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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Stacking the Shelves: Storage Wars

Well, well, well. Here it is another week gone by and it is time for the next installment in the seemingly never ending saga of Storage Wars.

Yes that's right. I went back to the storage facility, well I had to really. We're trying to get it emptied out by the end of the month. I went yesterday, but did not get enough done, so I went back today. I am getting quite comfortable being covered with 7 years worth of storage facility black grime.

This time I took pictures, though. Although I can see that I am getting things done and getting things organized, it just feels like there will be no end to this nightmare. My husband was saying yesterday he was completely disgusted with the amount of stuff we have.

This weekend, I found yet another box of books. I will tell you, though, that this is the absolute last box of books from the storage facility and they're not mine. Yippee!
I found four more boxes of videos we just need to toss. I found one box full of nothing but newspaper articles. I found three boxes of extra trading card singles for probably at least 20 different card sets. I have the full set of each in 9 pocket pages and in a binder. There is absolutely no market for old trading cards so I have no idea what I'm going to do with them. There was another large box full of various collectible trading card games and one box full of nothing back Magic cards.

Some fun stuff I did find was my year books for middle school. Also I had autograph books back then and didn't have my yearbook signed. Some of the autographs were hysterical, so cheesy, but I love them! For instance 2 good 2 B 4gotten and quite a few Roses are red poems.  I also found all my report cards from middle school and high school. Nothing like a blast from the past.

The only trouble is that I now have boxes all over my living room, library and dining room since I have to figure out where the boxes are going. Basement for things we're getting rid of and attic for things we're keeping.

My challenge for this weekend, was to go through toy boxes and try to figure out what I want to keep. And to go through the comic book boxes for the same reason. Yesterday, I organized and looked in every toy box. I kept setting things aside in the maybe pile. I mean, some of this stuff is just too damn cool. There is no way I am getting rid of my Tick toys or Gargoyles toys. Likewise, Nightmare Before Christmas, Madman or Flaming Carrot. I will also not be getting rid of any Sandman stuff. I do have action figures of all the Endless except for Destiny and Despair, but I do have Daniel.

Today, my goal was to get through the loose toys and Happy Meal toys. I couldn't do it. I kept taking the toys out of the big boxes to sort, but I kept thinking that the toys are just too cool to sell off. I have a slew of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and while I will not really display them again, I kept thinking, my two new nephews might like to play with these when they are old enough if they come for a visit. Likewise my galaxy sized collection of loose Star Wars toys. So, it may come to pass that I will end up keeping most of the loose figures just in case. I ran out of time, so I couldn't take the time to agonize over whether I should keep them or get rid of them.

Since I now have to give my license in order to get a hand truck and I have to turn it back in before the office closes at 5, I don't have tons of time because I don't get there until 1pm at the earliest, even when I try to get there earlier. So, it's going to take me a couple more days I think and what is left will be sold off.

The top two pictures are from yesterday and the bottom two are from today.  You might not be able to tell, but it does look better today.

But enough about what is old and busted. Here is the shiny new hotness.

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

I had a pretty good week as far as packages goes. I got my monthly manga delivery, a couple t-shirts and a couple books as well as one more Sandman statue.

 In manga, I got the following:
 Bleach Volumes 44 and 45 by Tito Kube - I am woefully behind, but it is a great series

Dawn of the Arcana 5 by Rei Toma - This one I am caught up on
Haruka 17 by Tohko Mizuni  - This is the final volume which made me very sad

Kamisama Kiss 10 by Juliette Sizuki - Somehow I got myself behind one volume, so I have to read both 9 and 10 

Oresama Teacher 9 by Izumy Tsbaki - Again, behind with this series

A Devil and Her Love Song 4 by Miyoshi Tomori - I am caught up on this one

Kaze Hikaru 20 by Taeko Watanabe - The last volume came out last August, but it feels like 5 years
La Corda d'oro 16 by Yuki Kure - I'm caught up on this one as well

In comics:
I picked up a few comics, but the one I wanted to mention was It Girl and the Atomics by Michael Allred Vol 1.  If anyone is a fan of Madman comics, you need to make sure you pick this one up. 

 In books:
I picked up For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund - I had a 40% off Teen fantasy Sci/Fi coupon for Barnes and Noble and couldn't find anything else I wanted.  The blurb on the dust jacket said it was a retelling of Persuasion, so I figured what the hey.  I sat at the cafe and started reading and found it had a pretty good start.  

 In keeping with the Jane Austen theme, I also received Dear Mr Darcy a retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Amanda Grange.

The last book I got this week is The Treachery of Beautiful Things by R F Long which has been making the rounds on blogs.  Can't resist a good story about Faerie.  I love the cover and ordered it based on nothing more. 

 Non-Book items:
 And to round out my acquisitions, I won off of ebay the Sandman Chronicle statue that came out about 2 years ago that I forgot to pick up.  I forgot all about it actually until I was going through a box of papers and saw an ad for it.  It's a beautiful statue sculpted by Michael Locascio.  

The last two things I picked up were t-shirts from tee fury.  I love the jawas carting off a dalek!  I also couldn't resist the killer rabbit tee from Monty Python.

Well, that's it for this week.  Hopefully this coming week I will get more than a face full of dirt and a lesson in frustration and hopefully next weekend will be the last time I have to go back to that god forsaken storage facility with it's giant rat traps.  I can dream can't I?


  1. Those Mangas look really interesting. I hope you like them. The Treachery of Beautiful Things looks interesting. Come visit me as well.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Grace! I have at least read two of the manga from this shipment so far. They don't take s long and I can read them in the tub if need be. At least it leaves me with a sense of accomplishment that I was able to finish a book, even if it was all pictures.
      I haven't started The Treachery of Beautiful Things yet, but I may cehat and start it this evening. If I'm already reading 5 books, what's one more to add to the pile?

  2. For Darkness Shows the Stars and The Treachery of Beautiful Things both sound awesome. I hope you enjoy all of your books. :)

    1. I did read some of For Darkness Shows the Stars and it started well, besides, 40% off, which is always a bonus.
      I am really looking forward to getting into The Treacehry of Beautiful things. I hope it holds up as well as the cover.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Awesome tees! And For Darkness Shows the Stars sounds interesting.

    And as for the continuing saga of the storage're making great progress! Although to be honest, you don't really need any of the Sandman stuff. That trend is so over and all the trinkets are worthless. As a good and loyal friend, I'll even take them off your hands so you won't have to agonize about it anymore. See what a nice friend I am? :)

  4. I should have taken the after pictures yesterday so everyone could see how much neater it looked. Both sets of photos were taken each day before I started organizing.
    Although I appreciate your supreme sacrifice to take my Sandman stuff off my hands, I can assure you, it doesn't take up that much room and it is space I am willing to sacrifice. That stuff is not going anywhere. So while I appreciate your very generous offer, I will have to regretfully decline.
    Oooo. I still need to copy you some stuff. Next time I see you.