March 21st, 2007

No Way

Biking it and Garage sales

The boys and I rode bikes to school today for the first time. They did really good and Matthew is picking up speed. I think that means he is losing a bit of his fear of falling. We did have one MAJOR mishap when Michael had pulled ahead of us in the home stretch to get to school. He was going pretty fast, and tried to hit his hand brake. I don't know if he slipped off of it, or was just too late, but he slammed into a brick wall. Cut his finger and bruised it up pretty good, but other than that was ok. I walked his bike and mine the rest of the way, with him screaming the whole time, so we could go see the school nurse. I haven't had a call back, so I guess it didn't get any worse. I'm a bit concerned, however, that his bike rim may have bent slightly. I'll see how it rides for him on the way home. We just bought it last week, so I'll be pissed if it is broken (now that I know he's ok).

On another note, as much as I love going to garage sales, I hate HAVING a garage sale. That's probably why I had 10 years of stuff piled up in this house. Moving is the only thing that makes me get rid of things.

Not anymore!!!!

I cleared out the closet under the stairs yesterday, and started piling all of the 'garage sale' things in the formal living room and the things to take to the dump in the kitchen. After COMPLETELY clearing the closet (this is a HUGE freaking closet! L-shaped and about 10 feet long and 6 feet wide at the back.), I went to Wally-World and got several cheap white plastic shelves, the heavy duty kind you usually put in your garage. I now have shelves along the back wall that hold all of my crafts and other 'pamper me' items that only get used occasionally - like the big green massage monster from Brookstone. The long wall is lined with shelves and holds the boys' games, sports equipment, and other odds and ends. I hope to get it where most of their toys are in that closet on the shelves, and out of bins spread throughout the downstairs.

I also cleaned out the attic. It's absolutely AMAZING! Before this, things were piled all the way to the stairs. You had to go to the top of the stairs and just TOSS things over the pile to 'store' them. That's all gone now. Just our holiday things up there. I went through everything and did the garage sale / dump it sort again.

Today, I brought down all of our storage boxes for clothes that are on our closet shelves and made 5 large bins into about 2. The rest is garage sale. I did the same for the boys closet.

Then, I piled the van FULL of bags and took everything I'm tossing to the dump.

You pretty much can't see our living room. it's completely covered in about 5 feet of STUFF - an elliptical machine I never use, a high chair, double stroller, bouncy seat, clothes, toys, four car seats, puzzles, EVERYTHING.

I feel so CLEANSED!!!! I hope I can get to my office closet before the sale on the 30th and 31st. It needs serious help and I know there is a lot that can go from there. It's also a walkin closet you can't walk in. Maybe I'll even get to the spare room closet.

Oh, and screw this 'back alley, everything on tables' shit. My garage sale is going to be in the front yard, spread out on the yard or in bins. I'm taking advantage of the fact that the neighborhood right next to our house is having a 'neighborhood' garage sale those days, and they're doing lots of advertising. I'm just going to put a sign in my front yard, have my stuff out and bleed off of their traffic *laugh*

What garage sale?

Who needs a garage sale? Just bring in your two Mexican maids and the pile will dwindle.

It's amazing to me. As soon as I said I was piling all of that up for a garage sale in a week and a half, they dropped their equipment and started going through the stacks. It's dwindling already. Hey - I pay them the same no matter how long it takes them to clean *laugh* If they help me get some of this crap out of here, more power to them.

Cheapass games

I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with Cheapass Games, but in cleaning out my closet I just found a few of them. I almost can't wait to play them again!!! Here is what I found:

Give Me The Brain
Work sucks.

Long hours, ugly clothes, and only one brain to pass around.

But the day is almost over, you've got one more easy task, and life is pretty good.

If you can just get your hands on the brain.

Get Out
Something's wrong.

It's a rainy day in Spring.

You're jobless and listless.

And you live in your parent's basement.

So, what's wrong?

Your friends have decided to try and get jobs. Get lives. Move out of their parent's basements.

And you're stupid enough to race them.

Before I Kill You, Mister Bond...
Imagine, just once, luring the master spy into your evil lair and putting a bullet in his head.

Imagine avoiding the temptation to gloat over your prize, to tell him your secret plans, to let him escape certain death and blow up your lair in the process.

Imagine winning.

Yeah, Right.

"Before I kill you, Mister Bon, I am going to tell you my entire life story, because I believe that you are the only man alive who would understand..."

It's that time again.

Renfair season.

Time to put on your tights and trot out your tired old act at the Merrie King James Faire.

It's not your favorite job. The costume is itchy, the sun is hot, and Richard, the faire director, hates all the funniest parts of your show. Yet for some reason you keep doing this year after year.

But this year, the money's running out, and the faire is firing almost everyone. If you don't please the crowds, and Richard, the faire is going to fire you, too.

Pleasing both Richard and the public is going to be pretty tough. So say goodbye to your dignity and scream a boisterous "Huzzah!"