October 22nd, 2006

Books 02

Lord of the Flies...

I am in the midst of a three-day weekend because I had a stray vacation day that needed burning. I had two home improvement possibilities for the weekend, either finally rip up the carpet in the living room in preparation of painting the room and installing flooring, or do some serious cleaning out of the attic. Since yesterday started with a quest for some old software I had packed away up there, the attic got the nod.

It was a sunny, albeit cool and windy day, so it was comfortable up there. There were a bazillion flies swarming about the windows. They weren't bothering me, but I did put up a couple of fly traps to try to rein in the population. Fortunately, most seem content to stay up in the attic, unlike my old apartment, where I would get seasonal infestations about the windows in the fall. (In the spring I'd get ladybugs.)

Project Attic is going to take awhile. There's a ton of stuff. The first summer I lived in the house, I set up my bed in the attic and slept up there while I was renovating the back room. Since then the bed has been used mostly as a horizontal surface. Last weekend I hauled the box spring downstairs, converting the futon in the back room to an actual bed. Yesterday I stood the matttress up off to the side, and took apart the bed frame. Now I actually had some space to work, so I set up a table, and set to work sorting stuff. The first thing on the agenda is to get rid of all the extraneous old clothes, so I'm sorting through what can go to the Salvation Army, and what gets chucked. The SA is also getting the still-sealed-in-its-box CD storage carrousel that my sister gave me for Christmas a few years back. So much stuff.

A Fire upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge, is a novel I avoided for a long time, despite all the critical and fan praise that's been heaped upon it. Collapse )