Today marks “DAY 100” of the third attempt I have made at making Life-Changing Changes in my Life over the course of 100 days. What have I accomplished compared to
100 300 days ago?
I see that when I started, back in July of 2014, my weight was at 194 pounds. Today my weight is at 203.6 pounds. Oh, cool; I managed to gain ten pounds. Ten pounds of fat. In fact, I’m so rotund that today while I was at work my shirt ripped out under my arm. I’m turning into the Incredible Bulk, and my clothes can no longer contain me.
In addition to the weight gain, which has been an ongoing lament for years, pretty much everything else I whine about remains solidly in place. I spent a couple of hours after work this evening posting items to eBay. I’m still working on the decluttering. I’ve been “working on decluttering” since, like, 2007 or something. The difference now is that I’m wasting a hundred dollars a month storing stuff! The idea there was to clean up the house so it would show better when we listed it for sale. Well, the house has been for sale for three months now, but there have been no offers, and nobody even close to interested. Yeah, it’s a “niche” property, and will require a specific type of buyer, which I knew going in, but it’s still disappointing. And in the meantime, I’m paying a hundred bucks a month to store my worthless crap!
I managed to sell two or three items on eBay the other day, and got those packages mailed off yesterday. That was good. Of course, I immediately bought some stuff with part of the eBay money, which is totally not the point.
And speaking of the stuff I bought, here’s a list of stuff that’s on its way to me as I type:
- Crevo Roughneck hiking boots – $38.00 – didn’t need ’em; spur of the moment whimsy buy; rationalizing it by saying that my work shoes are wearing out, which is true.
- DSLR Lens Cleaning Kit – $15.00 – summer break is coming up; I’d like to refresh my photography skills, but the sensor spots in the camera have been frustrating. If I can’t clean it with the cleaning kit, I’m gonna sell all my camera crap.
- Book, Boilerplate by Paul Guinan – $5 – I definitely did not need another book; another picture book of faux-Victorian robots. Justifying it by telling myself it was cheap and that it will help me research my own writing projects. But books take up space!
- Old magazine from 1893 – $71.00 – Wait… I paid how much for an old magazine?! Again, I justify this by saying that I “need” it for one of my writing projects, and I can probably get at least 50% – 75% of my money back if I re-sell it.
- Old toy miniature cast-metal horse with rider – $22.50 – Again… wait, what? Yeah, yeah, this is one of my many weaknesses; one of my Flickr photo contacts posted these photos, you see, and I thought it would be fun to put together a similar little scene, and… yeah, that’s how it goes. I’m already thinking about more projects that this little horse might lead to, which would require about a hundred dollars in outlay. Partial justification: I’m fairly sure I can get most of my money back (less commissions and fees, which are becoming considerable) were I to resell this item.
Okay, so, I sold three things and bought five things, for a net of +2 items added to the clutter I’m supposedly trying to clear out. If we go by mass, the boots probably outweigh the three items I sold on their own. Add in a book and a metal toy, and yeah, fail on the mass front. From a volume perspective, the boots will probably take up the same space as one of the things I sold. I sold an old magazine and bought an old magazine, so that’s a wash. The camera-cleaning kit is mostly disposable swabs the size of Q-Tips, and the metal horse is probably the size of the little plastic animal toys I sold. So size-wise, the new stuff won’t take up significantly more space than the old stuff; nor, however, will it take up significantly less space.
I have some other items listed on eBay, but my possessions have been largely reduced to “junk” at this point, with very little remaining that’s worth much money (or the time and effort required to list it for sale).
I looked at my calendar this evening. The upcoming summer break from school is the shortest it’s been in the ten years I’ve worked for the school system. Summer break here is only six full weeks long, plus one day at the beginning and two days at the end. How lame is that? They keep extending the length of the school year — and the kids keep getting dumber. Back in my day, summer vacation was three months long. I spent part of one summer reading Henry Reed’s Baby-Sitting Service. Now, the schools are expected to serve as full-time baby-sitting services. How is Henry Reed going to earn any pocket money this summer?
I gotta get through the remaining three days of this week and then two more weeks before summer break. Then I’m gonna resume exercising and eating better. I’m kinda depressed that I’m ten pounds heavier than I was three-hundred days ago. I didn’t realize I’d gained that much. But it’s not really a surprise. By this time of the year, I need sugar, and lots of it, in the form of Coca Cola and chocolate, to keep me functioning through each day.
I’m going to keep the daily count thing going. I’ll keep tabs on things for another sixty-five days, and then take stock of where I am relative to a year ago.