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The Game has moved along in the last few days and we have been enjoying ourselves building our alter egos' personalities. Elizabeth walks to work, keeps shoes at the office which she rotates every week. She sees no reason to carry them because all of her work clothes go with all of her work shoes. Philip bikes to work and ruthlessly maintains his bike in perfect working order with just the right tools and no more tools than necessary. (He never falls victim to the "ohhh cooool" factor.) Their condo's locker is a marvel of labled tidiness and their car gleams inside and out.

They have celebrated several small triumphs over Great Aunt Ruby(GAR) and Great Uncle Jake's (GUJ)house: The laundry room and the two bathrooms.(Level one, as it were) HOWEVER, they are moving on to a somewhat more challanging level now: The Hallway. The hallway has two set of cases, bookcases and DVD cases. Fortunately the bookcases are empty of books right now. (They were pulled off a while ago because the cases needed to be cleaned and fixed and then never were.) So now they are covered in bits of crap, stuff that belongs in the bathroom, scraps of paper-reciepts, some for taxes, some not, phone numbers with no names attached, plastic lids, change, empty envelopes, unidetifiable bits of electrical stuff, probably for defunt electronics, jewellery, bug spray, and guitar picks. All easy enough to deal with until....

The two iron mice doorstops.

These are an entirely different kettle of... mice. they fall into the SENTIMENTALITY CATAGORY, level 5 at least. They have EYES. GAR and GUJ bought them because they were both cute and useful, however, they soon found out that anything on the floor is fair game for angry, territorial cats and the house itself is so damp that metal things rust so they were set up on the bookcase.

This was Philip and Elizabeth's first  encounter with SENTIMENTALITY and I must say they handled it well, after asertaining that the mice could not be used as bookends, they, with a bit of a struggle, (because GAR and GUJ chose that moment to call and "chat" about the house) put them in the Humane Society yard sale box. This was good practise for them because on the other wall are:

The DVDs.

DVDs are similar to BOOKS. BOOKS are powerful because they are stories and STORY RULES. STORY cannot be culled, it can only be Zenned. DVDs are also stories.

Philip and Elizabeth have they work cut out for them now.

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maiac
Jun. 24th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to Philip and Elizabeth for defeating the mice. It's especially hard to get rid of things that could be heirlooms, eh?

Courage and fortitude for the DVDs. Last month I donated a box of music CDs and two paper grocery sacks of books to the library's Used Book Store. The CDs were surprisingly easy. With the books, I repeatedly had to beat back "But I might still read it someday!"
fionapatton
Jun. 25th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
Not even going near the books until the absolute last minute and expect dismal failure. The last time I only managed a single copy of Master and Commander and that's only because we already had 2 other copies, 1 paperback, 1 Folio hardcover.
muffyjo
Jun. 25th, 2013 03:04 am (UTC)
Such bravery exhibited: mice expelled (despite the obvious dangers of intrinsic cuteness and sentimental attachment) and further to face the DVDs! Such brave and daring souls for accountants! I applaud their practicality.
fionapatton
Jun. 25th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they're so brave that Philip dove under the bed for renagade shoes today instead of tackling the DVD's in the hall. (Not brave at all.)He needs to get back on task or Elizabeth may lose faith in him.
muffyjo
Jun. 26th, 2013 12:28 am (UTC)
I can only hope that Elizabeth will continue her support. One does not immediately tilt at castles. One must first train for such an event, with each small accomplishment building confidence and learning new ways to confront old daemons. There are benefits to discovering renegade shoes and smaller challenges, it awards confidence where it is needed, it applies compassion which feeds bravery, and it allows the work itself to continue without the monsters of "Overwhelm" biting with their venomous attacks and creating "inertia".

Elizabeth, hold strong, you will need such aid and compassion in your endeavors as well, I am sure. I continue to believe your strong sense of practicality will see the benefit of tallying all the dependent spreadsheets before trying to balance the summary sheet.
fionapatton
Jun. 26th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
Elizabeth is looking forward--with a martial gleam in her eye-- to cleaning, sanding, and revarnishing the bookcases to within an inch of their wooden lives. It better be done in the addition or there will be half a dozen cats stuck to them.
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