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1st-Aug-2008 10:10 pm

The State of the Mess
A bunch of months ago a friend gave me the opportunity to agree to host him here much later in the year -- October. I jumped on it. Realizing that I had to prepare a space for him to occupy, and realizing that I only had 6 or 7 months, I also immediately started work cleaning the spare bedroom, which has collected clutter from all over. Last night I decided that while the place would not (ever?) be tidy, I had shoveled enough space so that there would be closet space, there would be a space next to the futon, and there would be the futon itself. And all the boxes of now-somewhat-organized stuff could just go atop the mounds of clutter between the futon and the window. And after he was gone, I could attack those mounds. Today I was going to vacuum, and then start working on the stuff preventing the door from closing, washing the bed-linen, and shoveling the stuff lining the hallway to the bedroom (I turn sideways to get past it).


The State of the AC/Furnace
When we moved into the house over 10 years ago we wondered at the condition of the 20 year old furnace. We've been told (by someone who wanted us to buy a new on from him, granted) that it was really rusty and terrible. It is true that the pilot does tend to blow out in the winter, especially if we're not home. Recently, also, the A/C stopped working. We replaced a part that was surely not functioning, but since then the problem has returned, leading us to believe that the malfunction we fixed was a symptom, not the cause. Since we had "the guys" out there, we set up an appointment to talk to them about a whole new HVAC system.

We were pretty impressed with the presentation. The guy figured out what we were looking for, and then (after spending over an hour and a half looking at what we had and answering questions) broke down the price of what we wanted and gave us options. It was a little more than what Spouse was expecting... and about twice what I was expecting. But they're talking about spending about 3 days out here, and from what I've seen of the company so far I expect they will do a good job and install a quality product.

Just as a sanity check, I made an appointment with another company. I was not very impressed with anything about their presentation. The bottom line was rather less, but the faith I have in the quality I'd be receiving from the first company, combined with the higher efficiency makes me think that would be money well spent.

Plus, he said something that I give under 5% chance of being true. I think it was a subtle emotional manipulation that backfired.

The only gripe I can have with the first company is that they offered a "1 year same as cash option" and when we went to use it, they told us it usually costs 3%... um, what? But, as I understand it, the 6-month option really is "same as cash".

And when will we be getting this all installed?

The state of the WorldCon
About a week after we get back from WorldCon, Spouse has taken 4 days to work from home -- the company has gone from saying "it will take 3 days" to "it will take at least 3 days". (Hmmm... the other company said it would only take 1 -- but I have a feeling they would be wrong.)

And when are we leaving for WorldCon? It could have been tonight, it might have been tomorrow. But spouse has some stuff to prepare and deliver to Ohio. So if that gets done soon, we might still leave tomorrow... from a little bit further south. Or maybe he'll round-trip it down there and we'll leave from here in a few days. Or... maybe something I've not thought of will happen. Don't know how many of the touristy things we'd hoped to do we'll actually do on this trip.

And honestly I don't care. Yeah, I'm a SOLID "J", and I hate it when things change. But I'm just so flipping tired, and I feel SO busy. I'm never going to be ready for a vacation, so taking it now or taking it in 3 days really makes no difference to me. WorldCon is non-negotiable, though. Too many dear people I see only once a year for me to happily miss that.

The other stuff
So, we're getting back from WorldCon in about a week and a half. Remember I said spouse was taking 4 days off, and we hoped the workers would get done in 3 -- that's because the day before the workers show up we're having a company come in and clean the vents. Guess that's supposed to be done every 5 years, and I don't think it's ever been done in a house I've lived in.

Great. I really want that done before the folks come in to install all-new-stuff.


I just learned/understood that they will need access to the registers.

Linking back

Which means that all that stuff I'd been hoping to pile between the Futon in the spare bedroom (forgot about that, didn't you?) is going to have to be moved... somewhere. Not to mention all the stuff in my office. I can get to my desk... if I use ballet ... but the register is underneath a lot of junk. I figure that my office and the spare bedroom each have about 3 rooms worth of stuff in them... and I don't HAVE another room to dedicate to receiving that.

What about the basement?

Oh yeah that. We'll need to move a good amount of the stuff we've had piled up since we moved in, although there isn't any place really to put it, to give the workers enough space to do their thing. Hah! I'll bet you were wondering if we could put stuff down there. Funny.

And the dining room. I think most of the stuff there will also need to be disappeared to give them room to walk through.

And all I have that truly disappears easily is time.

I figure I've done about 1/4 to 1/3 of the really work that needs to be done in the spare bedroom to get it "right". Add my room on top of that. Add the basement and the dining room into that mix (ignoring the rooms the Spouse is in control of), and I figure I've done maybe 10% of the work that needs to be done in the last 4 months. So in under a week I need to do the next 90%

I can't count on having any time in the less-than-1-week after we get back, so really I need to do ... wazzat ... 3 years worth of work... tonight.

Whimper. I can haz a few extra dimensions pleez?
2nd-Aug-2008 03:28 am (UTC)
I sympathize. It's at times like those you wish you could just tip the house upside down and shake it out. (Me? I wished for a bulldozer to shove everything out of the doorwall and off the balcony. Didn't happen.)
2nd-Aug-2008 03:53 am (UTC)
Ah yes, the old Shifting of Stuff Dance. I hate it when that happens.

But... see you at Worldcon! Look for us in the dealer room.
2nd-Aug-2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
See you there!
2nd-Aug-2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
Reading your journal makes me feel like such a lazy slacker. ;)

I do have one place in my house that fits your description. The garage. Every time I decide I'm going to clean the garage I go out there, move a few things around, throw a few things away and give up in disgust. There are times when I think I should hire an acquaintance who is probably the most neurotic clean-freak I know. To give you an small idea she folds her dirty clothes before she lays them carefully in the laundry basket.

Have fun at Worldcon and good luck with your HVAC install.
2nd-Aug-2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks. (Don't get me started on the garage... )
2nd-Aug-2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
Good luck with finding a magical warp bubble to put all your things! If worse, comes to worse, there's always renting a temporary storage space again... =)

See you at WorldCon!
2nd-Aug-2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
I've THOUGHT about the POD folks. I'm so tired I'm defeated by the thought of the distance and the time involved in moving stuff off-site again. (Not to mention the fact that I know that at least one box that is currently *somewhere* in the garage was mouse-infested, and that's another time expenditure when I get down to that one.)

I _am_ looking forward to WorldCon. See you there.
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