Day 12: Breathe in, breathe out, and watch a movie.
Some days are smoother than others. Day 12 was sandpaper.
I’ve been asked a couple of times if I have a set plan for the week. No. A large part of me wishes I did, but since I decided to do this project at the last possible minute, I forfeited my opportunity to plan my month in advance. On a good day, I have a rough idea of what I am going to do the next day. On an average day, I figure it out early in the morning. On Day 12, I spent most of the morning agonizing until I hit the point of do or die. Then I threw my hands up in the air and thought, Fine. Media cabinet.
I found a Jerry McGuire DVD at the bottom of the entry closet on Day 11. No cover, of course. I set it on top of the media cabinet, assuming the case was somewhere deep within its heart of darkness, and finished cleaning the closet. From that point forward I made a concerted effort to avert my eyes from the DVD. If I didn’t look at it, it didn’t exist. If it didn’t exist, I wouldn’t feel compelled to clean out the cabinet when I didn’t have the time, the materials, or the energy.
I was feeding the fish (they live on the media cabinet) when my eye caught a whisper of blue. Damn you, Tom Cruise, with your crazy eyes and gaspy little mouth.
The problem with this cabinet, which is actually an original built-in painted white, is only everything. The cabinet needs to be repainted or stripped and refinished. The top needs a sheet of glass to protect it from the water that splashes when I clean the fish tank. And, it sits in a room that needs to be redone from top to bottom, starting with the urine yellow walls. So, no, it’s not a good idea for a Type A perfectionist to sit down to complete 20% of the task at hand and consider it a job well done. As if!
But I did. I pulled everything out, did my measurements and space planning, and took inventory of all the contents.
At least I was able to come up with a cute, practical, and inexpensive way to organize the DVDs. I was pretty excited about it, actually. I mean, it’s no s’mores adaptation, but I think you would have thought it was neat. But, alas, the materials I needed were not in stock at Michael’s for the first time in three centuries. I had no choice but to work with my lovely limitations.
It’s all right. I guess.
I will have to revisit this project in the future, but for now I was able to get rid of quite a few DVDs that were scratched. The rest I put in the donate pile. Some I can’t find. I have the empty covers waiting for the day they reappear. The games I moved into Mikey’s room (we’ll tackle those another day) as well as a few other items. That’s the problem with attacking the house project by project, bit by bit: there are cabinets, drawers, and closets that look really good. The rest of the place looks like it houses the cast from The Secret of NIMH.
And would you look at that? The cover for that Jerry MacGuire movie wasn’t in there! Stupid Tom and his mocking eyes.
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