Tuesday, April 26, 2005

A Moving Miscellany

Just some random thoughts as I continue the settling-in process...

  • It's nice not to live in a trailer. No matter how hard the wind blows, the house doesn't shake! It's actually taking some getting used to.

  • The cats have apparently decided that this place is OK and nothing here is going to hurt them, and started to relax. Which, from my perspective, isn't all that great a thing, because it means they now have the self-confidence to start getting into stuff.

  • This moving thing has completely screwed up my sleep patterns. The last couple of nights, I've dropped from exhaustion around 10 PM, and then woken up, completely unable to get back to sleep, around 4:00. The first time, I can blame my allergies, but the second time apparently it was just my brain, which started thinking about where I was going to put things and didn't want to stop. Eventually I gave up, got out of bed, and spent the small hours of the morning assembling bookshelves. Which brings me to another advantage of living here: in the trailer park, with my windows ten feet from my neighbors', I never would have felt free to hammer nails at five o'clock in the morning. Not that the neighbors ever seemed to let that stand in their way.

  • I believe I mentioned buying an outdoor thermometer as one of the first New House Purchases. Well, that thing was a disappointment. I was pretty sure I'd hung it out of the sun, but it was still consistently reading 20-40 degrees too high. But that's OK, because I found a better toy: a radio-controlled atomic clock with a wireless connection to an outdoor temperature sensor. Hey, I needed a new clock for the living room. I used to have a Star Trek clock, but it quit working. I'm really not sure which of those two things is geekier.

  • And now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go and unpack books. Which I figure should take me about three weeks, since that's how long it took me to pack 'em.

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