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More useful procrastination

I continue to be bitten by the clear-out bug. Yesterday produced two giant bags of recycling as I purged my filing cabinet and the trunk of sentimental stuff, for lack of a better name.

I pitched a lot of old greeting cards. I laughed at a lot of old photos. I reminisced about trips I’ve taken and shows I’ve seen. I know I am biased, but I had some very cute babies and some hilarious small children with interesting fashion sense. (I still often repeat my friend’s words of wisdom: “Janet, no one will think YOU dressed them that way.”)

On the practical side, I fixed various filing errors, improved my system for keeping track of the paperwork for my parents’ trust, and sorted, sorted, sorted. The drawers of the filing cabinet even close willingly now. It seems to be a rule that everything I clean out has to contain at least one mysterious piece of technology. My system for dealing with those is to bring them to Brent for filing either with the other gazillion gizmos in his collection or for disposal.

All of which I did while procrastinating on a narrative problem. Today in my sense of virtuous accomplishment, I attack the challenge of reconciling two different versions of the same chapter while simultaneously moving the overall story arc along. If it goes poorly, I can find something else to clean out, I’m sure.

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here_be_dragons
Jan. 6th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Clearing out papers is SO satisfying. I went through my papers a couple of years ago and got rid of SO many things. Many that I wasn't ready to entirely let go of got scanned, and the originals tossed in the trash.

I'm back in clear-out mode a bit right now, as well - reorganizing the files on my computer. I also have about a bajilion photos to go through (both real ones, and digital). Here's to being bitten by the clear-out bug! :)
jan_can_too
Jan. 14th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
Do you have any slides? I have a million zillion of my grandmother's slides and I need to figure out what to do with them: scan, print, pitch, etc. Favorite method for viewing?
here_be_dragons
Jan. 14th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Yes. I have slides - that was my mother's preferred method of photography for a while - I would estimate I probably have about a thousand altogether? (Which, isn't all that bad, relatively speaking. But still). I haven't figured out yet what to do with them. Probably, most of them need to get pitched, but I need to figure out a way to see what is on them first. Maybe I'll try scanning several of them at a time, to make index prints? And then make good scans of the ones that I want. I don't know. Let me know if you come up with a good system, okay?
jan_can_too
Jan. 14th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
Deal. I really WANT to see what's on the slides, since a lot of them are from a trip around the world and a lot of them are her record of her paintings, but I'm just not looking forward to the drudge work of getting what I want out of it. :)
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