Well, I guess by now everyone pretty much knows that we're going to have to ship most of our worldly goods by freight when we move to Alaska in
just six weeks or so. That means paying by the pound. As we've been packing boxes to put in the storage unit so that the house looks good when people come to see it, we've been weighing each one and recording the weight on a list. You would be surprised how much weight is in there already. And it shouldn't surprise anyone who knows any of us very well that the heaviest boxes in the warehouse are boxes of books.
And, um, most of those books are mine.
Okay, okay, in my defense, those books are largely out-of-print vintage books. Or cake decorating books that I 'need' for work. There, did I justify most of them? I think so. :^)
But still, I know that a jillion pounds of books is way too much, and I set myself a goal - if I could rid myself of 300 pounds of books, I would turn to my other infatuation: shoes. Lose 300 pounds of books, gain one pair of really nice shoes. Okey dokey. I can do this.
Jim and I were out shopping for something totally unrelated, when there, lo and behold, were the perfect pair of rain boots. Pink and green plaid, with green soles, and cushy pink lining... Be still, my heart. The salesguy took pity on us and gave us a most generous discount, and Jim treated me to the boots.
But I was only at 224.6 pounds of books gone. This is where Craigslist came in really handy, where I found a person who wanted to buy back-issues of craft magazines. Yes, exchange cash money for old craft magazines! Jackpot!!!!
Now with 301.4 pounds of books and magazines out of the house, I hereby claim the world's coolest rain boots as mine. Thanks, Jim. Mwah!