I haven't been in a mood to communicate. Still trying to get out of this slump. It will happen one way or another in a few weeks since I'm headed first to Kansas City to meet Mom to inter my Dad's ashes and briefly visit with family, then on to Nashville for 3 weeks. I'm starting to pack now. Slowly, but it's starting.
I was reunited with a site that I've been wanting to find again, and it happened in a strange way. I was talking with one of the pilots at work. As often happens after I make one of my rare appearances in a skirt at work, he was making conversation aimed at encouraging me to wear them more often. I said that I was ordering a Macabi treking skirt, and he (kidding) suggested we should get matching ones. Others in the office heard him, and Googled 'Men in hiking skirts' and found a site that shows a guy in the Macabi skirt. It's quite a strange sight for these military guys, and the joke went around with the pics saying that this was the new regulation flight suit. When I saw the picture, I said 'hey, where did you get that, I'm looking for that guy's site!' This was funny to them, the fact that I recognized a, to them, random picture from the internet. However, Shane is also a hammock camper and that is how I'd found him a few years ago. He also has an extensive part of his site dedicated to his experiences living through Katrina. He turned it into a site that gives amazing detail on how to be prepared for a disaster. This isn't the 'have X number of gallons of water stored in your bathtub' type of disaster planning, this is 'here is how you have what you need to do things like find a job, have your medical history with you...' and other details of rebuilding a life after losing most of your possessions in a fire, hurricane, or whatever. The site is: http://www.theplacewithnoname.com/ This dovetailed neatly with the minimalist sites that talk about digitizing important papers and such, and that was why I was wanting to find him again. He gives such wonderful, detailed, step by step directions. That's where I've been the past couple of days, reading it all again.
Mundane things: I joined Costco awhile ago. I don't buy all that much stuff, but there are things that I do need from a larger place like that, or are at least cheaper there, such as kitty litter. I took a chance and tried their 'all natural' brand. It works well. I needed dishwashing detergent last week. I've been getting the cheaper Sun brand, but it runs out of cutting power too soon for me. I was resigned to getting a more 'brand name', but when I went to Costco they had their own 'all natural' brand. I tried it, and I really like it. It didn't hurt in these cases that the 'all natural' store brand happened to also be the cheapest.
I'm starting the search for a cheaper apartment. After I get back from Nashville I only have 2 weeks to decided if I'm staying here and paying $200/month more rent, or moving. Today I'll drive around and look at the neighborhoods around a few I found on the internet. I'm also looking at going to a 1 bedroom or studio. This should light more of a fire under me to get rid of the stuff that I'm having a hard time letting go of.
I think that is most of what's been going on.