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I have a new phone... It's a droid. Specially, an HTC Rhyme. I'm slowly getting used to it. It's a weird combination of "yay shiny new toy", and "darn it this is so confusing, where is all my stuff and why is the keyboard not understanding me?"

I'm trying a new swype style keyboard while typing this entry, and its tricky. ... We'll see, I expect it will get easier with practice. I hope!

This has been quite the weekend. We got our Christmas cards done, went to two holiday parties, finally finished organizing the garage enough that both of our cars fit again, took M'a niece and nephew to Cirq Soleil ,and had dinner with his(our) family. Fun but exhausting!

The garage thing has been grueling. Back during the Thanksgiving holiday, we brought our PODS back from storage and spent a thin of time emptying it out . We completed that job, and are no longer paying anybody to store our stuff. That was awesome, but it meant our garage was too full to accommodate our cars. One the past month, we have been going through everything. We sold a bunch of stuff on craigslist, gave things to family, donated to Charity, organized, estranged, sorted, and turned the shelves in our garage into a life sized tetris game. Last week we got my car back into the garage. Today, M'a car went back in. We still aren't 100% done, but we've taken back the garage. Especially good since Winter Is Coming.

It'a a bummer still not being together in dream house like we'd prefer, but at last we're together, all our things are back, and we aren't paying for any more storage.

[editor's note, now that I'm on a real computer: okay, not too many weird typos with the swype keyboard. Except for "estranged", which is not what I typed, and I don't remember what I meant to say there. Using that keyboard was challenging though!]
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nishar From: nishar Date: December 19th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I would like one of those old 1988 cell phones. The one that looks like a walkie-talkie mixed with an old WW2 combat radio. That is how far behind I am on technology. :P
netmouse From: netmouse Date: December 19th, 2011 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Bravo for being able to put both cars in the garage! My parents moved in 2001 and they still haven't achieved that. Of course, owning a 3rd car that doesn't run does complicate the picture...

Still, I remember pushing for that for the Dartmoor house, and how nice it was when we achieved it. Nothing like an oncoming winter for motivation, eh?

We're still working on our holiday cards. Went to Sears this morning to get family portraits taken, and we were all exhausted for the rest of the day. Paid a small fortune, but walked out with some prints ordered and a CD of the images. A sign out front said you got a free CD with a photo shoot, but apparently that was false advertising to draw people in. CD is free IF you spend at least $150 on photos... blech.

anyhoo, the photographer was pretty good, and it's fun looking at the pictures, so it's all good. I want one of those white fur rugs to pose on...

Keep making the best of what you have, and enjoying the most important thing, which is each other!
tammylc From: tammylc Date: December 19th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Typing a message that long on a phone is pretty impressive, so I think the tiny amount of typos is pretty darn good!
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: December 20th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
In Louisiana car ports are quite popular. Where a "carport" is basically just a roof that extends off of some other structure, out over a driveway. Indeed, my aunt and uncle had a carport put on their carport. Because they'd put a table on their carport and that's where my uncle would sit to smoke and drink coffee. And smoke and drink and watch football. Etcetcetc.

Anyway, a carport gets you many of the advantages of a garage. It protects a car from sun, it keeps the snow off, and it mostly prevents the formation of dew and frost on your car. However, unlike a garage there is little temptation to try to use a carport for storage of stuff.

Personally, if I owned a house with a garage, I'd turn the garage into a workshop with motorcycle storage and just stick a carport off the front to park my car under. Obviously you don't need the motorcycle storage part, but a carport might be something to consider. Yes, it's always good to get rid of stuff--we all have too much stuff. But maybe you could make the garage in easily accessible storage for stuff.

And maybe a little "home repairs and/or improvements" workshop, even. Do you have electricity in the garage?
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