Today I finally started unpacking (most) of my remaining things from boxes, including a bunch of boxes filled with books. There is still at least one box with my books somewhere, but I’ve already found all the books I actually care about at this point. So that is good. The thing is, until you got a box filled with books you don’t really realize just how heavy paper can be. Glad I only had to carry them up 1 flight of stairs.
Beyond that, I’ve got only a few things going on with me now:
- Ordered a new laptop: The keyboard on my current one is dying, which is actually something of a problem for me considering it hampers my ability to type (which is effectively my job). Really frustrating to be working and find that the letters M, P, and D aren’t always appearing when I hit their keys. I’ve got a regular keyboard, but lugging that around during travel would be a pain.
- Ditching my desktop: Related to the above. For the past 6 years I’ve kept both a desktop and a laptop, with the laptop being a cheaper machine while the desktop was much more powerful. The goal here was that since the laptop was less capable I would be less tempted by distractions while working on it, however that turns out to not be a huge problem for me any more and maintaining 2 computers is expensive. My hope is that getting a single, reliable machine will prove less expensive in the long run.
- Writing: It has been so long since I’ve been able to dedicate time to writing regularly, but that is finally happening again. Right now I’m just doing exercises and side projects to get back into the swing of things, however I’m pretty close to reaching the point where I’m comfortable working on my second book again.
- Paperwork: If you’ve never moved, there is a lot of paperwork that ends up being involved. Most of mine is already handled, however a few details involving my banking remain. Mail forwarding, bank accounts, ID. It seems like every time I turn around there’s something else I’ve found that needs to be updated.