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joie de vivre

Here, now and until the end

I'm doing 25 things

joie de vivre's Life List

  1. 1. If not now, when?
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    1 person
  2. 2. Tell God Everything
    5 entries . 189 cheers
    3 people
  3. 3. Find my tribe
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    29 people
  4. 4. trust my intuition
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    137 people
  5. 5. Practice Gratitude
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    118 people
  6. 6. have fun at least once a week
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    2 people
  7. 7. Stand on one foot while brushing my teeth
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    1 person
  8. 8. record my dreams
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    335 people
  9. 9. ┌──────Spring/Summer 2014──────┐
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  10. 10. Envision my new life
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  11. 11. maintain my weight
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    58 people
  12. 12. organize our books
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    1 person
  13. 13. Clean the basement
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    62 people
  14. 14. Get together and meet (seattle version)
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    4 people
  15. 15. go to Boise
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    4 people
  16. 16. find a job
    2 entries . 7 cheers
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  17. 17. buy a condo
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    331 people
  18. 18. Plan my move
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    1 person
  19. 19. ┌───────── Long Term ─────────┐
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  20. 20. Bike from Seattle to San Francisco
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    3 people
  21. 21. go to costa rica
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    216 people
  22. 22. go to Cuba
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    253 people
  23. 23. ┌─────────────Meta ───────────┐
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  24. 24. Receive 25,000 cheers
    2 entries . 10 cheers
    1 person
  25. 25. give 30,000 cheers!!!
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6 months
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How to wiggle my toes daily
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Recent entries
Plan my move! (read all 2 entries…)
What am I taking with me? Furniture edition


I will take my grandmother’s octagonal table, and the crazy mahogany table that used to belong to my parents that can be an end table. Also my grandmother’s needlepoint chair and needlepoint foot stool. And her old breakfront. I think that covers it for heirloom furniture.

Then, all my bedroom furniture will be in maple / birch finishes. I will take the six drawer dresser, the three drawer dresser, and it sounds nutsy, but the changing table. No one has had a fresh diaper on the thing in 18 years, but it is a fine piece of maple furniture, and it doesn’t really look like a changing table. Surely this will be enough dresser space for all my clothes.

And also a maple bedside table.

The question is, what do I take of the other “kid” furniture? My impression from walking around IKEA is that twin beds are for children, and grown-ups sleep on a full or a queen. However, if I’m going to cram in all those dressers and a desk into the bedroom, probably there’s not enough room for a queen-sized bed in there. And I’m not anticipating sharing my bed with anyone at all for now, so maybe, despite the childish nature of a twin, I can just run off with one of my kid’s twin bed frames and mattresses.

I said “desk”, and this is something for me to think about. I have used a kid’s desk for my desk, and it was not a satisfactory experience. I like my current ugly metal table in terms of size, but I suspect it is not practical. Maybe my kitchen table is my “desk”, and my desk-y items, like my laptop, just reside somewhere else, and are hauled out as needed.

Another crazy idea: the closet space that used to hold the murphy bed (no joke) that is now just a closet – I could make it into a office cubby. It really depends on how much closet space is at a premium (probably pretty high).

OK, and then, the maple book case.

Could I cram all these dressers, the book case, and a twin size bed into that bedroom? I think so. I’ll hold off on any desk bring or purchase.

OK, so that’s the bedroom: light colored wood finishes, cream comforter, and I’ll paint the walls in their some nice shade of white. White sheets. All white and cream in the bedroom, and light colored wood.


OK, then what else is coming over?

There’s the freakin’ futon, and right now, I’d bring the futon over. I don’t have to rush into buying a sofa; I can use the futon as a sofa for now. This, plus the heirloom furniture described above, is the living room for now. My parents potentially have an armchair that I could also run off with, so that is one more seat for guests if necessary.

I bought a neighbor’s dining room table. I own one chair (!) that matches it. I will eventually get more, but one chair is a good start.

And that’s it for the list of furniture I’m bringing.

Get together and meet (seattle version)
If worse comes to worse

And nothing else comes of this goal…

How about if you all come to my mezuzah hanging party?

I think I need to make it later than the 12th, so I can paint (see some other entries on the topic). So, my mezuzah hanging party will actually take place September 19, at 2020 E Broadway Ave #4, at 5:00. If the weather’s nice, we’ll use the common area patio as the main party space. The actual mezuzah hanging will be at 6:00. I will have a certain quantity of food and drink, but you are welcome to bring more.

buy a condo (read all 13 entries…)
oh and...!

I will be reviewed by the co-op on 7/31 at 7:15 PM.

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