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How will I pull this off?

Now is definitely the time to panic.

I am supposed to be removing books from the house. Unfortunately (for the removal project) I discovered a temporary venue for selling, which adds an extra step. And because I am a sick, sick, sad, pathetic, pathological hoarder I have a giant heap that I just can't see getting rid of. Like the weird Christmas books. Like the gun sights catalog. Like the Mater Coronata recited at the bicentennial celebration of Yale University by Edmund Clarence Stedman, L.H.D., LL.D. The slender Lileks-worthy Entertain Differently in the Danish Manner pamphlet. Kids' books that aren't worth a thing, but they are cool books. How can I toss Diana Wynne Jones? I can not. Dreadful.

Today I took Victoria for a checkup--she took a polio shot in the arm without even wincing. I was pretty amazed. The doctor is sending us to an opthamologist because she thinks one eye isn't tracking right. I hereby document my prediction that when Brian hears this he will use the term "pre-existing condition".

They had a Halloween party at daycare so Victoria was dressed up when I got there after work. We came home and set candy out on the porch, then we hit the streets. I wanted to check up on my friend who lives down by the library. He hadn't emailed in a while and when we got to his house it was lit up but uninhabited, with paper over the ground-floor windows and repair-type stuff lying on the porch and in the yard. Very spooky. I think I know how to track his son down, which I will try to do tomorrow. The long walk meant an enormous haul for Victoria. We made it home in time to hand out candy to the last few groups of trick-or-treaters. She went to bed, I slid into despair. Bleh

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slightlymadmom
Nov. 1st, 2006 08:54 am (UTC)
I have sympathy about the books...I culled a box last year when we got new carpets, had the other 10 or so boxes packed up (never did count the boxes or the books). I have two other boxes of books "I really should either read these or get rid of them", but I haven't gotten rid of them yet.

If you are looking for a good home for the Diana Wynne Jones, I can help you ;-) I don't own any except Chrestomanci, I think, I have been borrowing them from the library. Not sure why, since I have liked all the ones I read.

I also have empathy about the panic! I am starting to panic hard enough that I can't even write about it or think clearly, because that means realizing how much trouble I am in (work-wise). Which is not helpful, but is my current strategy for dealing.

Good luck with Victoria with the glasses -- M has had glasses for almost 3 years now. Of course, we are more surprised that R doesn't need them (yet!), since DH and I wear them, and almost all of our relatives; plus 3 of the 4 branches have "lazy eye" (or whatever the current term is) passed down. One hint -- make SURE you get the glasses with the spring hinges on the side. Don't take their word for it -- test them!
koralleen
Nov. 1st, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
The DWJs that have already been touched will remain where they are, but I will put the rest aside for you. There are many!

I do feel panic creeping in to replace my usual strategy for dealing--normally, I can dig in to a big task and just do it. This one is tainted by some sort of emotional investment, weird and annoying.
slightlymadmom
Nov. 1st, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
ooo, thanks! How soon do you need to get rid of them?

I know I have an attachment to my books, I can only get rid of them in small piles. But I can usually create a small pile every time I look...

Good luck! Breathe deeply!
ednoria
Nov. 1st, 2006 12:24 pm (UTC)
I can offer you space in the garage. We sick pathetic pathological hoarders have to stick together.
koralleen
Nov. 1st, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
Oho! An enabler. Lash me to the to the mast!
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koralleen
Nov. 1st, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Burn 'em!
I will put some aside for you, but that's me being nice. If YOU wanted to be nice, you would roll a dumpster up my driveway and pitchfork books out the coal chute for me while I wasn't looking.

Do you really want the cheapass wardrobe cabinet? How about some matching bookshelves? Say the word and I will bring them by.
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kugelblitz
Nov. 1st, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Cheap Wardrobe?
The Liberace Incident? Do tell.
lavidamd
Nov. 1st, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
You can do it! The more space you clean out, the more you will have to re-fill with new, perhaps even more exciting stuff.
koralleen
Nov. 1st, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
It is astonishing how hard it is to get rid of enough stuff to make it look like I have gotten rid of stuff. Sick, I tell you!
kugelblitz
Nov. 1st, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
Make two piles, one you cannot live without, and one that merely causes you indigestion of they were to disappear. Call me and I will come take them both while you are off getting your forehead waxed or something.

When you return, you will be mystified and secretly relieved.
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