The Drawers Reorganized Again

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Normal is an illusion in my life. Here’s an example: how does one organizing project undo another? When you’re me mostly. Only having a day a week for these projects lead to some projects leaving things to be closely examined in later project, but I need a place to put them. So this set of drawers ended up taking on a few extra items and turning from the lovely display here to a mess when I did the hunt for electronics manuals recently. Between that and rethinking a few things led to this week’s project.

With the drawer a mess again the goal was to get it back to something usable, so I can find things in the future. Taking things I’ve learned in prior project and putting them here I have something I can work with.

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Quick Report: Some Random Projects

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At best this report is “I did a few things”. Basically I only opted for a few smaller projects this week because it’s what I wanted to work on. While I’m strong enough physically to take on more intense projects again this week my brain just wasn’t in it. At least I…

  • …cleaned up a small area of my bedroom which including throwing out a pair of shoes that I can’t wear anymore. The sides are out of shape so wearing them really wasn’t safe. Luckily I still have a pair of dress shoes and I’m thinking I bought them because the older shoes were out of shape but never had a chance to toss them and then forgot the whole thing. Don’t tell me you didn’t collect clutter the same way. I have a bit more room now and probably the best I can do without tossing stuff I actually need out. Like my bed. Not much of a bedroom without a bed.
  • …reorganized my art space a bit. Again, just a corner of it and if it wasn’t for the third project this would be all about organizing corners. Not that it matters because I reorganize my art space every few months, or at least that’s how it feels like. I’m not even completely sure I maximized the area so in a few months I may be reporting on that project again. In fact I know I want to do some reorganizing with my various paper I use for writing and drawing once I go into one of the drawer organizing stages, which I hope to do soon if not next week.
  • …started to add to my list of Saturday Night Showcase postings that I have in a spreadsheet. There are times I swear I used something for the feature on my other website where I promote fan and indie projects as well as the current official or licensed YouTube channels that have popped up. (I like to support the official release, but I haven’t done enough indie and fan works in a while. Maybe after Christmas I’ll go hunting.) I might have gotten further, though I don’t know if I would have finished, if not for WordPress going down during the whole thing and some other issues I was having on my end. I’m going to keep working on that so I can find things for my site. It’s still organizing so technically it still counts.

So I accomplished…most of what I wanted yesterday. It may not be much but the bedroom looks a bit clearer, I finally got rid of the unwearable (safely if you want to walk in them) shoes, and the stuff related to other projects. It’s still a victory and victories are what keep you working on a project. I just need to get back to making a few major victories now that I’m able to.

Quick Report: Trying To Bust The YouTube Backlog

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My YouTube backlog is becoming a distraction. Being as sick as I’ve been this year has kept me from keeping up since if I was home I was still too tired to keep on it. Add to that running a website and trying to get other projects done, including this de-cluttering project and it’s just getting to be a bit much. So this week the goal was to cut through the backlog with the must-watch shows. I should also be taking stock at what is just curiosities and lightening my load that way. Just keeping up with what I want to see has been hard enough.

As it is I’ve only gotten as far as mid-September, and I’m posting this in early November. That’s how bad it is so I’m doing the best I can. This year my best hasn’t been good enough but factors keep getting in the way. Short version: I hate this year. I need to figure out how to get caught up, some of these channels used as research for the other site, not only with this backlog but what’s on the DVR. I’m trying to figure out how other reviewers and creators have time to do anything because I certainly don’t know the trick.

This Project Was A Waste Of Time

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Over at my other website I take part in this podcasting/vlogging challenge for cartoonists called Art Soundoff. The past couple of years I’ve had some kind of technical issue that made me miss a few days even by my chosen schedule (just on weekdays; it’s up to the participant if they even post the recording or just keep it for themselves, and how often during the month of November you do it–technically you could make one recording, not share it, and complete the challenge). So this year I thought I’d use my project day to go through and put everything together so that come Sunday night I could record something and easily have it ready for Monday morning.

So instead I set a new record by having technical issues BEFORE I begin the challenge. Oh, lucky me.

Part of this is going to come off as venting but without getting too technical (since this isn’t a tech blog but a clutter fighting blog and yes in a way this does fit in…good thing, given that it took up the whole afternoon and I woke up late Saturday) here’s what I tried to do using some old electronics…and what failed to happen.

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Setting Up My Aunt’s Computer

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Saturdays are put aside for projects. Usually it’s the clutter projects or reviews I do for this site. This week however I had to help my aunt set up her new computer. So I didn’t get to do any clutter maintenance today. I’m hoping to at least cut more into my emails or something just to have something done, and hopefully next week I can do a more interesting project to discuss. Family is more important.

Organizing My Manuals

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This week I started on an easy project to work my way back after all the medical issues…or at least I thought that was what would happen. The goal was to collect all my different instruction manuals from various equipment and organize them into one convenient location. They would be arranged so I could find the one I wanted easier. I kind of had that but they were all over the place between my bedroom and the studio. Therein was the problem. After searching every possibly place an electronic manual would be I was reminding that my body had recovered from all the nonsense but my stamina, which was already an issue before the hernia removal, still required building back up. I had to take a nap and it turned out only three locations had the manuals I was looking for. Figures.

I have a lot of stuff scattered in different locations for different reasons. I think I may focus on that for a while instead of the visual clutter, and maybe some of the latter will work itself out as a by-product. This week though this was what I accomplished.

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Reorganizing The Bumblebee Shelf

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My latest addition and the review I did last week highlighted a problem with the infamous Bumblebee Shelf beyond not having the paint I want to redecorate it. I’m running out of space for it and it’s not a very exciting display. They’re just standing there like their having their driver’s license photo taken and I’m not sure you need a driver’s license when you are the car. This week, as I have the okay to start doing more I wanted to dust off and reorganize my Bumblebees to make room and to have a little bit of life to it…at least the ones with any decent form of articulation.

And yes, Scooter of the GoBots is there as well. I didn’t have anywhere else to put him as he kept falling over on my computer desk and I like to pretend Scooter and Bumblebee are best buddies. In this space the Autobots and Guardians get along.

So take a trip with me through the Bumblebees, including the ones I haven’t reviewed on this site before.

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Transformers Report: Buzzworthy Bumblebee Origin

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In the first episode of the original Transformers cartoon, we get to see Cybertron, including some of the Transformers in Cybertronian mode. However, not all of them were so rather than design new robot modes that looked like they turned into Cybertronian rather than Earth vehicles (not that the show’s designs really matched the toys that well in the first place) they just used the same old robot character models. This includes Bumblebee above. Dreamwave comics and a fan convention toy did attempt to give Bumblebee a design based on his Cybertronian mode, but no toy tried to make his Cybertronian vehicle turn into his Earth robot design. Until now.

Target stores in the US have released an exclusive line called Buzzworthy Bumblebee, a set of new and remolded/redecoed toys based on the greatest Autobot of them all! Granted, longtime readers know I’m so heavily biased that I have a shelf dedicated to Bumblebee, so your mileage may vary. With still no income and recent purchase needs draining my stimulus checks (at least they came at the right time for me…just wish I could replace some of those funds (he said while pointing to the Clutter For Sale section)) I’m not making an effort to get as much from that collection as I would like, but with all the medical issues this year, including the surgery and later kidney stone that caused the latest hiatus, I think I earned both a pity Transformer and finally getting to see Transformers: The Movie on the big screen after 35 years. So both have occurred. The movie I’ve seen so many times that it was more a bucket list since some of the excitement is gone. Still enjoyed it.

Meanwhile, one of the original molds for Buzzworthy Bumblebee is an attempt to reconcile his cartoon model’s robot and Cybertronian vehicle modes. It’s not perfect and I’d be surprised if it would have come out clean, but it’s still not a bad job.

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New Medical Update

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I know, wrong kind of “doctor”.

Anyway I thought you might like to know how I’m coming along, especially those who subscribe via WordPress or email. The surgery went well and the hernias are gone, which I think I mentioned in the last update. Then I developed a kidney stone in a really bad location. My urologist opted to go in and remove it manually rather than hope it will go away on its own. I have another stone up there but it isn’t putting me into pain and in six months it’ll be reviewed to see if we can actually zap that sucker out rather than another surgery. Frankly I’m sick of being put out. I’m sick of being tired and tired of being sick.

Next week I do plan a Transformer toy review since that was easy to put together…in theory. I have the pictures done but altogether this has taken a few weeks for me to be up for this. It’s a new one because I think I earned a new Transformer and this is frankly a needed addition to the Bumblebee Shelf. As far as major cleaning, I was able to clean the toilet and dust off a fan plus clean the filter in my air conditioner. That’s not bad considering the year I’ve had. The heavy projects are probably going to take a while longer, but there are some smaller project I can hopefully get started on soon.

So that’s what’s happening to your Clutter Reporter. Toy review hopefully next week and then at some point more clutter-clearing projects and reviews. Just checking in so you know I haven’t checked out.

Medical Update V-Log

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