What is important is that the cubicles in our new offices won't have these overhead storage bins, so we will all have to find other storage space for the contents of our overhead storage shelves.
I am on a mission to go through what I am storing in them with an eye towards discarding as much as I can, so that I will have less to box up and move (although movers will do the actual moving) and have less items to store at the other end. I am also thinking this is a good time to declutter my stuff, if I am planning to retire sometime this summer.
One storage bin was already mostly empty, with only a few (five) brochures/binders stored in them. I managed to declutter/recycle about 6 or 7 out-dated reference manuals from the other two bins and made room for the brochures and binders from the third bin on the other two shelves.
One of the items I recycled today was my appointment book/day planner from 2011! I took a quick look through it, before I tossed it in the recycle bin. Among reminders about meetings and appointments, names and phone numbers, various due dates and to do lists, etc., there were some additional things that struck me as interesting:
The furlough reminders - this was during the economic downturn, we were required to take an unpaid furlough day, every other week (1 per pay period). I am not very good at math, but I believe it amounted to a 20% pay cut. We were also facing layoffs at the time and had been required to review our employment history, dates of hire, etc., as layoffs took place on a seniority basis, with the newer hires being the first to be laid off, although, there was some talk among the upper management about removing "dead wood"!
I remember going through an exercise, on paper, to figure out how much I would need to live on, on a "bare bones" budget, if I needed to find work at minimum wage after a layoff. I still had a mortgage and I was putting my daughter through university at the time (there were reminders of when tuition payments were due, etc., in the planner). My bare bones budget showed that I would need to do two full time jobs that paid minimum wage, to make ends meet. The bare bones budget meant no more dance/gymnastics classes for daughter, having her attend a community college instead of university, etc. Giving up my house and renting an apartment was out of the question because I had a relatively low mortgage and an one bedroom apartment in my area amounted to almost as much, if not more, than my mortgage! Getting a roommate/renting out one room was one option, I considered, but, I didn't have to. I had a pay cut, but I didn't get laid off. I cut back where I could (halved my Christmas gifts budget, eating out budget, practically eliminated my clothing budget, consolidated and reduced my books/hobbies/crafts supplies budget, etc.) and managed on my reduced salary.
On February 4, right after a reminder stating "Furlough" (it was a furlough day), there was this quote from Shakespeare:
"Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune;
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing, end them" - Hamlet (part of his "To be or not to be" soliloquy")
Not sure why I felt the need to write that out...
Then, on February 13, I guess I found it important to make a note, in red: *P-Me, indicating that I was still undergoing menopause (I was 55 at the time).
On April 7, I had noted: # words that end in "mt" = 1 (dreamt); # words that end in "gry", other than angry & hungry = 0. That's an interesting bit of information, isn't it? Only one word, "dreamt" ended in "mt"? And, these days, dreamed is replacing dreamt - very soon, there won't be any word ending in "mt" in common usage! And only two words - angry and hungry - ending in "gry".
On June 15, I had jotted down:
These are the scientific names of three plants:
Medicago lupulina (common name: Black medic)
Trifolium dubium (common name: Lesser trefoil, little hop clover)
Euphorbia helioscopia (common name: Sun spurge; I found this one to be especially funny because I was looking it up, again, just this morning! LOL! I know the plant by sight/common name, but often forget the scientific name)
This is a picture I took of Euphorbia helioscopia, in my garden, today:
|Sun Spurge (Euphorbia helioscopia)|
The other two plants also grow in my garden, but they haven't appeared, yet, this year.
I guess I was doing some species identification either for a friend of mine (she used to take pictures of wild flowers and insects she'd see on her walks and the biologist in me would come out and try to identify them for fun! Ask Nathalie - she knows all about it! LOL!) or for my own amusement!
On July 18, I had written:
Psoloessa delicatula (Brownspotted)
They are both grasshoppers; the first is also known as Brownspotted grasshopper and the second one is Kennicott grasshopper.
Apparently, I was still identifying wildlife! If I recall correctly, my friend had found a little green grasshopper in her apartment and took a photograph of it and I was trying to describe the grasshoppers I find in my garden, which start out small and green and soon become large and brown.
There were various other, more mundane things written down, but these were the ones that caught my eye, today, as I looked through the book, before tossing it in the recycle bin. I was not blogging, back then, but I kept written journals. What I wrote in the planner were just notations, but I thought they were interesting - a brief glimpse of what was happening at that time.
Do you keep a day planner? Or do you journal?