It’s Just 1 Thing, You Can Do Just 1 Thing

Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don’t want to do but also don’t want to continue thinking about doing. What is your 1 thing? 

Over the weekend, I moved. My mom was in town and she rented a car and we went to my old apartment and took all my stuff out of it and then put all my stuff in the car and then we drove to my new apartment and took all my stuff out of the car and then brought it into my new room. And now I live somewhere different.

My 1 thing for today is to go to my old apartment and drop off my keys and pick up this lamp shade that I left there. I’ve been avoiding doing this all week because it’s going to take two hours, and it just seems stupid to waste two hours on something as easy as dropping off keys, so I’ve been being a brat about it. But now after thinking about it for a week, I’m finally ready to stop thinking about it and actually do it. Baby steps.


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RosemaryF (#345)

I voted AND got a new registration sticker for my car. (The registration was the burden, the voting just happened to be at the same place so it was a nice two-birds-with-one-stone stop.)

@RosemaryF I love hearing about all the voters.

aetataureate (#1,310)

ugh have to take my car to the shop. Moved some money to prepare to pay for it. UGGHHH.

blair (#1,962)

The kitchen sink in the apartment I’m subletting has been grossly slow for…it might be as long as two weeks, actually. I poured about 1/5th of a bottle of really old Liquid Plumr into it, which naturally did nothing, and now I can’t use anything ELSE to try to unclog it myself because CHEMICALS and I’m irrationally scared of finding the building custodian for help because I have no idea if this is a legal sublet or not since it came from The Internet and the guy probably only speaks French and I don’t even know the French word for sink, for God’s sake, but I really can’t keep washing dishes in the bathtub


blair (#1,962)

@blair Oh, and this is what I should get done today, somehow, some way. But instead I’m doing laundry.

@blair I would try either a plunger or baking soda/vinegar. I pour the baking soda in, a lot of it because it’s fun and cheap, let it sit a minute, then add the vinegar and enjoy the volcano! You’re probably supposed to, like, cover it all with a bowl or something so the pressure goes down, but I don’t do that.

blair (#1,962)

@backstagebethy I totally would, except the wisdom of the internet is like “if you combine commercial drain unpluggers with an acid, YOU WILL DIE.” And since I’m totally one of those people who’s like “ammonia and bleach? WHY NOT” I’m a little leery about mix ‘n’ matching.

Brunhilde (#78)

@ghechr For the kitchen sink you need to take off the trap before you snake it. Whatever is clogging it is probably in the trap anyway. It’s actually not to terribly difficult.

blair (#1,962)

@Brunhilde Hm, thanks. May actually do this.

joyballz (#2,000)

I know I have multiple things and I just can’t remember. So now my 1 thing became “create separate to-do list for life stuff.”

Sincerely, Jane (#1,588)

Made a haircut appointment and emailed the landlord about a clogged drain. BAM. The fact that these reminders are during business hours is essential.

Ughhh okay my one thing is transferring a balance to a credit card w/ a 4% rate (as opposed to 14%). My balance is $6K but my limit is $5500 so I will only transfer $5500.

But here’s the thing. I am not planning on closing the card (it’s a British Airways rewards credit card, and I value those points). Am I going to just rack up another $5000 in debt if it’s available on this card? I don’t know if I trust myself. :( I *think* I do, but I’m not 100% sure. Help.

blueblazes (#1,798)

@backstagebethy I froze mine. Like literally. I had a little baby tupperware that I never put anything in. I filled it halfway with water and froze that. Then put my credit card on top of the ice. Then filled the rest of the way with more water and shoved it into the freezer.

This built in a mandatory eight-hour thawing period for all card purchases.

@blueblazes Ha I tried that once, and then just stuck the block of ice under the hot water tap in an “emergency” which was probably buying, like, 3 dresses and some frozen pizza at Target. But thank you for the suggestion! I’ve also used Ready for Zero’s little sticker reminders, that cover up the number and the swipe strip so you really have to think about your purchase to use it…but to no avail.

I’d like to think I’m in a different place now than I was a year ago, but I tend to get into cycles–I’ll hit my debt hard for a while, then spend freely and rack up more. Gotta break that.

oh! valencia (#1,409)

@blueblazes That’s pretty brilliant.

Blondsak (#2,299)

I called the vet to make an appointment for my cat and registered my boyfriend for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s DC charity event on Saturday (I was already registered and have been fundraising). Also answered a bunch of e-mails and made a long to-do list for the weekend. Oh, and a shopping list for Sunday, since Frankenstorm is set to make a direct hit in my area next week. That sounds like a lot, but it all took maybe an hour total.

@LO Can we talk about this storm?! I live in Richmond so it’s probably not going to be a big deal but now that I’m a ~~homeowner~~ I am all nervous about it. Like I just made a shopping/to-do list for it. Ahhhh!

@LO somehow read that as, “registered my cat for the walk to end alzheimers.”

Blondsak (#2,299)

@backstagebethy I’m not a homeowner myself, but I am definitely worried. I mean, it’s not just a hurricane – it’s also a snowstorm and a huge cold front, all coming to sit and dump their crap on top of us for five days. Even if it’s not as bad as they say, I think it will still be pretty miserable.

My advice: go shopping today or tomorrow. Because it will be Crazy Town at the stores come the weekend (at least that’s how it gets in DC). Also, make sure your gutters are clean of leaves, etc. Typically the panic is worse than the actual storm itself, but still… best to be prepared!

PS Congrats on being a homeowner!!! :)

Blondsak (#2,299)

@Logan Sachon Would that I could! I think the metro trip to downtown would send her into a coma though, unfortunately. Also, her name is Sandy, so I would definitely register her as “Hurricane Sandy” [last name], in honor of Frankenstorm.

ThatJenn (#916)

Inspired by this series of posts, I’ve been doing one thing per day that I don’t feel like doing (and don’t necessarily have to do right then), but should do. It’s good. My house is much cleaner.

Yesterday I cleaned an embarrassingly large amount of mold off my shower curtain. Today I did a stupid little computer task I was supposed to do weeks ago for a friend.

Blondsak (#2,299)

@ThatJenn I have an embarrassing amount of mold on my shower curtain too…. how did you get it off?

ThatJenn (#916)

@LO Vinegar and a sponge. I’m a big hippie and clean everything with baking soda and/or vinegar. Now ask me again in a month if it actually stays gone… (also, my shower curtain is basically just the boring inside of a shower curtain and thus none of it is fabric – if the mold is on a fancy outer fabric curtain your mileage may vary)

Blondsak (#2,299)

@ThatJenn Mine is just basic plastic shower curtain, too. I will try your vinegar trick soon, probably this weekend!!

oiseau (#1,830)

@ThatJenn Ooh, shower curtain cleaning day. Great idea. Can you put them in the washing machine? Mine is like a water-resistant fabric liner and that’s it, no plastic or outer curtain.


oiseau (#1,830)

@oiseau sends up Clean Person-batsignal

ThatJenn (#916)

@oiseau I put my old one in the washing machine without ill effects. It might be worth seeing if yours has a tag or anything for care. I didn’t do it again this time because… why? I don’t know. I think because my new one is much thicker and I was irrationally afraid it would hurt my washing machine or not fit or something.

Megano! (#124)

Fingers crossed it is not shit.

blueblazes (#1,798)

THREE whole non-work things today!

1. Vote.
2. BOA bill.
3. Haircut. Somehow it has been 12 weeks since my last haircut. How does that even happen?

la_di_da (#1,425)

Call Verizon, remind them never to send packages to my home because i will not get them. Ask them for money back on this bill because I can’t have phone service till I receive the damn thingamajig.

Also, send stuff back to the bank for my new savings account–inspired by THIS blog!

@la_di_da I opened a new account because of this blog, too! And good on you for asking for money back, yessssss.

Checked that the tickets for the honking great big event that I bought on behalf of everyone were where I thought they were, and were the right date and amount. God knows what I would’ve done if they hadn’t been – screamed and vomited and called the venue in tears, I guess.

nottheactress (#2,371)

Today I got my heating oil tank refilled. 455 litres to get me through the long cold winter!

selenana (#673)

I need to vote. I have received two “sample voter pamphlets” but don’t think I have received my actual ballot. Or maybe I did and lost it. If I can’t find it I suppose I have to go to the embassy or something, maybe they can help me vote? My thing is figuring all this out and sending it in.

okay my one thing that I have been meaning to do (note: my last week one thing to get my final hpv shot is not yet done. BUT ANYWAY)

buy: hair spray, cleanser, triple a batteries. DO NOT FORGET!!!

readyornot (#816)

Filling out my vote-by-mail ballot!

Bryan@twitter (#2,569)

I pulled a muscle in my leg a few weeks ago and have been avoiding going to get it checked out because I don’t have insurance. I was afraid it was going to cost me a fortune to be told to stay off it and ice it. I finally went to a walk-in clinic today. Guess what? They told me to stay off it and ice it but thankfully the visit was very affordable. The piece of mind that I am on the healing track was well worth the money spent. Glad I finally went.

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