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I just took ten plus boxes and bags of books, old clothes and various flotsam to the Salvation Army. Thank goodness for Dad's rolling cart or otherwise my back would hurt more than it already does. I also loaded up my car and sneaked up to Stanbery and threw away two boxes and five more bags of trash. The good news is the upstairs kitchen/storage room and the library look a whole hell of a lot better. The bad news is that I am going to throttle Jessica when I see her on Friday because, for the third time in a row, she weaseled out of partaking in the lifting/carrying/driving/dropping off portion of the program. Grr. Argh.

We have gotten rid of so many books and we still have so many, it's ridiculous; though it does make me feel better that both rooms do look substantially improved. If nothing else I can cross this first part of the eliminate/give away program off of my to-do list. :)

Today is Tuesday and I leave on Friday for Baltimore where I will briefly visit with Jessica and then head on to New York. I am already tired and am dreading doing the rest of my laundry, cleaning, packing, going to the mother f***ing library (again!) etc. (I have been to the library twice now and I am still finding books which were due two days ago. grr. At least this time I know my fine is warranted.)

Speaking of fines though, I have a book which apparently must be returned immediately (though I technically am allowed to keep it until May) at the school library, so though I do not necessarily *want* to return to NY, I know it is in my best interests to do so. lol.

Christmas break has been good overall, it's hard to believe that it's January 2010. I of course have a list of various resolutions and things I want to work on, but I feel a little bit like I'm pushing against gravity.

I want to be a minimalist but I'm not. No matter how much stuff I get rid of there is always more; the upstairs kitchen is currently filled with such stuff - cooking equipment, a mini refrigerator, old keepsakes, scrapbooks and more. None of this is stuff I necessarily want to get rid of, but at the same time I feel sometimes as though everything is weighing me down...All this *stuff*. As I was carrying box after box to the car today and then, climbing up the stairs over and over, I decided that I will try to accept that I am not a minimalist and to embrace the things I want to have while getting rid of things that are not absolutely necessary to my happiness and well being.

Nonetheless I refuse to buy books like I use to, or if I do buy a book, I usually sell it right away. I don't know why Jessica and I thought it would be a grand idea to compile our own library, but in retrospect I wish that instead of filling the room to bursting we had just checked out more books at the library. :p
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