It was glorious. I had ten friends over, including my purge-muse brother. I received many compliments on how well put together my place is. Another friend enjoyed my choice of decor. There was enough room to make pizza, sit, and drink beer. When my friends left, they cleaned everything. Bottles in boxes and disposable plates in a neat stack.
I have the best friends. I might do a party like this every six to eight weeks. It gives me motivation to improve. (And pizza to eat.)
Now that I’ve had people over and not died, it’s time to continue the purge. My office is a disaster area. Time to clear it out!
I’m trying to avoid needless waste, so I’m modifying some clothes that are too big for me. I’ve lost almost 25 pounds in the last year. Rather than replacing everything, I’m trying to repair or resize the ones I already have.
August 3: An old wallet. From when I was a teenager. Still in great shape, threw it in the donation box.
August 4: Two drawstring bags. I put them in the donation box. Hopefully, someone has a need of them.
August 5: A gummy mechanical pencil found at the bottom of an old box went into the garbage.
August 6: A Tweety Bird nightie. A friend gave it to me almost a decade ago. I never wear it, so I gave it to donation.
August 7: Another plastic container lost to stains.
August 8: I found a really old cutlery set in a box. It was corroded and unable to be saved, so I threw it in the garbage.
August 9: A pair of pants. These are old ones that I fit again. But, wearing them has always felt like a perpetual wedgie. Maybe they will bring joy and wedgies to someone else.
August 10: A flyswatter. I have never used it. It sits in the corner, unloved. I shook the cat hair off and put it in the donation bag.
August 11: A fleece vest. I have three vests, and two were identical. I put one in the donation.
August 12: The Official Strategy Guide to Sid Meyer’s Alpha Centauri. I love this game. I still play it. But, do I really need a strategy guide from 1999? The strategies contained therein aren’t the best, and I have the game memorized at this point. I recycled it.
August 13: The September 2008 edition of the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Journal. It’s time to stop living in the past.
August 14: I was out of town for a funeral, so I skipped this day.
August 15: I’m getting rid of books that no longer serve me. I’m going to do a fiction pare down this week. There’s a book exchange box near my apartment. I drop by there almost once a week, to find/return more reading matter. It’s time to start giving back! Today’s book is “Diablo #1: Legacy of Blood” by Richark A. Knaak. I bought and read it almost 13 years ago. It was terrible. It’s going to go entertain someone else, and I can stop worrying about shelf space for it.
August 16: “French Fantasy from Bragelonne.” It appears to be a collection of translated French books. I don’t feel enough love for that book to keep it.
There’s another two weeks down. Let’s see what the next month brings!