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Did some more jobsurfing, primarily focused on telecommuting jobs. Found a couple of interest, shot off resumes to them. The whole sitch is disheartening; I'm pretty sure that I'm going to end up on unemployment for a while, and I've been jobless for a little over a month now where I haven't really done anything but little piddly shit. I've been thinking about taking the time to develop something-- one of the many ideas that are floating around in my noodle-- and maybe turning the downtime into something positive. It's been something I've wanted to do for a long time, but haven't.

In a fit of pique, I decided to ride the bike tonight while watching House. Normally I don't like to do the same exercise two days in a row, but I felt cranky and figured doing something would help get me out of the funk.

While riding, I was taking stock of the stuff in the living room that I need to get out of the living room, and realized how much of it really needs to go in the Mad Scientist Laboratory in the basement. I need to use that as the place for working on some of these projects that I have in progress rather than the living room.

Of course, I don't have the lab set up yet. To do that, I need to clean out the basement, or at least part of it.

There are a couple of projects that I have going on down there that I should finish before I start ripping stuff out and tossing stuff willy-nilly (or other forms of nilly), so I did hie myself to the basement with the intent of working on lights. And I started, I really did. But the grue got the better of me, and I started moving stuff out of the way so I could get to the walls I need to put benches on.

By the time I called it a night, I had one of the walls cleared away-- the big one-- and quite a pile of crap to toss out. Most of it's out back for the trash pickup tomorrow, but there will be more as I get to finishing the disencrapification. I'm also going to drop a few dollars at 'Nards to pick up some pegboard for hanging tools above the workbenches.

Ah, workbenches. We're not talking anything major here, but I need a couple of work tables that I can use to organize the stuff I have and have good work surfaces with good lighting and adequate outlets. Shelves and drawers I can add another time.

Some of it will be made with the lumber I have left over from the front porch. As much as I can, actually: I need to get rid of the lumber, and not having to buy it makes the wallet happy. It does mean I have to be a bit more creative with the design though.

Tomorrow is another day. Maybe it will be warm enough that I can finish the ramp and get that out of the way so I can concentrate on getting the rest of the main floor adequate for Thanksgiving.

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