Oct. 27th, 2009 07:27 pm
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Still packing.

I think we own too many clothes.

Considering becoming a nudist.


Feb. 9th, 2009 02:45 pm
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We're finally back online again - though I'm currently surrounded by computers and cables, having dismantled and reassembled half the office this afternoon...

As it turned out, there was nothing wrong with our internet reconnection, modem, or any of the computers. The problem seems to be with the phone point I plugged the modem into... so I've now dragged the computer into a different room, and started getting on top of a week and a half of work emails.

Yesterday, [ profile] aeliel and I took a dozen boxes down to store in the shed. That clears a bit of room, but we still have a lot of stuff to unpack. We've passed an important milestone, transforming the house from "bomb site" to "lots of stuff lying around the place." It's a slow process, but at least we seem to be getting somewhere at last.

I've spent much of the last week trying to save desiccated trees (the newer Japanese Maples aren't coping with the heatwave), rehydrating our parched ducks, and paying lots of attention to Bethany's cat (who had concluded that all the humans had abandoned her). We moved the last carload of stuff on Wednesday night, and I've been steadily working through it ever since.

I've set up two desks in Somerville (one for painting, one for the computer), and can finally get stuck in to this month's painting. I have a computer and an internet connection, so I can eventually start doing some proper research for my PhD. I'm still missing some important things (like an RMIT student number, which would let me access the library) but they will hopefully arrive soon.

In unrelated news, I've been listening to this Portishead album non-stop for three days (couldn't get at other music while the computers were in pieces) and I still love it to bits.
morsla: (alchemist)
We have finally finished moving out of North Melbourne, though it will be at least a few weeks before we make any real progress on unpacking in Somerville. Since spending a full day moving on Saturday, I've spent 6-10 hours every day cleaning, carrying boxes down stairs, loading and unloading the car. I'm now very, very tired.

Disgusted at the sheer volume of stuff I own, my new year's resolution is this:

By December 31st, 2009, I will find new homes for at least half of my possessions.

I've taken many boxes to the Red Cross donation bins over the last month, but haven't made a dent in the majority of things. Most of what I own is not essential. Too much of what I own has been retained out of habit or sentimentality. I'd like to break the former, and have no room left for the latter.

In order to make a start on things, here are a few categories:
  • Models: In order to buy any new figures, I will sell two that I already have. I'm already limiting myself to only spending money raised from painting; now I'll actively reduce the number of figures as well.

  • Roleplaying books: If a publisher won't sell PDF copies, I'm not interested in their products. I have bought my last paper RPG for the forseeable future.

  • Music: I already only buy digital copies, unless I'm at a concert. This won't change. Many old CDs can also be given away.

  • Paperbacks: Give away anything I won't re-read often. Join a library or three. I've bought my last novel for the year.

  • Clothes: Keep only what I'll wear often. Give away all the rest. Sentimental clothes only stay if they are still being worn. I've aleady sent all my old shoes and boots to the Op Shop.

  • Kitchen equipment: If one item can do the job of several, all the other items can go. I like cooking for people, but don't really need enough equipment to serve 20 people at once. The Op Shop will be getting a load of old cutlery, crockery, pots and pans once I unpack those boxes.

Unsurprisingly, this will be a year when I take Discardia far more seriously than I have in the past...

(PS: still using dialup this week - if anyone needs to contact me, call me instead as I won't be reading LJ or checking email often)
morsla: (lookin)
While cleaning out the wardrobe, I found two swords that I forgot I owned... a pair of blunt, heavy butterfly swords. It's been years since I trained with them, so I've probably lost most of the forearm strength that I would need to do my forms. Before I start using them again, I really need to re-wrap the grips - on a day like today, they would quickly get too slick to hold.

I've started a pile for weaponry, which will probably need to go in the car. Nobody seems to design cardboard boxes with this sort of thing in mind.
morsla: (mantis04)
I've developed a morbid fascination with watching this - regularly updated air temperature data, from the Melbourne Uni Earthsci department. I think I was probably awake at 3:14am to enjoy our brief cold snap (28.8ºC), though I would have been upstairs in the hottest part of the house.

I'm still packing things into boxes, ready for Saturday's move. This morning's job is to pack the painting room - it's on the western side of the building, and will be far too hot to work in by this afternoon. Later on I'll retreat back to cooler parts of the house, sealing doors behind me as I go. The weather is murdering my paints at the moment, as the heat is cooking them.

EDIT: Just went upstairs to investigate a loud crash. One shelf apparently had plastic supports, which have melted in the heat. Lots of (unassembled, fortunately) figures all over the floor. Gah!

In other news, my neighbours have started covering the inside of their windows with aluminium foil. Whether that's to keep the heat out, or shield them from mind-control satellites, I can't say.

If anyone can help us load a moving van on Saturday, we'll be starting by 10am (and hopefully out of here well before 12). I'll be dismantling the computer and desk some time tommorrow, but you can reach me on 0421 273 172.

Unloading at the other end will be much simpler, as we're just putting everything into the garage. If anyone feels like following us down to Somerville, I can provide food (BBQ), cold drinks (name your poison) and as much fresh fruit as you can carry... the plums, nectarines and pear trees are ready to break their branches under the weight, so I'll be picking a lot of it over the next week.


Jan. 8th, 2009 11:33 pm
morsla: (lookin)
Well, we've survived Moving Part I. About a dozen boxes of clothes, books, DVDs and kitchen stuff are now safely stashed in Somerville, and they are joined by one couch and two bookshelves. We've also learned a few things: that two people aren't enough, especially when carrying things without a trolley. Also, that paper cuts from corrugated cardboard really hurt.

We've decided that we need professional help for the big items left in the house... extra helpers are very welcome on the 31st, but the heavy things are too much to inflict on volunteers.

* Can anyone recommend a moving company? Very few of them give an indication of cost on their websites, so it's hard to tell which ones are reasonable. Man With A Van are the cheapest we've seen so far.

* Does anyone want a sofa bed? It needs new cushion covers, but is otherwise still in good working order. If nobody here wants it, I'll list it on eBay for $0.99 and see if anyone else can give it a home... we really just want to be rid of it, without having to carry it down the stairs.


Jan. 5th, 2009 08:26 pm
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Errrggh. The New Year has been good to me so far, but I feel like I've been hit by a truck... :)

Heresy/Black Widow was a good night - I saw some people I haven't seen in ages, and danced a lot. As [ profile] delphaeus mentioned, it felt like a night out five years ago - unfortunately, complete with choking drifts of smoke-machine fog. I'd like to go again, as Footscray is surprisingly close to North Melbourne - but as of next month, we'll be a few hours down the penninsula.

Right now I'm at home, enjoying the last month of being able to call it home. We've hired a van for next Thursday, and will be heading down to Somerville with as many boxes and bits of furniture as we can manage. It's not The Big One, but I'm hoping that we can take enough stuff to avoid needing a truck on Moving Day.

Now that I think of it, January is looking kinda frantic:

Last week: Parties, good food, good company.
This week: Packing. Painting (three jobs in two days). Take van to Somerville. M&M's wedding.
Next week: Honeymoon! Out of town from 12/1 - 18/1.
After that: Painting (for Arc). Running three events at Arc.
And finally: Last packing. Move house. Start PhD, plus a loooong commute each day.

Saturday 31/1 is Moving Day. If anyone can help us load the van in the morning, we'd love to hear from you - we're planning to pick it up around 11am, and head off by 1pm. Unloading at the other end won't be a problem (everything is at ground level there), but extra pairs of hands in North Melbourne would be great.

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