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In which I need more time

Three days is insufficient for the cleaning of our house. Either that or I need to get better organized and stop trying to do all four rooms at the same time.

On Wednesday night, without warning, the drafting table I made for rahirah collapsed, pulling all its screws out of the wall. Fortunately, it missed everything fragile that was under or near it (because it's a very heavy table), and it pulled clean out of the wall so all we have to do is fill the holes. Rather than fixing it, we're going to take it down and get a new cabinet for the art and craft supplies which have been stored on and around the table (to the point where you really can't reach anything much), and whenever we need a drafting table, we can pull the old wooden archetect's table Mom gave us out of the shed.

Yesterday I dusted the living room, filled a box with clothes from my closet, weeded out my books that have been stored in there, packed away all my winter clothes into a Space Saver bag, and moved around a few things; there's still a lot of clutter, though, and I don't know where to put a few things I don't want to get rid of. I was trying to be ruthless, and when I found a pile of 'zines from my Duelmasters days, I was just going to chuck 'em in the recycling bin before I noticed they were full of stories (now, mind you, I didn't even remember we DID a 'zine!), and I read a few pages. Damn, these were some GOOD stories! Worth keeping. Sure, I've folded the important characters into other worlds when I left Duelmasters - Raf, of course, is either Raif the Space Pirate aboard the Iktome in the Tai Pan universe or Raifford Kincaid, CEO of the Dulaney Shipping Corporation operating out of Boston in my magickal alternate Earth; Amok is still a vampire but also a television chef in that same universe and a friend of Sean Patrick's; and a few others have come along, changing names and/or general appearance, but they're still around. Nonetheless, I found my old DM stories were... good. I liked them. I couldn't just chuck 'em out.

I splurged calorie-wise yesterday and went to Taco Bell. I was all over in the mood for Taco Bell tacos after watching Lost on Wednesday night. Good ol' Hurley. I did read one commentary on this ep - which was a pretty good one, I thought - was how it seemed that last season Hurley was pretty okay with himself and his weight and now his weight seems to be a serious problem defining a lot of his actions. I'd have to re-watch season one, because I don't remember we got that deep into Hurley's head last year. He SEEMED to be okay with himself, but there were times... Anyway, I've been enjoying this season mucho.

Anyway, back to Taco Bell - they've added a dessert item which could be dangerous to calorie-counting. Caramel apple empanadas. YUM! Nothing like deep fried pie. I have to make sure if I have one, I ONLY have ONE!

I have The Ride almost finished, but I'm stumbling in the middle with "things happening" versus "characters talking." I also have a review due today, but I want to get at least this office finished if I can. I think I need some more boxes. We hauled a few of 'em over to Goodwill yesterday.

I really do need more space for CDs. I found some places to file the ones that I need new cases for, but I have some fifty-odd that need to be filed alphabetically in the five or six areas where I keep CDs now. I wish I had someplace that would hold ALL of them in one spot - A - M is over HERE, the rest of M - S is over THERE, S - Z and Soundtracks/Cast Recordings are WAY over THERE... In here, these ones that need filing, are CDs I've reviewed over the last year, and that's not counting the special stack I make of The Best of the Year so I can do my Top Ten at the end of the year. (It's only April and there are already eight in that stack; and there will be nine when I finish today's review.)


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Apr. 7th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
Taco Bell is like crack. It's the one thing I have the hardest time avoiding... and I know it's not good for me (especially since it's so easy to pick up a Mountain Dew while I'm there). The really sad part is that we've got this truly excellent taco stand that's between here and Taco Bell... with actual, real Mexican food (it's run by a family out of one of those foodservice truck thingies in the parking lot of a gas station), and I'll *still* fall to the siren call of Taco Bell.

I really do need more space for CDs.

Are you wanting to display them? Or just pack them away? One of the best moves we ever made was to digitize all of our CDs and store the music on our server... we also catalogued all of them using Catraxx, so we have a good idea what we've got. And then we picked up some storage containers, crammed them full of CDs and stuck them out in the garage.

This has actually come in handy in another way we hadn't foreseen... when we want to listen to a CD (rather than just an MP3), we'll just burn one off onto a CD-ROM. None of the CDs in my car are originals... which is why, when we totalled my car around New Year's, the only CD we lost was a brand new one we got for Christmas and hadn't had a chance to rip yet.
Apr. 7th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
That's actually not a bad idea. I have about half my library (especially the new ones) digitized already - any more, when I review a CD, I rip it for loading on my iPod rather than haul the CD around. There's still a lot I don't have on the hard drive yet, though!

I already filed a couple hundred out of jewel cases in good CD cases (with their liner notes, etc.); those artists are the ones I found space for in the antique record case (ironic, innit?).
Apr. 8th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)
Oh! I hadn't actually thought to do that... you've gone even one step further, getting rid of the jewel cases! We've still got them in their cases, just in storage bins. It probably would take up a lot less room to drop the cases as well. Hmmm....
Apr. 8th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
The only reason I haven't shed more of 'em is because these cases are so danged EXPENSIVE! The small ones hold 64 CDs with liner notes (they'd hold 128 if I didn't use the extra slot for the notes), and those were $25 - the larger one is a little more than double and that was $50. So I can only afford 'em once in a while. But it was nice getting rid of BOXES of jewel cases!
Apr. 7th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
We replaced our old CD case with a much bigger bookcase. Which didn't solve the problem because there were a few hundred CDs "hiding" in the computer room. Everything is in the new case, but it's stacked rather, um, shakily, and I have trouble finding stuff.

jeffreycornish and geojlc got rid of most of their jewel cases, storing most the the CDs in thinner holders. They kept CDs where the insert had actual useful information, but the rest went.

I'm not quite ready to go that route. Nor am I ready to convert everything to files. Part of it is a lingering fear I'll lose it in the next computer problem, another is just how long it takes to rip what small fraction I have.

I used to like Taco Bell. Now I don't. If I want fast mexican food, I go to Taco Del Mar. If I don't want fast, I go up to "Family Mexican Restaurant" and hope the Mama is cooking-- but even if she's not the food is FABulous.
Apr. 8th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
The only problem I have with the discs I've put in thin cases (I got rid of a buttload of jewel cases, and can carry them around very easily in the cases) is I started with My Favorite Artists, and that means any time I get more discs from those artists, I have trouble with the re-filing. Especially since a bunch of them have all had several releases in the last few years, and I've been building both my Johnny Cash and Beatles collections, and so on and so forth.

I managed to find a lot of space by moving old VHS tapes I haven't gotten on DVD yet into the shelves in the closet. I moved A - D (almost) into about one-half of the VHS cabinet (they have to be stored sideways since the doors won't close if they're spines-out), moved D - S into the smaller CD shelves, and managed to fit all the rest, including soundtracks, into the cabinet beneath, and everything is filed. I can't find Rosanne Cash's "Interiors," although I have the case. I have six more discs sitting on my desk here waiting reviewing, plus two I got yesterday in the mail. I got rid of a couple of repeats/extras/ones I didn't want anymore.

If and when I get everything digitized, I would, like Fen (see above), store the CDs in case of hard drive failure. I can't get RID of them! :)

Last time I tried to get them all cataloged in a spreadsheet (before my first major hard drive crash), I had well over 500 CDs. It's been since then I became, I guess, a major media person and receiving CDs pretty regularly. The last few music purchases I've made have been through iTunes and haven't bought the physical discs at all... :/

Apr. 8th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
Oh, and I don't think of Taco Bell as Mexican food. It's Taco Bell food. An entirely different critter. If I want MEXICAN food, I go to any of a couple dozen great restaurants around here, from chains like Manuel's and Macayo's to some of the little locally-owned places, which are authentic and delicious as well as fast.

It's like if I want a hamburger, the last place I think of is McDonald's. But when I want a Big Mac, it's the only place to go. ;-)
Apr. 8th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
That's a good point. And it's probably why, when I'm craving Taco Bell, the incredibly good food at the local taco stand just doesn't fit the bill. Sometimes, you just want cheap corn chips slathered in cheese-like sauce and nothing else will do.
Apr. 8th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
When I'm craving Taco Bell, that's the only thing I want. I really never do think of it as "Mexican." :-)

Apr. 8th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Take comfort in the fact that you're about a hundred million miles ahead of me in dealing with your CDs. Mine are...not organized and we'll leave it at that.

The first Mexican food I ever had was at a Taco Bell in Tucson when I was eighteen, and I still love it. I love real Mexican, too, but that's hard to come by here, so I all-too-frequently resort to Taco Bell. Which is bad for me but probably not as bad as KFC, it's partner in crime.
Apr. 10th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
Every so often I get hit with the "My God, this place is a MESS!" and organizing the CDs is one thing that always gets targetted. I can't say it STAYS that way very long (sometimes I wish I'd gotten even a tiny smidge of my Mom's unbelievable cleaning abilities), but I do try every so often.

There are so many good Mexican restaurants in Tucson I have to giggle a little at your first there being Taco Bell... :-) At least Taco Bell is really the least caloric/bad of the fast foodies.
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