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Going going gone…

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Many things going in the Chaos.

The old year is going (obviously).

Things no longer needed are (eventually) going.

The Chaos is also (eventually) going. Somewhere else.  Hopefully sooner rather than later.

I will be going.  Maybe.  Haven’t decided yet. I always chicken out.  Going where you ask?

Not where, what.  I am once again contemplating NOT coloring my hair.  Just going au naturale. 


I think I’d be a 50/50 salt ‘n pepper.  I’m not quite sure because I keep coloring my hair. 🙂

Anyway, now would be a really good time to do it.

I’m feeling the need for a coiffure change.

Whether going grey will be that change, I don’t know yet.

One thing I do know for sure is that I really need a haircut.

Maybe a salt ‘n pepper new cut?

Dare I do both?

The Chaos is still where it was…

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…and the prospects for moving it aren’t too good right now.

That’s ok though, something will come up and when it does, we’ll be ready.

This Friday, I’m taking a half day, borrowing a friend’s car and taking a bunch of boxes to the Thrift store.

When I’m done there, I will be taking some Household Hazardous Waste to the local drop-off station.

So far, Spencer’s room is 95% ready to move.  He’s cleared out a huge mound of give-aways (which is what is going on Friday to make room for more sorting and piling of give-aways from my room).  Included in that mound, are some kitchen items and a few items from the “general stack of boxes from the storage unit”.

I’ll also be making a run to a local office supply store to take a box full of papers for shredding.  A lot of the boxes from my room are filled with old papers.  99% of which I do not need anymore (that’s how old they are).

I dread going thru the hall closet.  It’s filled with tools and hardware.  I’m sure I’ll dump the hardware and will want to keep the tools.  A woman and her power tools are not soon parted.

As much as I’m giving away, I’ve thrown away a lot too, and have recycled as much as I could.

And I still have quite a few boxes to go through too.  If there is anything I know what to do, it’s fill up boxes with stuff and store them in any nook and cranny that will fit them.

I’ve gotten out of that habit though and am making quite a few sacrifices to the “moving reality gods”.

I am greatly reducing the size of my stashes.  Just for the record, I did indeed type that with an ‘s’.  There are stashes for sewing, embroidery, knit/crochet, jewelry and general crafting.  I have applied the “culling the closet principal” of organization.  If I haven’t used the supply in question for anything within the last year and there is no immediate intended use, out it goes.

In other words, I’m winging it.  If I still like the supply and can picture myself making an item that is worth gifting, keeping, or selling, then I keep it.

A lot of things I have had so long that I just can’t even imagine wanting something made from it for myself, let alone giving something I made from it to someone else.

Time to set it free out in the world so that someone else can be inspired by it like I once was back in the day.

One good thing about Thrift Stores/Charity Shops is that items like these that are still usable and in excellent shape but have fallen out of my favor will definitely find a home somewhere…and for about 1/20th the price I paid for it.

I’m OK with that. Totally.

Would you like a pint of blood, my right arm, AND my firstborn?

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Oh the wonderful world of looking for a new place to call “The Chaos”.

And I thought it was difficult getting a new car or buying a house.

Has anyone else ever been asked for 3 years worth of tax returns for a rental?

Or do I just look like such a crook that they need that sort of proof that I’m actually gainfully employed…  Usually a call to the HR department of your current position takes care of that…at least it USED to…

What absolutely KILLS me is that I know people who have had bankruptcies, evictions, unemployment, etc and have not had near this much trouble finding nice places in nice ‘hoods.

I’ve never had any of that but the unemployment (who hasn’t been unemployed) and I’ve got almost 13 YEARS (yes I said years – in the same place) of solid rental history.

Good grief.

Next open house is tomorrow after work.  I think I’m going to GRILL THE HECK out of any potential future landlords.  If you’re going to ask me for all this, I have the right to know stuff about you too.


Didn’t Get it…

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…’nuf said.

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We’re getting close…

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OK, so I went to see one of the places yesterday and the other place open house was not tonight, it’s on Saturday. I totally read that posting all wrong.


I absolutely LOVED the place I saw yesterday.  It’s a small building with only 25 units.  It seems like a cozy place with friendly people. The manager seems like a really nice lady.

The building was the oldest of the ones I’d seen so far, but good heavens, it has been well taken care of…and there is a pool.  It was clean and so was the surrounding pool area.

I swear, you could eat off the floor of the laundry room in the basement, that’s how clean it was in there.  There was a nice sized folding table too.  It was spotless.

The unit itself was awesome.  It’s really old with mostly the original fixtures or very old ones, but it was all clean, and they all work and there are lots of cabinets and natural light and a fireplace!  And the bedrooms even had ceiling fixtures.  Have NEVER seen that in an apartment. EVER.

The kitchen has lots of cabinets and the closets are decent.  You can never have enough storage in a California apartment.

I’ll have to do without a balcony, a second bathroom, an automatic dishwasher and air conditioning – but I think I’ll survive.  If they accept my application/offer, I’ll be moving rather quickly, so I’ll have the Winter to get used to the climate there. 

And yes, it’s quite different than the climate here.  I think the Bay Area has about 9 or more micro climates.

Among the many postives, it gets a bit chilly there, so there will be much knitting and wearing of the knitting.

Fingers crossed everyone!

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More to see here…

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…going off to two more open houses this week.  In the same area as that very first place I looked at, actually.  The buildings do seem to be kept up better on that side of town than the other, so I’m hoping for something at least at the same level of where I am living now.  Old, but still functioning.  And NO MOLD.

Anyway, the pictures of the interiors look good, and I’ve checked the Google Satellite and all that, so things are looking pretty good that these will be ok.

Only problem with that is, everyone else and their 5 uncles will be there with the same sort of ideas that I’ve been having.

Wonder if I’ll run into anyone that was at that first showing.  The two buildings are actually on the SAME BLOCK as that other one.

Let the games begin.  Sigh.

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Reigning in the Chaos…a little at a time…

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This past week has been a doozy, but I sit here today typing, so I obviously survived the dooziness.

A lot of things have changed lately, from where I sit, for the better.  Here are a few tidbits:

  1. I was starting a new online shop.  I’ve cancelled it for now.
  2. I was whole-hog on the looking-for-a-new-place.  I’ve slowed down.
  3. I had signed up to do a local craft fair (at my complex, this weekend actually). I cancelled.
  4. I felt like crap all the time.  I’ve changed my eating habits and I’m moving again (as in easing back into something that can be called exercising). 
  5. I was trying to remember too much with a memory that isn’t as good as it used to be.  I’ve emptied the extras out onto paper and left other things forgotten. If they were important, I’ll find out soon enough.  Then I’ll add them to my calendar or my notes.

All of them important changes that add up to me being able to sleep again.  Not stressing over where I should be and what I should be doing or when things should be done or how many things still need doing.

Life is complicated enough, I really don’t need to make it more so.

There were many things (both big and small) that signalled me that I really needed to change my ways.

The two most obvious things:

  1. My body was screaming for mercy.
  2. I sat down in front of some very pretty sparkly jewelry supplies, had a zillion ideas in my head about what to do with all those pretty sparkly things and could do nothing but look at the pretty sparkly things and think “ooh, pretty sparkly things, aren’t they pretty and sparkly?”.

When my body talks so loudly (or in this case just about whacks me over the head with a baseball bat) and my creativity STOPS, I know there is something wrong.  Not only has something been wrong for a long time, but I’ve been ignoring it.  Bad Donna. Bad.

This time, I sat back and looked at ALL aspects of what was going on, not just the one that was complaining the most.  I unloaded the unnecessary things, rearranged the necessary things, and added some new very necessary things.

I am by no means done, but I have a very good start.

Now if I could just get back all those lost hours of sleep, I’d be golden. 🙂

Note: I know I am moving in the right direction.  I was able to sleep last night even after having 2 earthquakes yesterday that scared the living daylights out of me.

Well…it’s been a few weeks, hasn’t it?

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And still the Chaos is in the same place.  There has been no forward movement on moving.  I’m pretty much stuck in a loop.

Search ads online…call poster to set up appointment…go look at disappointing apartments.

Good grief, you think I have looked at hundreds, don’t you?

There have been only 3 so far.  Three.  It seems like I have already looked at hundreds.  I think it’s just because I check the adds about 10 times a day.

Once something gets posted you have to jump on the phone, so whenever I get a chance, I am checking to see if anything new has shown up.

I’ll be honest here and say I did actually see an awesome place.  That very first one I went to see after work.  I did not get it.  Disappointed to the max, but there are lots of people out there looking for the same things I am and at the same price points (lowest possible of course) that I am.  it’s tough out there.

The last two were awful.  I’m am not a picky person by any means.  And for me to say they were awful…well they just were.  The last two apartment buildings were “born” in the 60’s – just like me.  I think I’m holding up a lot better than they are, and that’s really not a compliment.  Not at all.

Cracked and peeling formica on the counters, peeled and warped under sink areas (can you say water damage?), one washer/dryer for a floor of 13 apartments.  Really?  Those poor overworked machines looked older than I did.  A pool that hadn’t been cleaned in MONTHS, probably longer.  An exterior that probably hadn’t been painted in 20 years.  Carpet older than the hills, cabinets that didn’t close, moldy caulk in the showers.  And these places were “ready for immediate occupancy”.  The musty/mildew/moldy smell was unbearable in the last one I saw today.

It’s really a shame too as these places have such potential.  Too bad the owners won’t put out the money to do a few necesary repairs and upgrades.  The managers mean well and can only do so much.  I just can’t see myself living in a place like this and don’t really know how others do it.

The worst part?  Large closets, fireplace, ROOMY living areas, kitchen with a ton of cabinets and EXTRA CLOSETS.  O.M.G. The storage possibilities in all these places were amazing.

I’m just very very bummed that they won’t work for me. 🙁

So…when I publish this post, I will check the ads again and see if anyone did any late night posting.

This is going to take some time…sigh.

On a happier note: Things going out from the Chaos.  LOTS of things.  The Chaos is shrinking.  Now if I could only get my waistline to shrink as easily and quickly as the Chaos!

A New Beginning for the Chaos

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Along with everything else going on round here, The Chaos might be moving.

Donna and Spencer of The Chaos are tired of commuting. We’re tired of the heat.

Things are being donated, recycled, and thrown out.  Just in case.

The Chaos Nest is down-sizing.  Whether it moves or not.  Spencer is applying for colleges and financial aid.

I’m in denial.

I go tomorrow to my first open house.  I’m putting together my folder with anything and everything I think I might need.  Can’t forget my checkbook either.

I’m excited, scared, and all sorts of other emotions I can’t even identify.

It’s just too much right now, but it has to be done.

Life goes on.

I was going to say if you don’t hear from me for a few weeks it means I’m busy moving, but, well, um…that’s usually the status quo here.

I’ll keep you posted. Promise.

In the meantime, light those candles, send the mojo, say your prayers, or rattle your beads… I really like the place I’m going to see tomorrow after work.

Wish me luck.