Shelter in Place: Day 43

This is the update for Saturday, April 25, 2020.

This was a really productive day.

Some time ago—months?—I decided to go through the closet in the second bedroom. It was around the time I was putting Christmas away, and I just wanted to reorganize to make it easier to find things, and get rid of things we weren’t using. I pulled everything down from the shelves and sorted it into groups, then took a load to Goodwill and put back the things I knew I wanted to keep. That left a bunch of Sean’s things, mostly computers, computer hardware, computer peripherals, and computer technician tools, but also a crate of comics, some binders, and miscellaneous software.

For a while I had all this stuff sitting on the bed in the second bedroom waiting to be looked through, but the clutter started to get to me, so I dragged it all out into the living room and piled it behind Sean’s desk on our two folding tables. (To do this I also moved the bar table into the dining room where the Christmas tree goes, and took the mirrors down from that wall. I need to hang the mirrors up again—I know exactly where I want them—but I haven’t gotten around to it.)

Anyway, I think the clutter was overwhelming for Sean (it certainly would be, and was, for me) so it just sat there after that. I finally decided that I’d go through it myself, not to get rid of anything but to just sort it better and put it back in the closet.

And so I did! I made a bunch of piles, and then I minimized plain boxes where I could (keeping branded packaging), and then I compiled all loose items into boxes, and then I put everything back in the closet in a very compacted and organized manner. All that’s left out now are Sean’s tools; I want to organize the shelf that has the tool box on it a little better and let his stuff be there too, with no mixing of the two.

One folding table is now empty save for a spare laptop that Sean had out for whatever reason (I didn’t put that one away; I hope it’s clear that I try to be thoughtful when I completely reorganize someone else’s stuff roflmao), and the other folding table now has Sean’s tools on it.

I took this opportunity to reorganize one of the bookshelves also. We have a bunch of comic book binders that were taking up two and a half shelves; I stacked them on top of each other and got them all to fit on the bottom shelf. Then I used the two empty shelves to display some of Sean’s game memorabilia that had been in the closet. I think it looks pretty cool! But I told him to feel free to rearrange stuff, since, you know, it’s his.

I also made my own barbecue chicken today, because the online ordering system for Shane’s didn’t seem to be working and I really wanted barbecue chicken. I found a recipe on AllRecipes (this one; all I didn’t have was liquid smoke flavoring) and made that while grilling a chicken breast on the George Foreman grill. I also made Kraft Macaroni and Cheese :D It turned out to be a delicious meal!

Dinner was breaded fish from frozen, parmesan noodles, and peas.

The day ended on a sour note. We’ve gotten to a big story arc in NCIS. It’s about child soldiers, so it’s pretty fraught. We watched an episode that had a cliffhanger, and even though it was past my bedtime I decided to watch one more, and that was perhaps a mistake! Something horrible happened in the episode that really upset me. It wasn’t a great way to finish out a day. I lay in bed for hours unable to sleep, or dozing off and waking back up again.

Kind of a shame, because the rest of the day was awesome.