Saturday, January 07, 2017

Boxes And Balls

Remember Andy, our handyman, who you all were so generous to? He showed up at our house the other day, looking thinner but rested. I almost wept with relief.

"Just stopping by to see if Larry has anything planned," he said. "I'm looking to do a little something."

"Planned? PLANNED?" I said. "The man's getting ready to rip out our entire basement."

Larry's not messing around here...
Andy's eyes lit up. I swear, I saw dollar signs in them. So he and Larry got together today and mapped out their plan of attack and my assignment this weekend is to go downstairs and pack up everything that is not Larry's.

The man doesn't trust me. He just got huffy when I suggested we toss all our VCR tapes.

So this is the moment of truth: am I really going to keep games the kids play with once a year or not at all? Books that they've enjoyed but will most likely never look at again? It's time for hard choices, but I do know how happy I feel when I'm not surrounded by a lot of clutter.

Also, those cabinets down there could hold A LOT of yarn.

Yarn is NOT clutter.

In other news, it tried to snow here today, but not much fell. Susie valiantly pretended that it was a real snowstorm, however. "No one wants to come out and sled with me," she complained. Uh, yeah, honey, that's because it is really hard to sled in less than 2 inches of snow.

In OTHER other news, my Gaiam ball chair arrived today. I've been coveting it since I tried one at my friend's house a few years ago, and last week they were the deal of the day at Amazon, at something like 40% off. My theory is that it will keep my back from hurting when I sit at the computer, as I seem completely incapable of sitting in a normal chair for any length of time without discomfort. I have to keep doing weird things to alleviate it, like sitting with my legs crossed on the seat, or kneeling with my feet tucked under me.

I get a lot of exercise, sitting. Also, I REALLY annoy anyone seated near me at the movies.

So my kids are all, "What the heck is that?" and making fun of my purchase. They don't believe me when I tell them it is going to Activate My Sit. Obviously, they are just jealous. Larry just shook his head, but I could tell he was wondering if there were a way he could deactivate that Amazon credit card that he never really wanted in the first place.

Anyway, I'm using the chair right now, and it's sort of working. Sort of. Maybe I need to inflate the ball more?


  1. Yarn is definitely not clutter and if you have cats, watch out if they are around the chair. My cat punctured my exercise ball and that was the end of that.
    And it's great that Andy is back on the job!

  2. Those chair are supposed to be great for strengthening your core muscles, which will, in turn, help your back. From what I hear, you need to be careful to not overdo it to begin with.

  3. It's snowing here. Again. Luckily, I love snow because it may be a very, very long time before we see grass again. Susie could come here to sled. I had the ball but not the base -- the ball definitely helped core muscles!
    So very glad that Andy is up and about again.

  4. HEY, WAIT!! Is that chair on wheels? I could love it! (I need wheels at work which is why I don't use a ball there.)

  5. Hey, awesome to hear that Andy is back! Also- anything the kids want to keep should be stored tidily in their rooms, not cluttering up your yarn cabinets.

  6. Smart to get one on a stand. My husband tried to use a regular swiss ball, and it rubbed all the hair off his calfs (calves?)

  7. We're getting snow, too! Glad to hear Andy showed up--and in the nick of time.
    There's something so holy about purging the clutter.

  8. I took all our board games to the thrift store. They kids were like HEY but they haven't really missed them. I said if they missed one we could go buy a new one. You know, one with all the pieces.