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03 July 2013 @ 08:43 am
a true measure of quality  

Today is the day the city council comes around these pars and takes away bulky household rubbish you’ve put out on the sidewalk. Consequently, pickers (or, as I’ve been calling them, scavengers) in white vans have been driving around the neighborhood since yesterday evening, checking out the pickings.

They took the two cheap vacuum cleaners (or hoovers, as we call them here) but have left every other item we put out. That’s a true measure of the quality of stuff we’re divesting the house of. :)

Our friends Brian and Gareth came over last night to help us move things around, for which we are eternally grateful, because it totally would not have succeeded with just me and Ted, OMG. They claim the brownies I fed them for doing all that hard work made it worth it. :)

My favorite part of the evening were the immortal words spoken by Brian, as they moved a wardrobe up the stairs: “Take that, physics!” (*thump*) “Fuck you!”

(Brian claims Gar actually did the swearing, but this is my story and I’m sticking to it. :))

The new carpet gets put in tomorrow. At this point I kind of feel like I can’t really do much today, because everything is an if-then statement right now. If the carpet was in, then I could put the bookshelves away. If the bookcases were in place, then I could unpack boxes. If, then; if, then; if, then. But all the ifs aren’t in place, so there are no thens.

Which means I could kind of take today off. That would be wonderful. The only trouble is that the house is such a mess that I don’t really want to stay in it, and the idea of going to the zoo or some such just sounds exhausting. More exhausting. And I don’t know where the cameras are! :)

- call airtricity
- email nice lady at [redacted] to discuss [redacted]
- bring coat to drycleaner
- see if i can find a gardener
- pay credit card
- call about skip

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Mary Anne: pixelpers1stence on July 3rd, 2013 08:22 am (UTC)
Go to mom/ sister's house. Take a nap while Young Sir plays with the grands/cousins....
kitmizkit on July 3rd, 2013 08:32 am (UTC)
dude, what are you doing *awake*??
Mary Anne: pixelpers1stence on July 3rd, 2013 02:12 pm (UTC)
I woke up in the middle of the night and it took a while to fall back asleep....
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on July 3rd, 2013 10:17 am (UTC)
I'm glad you found helpers.
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on July 3rd, 2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
Here, you can no longer leave big things out to be picked up. They have to be taken to the dump (mine still takes them, some don't), where pickers are also no longer allowed. Tut.

On the other hand, I have gotten rid of some large unwanted items simply by putting them down by the road with a big "FREE" sign :-)
Megabitch: pippymegabitch on July 3rd, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
There's a theory that leaving something out with a "free" sign on it often causes the item to be ignored. Whereas putting it out with a "£/$5 - put it through/in the mailbox/slot" means it disappears within minutes but no cash turns up ;)
irishkateirishkate on July 4th, 2013 10:13 am (UTC)
I didn't know the council would do that - I wonder if they do that here....

Meanwhile - Hugs and hope you went somewhere and enjoyed the day

Edited at 2013-07-04 10:14 am (UTC)
anthony_lionanthony_lion on July 4th, 2013 09:42 pm (UTC)
Here in Norway they don't come around for large stuff...

I have 3 wheelie bins;
An 80L for food waste(which I don't use because I compost) and tw slightly larger ones,
one for paper and cardboard recycling, and
One for 'the rest'
glass and metal recycling we're supposed to bring to recycling stations put up on the parking lots of some grocery stores.

A lot of people can't even fold old pizza boxes or cartons so that they take up less space in the bin, though, and throw the recyclable in the 'rest' bin. (Leaving a box beside the bin won't work in my area at least as they use a truck with robot arm to lift and empty the bins. That way they only need a driver)
And of course a lot of jars and cans ends up in the garbage also. *Sigh*

Electrical appliances we can deliver for free at stores that sells these types of equipment(There's a small 'recycling tax' added to the sales price which is used to finance the system.). and most stores that deliver fridges and other large appliances will take the old one with them for free.
Grocery stores have large boxes for used batteries, lightbulbs and fluorescent tubes.
It takes a while, but most people can be trained to recycle...

Carpeting. It's not all that difficult to do this yourself, really.
(At least not for small rooms)
The big problem is actually getting the carpet into the house...
(Carpets are heavy. Really heavy.)

Oh yeah, I won't hesitate to check out any skip I walk past.
Found half a dozen PS2 games and a model of a Vespa scooter once...