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Lent, Days Thirteen and Fourteen

I think maybe I should stop putting the day count in my title.  But if I don't, how will I know if I've missed more than one day?

Yesterday was a nice, sunny day; I had a doctor's appointment that wasn't too fraught (about sleep troubles) and managed to work 8 hours despite arriving late.

Also the tech book I am reading is AWESOME.  I've already learned I've been diligently doing all the wrong things and giving bad advice to people.  Which is good to find out:  I mean, it smarts a bit, but I'd much rather know than not know that I was Doing It Wrong.

I am also galloping through my To Do list.  Somehow it's easier to do things when you're happy, isn't it?  I followed up on two semi-friends with emails tonight, called about a large medical bill that should have been smaller (it's all been resolved) and shaved about $30/mo off my cable/internet/phone bill.  And filled the water softener tank with the bags of salt pellets that have been taking up space in my living room.

I have decided to spend a week of weeknights organizing my study.  If I don't finish by Saturday I'll give up on it and work on the rest of the house.  The study calls to me as the place I want most to organize, but I have to admit that other areas are more immediately noticeable.  I want the house done by the time F. comes, March 8.  So a week of study organizing is my compromise with myself.  



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Feb. 27th, 2013 02:51 am (UTC)
I tackle big room projects (like your study) in 15-20 minute intervals until finally the discipline takes over and I can keep going longer. This has been the case with going through 8 years of bills and financial papers the past few weeks. It's such a painful process, but after a few short shifts I can keep going.

I'm also cleaning my attic 15 minutes a day until it's done. It's too bloody cold up there (uninsulated) but it needs to be done. Part of my Lenten foo has been to give pretty much everything we don't need any more to St Vincent de Paul. We're cash poor, but stuff rich. It feels good letting go of stuff, and we're conceivably helping other people in the process.
Feb. 28th, 2013 01:45 am (UTC)
That's a good idea! I did a couple of big clear-outs when I was still living in the apartment. It felt good. I felt lighter, less burdened both by Stuff and by the past.

I am getting rid of some more clothes. I used a newly-emptied moving box to start a new Goodwill box.

I don't know anything about your tax situation, but you might consider using something like ItsDeductible (which I think is free) to track what you're donating. It's surprising how fast a bunch of small things add up to a fair-sized deduction.
Feb. 28th, 2013 01:46 am (UTC)
PS: THAT WILL BE MY MOBILE APP IDEA. An app for documenting what you're donating, with photos, and looking for similar things on eBay to estimate "market value".

Edited at 2013-02-28 01:47 am (UTC)
Feb. 28th, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)

I have paper tax receipts from the store for stuff I brought in, but I've also just dropped stuff in the box to simply make it go away, not worrying about the tax implications.
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