My financial adventures continue apace; I have a few dollars extra because of how my paychecks and due dates lined up this month. Hence, my first full gas tank since before Christmas, and this weekend an overdue oil change, some grocery restocking and a much needed new pair of dress shoes (and there's a sale and I have a coupon --I continue to be amazed at God's provision). Plus I sold a chair I've been storing, so that's one piece of furniture down. Now all I have to do is get rid of the TV stand ... and the loveseat ... and the kitchen table and chairs ... and that seriously funky end table that's older than I am. (And not groovy-funky, more like wow-I-forgot-the-early-early-80s-were-that-ugly funky. It's solid, though. Pics on demand. E-mail me.)
My goal (I've probably mentioned this before) is to pare down to where I could pack my bare necessities into one car load and take off on about a day's notice. I don't know if I'll quite get there -- I'm sure I'd leave some things behind, like the TV -- but there's also the added benefit of generally simplifying my life. It's cleansing to go through things and realize what you do and don't really need, and what you're hanging on to just because you've always had it. Most of the "sentimental" items I had in storage fell into that category; there was no real memory attached to them, just familiarity. And while familiarity is good, it shouldn't be a comfort mechanism, especially when it comes to things. Rely on it too much, it becomes an anchor around your neck (or a big dead bird in the same arrangement, depending on your literary tastes). Hence, the packing and repacking, the paring down of things collected in childhood and ammassed in more recent years, and the general sorting out of what I really want in life.
I'm going there again tonight; three tubs full of stuffed animals and ephermera will be reduced to one by the end of the evening. The rest will be donated or thrown away. I am determined to see this through.
Anybody wanna buy some furniture?