things I did and did not do

do-gooder alert

I’m still getting my summer on and oh look it’s July already. It’s not just me thinking this, June was sort of a wash and moreso than usual. Wet and cloudy. This bodes well for the growingness of everything, but that includes the moss on our bones. My brain is mostly coming back to me which is nice because I missed it. I’ve had so much free time that I’ve become one of those dull people with immaculate homes. I’ve also realized that some of those back-burner projects are really just no-burner projects and I should stop pretending that I will be doing them. So, here is me saying that

  • I do not think I will be re-covering that pillow made from an old carpet that was partially savaged by mice
  • I do not think that I will be roasting that chicken in the freezer, until it cools down some at least
  • I do not think I will be going through the steps necessary to reboot my purple bike at least until it stops raining for more than two days in a row (the bike requires resuscitation when it’s been idle for more than a few days)
  • I will not be getting my pants hemmed; they were too big anyhow and I should just get new pants
  • I will not be buying plastic racks for my postcards and I’m not even sure why but I’m watching myself not do it.
  • I will not be installing a reading light by my bed, I will be reading in the living room instead.

Something I did do however, and what this photo is about, is registered for the National Marrow Donor Program. You can read more about it on the Flickr page, but it was free (may have a small cost associated now, there was some sort of a marrow drive when I signed up) and might save someone’s life. I’ve always been one of those blood-giving types and this seemed like a logical progression. I did some cheek-swabbing and sent my cells in. If I match someone who needs a marrow or stem cell transplant, they’ll let me know. Easy, and I can check it off thenot-that-long “stuff I did” list for last month.

What do you think?


  1. speaking of reading lamps: my parents bought an old cottage on lake erie a few years ago. it was built in the 1920’s, and hadn’t been used for about ten years, so going into it was very time capsuley. one of the bedrooms had the coolest reading lamps i’ve ever seen – attached to the wall on either side of the bed was a metal tube, bent in a 180 degree arc, with both open ends facing the floor. a wire ran through the tube, with a lightbulb and shade and one end, and a counterweight on the other (and this end plugged into the wall). it was balanced so that you could raise or lower the light to any height on your side of the bed, and it would stay there. simple, but brilliant.

    we wanted to get more of them to put in the rest of the bedrooms, so we went to an old lamp repair shop and asked about them. the guy said they were popular in the middle of the century, but because the electrical wire had to constantly move and bend as is slid through the tube, it was a special wire that was expensive to make, so they stopped making them. he said that modern wires aren’t made for motion like that – except for vacuum cleaner cords.

    ever since i’ve wanted to try to make one, but i haven’t been able to find a vacuum cleaner cord and a tube of the right inner diameter. if you’re thinking about putting in a reading lamp, this design might be worth considering.

  2. Hi,
    I saw your post about looking for ST lodging near McL. There is a Doc there who rents out rooms in a rental property he owns near campus — Joe Flores. I’m not in the office so I can’t give you his # but if you call the main switchboard they can connect you. Hopefully if he can’t accomodate you he can point you in a good direction.
    Best of luck!

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