, I achieved a kitchen full of clean, flat surfaces, and Friday evening I stretched the visual delight through the eating area that serves as my dining room. It involved less surface area than the kitchen, but clearing the dining table (and chairs) was the greater accomplishment. The oldest of the kipple dated back to my return from Smofcon at the beginning of December.

It will be a fine weekend indeed if tomorrow night I can report similar progress in my office. I'll be at least somewhat surprised if I do — the piles on my desk and other flat office surfaces are minuscule compared to the stacks that built up in past years. My tolerances for such stacks are lower now that my office is in the middle of my living area, but any papers that don't need a ruler to be measured really don't qualify as a problem, and that's where most of the current piles stand. Still, it would be nice. Maybe I'll tackle the top of the filing cabinet tonight, and see what progress I can make from there….

May your weekend be filled with visual delight. Your home, too. And if you want to write about it, that would be mighty fine, too.


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Feb. 4th, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
Clean Flat Surfaces??
I laugh, hysterically, mind you, but still I laugh.

My apartment is covered in post filming & editing debris, but at least the turtle's water is clean.

My mind, when you get right down to it, is not a clean flat surface. Which may not be a bad thing...
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Feb. 5th, 2005 04:00 am (UTC)
May your weekend be filled with clean flat surfaces!

I love excavating those. Sad when they go away.
Feb. 5th, 2005 05:14 am (UTC)
You mean you have flat surfaces without things on them? Really? You mean that's possible? Hey, Denise! You'll never believe what Geri's saying -- yeah, she says that there are places in her house with nothing stacked on them! [Steve looks around their own house and laughs] RIght. I know. Geri's obviously started wiritng fantasy...

Feb. 6th, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC)
You're fortunate that it's entirely a Do It Yourself Project. I've been embroiled for almost a month (so far) in finding flat surfaces in the yard, co-ordinating with the Tree Service & Clean-up people who don't work in the rain, or when their dump-truck breaks down, or.... Stage One involved moving several hundred plants in containers from the front yard and side driveway into the back yard, so they could remove seven trees and two enormous stacks of ancient once-used lumber (mostly too rotted or beetle/termite-eaten after being there 20+years to be used for anything). Now I'm into Stage Two -- moving all the plants (and a lot of other stuff) into the front yard (temporary, for the most part) so they can come on Wednesday to remove three large trees (including that fine 50+year-old Canary Islands date palm that overhangs the neighbor's yard) from the back yard (and prune the Olive tree and the Bougainvillea severely). I try to think of it all as being Good Exercise, but find my mind often turning to Thoreau, and to thoughts of putting lotsa stuff up on the local FreeCycle Lists come Real Spring. Inside the house, almost the only Flat Surfaces are ceilings and a few upper walls, which really don't count. Considerable divestment is going to have to take place, starting with attacking The Garage, probably starting sometime in (late) April. I estimate the basic cost at about $10K (the Tree Work is taking $5.5K of that), which means no Convention Trips for a year or so. But it is great to have flat surfaces in the yard where I can actually plan on planting things in the ground -- and to come across piles of accidental Compost that need only to be screened and spread on the soil.
Feb. 7th, 2005 10:11 am (UTC)
We found the floor in our bedroom a while back and have kept small areas as a rememberence. I agree, fun while it lasts
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