B's been gone almost a week now, and I've been trying to keep myself occupied. It's ridiculous how you can tell yourself "he's just down the way, still in the state, even. He's not, like... gone." But you don't listen to yourself, and you miss him like crazy, have trouble sleeping, and find out just how much of your day centers around that person.
Well, maybe you don't, but that's what I've been doing. Fortunately, I've been busy with some payed work lately. If you were wondering where I've been, I've been exactly where I am right now. Plopped in front of this darned laptop pecking away. I finished my third job in a row just yesterday, and I promised myself that today I was really going to take advantage of B's absence and get some big stuff accomplished.
I went a few days ago and got some secondhand (but really really nice) dressers. It was a tall chest of drawers, a long dresser w/mirror, and a matching nightstand. I was thinking they would be typical modern fodder. Light enough without the drawers for me to carry by myself. Hell, no! These things are beastly heavy and solid wood throughout. Not even plywood for the drawer bodies. I had to recruit my neighbor's husband to help me unload them and get them upstairs. (I hope B keeps to his usual oblivion about my blog, because I want him to be surprised when he gets home!)
I was going to get some bookshelves, but the lady who's selling them kept putting me off, until today. She sent me a message at 3 pm saying she'd be available till 5. I was in the middle of my power tools project at the time, so needless to say that didn't happen. For the past two days, she has been dangling a string in front of me about the shelves, so I'm a bit irritated with that. Maybe this is a hint that I need to pare down my books yet again?
Speaking of which, I've moved my "office" to the spare bedroom, along with all the bookshelves and their accompanying books. With the clothes now stored in actual chest of drawers, the little plastic drawer hoojies I got from Wal-Mart can be delegated to other purposes. I've put paperbacks in them for the time being. That actually cleared out a lot of room on my bookshelves, so I can start to bring books up from the basement. I also put some more books into the get-rid-of pile. I've no idea where I'm going to get rid of them to, because I really don't want to throw them in the trash. (Sacrilege!!)
I've turned the old office into something like B's dressing room. His uniforms are in there in that closet anyway, and I've made a stool for him to sit on to put on/take off his boots. I'm thinking the night stand might make a nice little chest of drawers for his PT clothes, then all his military daily stuff can be in one place. It'll also keep him from having to paw around in the dark at 0-dark-thirty trying not to wake me up. I was thinking I could put his desk up there, too. It's primarily just a catch-all surface for the random stuff he pulls out of his hundred-and-one pockets, so keeping all of it in one generalized location might help him find things better.... maybe.
I've still got more cleaning and sorting to do. There are boxes of miscellaneous crap that I really need to look through again. And as always, there's laundry and the kitchen to tidy... but for today, I really think I'm done.