Sunday, January 19, 2014

An update from the tiny house


Last week, someone pinned this photo, which led me to this post, which led me over to Reading My Tea Leaves, where I spent 4 or 5 hours reading the entire archive of tiny apartment survival tips.

Erin’s voice is a little… chipper? for my taste. And she’s a weirdo neat-freak (wipe down your window sill EVERY DAY? that's more like a once-a-year thing for me). But.

I was inspired to go through my books that have been languishing in the basement, making piles to donate, to sell, to keep. Aside from several stacks of plays I just couldn't let go of (you never know when you'll need to reference Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), my "to keep" collection is a lot smaller than I feared it would be. If I don't remember reading the book and/or don't remember what it's about, or even if I loved it but will likely never read it again, why should I let it take up space on the shelves??*

We're also ready to let go of our enormous box of DVDs, though H insists he wants to rip them all before we sell them. And the CDs have to be crossed-checked. He's got grand plans to put all our movies/music on a hard drive that we can access wirelessly....

Anyhoo, the more stuff we get rid of, the better I feel.

In other news, California just completed the driest year on record, the squirrels are so hungry they're eating our succulents, and my skin is flaking off. But my hair looks great!

How are you?


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*Update on the shelves to come, someday. We've decided to redo them.

26 comments:

  1. More updates on the house! Yay!

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  2. feed the poor squirrals :(

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  3. the skin flaking situation in L.A. is particularly terrible at the moment, as is the hair static situation. i know we could (and do) have much bigger problems, but it's really weird to feel the physical effects of the dryness. also: petting the cat creates sparks.

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  4. FEED THE SQUIRRELS. You make me want to throw shit out. Have you read my bible? bible

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  5. She had me until 'play a love song in the middle of a fight'. Yeah, no.

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    1. spoken like folks who have never tried it. erin knows her shit.

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    2. If Mike tried that on me if would make me feel like he wasn't taking things seriously and I would end up even MORE pissed off. Thankfully for him, he's smarter than that.

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    3. If you have the clarity of mind to put on a romantic song then you're not having a real fight.

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    4. But hey, if it works for them then more power to them. There is nothing wrong with having more self control than I do.

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    5. If you have the clarity of mind to put on a romantic song then you're not having a real fight. totally disagree; our worst fights were in the first years of our relationship, and i ended up playing music toward the end of just about every one. as for the last decade (we've been together 15 years), i could count fights in which i've totally lost my cool one one hand. real fighting is the opposite of hysteria.

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    6. you know i love you lauren, but you don't get to say what "real fighting" is. it's different for every couple (i say this having been a solid member of several different couples).

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    7. real fighting for us (who the hell knows what other couples do?). cara started it with the definition of a real fight, yo!

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    8. fair enough. NOBODY GETS TO SAY WHAT "REAL FIGHTING" IS

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    9. Do I need to separate you two??

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    11. Without daring to define a "real fight," I would simply state for the record my that my typical reaction to a fight is an utter lack of self control (see: unedited fight post on RMTL). The songs are an attempt to achieve some calm. Sometimes I turn them off in a fit of fiery rage. Sometimes they never get turned on. K?

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  6. three cheers for book purging! (signed, unabashedly chipper)!

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    1. I officially like you based solely on your comments here today. Excuse me while I find your blog.

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  7. Doing most excellent, thanks for asking. Speaking of drought, I was shocked to see how low Lake Mead is. It is a very striking sight from the air.

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  8. I've been wondering what is happening in the tiny house. And I remind myself of it (and Erin's apt) every time I complain about our 600sf apartment.

    I got rid of so many books in the move and it tore me apart a little but also felt like a huge relief.

    We are *still* dealing with boxes and boxes of CDs because we've been really haphazard about checking and making sure we have everything. I end up getting distracted and listening to CDs I bought when I was 13 and then nothing gets done. I guess I could dedicate a day to sitting down and actually going through them systematically, but that sounds like the most boring day ever.

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    1. yah, erin's 240 make our 460 feel like a PALACE.

      and uggggggggh the CDs.

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  9. One always needs to reference Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Albee forever.

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