May 16th, 2007

Fairytale Princess Amy

State of the shelf address

A few words on the subject of the state of my bookselves. (Note: some of this is recap.)

As some of you know, when we moved into the house *cough* years ago, we had only four bookshelves, 2 full size, 2 half, worth salvaging from our old place. They were set up in the great room. One was near to a chair so you could read out and read, it contains mostly comic books (by which I mean collections of comic strips, more than proper comic books) or show books. In the back of the great room are the other three shelves. On the near side, by the kitchen, a full sized and a half sized shelf with nothing but cook books, and on the far side, a full size filled with games. So that's our initial starting point.

Things that we've added in the past some years since are the two shelves on the left of my office. Both were at one point completely full, one general books in various genres, although I've not been as meticulously organized as I've been in the past since most of my books were in boxes or out of boxes on the floor, and the other with mostly romance and non-fiction (don't ask how those two got together, talk about your unlikely marriages!).

Along the way, shopping with hr_macgirl, I came across shelving I really liked. I purchased a half-size shelf and set it up in the kitchen for holding mail, additional cooking books and the phone and answering machine. Then I convinced hoppie this was our solution for additional shelving because they're easily installed. We picked up a stash of them on sale, and I got hoppie's assurance than when I ran out, we'd go back for more.

So, armed with new shelves, I resumed my shelving project by establishing a final bookcase in my office. (I'm not sure it's the final bookcase, but I know that the space next to it, where there is the tower of boxes, is for the file cabinet, and maybe, after that's done, there might be space for another bookshelf, but wer're not there yet.) It currently has three completely filled shelves and the other three, partially filled. It's difficult to fill because it involves stepping around, over and through equipment which isn't easy to do with handfulls or boxes of books. I need to clear the boxes to make a good path into and out of that corner.

In the library room, I've recently erected three full sized bookcases. All three of them are filled except for the top shelves which I reserve for oversize books. One of the top shelves is completely full, but it includes a router. The other one is half full with oversized religious texts, and the third is half full with oversized other.

The library room still looks completely full of boxes and books. I need to remember to take the empty boxes and do something with them, like haul them up to the attic or down to the basement with the other boxes. It won't help much, but it might help a little. There's a small open space in front of the bookcases. Sunday morning, before Liz's I'm going to try to get another shelf set up. This will exhaust my shelf stock and send me to the store for more.
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Daffy greedy

Bleh

Ugh, bank hold hell.

Two of the charges made it through and I'm trying to get them removed.
Called the consumer protection division and they sent me to the claims department. Who told me they had my account history up, but didn't have a record of the card being cancelled for fraud use. She's like "We can investigate this..." I'm like, "You already have." Then they transferred me to electronic claims. But they seem to be on the ball, so maybe this is it, then.
Edit:
Clearly, I posted too soon. Now I'm on hold while she gets a consumer fraud specialist to verify the reversal with us. Presumably, at least, that means she intends to stay with me, so at least I'm not being totally transfered to someone else. This is pretty bouncy hold music, for elevator music.

I think I'll take this opportunity to queue up The Writer's Radio.

I have to fill out an affidafit certifying that these charges were not made by me and it may be used to used to prosecute the thief/thieves etc. They will monitor the account for the next 10 days and if any other pending fradulent charges post, they will automatically added to the claim.
Fairytale Princess Amy

Light Boxes

I'm having trouble getting good pictures of my crafting works. I don't want to use the scanner too too much because when things aren't flat, the images are awful. I really need a light box setup to photograph into. I have a tripod for the camera, so that's all good, but what do I do about a lightbox.

I could make my own. I have two sets of instructions. But remember, I'm not especially handy with crafting type stuff that involves cutting.
setup one
setup 2
Here's a sample purchasable lightbox setup.
Lightbox available from a photo place


Poll #985946 LightBox

Get a light box?

Bah. Your pictures are fine.
3(33.3%)
Bah. Your pictures are fine, only you post too many of them. Down with pictures!
0(0.0%)
Yes. You should make your own. They really look simple to make.
3(33.3%)
Yes. You should buy one.
0(0.0%)
Other.
3(33.3%)

Your thoughts on light boxes

How are you feeling?

Bah. Life bites.
3(30.0%)
Read my blog where I detail how I'm feeling at great length.
2(20.0%)
Life is grand.
0(0.0%)
Thanks for asking, but I'd prefer not to talk about it right now.
0(0.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)

Freeform thoughts on how you're feeling

How am I feeling?

You're a woman, who can tell?
0(0.0%)
My aren't we feeling a bit light the centre of the universe, today?
0(0.0%)
I don't know. The better question is what are you doing to promote me?
0(0.0%)
You feel 60% better than you did 6 weeks ago.
0(0.0%)
I almost have time to care.
0(0.0%)
What exactly does this have to do with light boxes?
1(10.0%)
You're feeling scatalogical. I just like that word, I recognize that it makes no sense in this context.
0(0.0%)
You're getting lost in the idea of feeling. Instead of focusing on the feeling parts, focus on the doing part. Did I ask what you're doing for me?
1(10.0%)
Depressed?
0(0.0%)
Let's see what it says down here in the "mood" section
3(30.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)

Thoughts on what I'm feeling, or why I should or shouldn't feel that way?

Could this meeting be more boring?

Yes. No pictures.
1(10.0%)
No.
0(0.0%)
Hell no.
0(0.0%)
Yes, you haven't managed to claw your face off yet, so it can't be that bad.
2(20.0%)
Bingo, sir.
1(10.0%)
Other
1(10.0%)

How would you make my meeting more boring?

Are you having fun?

No. My meeting is also boring, that's why I'm reading lj.
0(0.0%)
Yes! Squeee!! I love polls!
1(10.0%)
Yes! Life is fun.
0(0.0%)
I'm nicely balanced between fun and other stuff. My life is about balance and focus.
1(10.0%)
Um, no, and you know it. Why are you asking?
1(10.0%)
Quit prying. You wanted to know about the lightbox. Finish the darn poll already.
2(20.0%)
Yes, other (in comments)
0(0.0%)
No, other (in comments)
0(0.0%)
Other, other (in comments)
2(20.0%)

If you have fun comments, prepare the enter them here.

Here's a serious question. After a period of enforced no or very low spending, what do you do when it ends?

I'm always in that state.
2(20.0%)
Spend like freaking crazy. The idea that I couldn't spend money just makes me want to spend more money when I can.
3(30.0%)
I spend or don't spend according to my need. I don't feel any particular compulsions.
2(20.0%)
I buy a present for someone close to me because I went through a period where I couldn't do things like that.
1(10.0%)
I repay my friends for any expenditures they may have inccured when I was poor.
1(10.0%)
I give money to charity, because even though I have money, there are people and causes that don't and I should share my good fortune with them.
0(0.0%)
Other
1(10.0%)

How do you behave post spending drought if not covered above?

And everyone's favorite question, because it's always the last one, if you had a free space to say anything, what would you say?