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Benefits to a mid-week move... [Mar. 28th, 2010|09:42 am]
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This weekend is my last weekend in the apartment, and Saturday, I realized there was a great benefit to this. Suddenly, when I looked around and thought "what will I really *need* here?" I suddenly realized that the scope of the question had gotten much smaller. What will I really need here - this weekend, and Monday and Tuesday of next week. (.? No, !) (In fact, !!!!!!!!!!!!)

Wonderfully focusing thought, really, and truly. I'd started to get a bit nervous about packing up, because I wasn't yet doing the "oh, crap, I forgot that I packed that!" bit every few hours. Now I realized that, okay, it's a good thing that I'm not doing that, but it's time that I started thinking about why I'm not doing that.

I have two pilsner glasses for beer (sometimes, you just gotta drink beer out of the right glass!)... am I really going to need those hanging around? More specifically, am I going to drink any more beer in this particular apartment?

I have four or five spatulas - is it really worth the trouble of not cleaning a single spatula between uses? Do I really want to find that, Tuesday night, I have to run a full dishwasher load?

In fact, isn't it pretty much time that I accept that I'm done cooking here, and it's time to start living on takeout and easy-to-prep veggies?

I still have my flippin' coffee roaster - why not roast my remaining coffee and move that?

GAH! I have a monitor that's just sitting around, not being used - talk about something easy to break that I can transport myself!

I have two or three computer games hanging around - is there some reason I can't just man up and accept that, oh noes, I can't play those particular computer games for *three whole days*?

So, today, I try to make sure that I get to live on takeout and veggies tomorrow and Tuesday, and try very hard to get to the "Oh, right, I packed that" stage. Do this right, and Wednesday might even be stress free reduced.
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[User Picture]From: essaying
2010-03-28 05:55 pm (UTC)
That's the right kind of thinking. What you need before the move is basically one each plate, bowl, glass, cup and set of silverware; enough clothes and toiletries to get you through those few days (think as though you were packing for a short trip); one computer with modem and router; and some way of playing music, because packing in silence is really depressing. Oh, and some frozen dinners, a box or two of cereal, a bunch of bananas, a half gallon of milk, and a credit card for pizza (or whatever your particular pattern of eating-with-no-prep looks like).

Everything else can go.
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[User Picture]From: ftemery
2010-03-28 07:01 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and best wishes for happiness in your new home, by the way.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2010-03-29 02:21 pm (UTC)
Chuckle; thank you, and best wishes for your continued health - I've been stressed enough that I couldn't think of anything to say in the moment that didn't sound silly, but I was keeping you in my thoughts.

(And I really, really "got" the bit about feeling a bit of vindication when they *finally* found something wrong. It never happened to me, but it's happened to (other) friends of mine.)
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[User Picture]From: kightp
2010-03-30 06:16 am (UTC)
I love you to pieces. And this made me (a) laugh - literally - out loud and (b) read it to two of the other women in the photo workshop, who also laughed out loud.
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