A project Hal (person) and I have going on is reorganizing the second bedroom/office. Eventually the bed that is here will be gone and a daybed will be put in its place. This will free up some much-needed floor space in here. We are also attacking the rest of the room as well. Hal has been on the hunt for a bookcase/shelving unit that will fit into a corner spot that is not really that large. I think I found what he is looking for at IKEA, so it wouldn’t surprise me to hear that we are going there in the next few days.
Once the room is finished, it will seem as if we have moved to a new place. The clutter will be all gone and it will be a more comfortable place for me to work in as well as for relaxing in the evening with the second TV that is already in the room. Normally, I would take a picture of the before condition, but that was rather beyond messy with all the stuff that will be purged and thrown out over the next few days as we decide when to purchase the daybed and have it delivered.
This is what the space looks like now. Not nearly as bad, but the daybed will create more room. It is amazing how much stuff we had allowed to accumulate on the bed as if it were a storage platform. The daybed that we will get looks like this.
It will make the room look entirely different. Thank goodness for IKEA! IKEA is also the place where I found the bookshelf that Hal (person) has already said would work in this space
Once we get this project finished, we will find something else to work on, but since it is an apartment we don’t have to worry about renovations or stuff like that. It is nothing like owning a home, but neither of us wants that. We enjoy the freedom of knowing that if we decide that we no longer like an area that we can move somewhere else.
The best benefit of this whole evolution is that we are once again purging and paring down on things that we both have accumulated through the years. Possessions aren’t what are important, people and relationships are. When you have those, life is good with or without lots of stuff cluttering up your life.
Today has started out very cold. The coldest morning yet this winter. Of course, this is also the morning that I have to get up early and travel to meet with the client, so I have wrapped up well against the elements. It is very likely that I will be standing outside waiting on a train and a bus at various points during the trip there and back. Sure enough, I had to wait in the cold for about 10 minutes for the train but I managed to stay reasonably warm as I waited on the platform. At least I should be home before lunchtime so I can get back to work at home.
Wednesday morning is always the toughest time to get myself ready and motivated to face the day because I have to get up extra early in order to make the trip. I used to be up this early (0500) for work each day during the week but now I can sleep in with the exception of Wednesday until 0800 and that makes a huge difference in how I feel each day. It means working later in the day, but with the exception of Wednesday it also means no commuting, which I like. I’ll continue this post after I finish the meeting later this morning.
The meeting was canceled, but I didn’t get the message until after I arrived at the client’s office this morning. They never remember that myself and others actually have to travel in to attend these meetings. I circulated and caught up on things before I bade them farewell and now I’m on the train heading home. I’ll be waiting for a bus when I get to the station but it isn’t quite as cold as it was earlier this morning. I will be home in plenty of time for lunch, so I’m not worried about anything now. I will be working an extra hour this afternoon to make up time for Friday, which I am taking in order to have a 4-day weekend!
Of course one thing never changes, and that is the endless meetings that I have to dial in for each afternoon. Since most of the people involved are on the West Coast, it is morning for them. For myself, it is the early afternoon that gets crushed with meetings and this really kills productivity and motivation for the rest of the day here. luckily, I can put them on mute and keep on with the tasks that I have to complete. Occasionally, I am asked for input, but most of the time I am just there for some vague reason as being “part of the team”.
Hal (person) just got home from his job. Since it is so cold outside, I sincerely doubt that we will go anywhere after work, but Hal has surprised me in the past. I will wait and see what happens. I am rather disinterested right now, but that is because I am waiting for quitting time to arrive. It is amazing how well and quickly I recover afterwards.
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