Sunday, January 3, 2016

359. New Year, New Optimism, Less Stuff

1 week later, Frank's eye is much improved. It had gotten pretty nasty-oozey for a bit there. I was worried. But it's on the mend, and as long as the fur grows back I think he'll look like himself again in no time.

Maybe it was the constant rain and white out skies last weekend, but I was feeling really morose as the year came to a close. But then I woke up on New Year's Day to a bright blue sky and sunshine pouring through my windows, and I instantly felt like everything was good again. I've never really been that into blinding sunshine and hot weather, but the winters in Saint Louis feel so much heavier and depressing than the ones in Seattle. It's probably the cold. Even if Seattle is damp, it's usually still warm enough to take your dog to the beach or go for a jog. The sky is different here too. It's like a hard, icy white-grey, whereas Seattle feels more like a soft charcoal blanket. I've really enjoyed the last few years living here, once I recovered from the initial shock of moving. But I think I'm starting to get restless again, and I'm not sure I want to stay after I finish school.

Back to the optimism though. The new year came on like a light, and I felt like I had better find a way to use that new energy. I signed up for the January Cure from Apartment Therapy, which is a totally nerdy thing to do, but I'm pretty excited about it. Yesterday I spent three hours sweeping, then vacuuming, then mopping, every inch of the upstairs, and the difference is amazing. I'm not sure we've ever mopped the bedroom since we moved in two years ago. How embarrassing.

The second piece of the weekend's assignment was to buy some flowers for your house. After so much effort spent on the floors, I got a little carried away with the flowers. The Wizard and I went to the wholesaler where we bought our wedding flowers, and I ended up dropping $50 to get a bouquet for every room in the house. I felt sort of bad about it for a second, but then, I never buy myself flowers and I felt like I had earned them. And then I took us out to dinner, just because I was feeling so good about everything.

While I was busy moving furniture around to oust all the dust bunnies, I started to notice a lot of junk we've been hanging onto for no good reason. Stuff like the old PS2 and Xbox that we never ever play because we have a PS3 and Steam games, so the old consoles were just sitting under the bed collecting tons and tons of dust. Once we decided to get rid of them, I got pretty ruthless with everything. So far, I've gone through piles of mail, old gift bags (why are these even here?), Christmas lights that don't work properly, cute shoes I can't wear because I walk right out of them...

My next goal is to tackle the sunporch, which has essentially become a garden shed instead of the adorable hangout space it was when we first moved in. I'd like to get it cleaned up and replace the light fixture that broke apart with something I build myself. Sort of a functional sculpture. There's a million other glaring projects I need to get to as well, but I'm not sure how many I can fit in before school starts again.