Pack ‘n Purge Day Two

The packing continued and another glorious hot, sunny California day was spent going through boxes in the garage!

A lot was accomplished as, in additional to going through all the household stuff, I purged boxes of old design work and realized how much I’ve done in the past twenty years. It’s quite overwhelming. Greeting cards, toys, fabric and paper, games, books and more. Work I’ve created which still needs to realise its dream. It was both inspirational and cathartic.

I had lunch at the newly opened Venice location of Cafe Gratitude (www.cafegratitudela.com) where people were just a little bit too good looking and I’d forgotten the LA scene after six months in London.

In LA teeth are just a little bit bigger and whiter (or a lot), eyes are a little bit bluer, skin a little more perfect and one forgets just how many good looking people there are here. People in London are definitely not in the same league looks-wise, in fact you see some shockers on the tube but somehow it all seems more down to earth after a littleĀ surreptitiousĀ people-watching and eavesdropping.

After being grateful for lunch and a sit-down (“What are you grateful for today?” is Cafe Gratitude’s tagline) we headed back to the garage for the afternoon session with more help from friends (thank you, thank you!)

By 6pm it was time to head off as the energy was flagging and I enjoyed a delicious homemade meal with good friends.

I’ve spent many evenings at their home over many years and as I started to fade at 8pm, I had to remember to drive back to Westchester where I’m staying rather than to my old place just down the road in Venice as my built-in autopilot kicked in. I was exhausted and while I’m now awake at 5:30am, I think I slept for most of the night.

Three more days to go, a garage sale on Saturday and then I’m celebrating!

Wide awake

After a very busy first day, I was exhausted and collapsed into bed at 10:30pm. Off to sleep without a problem only to be wide awake at 2am. Damn jet lag, this is definitely not what I had in mind.

Actually jet lag is only part of the issue as I’m running through the various things I need to finish by Friday and my mind won’t relax. My main concern is getting rid of furniture and as the person who said they wanted my bed has now said they can’t come and see it because of the traffic (that is so LA), I need to find another solution.

In addition, I’ve discovered my tenant wasn’t entirely honest and while I reduced the rent in order to pay for my housecleaner to come every two weeks, it turns out that the tenant had cancelled the cleaner. My mistake for being too trusting. The apartment was absolutely filthy and while I’m delighted to be getting out, it’s just wrong.

As it’s now 4:45am I’m obviously having a little rant. I suspect I’ll call it a night fairly soon and head on down the hill to start Pack ‘n Purge day two.

Let the fun continue!