The world’s smallest violin player…

To sum up the main reason why I haven’t been blogging lately (for almost a year–yikes!): complaining.  Apparently, I’ve been doing a lot of it lately, and I’m tired of it.  Complaints are helpful and necessary…to a point.  But when my own ears get tired of hearing about how stressed and busy I am, it’s definitely time to stop.  Moreover, a truly crappy year has just wound down (I live my life by the academic year rather than the calendar version of events).  Time to lift the head up, enjoy the gorgeous spring weather, and be.

Besides, Apparent Dip and I have decided to make this summer: The Summer of Apartment Reorganization 2009.  We need to keep our wits about us. This is serious business.  It requires major furniture moving around (and unfortunately, it doesn’t do so on its own).  It requires the four cats to discover new ways of constantly getting under our feet just as we’re about to attempt something potentially hazardous to all of our lives. It involves paint. Cursing. Chaos.  But even more than that: it requires me to take every. single. book. off. the. shelves.  All 800 or so in a tiny two-bedroom apartment.

The benefit: an organized apartment that will most definitely suddenly make me want to write and stay organized all summer and into the new academic year (stop laughing!  It ruins my ability to convince myself). Plus, I usually discover that there are whole shelves of books that I am dying to read that I forgot I had.  And I get to play with database software as I catalog everything because I am just that ridiculous.

So, like Sisyphus, I’ve broken out the (metaphorical) colored pens.  I’m trying to decide how to reorganize my ever-expanding-despite-no-income library.  Part of me wants to play with color.  But I think I’ll experiment with time instead and organize my fiction chronologically (non-fiction is divided thematically and then alpha by author, then title).

And in the meantime, I’ll procrastinate on both my writing and rearranging projects by blogging.  Mwa ha ha.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Just like I told Horace at To Delight and Instruct, I want pictures! Lots of pictures!

    Oh, and I vote for arranging the books by color and size.

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  2. Have fun this summer – glad you are back to blogging! I’m trying to just “be” as well…wonder why it’s so difficult sometimes?

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  3. Sisyphus: pics will definitely be in the works…as soon as our place isn’t embarrassing to look at. And playing with color is sooo tempting…

    Courtney: Thanks! I’m hoping to figure out a way to achieve a bit more balance this summer, so I can enjoy the sunny days while still getting work done…

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  4. Posted by Peter on May 28, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Glad to hear you will be blogging again!

    Apartment re-arranging can be fun to contemplate but dangerous once you’ve gotten into it since there isn’t necessarily a way out! I think apartment cleaning/re-arranging can be a bit like the Bermuda triangle — there is the danger you might get lost somewhere in the middle and never emerge! Then you have a half-organized apartment that quickly succumbs to complete chaos. Entropy in action.

    Yes, that is the voice of experience.

    Have fun! 🙂

    Peter

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