I've nearly finished recharging the rechargeable batteries, snuck out a handful of papers and a coloring book to the recycling, and sent 3 birthday cards that have been lingering on my desk for the last week. At least sending the cards makes me feel like I'm decluttering.
How are your efforts going?
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Lin-Manuel Miranda made a thing for Puerto Rico
fandomlovespuertorico is live! Go and bid
Call your congress person to help Puerto Rico
Links for how to help with the relief efforts for Irma and Maria
For lots of links for hurricane relief for Harvey, see the check-in post from two weeks ago
Pull the (Nuclear) Football bill before Congress to require congressional approval before a nuclear strike.
Trump is working the sabotage from within angle by not funding the subsidies that make Obamacare work. (Vox)
called my one senator
called my other senator
called my representative
called my governor
called my state reps
sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
attended a town hall
donated money to a cause
attended an in-person activist group
participated in phone/online training
went to a protest
signed up for alerts
took care of myself
not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
did something else
committed to action in the coming week
Normalmente yo siempre hablo en "usted" o "vos" (el "vos" tiene verbos conjugados muy distintos a los que estarán acostumbrados. Perdónenme, pero no me gusta usar el "tu". Lo haré si es necesario pero...casi siempre voy para el "usted" con desconocidos, solo porque me da miedo que los pueda confundir si yo uso "vos" y me miran como ¯\_(ツ)_/¯).
Ah! Otra cosa. Por si usan el Google Chrome, hay una extensión que se llama "Google Input Tools", que si lo instalan y seleccionan "Spanish - US International", van a poder escribir con acentos, simplemente apretando CTRL + ALT + (la letra).
CTRL + ALT +
a = á
e = é
i = í
o = ó
u = ú
y = ü
n = ñ
/ = ¿
1 = ¡
CTRL + ALT + SHIFT +
a = Á
e = É
i = Í
o = Ó
u = Ú
y = Ü
n = Ñ
Bueno, no sé si habrá otra forma mas fácil de hacer los acentos. Esto es lo único que pude conseguir. Espero que esto le ha servido a alguien. Bueno, hasta luego y chau! :)
In my case, the answer is paperwork, plus some more paperwork. The filing cabinet is getting overfull, so I went through one file (manuals and warranties) and binned anything not still relevant, plus flagging two more overflowing folders to go through. I also finished up some more bits and bobs in the kitchen, and in one case then *threw out the pretty pretty container*, because I don't want it and I bet the op-shop can't sell it.
Plus I went through most of another pile of paper, and threw out about 75% of it. A few pieces have gone into the urgent pile, some into the whenever pile, and some into the filing cabinet. I found medical paperwork which means that I don't have to make a long avoided phone call ('when is my GP follow up due'), but does mean I have to make a GP appointment for follow-up. *sigh*.
That, plus a short period of time ironing, has got the not-quite-a-sideboard in the main room almost clear. There is a pile of software and other CDs/DVDs at one end that I need to sort through to work out what is still valid. I'm hoping that at least half will turn out to be software that can't be run any more, and exam music, and so can be binned with extreme prejudice, but I don't expect to get to that for at least another month.
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This is a wonderful bill for a number of obvious reasons; it's HR 699/S 200. (House/Senate version. House text.)
If you are so inclined, call your Senators and Congressfolk to urge them to pass it. (202) 224-3121, or use Resistbot. (Text the word "resist" to 50409 to begin.)
Rachelmanijia has more info, a script, and other ideas here, and the campaign is hashtagging it up at #PullTheFootball, if you're Twitter-inclined.
If you're not American, feel free to share the info around anyway; the more folks who get this info, the better.
Have you heard of Swedish Death Cleaning? It's much less morbid than it sounds. It's another perspective on decluttering. Not "does this object bring me joy" but "will someone be happy I saved this thing for them?"
Can be bought on iTunes etc.. Proceeds go to https://hispanicfederation.org/unidos/
This bit from the info says it all, I think: "Vocals Performed by Marc Anthony, Ruben Blades, Camila Cabello, Pedro Capo, Dessa, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Alex Lacamoire, John Leguizamo, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rita Moreno, Ednita Nazario, Joell Ortiz, Anthony Ramos, Gina Rodriguez, Gilberto Santa Rosa, PJ Sin Suela, Tommy Torres, Ana Villafañe."
LMM talks about the song (and stands by his Tweets at Trump):
I report that I have finished not one, but two lots of fancy tea-given-as-present, giving me back one empty jar and a pretty tin to take to the op-shop. Also, used up tag ends of flour, although that counts less, as it has merely resulted in the purchase of more flour. On the plus side, I discovered idli rava, which is billed as rice semolina, and I have made a treasured dessert that I have missed greatly since giving up gluten containing cereals.
...and the ongoing paper sorting, although I have thrown out little, because I have been annotating the important pieces of paper for the taking to the accountant. I get that done, and I can book my trip to visit special friend in the Eastern States who is in need of a visitor to cheer them up.
I am also eyeing off a very pretty skirt that I have on display, which I will probably never wear. But oh, I love it so.