Moving stuff around fun

Posted by andrea - January 31st, 2006

No, not on the blog (though as you can see I’ve switched stylesheets), but in my apartment. This is what happens when you sit and watch HGTV obsessively. Hey, there was nothing else on my tiny attention span can handle. Anyway, despite the fact that I have about fourteen dollars total to last on for the next two weeks I’ve decided to at least straighten up my place, so if I should ever be able to buy the furniture pieces I need at least I’ll have a place to put them and have the things I want to put in them all ready to be put. Basically, the tentative list of furniture pieces I am going to buy is as follows:

  • A china cabinet of some sort. This will be something from one of the thrift stores, since new cabinets are way out of my budget. I need a place to put my dishes — the ricketty kitchen cabinets just aren’t big enough. I already have a cabinet-shelf thing I bought at a second-hand furniture store a few weeks ago, but I’ve already filled it up.
  • I am thinking of getting two or three longish planks of wood and some bricks or cinder blocks and making a low book shelf. This will go along the far wall of the living room area, which right now is kind of under-utilized. (I have a small desk/cabinet and my old Chinese screen there, but I am thinking of moving both pieces.)
  • I have decided to get an entertainment unit for the tv, one of those big things with shelves and cabinets etc. Walmart has some cheap units of fakewood that look okay.
  • A four-plus seater dining room set or at least a table to replace the two-person cafe set that is too small for the apartment. Ideally I want a round table, but if I have to settle for an oblong I guess I will.
  • A sideboard for the dining room area, as well as the china cabinet.
  • A round, wooden coffee table to match the side table. I’ve pretty much decided I’m going to have to build it myself; I have yet to check Home Depot or other lumber yards for kits or wood pieces, though. (I doubt I’ll get what I want for fourteen dollars, so this will have to wait until the next free payday.)
  • I want a chest of drawers for the bedroom. Again, Walmart has cheap units (I prefer to put my undies in something new that won’t smell like mothballs).
  • I have already mentioned my desire to replace my desk. I am now thinking of getting a corner unit instead of simply a smaller desk. I guess I still haven’t gotten over my trauma of living in a studio apartment about four years ago that simply had no corners — really, there were no corners, either the window or the front door or the built in cabinets or the closet took up all the available space. Everything else had to either huddle in the center of the walls or I was always tugging and pulling and moving furniture out of the way. (I did a sketch of the place for art class, maybe I should scan it and upload it one of these days.)

That’s all I can think of for now. Anyway, I am starting things off by moving the two remaining ugly white bookcases — two-shelfers — to the bedroom, because they won’t match the wood look of everything I want in the other two rooms. Oh they aren’t ugly, just kind of plain. I also moved the futon, which I am using as a bed, on its side against the wall in the bedroom in case I ever want to fold it up into a couch. I’m not entirely sure I like it that way but I’m going to try it out that way for now. And now I have to tackle the desk. Straightening the desk up, that is — I can no longer stand the clutter.

More on this fascinating subject later. I may even put up a sketch of my plans! I know you can’t wait!

Update on the stylesheet: well okay, that stylesheet didn’t show the list code at all properly. So it’s back to the blue-green one for now, until I figure out how to fix the other — or until I get off my duff and actually make up my own dern theme. I’ve gotten so lazy.

Floor plan update: if you click on the picture below, you’ll see a really sucky thing I scribbled in Photoshop that sort of describes how my place looks now (minus the clutter), and how I want it to look.

floor plan

Where I’ve overwritten in red are furniture pieces I plan to get rid of (the L-shaped desk in the bedroom, the oblong coffee table in the living room, the dinette set — where it says “sideboard”) or else move or transform or something.

Po-face off

Posted by andrea - January 31st, 2006

Proof that the youth of North America really aren’t cleverer or more immune to looking like fools than members of previous generations: they still give their cute little clubs names like “the Student Anti-Imperialist Network.” I’ll bet you its members don’t at all get what the snickers and rolled eyes they get whenever they pass out their little flyers are about either. I always thought I was naive when I was younger, but I don’t think I could have even pronounced the name of the group in public without falling down in a fit of giggles.

(Via Kathy Shaidle.)

Silence is golden

Posted by andrea - January 30th, 2006

You know, when your response to just about every source of information out there — tv, radio, the internet — is “Oh God, will you just shut the fuck up already?” you aren’t going to be very inspired to write. Also, I think I’m fighting off a virus; I don’t feel sick, but all my faculties, including the mental ones, seem to be otherwise occupied. Well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Fiddle-dee-dee

Posted by andrea - January 30th, 2006

If you see anything wacky happening around here it’s because I’m fiddling with the themes. I’m adding some more, and eventually will add a Theme Switcher, so everyone can read my site at their own comfort level. Of course, that’s assuming I ever get around to writing something again.

Doom from the East

Posted by andrea - January 29th, 2006

Tim Blair has introduced his readers to the insidious pleasures of Bollywood. The RightWing Death Beast campaign against the forces of the Leftards is in danger! We must band together to fight against this wicked, uh…

Hey, this is fun!

Itchy feet redux

Posted by andrea - January 29th, 2006

Dunno what’s wrong with me. Anything to avoid having to clean up the apartment, I guess.

I’ll leave you with this Listening Experience: a couple of weeks or so ago I bought, sound unheard, this cd, based solely on this review by Scott Chaffin. When I first put it on it was late at night and I was tired, and all I thought was, “Um, too peppy, I’m not in the mood.” Listening to it in the morning was a better move. Amanda Shires definitely plays wake-you-up music. Except for maybe, just a little, the last track (”La Golondrina”), Being Brave’s songs are sweet without being saccharine, and though there is a touch of that country-mournfulness in the slower songs, there is none of that overbearing lachrymoseness (lachrymosity?) that makes so much of that genre a parody of itself. Not “laden,” maybe, but at least run through with “the sadness of Mortal Men,” as Tolkien put it.* It’s also perfect for any Texas-style hoedown (sorry!) that you may be planning. I definitely recommend it.

*There! I had been looking for an excuse to use a Tolkien quote for some time now.

Why I need a weekend off from my weekend

Posted by andrea - January 28th, 2006

Arrgh, I can’t stand looking at this anymore:

messy desk

Maybe I should just leave it as is and call it art. How about, “Still Life With Chaos”?

Party like it’s, uh… I forget

Posted by andrea - January 27th, 2006

Oy. Today a coworker was leaving for bigger and better things, so some of us went to the local Orlando Alehouse to celebrate. After several Bass-on-drafts and some drink called a “chocolate cake” everything looks like this:

blurry street

Only at night. So there might not be anything intelligent posted on this site for some time. L8r….

(Note: click on the above photo for a larger image — the effects were entirely unintentional, owing to a macro setting left mistakenly turned on.)

Down by the Lazy River

Posted by andrea - January 26th, 2006

“…if you’re all alone, you won’t be long, just bring your guitar, and sing your song…” Oh yesss, I was a child of the Seventies…

And I am feeling somewhat ill tonight as well as lazy. I have been trying to ignore all the flu paranoia around the office, not to mention the chorus of coughing and sneezing, and then I started sneezing myself this afternoon. Of course the pollen has already started down here, so it could be that too. Time will tell! In the meantime, enjoy these photos:

honeysuckle

wild grape leaf

dry leaf

Until later, folks, or I grow my brain back — whichever comes first!

Dining Room Table Search Update

Posted by andrea - January 25th, 2006

See, something like this is what I am talking about. The photo shows it with its extension in — that’s fine with me, I’d actually like an extendable table for guests and such. And it’s not too expensive. I’ve gone ahead and ordered a catalogue.

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