More Small Projects

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Last time we discussed a project it was a series of smaller projects rather than one big project, something to try to start me off again after taking so much time off for Christmas and illness, the latter being unplanned. Getting sick numerous times in February and March was a huge problem and basically threw off a lot of my intended plans. It’s tough to take a mental break from projects for both my sites when I’ve lost so much time not being able to do much of anything. I hate getting sick.

This week I had a few more short projects I decided to focus on because they needed to be done so why not use the de-clutter day of my week to do them, what with the distractions this week?

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Quick Report: Gathering Software

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Not much to report this week. With all the sick leave I’ve had to take I’ve been going through a series of doctor-prescribed tests to figure out what’s going on. Friday I had to get a colonoscopy, and thanks to a doctor calling out they were really busy. I didn’t get to eat or drink anything until afterwards, and that turned out to be most of the day. With the anesthesia I ended up taking a nap when I got home because the best way to overcome a fake nap is with a real one. Point is Saturday I needed to rest.

I did however take some time to go over my software and gather together all the art programs, clip art, fonts, and the like that I plan to put onto the “artputer”, making it my go-to machine in my art corner for doing digital artwork. Hopefully next week (possibly over the next week but I’ll still hoping for an open appointment to get my first Covid shot and I need to make an appointment to see my regular doctor for a check-up among other chores) I’ll be able to start installing it and making this a proper digital art-making machine.

The sooner this is done the sooner I get back to proper clutter maintenance and the reports and reviews y’all come here for.

Quick Report: Getting The Artputer Going

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I’m going to be devoting the next week or so to getting the “Artputer” fully active so I can make all kinds of cool stuff. It qualifies as a Clutter project because it involves me getting my work area going and some things I’ll have to do with the rest of the project days I have available. This week my project was getting it to minimum comic making status for my weekly comic. That included:

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Returning To Things

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Well, I’m feeling okay…again…so it’s time to get back to work…again. Considering how many emails I didn’t get to read during these two sick leaves that was today’s project. I also checked out a new laptop for my aunt and something was wrong with it. My dad’s going to have to send it back and find her something else. So that didn’t go as planned.

Still I did manage to catch up on most of the emails I was behind on due to the sick leaves, so at least one victory was achieved. Wish I had more to report. Hopefully next week I can do a real project…before I get sick again.

Quick Report: Smartphone Transfer

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When my wireless phone provider dropped the 2G service (and I don’t really get the whole “G” thing so don’t ask me) I was given two choices: a 3G flip phone and a 4G smartphone. Knowing at some point 3G would go as there were already rumors of a 5G in the works I went with the smartphone. I’ve since found a few advantages but I didn’t overload my phone with apps. Just a few to keep me occupied during long waits or things I needed when I was out. However the storage space was so low that not only was I forced to give up apps but soon I couldn’t even update without going through and deleting all previous updates one app at a time. And sometimes even that didn’t work.

So with the 2020 plague stimulus offering me an opportunity I finally bought a new phone. Still a budget phone because who knows when I’ll have money come in again and I need to save that for necessities, but it’s all I need in the end. This week I used the usual clutter organizing time to transfer information, put in the necessary apps, and other set-up requirements to get the new phone ready for use. I’m trying to decide what to do with this old phone though. I can’t update it so I can’t put anything on it and I’m not sure who would want a phone they can’t update. I’ve seen videos for turning smartphones into security cameras and stuff but I’m not sure where I’d set it up. As it is we rarely go out and you hear all these hacker stories that make me question using WiFi in my security system. I don’t think I can get a trade-in after the fact and I bought the phone in a regular store, not the phone store. Anyone have any suggestions?

Dusting Day Quick Update

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I don’t have a corresponding picture so here’s some random clutter.

Today’s project was to dust my bathroom. Not very exciting and I think I may have caused my sinuses some issues (you’d think with all these masks we have around now I would have thought to have worn one…before just as I was writing this post) but it needed to be done. Some time this week I need to clean it good too. Hopefully I’ll actually have something to report on or review next week.

Victory On The Email Project

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Well, I did it. Actually I went a bit over the current goal but still not fulfilling the complete goal. My immediate goal was to get both my “work” and “personal” emails read up to 2018. I did that with the “work” email but the personal email was actually a lot easier. While the “work” email has potential “evergreen” articles I can use for my other site (and even some for this one should I resume this project or just not have time to do a full project, which has happened, the “personal” account had mostly offers for stuff that are no longer valid and outdated news reports. So I ended up cutting out a lot of it. That one is pretty much done, though I still have more in the “work” email to go through.

Meanwhile I’ve managed to keep up to date with new articles, being a day or two behind at the most thanks to what I’ve learned doing this. That’s certainly going to make things easier. Hopefully I won’t need another email project to get all caught up but it could be a good project if I’m tired or otherwise too ill to do any of the major project or a photo shoot for reviews, which will leave me with potential filler articles for you guys in the future.

However I do want to get back to the physical projects. With luck next week will be the redo of the homemade drawer dividers. Of course my plans aren’t always successful so we’ll have to wait and see.

Quick Report: Email & Hiatus

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This week I did some more email catching up. I was hoping to finish the whole year’s worth of emails. Yes, my backlog is that bad. I only made it to April, as if to further emphasize the point. I think I want to focus my Saturdays on getting caught up on this project, but it’s kind of boring to write “I did more emails” week after week so I think I’m going to pull away from new reports until this is done, or at least until I catch up to 2019. On both my work email and my personal one, the latter of which I didn’t even get to. If I take time to do other projects, like if I get the cardboard I need to redo the art supply drawer, or some other project that needs to be done, I’ll report on it. Otherwise there won’t be new updates until the clear 2019 emails goal at least is reached.

If you’re curious what else I’m up to in the meantime, check out my other website, where I discuss the art of storytelling via various methods. Some reviews I’ve done here came from there and vice versa, and of course the book report I do comes after the Chapter By Chapter weekly reviews. Otherwise I hope to be back here soon when I have projects to report on but these inboxes aren’t going to clean themselves and I’ll be using the methods discussed in previous email-clearing articles. Stay safe and keep decluttering!

Quick Report: Virtual Clutter Cleaning Inspired By Tropical Storm?

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Tropical storm Isaias didn’t hit Connecticut directly but we did get some of the outskirts of the storm. As I write this parts of the state are still without power, but we were lucky and only lost power for a few hours. For some reason my laptop battery wasn’t charged despite being on the docking station, which yes was plugged in wise guy. I thought I had some movies on my tablet…nothing major, just some fan films I had downloaded but I didn’t. Also I hadn’t charged it since the last use and it was down to 2%. Luckily my dad’s laptop was working so we watched a DVD to help pass the time and played some games. His tablet was also charged…and has more storage space than mine.

So for this week’s project I wanted to put some of those movies on the tablet’s microSD card so if this happens again I’ll be ready. Except there wasn’t any on my computer. It was all on the backup drive, so I went there and not only downloaded a few videos to keep me occupied but reorganized some of the videos and deleted multiples I didn’t need that showed up when I altered the file system on my old computer. It was kind of like doing two projects at once. Now if I could figure out how to clean the junk out of the tablet that’s sucking up all the storage space.

Quick Report: Junk Drawer 2: Junk Harder

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This week’s project was all about reorganizing the big junk drawer. Frankly there were a whole lot of changes from the last report I did on organizing the drawer so there’s not a lot to add. A little switching things between bags, throwing out a few things I’ll probably never use or are broken…not much. It was a necessary project and I’m glad I did it. Now it will be easier to find stuff if I ever go through it. That’s really all I have to report this week.

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