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Nice Weekend and Random Cleaning Talk
Despite friday's angstiness and stress, I ended up having a very nice weekend. Or perhaps because of it, I don't know. But it was a good weekend, for which I'm glad. Time with friends is a good thing.

Saturday and sunday were each one of those perfect October days -- sunny and still pretty warm, blustering wind, colored leaves lingering on the trees, but plenty of dried leaf-kicking piles and blowing all over the street. This is particularly odd, since it's been November for over a week. But gorgeous weather nevertheless, and it felt good to get outside.

It was also a productive weekend, which really helps. Getting stuff done, even just little stuff, is very cathartic. Being productive means that it was a fairly mundane weekend, but it greatly helped elevate my mood.

Saturday I made a hair appointment, did a load of laundry, then finally dropped my new skis off to have the mounting attached, or whatever it is you do to skis to make them skiable. I also did a fair amount of Treo-research and carrier-research, because I'm thinking of getting a 650 perhaps, but I didn't actually take the plunge. Mine has gotten progressively more temperamental, but I still think it might get better. Or that it's maybe good enough. I'm still thinking it over.

I even got a little bit of job-work done that morning, fixing a code issue occurred that had occurred to me the night before while driving home from work. The problem with being on an intense project like this, even though the work is rewarding and I'm enjoying it, is that it's difficult to just leave it at the office. My mind stays involved in everything, even when all I want to be doing is enjoying my weekend!

I dropped by F's place on my way to the ski place, and he joined me for the rest of the drive. We dropped off the skis, then we browsed the clearance racks for awhile. Didn't buy anything though: even on sale that stuff is expensive. Finding ourselves hungry, we realized it could be considered supper-time. So we convinced his brother and family that they wanted company, we picked up Chinese food, then went over to his brother's house. It was fun playing with brother, wife, baby, and enthusiastic puppy-dog.

After the family fun, F and I went to another friend's house for coffee. He lit a fire in the fireplace, and we had a nice relaxing evening. Very nice, and it was good to chat with friends.

The next day, F and I went out to brunch! I loooove going out to breakfast. It seems like such a decadent experience, perhaps because is so rare that I am able to do so. Better yet, we rode our bicycles to the breakfast place. So we got to enjoy the autumn weather, fight the wind (it truly was a blustery day), and feel justified in truly enjoying our brunch. Very fun, if a bit challenging at times.

After brunch, F helped me clean up my garage. That may not sound exciting, but it sure was satisfying. During the summertime, I tend to spread out. There are bicycles and gardening supplies scattered about the garage, and no room for a car. This isn't a problem while it's warm out, but I don't like scraping frost off my car (I like scraping snow and ice even less).

This means that in the fall, it's time to tuck everything away and make room for my car. This year it was particularly challenging because my parents gifted me with a variety of stuff from their garage that they didn't want to take to Chicago. (I didn't have a whole lot of say in the matter; I just found their things in my garage when I came home one day!) Anyway, with F's help I installed a bunch of hooks to hang stuff one the wall, sorted through junk that could be thrown away, and generally tidied everything up.

Now my garage looks amazing! There is tons of room for my car, it's easy to retrieve things I'll still want access to, there is room to walk around, and everything looks lovely and organized. I'm quite happy with the finished product, and I'm so grateful to F for helping out. Hmm, I should take a picture.

Let's see, after the Amazing Garage Cleaning, we both spent some well-earned time loafing around and reading. Then we went for a walk, in an effort to enjoy the last of the daylight (not to mention purchase treats at the local Dairymart). Then F went on his way, and I spent the evening folding laundry and sorting through my mail. Well, that and watching old movies and reading LJ and such.

I still have more mail to deal with, and tons of indoor cleaning and organizing that needs to be done. I've kinda let my house fall to pieces of late, or at least grow very chaotic. The chaos stresses me out and leaves me paralyzed. The truth is: I'm basically an untidy and disorganized person, but I love clean and organized space! It's quite the quandary, I know.

I'm terrible at organizing, but I long for organization. I think this is why I lust after office supplies. I can spend an hour wandering through a place like Staples. Or Bed Bath and Beyond. I adore the idea of a place for everything, and everything being in its place. Even when the reality overwhelms me, and I end up leaving most things scattered near the door.

Anyway, that said, I think I'll go back to trying to do something with my mail. At least I can deal with some of this stuff. Baby steps, baby steps.

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devnul From: devnul Date: November 16th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Skis! I can't wait to go skiing!!! What are your new skis? Where do you ski out there?

Brunch is an incredibly decadent experience. I virtually never eat breakfast food, so the opportunity for eggs, bacon, pancakes, hash, waffles, home fries ... *slobber* ... is a rare treat. What did you get?

My place is a disaster these days. Rest comfortably knowing that no matter the chaos, it cannot exceed the state of my den, which includes boxes that have not been unpacked since moving here 3 years ago.

Baby steps, yes. Dancing babies, no. Time-delay commenting ... maybe.

renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 16th, 2005 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm a very new skier, and I just bought some Volkl skis. There aren't any actual mountains around here, but last year my friends dragged me north a little ways to some decent places. (But what do I know, I'm a newbie?) It was fun enough that I decided to buy my own skis! Our favorite was Nubs Nob.
devnul From: devnul Date: November 17th, 2005 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I'm a newbie at downhill skiing, too. Not counting two days of lessons and one day out skiing the previous year, last year was my first actual season.

How far is it for you to get to Nubs? I try to hit Wachusett after work at least once a week, since it's only an hour drive away and they have excellent night skiing. Of course, it's Southern New England snow, so it's not perfect, and looking at the fact sheets it's significantly smaller in area than Nubs, but makes up for it by having twice the vertical and much longer runs.

Night skiing under a full moon kicks arse.

I've got trips planned this winter to Sunday River and Sugarloaf, and I have free passes to use up at Cannon and Sunapee. I know, it's nothing on Colorado or Utah, but still ... it's the ice and granular crap that makes New England sound like home (as you scratch across it).

I have no doubt that you'll be an intermediate to expert skier very quickly!

jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: November 16th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
No problem I have just not been keeping up with LJ very well lately.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 17th, 2005 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
That's okay.... hope you're doing well!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: November 17th, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Not Well

But better than some although worse than others.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not Well

Sorry to hear that, and I hope you feel better.

Let me know if there's anything I can do!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: November 21st, 2005 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not Well

If I knew I would be better.

Life just getting me down, its hard for me to relax these days.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: November 16th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
< smile > I'm glad I was able to help. You're right, the garage looks great.

I really enjoyed getting out and doing things. The bike ride was good. :)
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