I'd obviously set myself a list of things I wanted to get done, which included:
- Sort stuff in the shed
- Put some of the shed stuff on e-bay, including some of my figurines, old art books and DVDs
- Clean my car
I cleaned the car, but it was only a "normal" clean, rather than being a full-on polish. This wasn't so bad, as I'd polished the car a few weeks back. However, I did also top up things like the oil, washer fluid and tyre pressure, and it was while doing the last of these that my old foot pump finally gave up the ghost.
I've had it ages, and it's been a bit temperamental for a while, but it's just typical of the recent months that it's another thing that's broken that I have to replace. I've blogged about this recently, but I've had some more things go as well. For example, I broke the Ethernet switch I use to connect my computers to the BT hub, so I had to replace that, and some of the buttons on my printer are dodgy (you have to press really hard and they don't always work) so I'll need to replace that.
Anyway, I'm waiting until I get paid this month before replacing the pump, which means I've actually been running on slightly low pressure tyres, as it was the connector to the tyre that broke. This meant it was bleeding out air and whenever I tried to pump it would pop off, so it's deflated the tyres a little - nothing disastrous, but it needs sorting.
I attempted to sort the stuff in the shed, but there were a couple of problems with this.
The first was that my landlord didn't actually go until Saturday lunch. I also missed him leaving, so it was quite late in the afternoon before I ventured out to the shed.
The second was that I had also decided to try to stay up all night. I've mentioned before that I have been having trouble staying asleep and waking in the middle of the night. While I still think stress is a part of this, I think the whole "habit formation" I also talked about is a big part of it. One of the ways I've found to sort this is to basically stay up all night, which totally disrupts my body clock and allows me to reset it.
However, when you're doing that after having spent all day shifting big heavy boxes around, it doesn't quite work. You're not only tired from being up; you're physically shattered from the exercise. And of course, it's not a 1 day job, so going into the night sorting boxes became quite a chore and I wasn't really alert and thinking straight.
In the end I did go to sleep for a couple of hours that night. The night time waking is still not sorted - I am waking up early, but it's early morning (5AM-ish), rather than middle of the night (1AM-ish) so I'm just a bit tired, rather than the walking dead.
However, I did generate a lot of stuff to go on e-bay. And I mean a lot of stuff. So much that I was too tired to put it on that first weekend and instead left it for this weekend, which also turned out to be a free-listing weekend.
This wasn't such a great idea. I'd used the Saturday to clean the car and do other bits in order to leave the Sunday for it, but partly because of the Interview earlier in the week I was so tired I had to have a lie in on the Sunday and it was late before I started.
I then just launched into it without really thinking I would "do x, but not y" so I ended up doing it all day, and even then I had only put on about two thirds of it all. I've also apparently been missing a trick with my auctions - I knew Sunday was the best day for them to end, but apparently he evening is the best and I was ending mine mid-afternoon.
By the time I'd finished I had 85 active auctions. Now to be fair, some of these were re-lists I was doing to take advantage of the free listing, but still, that's an awful lot of stuff!