I'm meant to be emptying all my water containers and refilling with five drops of bleach per litre of water. My intention is for this to be an annual thing every Show Day (which was last Friday, and is an easily memorable date on which I theoretically have time for an annual chore).
I'm also meant to be packing all my books and sundry other goods so that earthquake repairs can be done on my house starting November 28th. Repairs consist of:
- replacing a window;
- straightening and bracing a header tank;
- a bit of repiling;
- taking down the living room chimney and rebuilding it to the same look;
- putting weatherboards up in place of the current plywood-and-polyfiller where an external chimney used to be;
- fixing cracks in the foundation (non-structural);
- rejibbing and plastering a bunch of ceilings;
- repapering and painting a bunch of walls;
- and making sure all the doors and cupboards open smoothly again and the wardrobe has straight rather than curved walls.
- Oh, and rebuilding the garage wall so you can't push parts of it.
I'll also have to pack suitcases full of stuff to live off for a few weeks while repairs occur. This'll be more of a nuisance, but the really hard part will be Boots. The three choices are:
a) leave her behind (returning every day to feed her) - which would waste time, make her lonely, and anyway the noise and excess people doing the repairs would stress her out;
b) take her to a cattery, which I'm pretty sure she'd hate and also my insurance wouldn't cover; or
c) take her with me to whatever short-term rental or motel I get(1), which will require keeping her indoors to be sure she doesn't flee and get lost, which she'll detest. She understands the concept of litterboxes, but neither of us really likes them. But this is still the best solution so we'll have to cope.
(1) I've got a lead on a possible short-term rental, otherwise I've got a couple of other ideas too.
In any case, I got packing anxiety dreams just packing for a few days at conference, so I expect much REM fun over the next couple of weeks/months.
In other news, have spent the last couple of weeks doing strategic planning for my brain, since I had a day where I got too much good news at once and it made my head go all flaily. (To be fair to my head, much of the good news requires me to do a bunch of work in tight deadlines which are getting ever closer; plus stress lingers from various other things.) My brain now feels much more strategically organised, although the operational plan may take a bit more work. What'd be handy would be if I could task some clones to set up action groups and report back once their projects have been completed.