Soooo. It’s back to work today. I just had a week off because my bosses were on vacation.
Me? I didn’t do anything special, didn’t go anywhere particular exciting. It’s an off year this year.
So, what did I do then? Well, surprisingly, quite a bit if you’re looking to see if I was productive at all. I was originally supposed to wander South in order to finish up things and to take out the trash and such, but one excuse after another and I ended up asking my brother to do it for me. My major excuse was that I didn’t want to sleep on the floor (which I don’t because I’m too old and too fat for that now) but it’s really more of sadness I think. Like, if I stay away it’s not going to happen that I will no longer own that home. I love that house, even if in total I never stayed there longer than a year. My brother and sister have spent so much more time there and they’re equally attached to that home. It’s a good house with a good energy. Infused with hopes, dreams, happiness and love. My dogs loved that home. Liana wanted to stay there forever if she could. Gable, while not as attached as Liana, still loves it too. You should have seen him the other day when I brought him. He was just stamping his feet, impatient to be let outside. I half wonder if Liana’s soul is residing there. Maybe he just equates it with happiness, just like me.
Anyways, I ended up staying in the beginning of the week, but not without things to do! No! I had decided to proceed with the massive and overdue undertaking of switching my rooms around. The rooms are so small in the townhouse that I span 2 of them. Every so often, I move the beds around, but this was no mere bed moving. I meant to really move things around. Books, bookcases, the whole shebang. What ended up happening spanned THREE days, from Monday to Wednesday, though technically it’s still ongoing because I have 2 small piles in both rooms of stuff I don’t know where to put. It was extremely overwhelming and tiring. Maybe there’s a reason I shouldn’t do this in the summer time. Every day I had sweat literally running and dripping off of my forehead. Even with furniture movers, those things are crazy heavy! Then there was the issue of digging through everything and deciding what is junk and what is not. It’s amazing how much stuff accumulates after several years. What’s more amazing, though, that I just could not stop talking about, was the DUST. That unbelievable layer of dust on and especially behind everything. Now it all makes sense: why I would cough or sneeze every single morning and why I couldn’t get better when I was sick. As I was cleaning, I just coughed and sneezed everywhere. Now, I don’t do that anymore in my bed unless the outside air is bad. Just have to remember to dust and vacuum! Speaking of which, the Kirby is just amazing. I don’t know what we sucked up before. It feels so good now to look at the (clean parts of) the rooms and see everything in its proper places with extraneous junk gone. The only bit left are the small piles and the closets, though I’ve done those through the years, so they’re not bad.
Interspersed with all of that was a good amount of Dragon Quest Builders 2, which I finished now. The ending was AWESOME and I was correct with my assumption that they’re based on the original games. Post-game content is sadly lacking, but I still managed to log in many many hours so far. I’m still intent on building replicas of each house I’ve ever lived in. Will save for Buildertopia.
Wednesday also saw me go to Tires Plus for my car. A/C service and oil change. No matter how many different places I go, I always end up coming back to them. I love the Pennzoil oil and just like them even though the manager guy is strange-funny. Nice people, though, that don’t shove things down your throat. I decided to open a credit card through them because I can tell that the age of my car means that things are about to happen to it. He was sooo happy that I opened the card, he even showed me his. haha. It’s nice. Anything over $150 and you get 6 months to pay it off. Afterwards we went to visit my grandparents. I was so angry at my uncle because they have this simple clock with a pendulum on the wall that needed a new battery. My uncle apparently used to do it for them but this time refused to do it. The way it sounded, I thought the mechanism was super complicated or it needed a special battery. Turns out none of that was the case. It needed a C battery and it was cheaper than it looked, which meant it was super light and easy to rehook. The only problem I saw was that it was teetering on a small screw that was just sitting in drywall, so I stuck it in a wall anchor, though that’s not ideal either. Something so simple and he was content denying my grandparents something they rely heavily upon. I was pretty depressed going to their house this time, though. The outside is unkempt. It’s almost like no one’s living there. I feel like I should come by and do marathon outdoor cleanup, but not in the summer. I’m doing enough of that South where there are less voracious bugs. It was also so hot in the house that Gable ended up getting a bit of hyperthermia and was weird the rest of the night.
Thursday was me going South by myself to bring back my garden cart and anything else I could fit in there. That stuff is heavy. Doesn’t help that I haven’t officially worked out in a while. Then it was more video games.
Friday was my “Day off,” the first day I had to myself on my week off.
Saturday was back South, this time with Gable for weeding! Because it was the last hurrah for most people, traffic was annoying. There was a desperation in the driving like no one wanted summer to end. It took me forever to get there (thick fog too which for some reason makes everyone scared or slow) which meant less time weeding before it got too hot. I managed another 1/3 of the back flower bed. That crabgrass is INSANE. The last 1/3 is the toughest part too. Sigh. This coming Saturday will be that last bit if it’s not raining. That will have to be enough, even though I was unable to finish the back 1/3 of the lawn. Then I went inside and started emptying all of the cabinets. My brother came up and was kind of weird. I helped him bring his dresser up into his car and it was tremendously heavier than I remembered. I couldn’t tell if it was because I was so tired from being in the sun, but I am certainly stronger now than I was before. Hmm. Then again, after Liana, my bulk is all but gone and I haven’t been keeping up with myself well. After that he kind of watched me empty stuff and when I finally left, I realized he was so strange because he was sad. Like, really sad. I knew it! He always claimed to only go down because I needed him to cut the grass (true) but I knew it to be more than that. Like I said, we are all so attached to that home for different reasons. Even my brother in law’s mom loved that house. I was extremely tired the rest of the day.
Sunday was another day of rest, though I felt crazy antsy all day, like my body wanted to do something stimulating. Gable was being stubborn so I was cracking down on his annoying eating habits. Again.
Monday (yesterday) was a sad day for me. I kept walking around like I didn’t want something to come (work) but I tried to play video games to rid myself of the feeling. It’s also hard when you have a dog that won’t eat. I was playing DQB2 but it was so buggy that I decided to switch over to Fire Emblem just for a bit and then ended up playing 5 hours of it. That’s why you don’t start games you don’t intend to commit to.
That leads me to today. I don’t know how to go about feeding Gable today. There’s a reason why I stopped making him eat half kibble and then giving him stuff. That would be ideal, but it doesn’t work with my work schedule anymore. I don’t even know how I used to do it.
Also, my stomach has been hurting. I wonder why. Wish me luck going back to work today. This is the last week of summer before school starts around here. I’m going to savor the last week of summer traffic before it all goes back to hell next week.