This morning I woke up to an order for an ephemeral item (ephemera is a word for stuff that was made that was not meant to last -- mostly paper things, fliers, programs, receipts, tickets, stuff like that). I don't have lots of ephemeral material (though I keep hearing that that's the way to go if I want to make money .... but that's another story). I do have some National Geographic articles though, which I keep tucked safely away in a drawer by my desk.
The thing is, there are BOXES in front of that drawer.
You can see where this is going, can't you?
To get to the item I needed so I could ship it out, I had to MOVE BOXES.
It was quick though, as I wasn't LOOKING through the boxes, just moving them.
But, knowing me, I can't just move the boxes, find the item then move them back -- at least I can't without peeking into at least three of the boxes. You know, pop the lid off, see what's on the top of the pile, wonder if I shouldn't pull it out RIGHT NOW to process... before putting the lid back on and moving another box.
By the time the item is found and the boxes are back in place (taking up space behind me and making my workroom an eyesore) I have mentally decided that 1.) I should not buy ANOTHER BOOK AGAIN -- at least until the boxes are gone from behind my chair. 2.) WORK FASTER. 3.) Work 24 hours a day just at data entry. OR 4.) Just give up entirely and get a real job (you know one that can be left at work and not thought about until you get back to it the next day.
I officially announce that I have TOO MANY books.
There I said it.
Maybe I should rather say -- I'm a Bookaholic and I want to reform (or whatever words Alcoholics Anonymous uses).
But then, even though I KNOW I don't need any more books, what did I do this afternoon?
I went book hunting.
Luckily (for me, my house,my family and the world) I didn't find anything I really needed. So tomorrow I vow to tackle the contents of the boxes and make some progress on getting things in the database and out of boxes.
Oh, and I got another order for an ephemeral item so I'll have to move those same boxes all over again.
Lather, Rinse, Repeat