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Green Room - Week 2 - Day 8

The poll is still up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/956559.html So make sure to get over there and give some love.

Who needs more of it? I'm sure there are entries where you are looking at the current results and saying "Wow - they deserve more attention!" Well, now is a good time to point people to them! Far better than waiting until they are eliminated!


We started cleaning out the attic last night. Which is funny, because all of it is from back when Cynthia was married to her ex, so there are a lot of their memories - and by "memories" I mean lots of random papers thrown into a box accompanied by boxes of computer disks which I'm sure contain *lots of really, really important data* that were thrown into a box and put into the attic back in the '90s! :)

There's a lot more to dig through though, so who knows what other important things are going to appear.

What's in *your* attic right now?

Heck, we can even get a bit meta with this, and what is in your creative/emotional attic, and do you really still need it?


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Dec. 7th, 2016 01:47 pm (UTC)
Wow. First 20 minutes after the GR was posted?
Dec. 7th, 2016 01:51 pm (UTC)
We don't have an attic in our apartment, but there is a ceiling storage unit that holds all the boots that we don't use in the current season as well as the New Year tree toys and some boxes with other stuff that gets used so rarely I don't even know what it is.

Not going to look at the polls *sings a tune and stuffs fingers in her years*.

Going to write a promotion entry first thing tomorrow though, for what it's worth. Some of my LJ friends read some of the entries I list sometimes, but I doubt people who are not now or were not once competitors ever vote.

Edited at 2016-12-07 01:53 pm (UTC)
Dec. 7th, 2016 02:09 pm (UTC)
Good morning! I'm waiting for the rain to stop so I can walk The Boyz.

When I do sell this house it's going to take a millennium to clean it out, given that I not only inherited everything from my parents but also my grandparents but also stuff from my husband's storage locker which includes piles of his high school/uni clothing which he hasn't been able to fit into since the Bronze Era.

I will say straight up that it's difficult being the offspring of/wife of those who are sentimental enough to hang onto stuff that's no longer useful.

It's even more difficult to dispose of what YOU consider to be no longer useful when you are constantly met with opposition. With my parents, it was the result of growing up during the Great Depression when you didn't dare toss anything. With my husband it's more psychological, and I'll leave it at that. With me, it's resenting being the "dump-ee" and not wanting to invoke confrontation; I leave everything be as a result.
Dec. 7th, 2016 03:24 pm (UTC)

My grandma never let things go. My parents too. I grew up with all of them. Things aren't as sentimental to me but there are somethings I want to keep. Heirloom things like my grandma's depression glass and Silly things like my dad's warm winter socks (which I wore the other day - he died 26 years ago).

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Dec. 7th, 2016 02:09 pm (UTC)

My attic is wasted space. My actual house attic, that is. Just a bunch of insulation up there. ( My basement is another story). Lol.

Dec. 7th, 2016 02:53 pm (UTC)
If I had an attic there would be bats. As in, belfry.

Crazy day ahead.
Dec. 7th, 2016 04:39 pm (UTC)
My hearing aid person is sick--day cancelled. I don't know whether to be happy or sad. Ahh, I'll be happy! I'll go play with my bats. (Wink)

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Dec. 7th, 2016 03:29 pm (UTC)
Our attic is targeted for storage once Boyfriend finishes insulating since...it really wasn't. So right now there's just dust and spiders, which is pretty much the same as my creative attic some days, haha.
Dec. 7th, 2016 03:30 pm (UTC)

My attic has the air handling unit for upstairs. Otherwise, it just has holiday decorations. I stash other things in other places.

I tend to hold things. Chris tends to be less attached. So, in that way we balance each other out. Although, when he was a little boy he asked his grandma for her "cats." After she died, 9 or 10 or her ceramic cats came to live with us - she left him all of them in her will. His mother swiped a couple (because of course she did).

I have stuff that is family heirloom but mostly I keep it out because what is the point of having it if you leave it packed away.

Dec. 7th, 2016 04:08 pm (UTC)
I moved into my house two months ago and have never been in the attic. I've been told that it's "wonky shaped" and "incredibly well insulated - like OMG so much insulation" - but at the moment, it's empty (unless there are ghosts or other pests up there).

As the stuff that would normally be in "storage" is currently still in the "box room," it will not stay empty. LOL. I'm pacing myself.
Dec. 7th, 2016 05:34 pm (UTC)
I'm not really following the conversational theme right now. I just have to say that FINALS WEEK IS OVER and I wanted to share my joy/relief!! I'm a mere one semester away from becoming certified as a junior laboratory science tech. I'll be doing an externship and just one last class next quarter and then I'll be able to get a job. (This also means that I'm going to bust my butt reading today to try to get in on this vote/intermittently do the same on lingering housechores that have taken a back seat while going through finals.)

This will be my first job outside the home in over 10 years. I've been a self-employed artist all this time and my domestic partner is about to finish year 2 of school. It's been a tight few years but as much as I liked being an artist, I'm definitely going to like being financially self sufficient.

Plus: Lab coat.
Dec. 7th, 2016 06:02 pm (UTC)
Yay, well done!
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Dec. 7th, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
There's a white collar fic in my story attic. I started writing it in 2010. When people ask me about my other years old WIPs I usually say, yeah there's no chance of it being updated. But with this one I'm still all, yeah the next chapter is coming...any day now...it's only been a few years.

I have no idea what's in my actual attic. I don't think I've ever been up there.
Dec. 7th, 2016 06:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, man. I have so many WIPs in my story attic. A bunch of Die Hard 4 stories, Supernatural, some Prison Break, one or two White Collars, maybe a Justified story.

I grabbed onto one stalled-out WIP for Yuletide (no real prompt), then thought about another that I loved so much more, then it died again and I'm back to the first one.

I've got a few snippets of beginnings of rejected things mostly started for Idol that seemed like they could be a slightly different interesting story.

I try not to let the actual garage or storeroom get that way. At least, not too much.

We visited my Aunt and Uncle a couple of weeks ago (I'm the Executor of their estate) to look over some workshop areas/barns/etc. that will need to eventually be cleaned out. *cries* It just made me feel so tired. They're Depression-era folks, so they hang onto everything. My mom is kind of similar, though moving so many times has let at least a few things fall away.
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Dec. 7th, 2016 05:59 pm (UTC)
Ever since I was a child, someone has been spreading rumors that I perform fiendish experiments upon innocent baby kangaroos in my attic... which is patently false, as I've never lived in a house which had an attic!

Admittedly, I *DO* perform horrific experiments on fertilized platypus eggs in my basement, but that's a whole different kettle of fish...

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Dec. 7th, 2016 06:08 pm (UTC)

What a visual!
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Dec. 7th, 2016 06:05 pm (UTC)
What's in *your* attic right now?
I would say "creatures" (mice or rats), but they're actually between the floors, not in the attic.

That we know of.

Never been in the actual attic of our house, though someone did go up there once when we had a yellow-jacket infestation. I'm afraid of attics in California-- it seems like exactly the kind of place black widows might hang out. Can't do much about the garage and fences (other hangouts), but at least I can choose not to go into the attic!
Dec. 8th, 2016 12:12 am (UTC)
I have never been in a real attic in my life, but admit to being fascinated with them. I love stories about attics and dream about attics a fair amount. However I was informed that dreams that take place in attics and cellars aren't really about attics and cellars. And we don't even want to get into what dreams about wells mean. Just sayin'.
Dec. 7th, 2016 06:37 pm (UTC)
My attic is mostly empty. I believe the landlord uses part of the attic for storage, but that was negotiated in the rental agreement, so I don't go poking about.

I think there's a box of Christmas lights up there (haven't gotten the tree up yet), but that's about it. I don't tend to hang on to stuff.
Dec. 7th, 2016 07:20 pm (UTC)
I'm amazed so many of you have attics! I live in an apartment! Any other apartment dwellers on LJ Idol?? Just curious. :)

Headspace-attic - uhh, there's a lot in there, from a myriad of "should do" items on my to-do list, to excitement about a new pet coming soon (leopard geckooooooo), upcoming Disneyland trip (ee!), and feeling pressure to make banana bread before the bananas go completely disgusting. also, writing stuff. the Headspace Attic is always full, and looks like a tornado hit a craft supply store in there. ;)
Dec. 7th, 2016 08:04 pm (UTC)
I've been an apartment dweller for 25+ years now. I did grow up in a house, but that house didn't have an attic, though it did have a basement.
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Dec. 7th, 2016 07:51 pm (UTC)
I also live in an apartment - we have a little storage closet in the parking area but that's it. We moved out of CA this spring and got rid of a fair amount of stuff, and then when we moved into our new apartment some things barely got past the un-boxing before out they went too. There's nothing like needing to handle everything you own to make you reconsider how many comics you need to keep.
Dec. 8th, 2016 07:26 am (UTC)
Ha that is the truth! Moving makes you test your loyalty to all your stuff. "Why do I even have this?!"

I used to live in CA and now live in Washington. Where'd you move to?
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Dec. 7th, 2016 08:05 pm (UTC)
We live in a 100-year-old house that has a finished attic type space. We're renting it to a graduate student at the moment. So right now? Maybe she's there, maybe she's not. I'm not home right now so I'm not sure. But her stuff is up there.
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