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My attitude problem, cleaning up - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
My attitude problem, cleaning up
Taken from lync.
Take the quiz: "What type of attitude problem do you have? (pics)"

Your Sarcastic....Like me
This is supposed to be the lowest form of humor...But i think its the best because its mean and funny. Besides like me you probably cant help it anymore. Here's a phrase for you...

There didn't seem to be an "ice princess" category of answers. I'm sure I could have gotten that.

I spent an hour cleaning up the art supplies table. I must have rescued half a jar of excess glitter lying on the table. You know you're a frugal Yankee when you scoop up free glitter and store it in a styrofoam cup rather than throwing it away and getting new glitter. Now, if I could just strongly suggest that it would be a good idea to clean paintbrushes if one has used them to spread glue...

I know that sooner or later, someone will have the bright idea to get rid of our art table, but for now, it's out of our own pockets anyway, so why would they worry? So much art is being lost in schools. Now, I want a drum corner. Drums, rattles, whatever. Maybe some wooden flutes and fifes. Which is a profoundly stupid idea in a library, so I will drop it probably. But I like the idea of making that sort of thing available to try out.

I'm slowly trying to get stuff cleaned up. I'm such a clutterbug. My room is about halfway there, the art table is totally there, my desk at work is... a total and complete disaster.

I'm actually using some feng shui on it, but oddly, the books seem to assume a much larger place than I have, with nearly unlimited storage. I personally loved a story about a woman who "lost everything" financially, and so hired a feng shui consultant to help her find and landscape a more chi-friendly home. We should all lose such everything, eh? Me, a couple of years ago, I'd have been happy to have some kind of adjustment for a floor that was starting to buckle in, and a barred window that looked out on a dumpster. Would the rats count as a fire element? :eyeroll: Now, storage issues are, thank heaven, paramount. (Anything's better than the waiting-to-collapse nightmare I was living in before.)

I really think that feng shui shows very good intuition about human perception of the environment, but I am of course forbidden to "invoke the air spirits" and so on, so I kind of have to be selective in how I apply its principles. That's kind of a Commandment thing. However, I don't think there's any commandment that prevents me from noting that tall, greenish things really help cut the heavy feeling of low-ceilinged "earth" rooms.
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lync From: lync Date: August 18th, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
There didn't seem to be an "ice princess" category of answers. I'm sure I could have gotten that.
I was surprised I got "scary". I would have thought I would have gotten sarcastic. I'm just glad I didn't get mean. I think I would have been very upset if I had gotten mean. *nods*

I know nothing of this Feng Shui business. I mean I know the general idea and whatnot but does it really work? *is curious*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 18th, 2004 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
At its most rudimentary, it produces a very psychologically comfortable aesthetic. Basically, it sorts things into elemental types, which are basically visual sets: earth is kind of squarish and yellow or brown, water is irregular shapes and dark colors, wood is greenish and tall, etc. It makes sense in a metaphoric way, and there's a circle of support and a circle of destruction--like fire burns wood, wood consumes earth, etc. What it boils down to is a kind of balance of shapes and textures. It also addresses the comfort level of placement--the idea that it's very uncomfortable to sit with a lot of empty space (or a door) behind you, and so on. It can get pretty flakey around the edges (put something blue in the, I don't know, southwest corner of the house to make wealth flow like water), but the basic principles, imho, are sound. Also, focusing on your own environment and establishing some kind of pattern on it--imposing control of it--is psychologically healthy no matter what it is. Probably a Fab Five makeover would be as good in that respect, but feng shui is cheaper.
lync From: lync Date: August 18th, 2004 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very cool. Thanks for the info! :)

I can totally understand the back to the door thing. My mom hates sitting with her back to the door ... I have picked up on that a little bit too if I'm in the middle of a room. I want my back aimed where the least amount of people can sneak up on me. :D
mafdet From: mafdet Date: August 18th, 2004 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I took a Feng Shui class from a woman I've known for almost 20 years - Susan Levitt, author of "Taoist Feng Shui." Her website is here and her book is great. It's very easy to follow and I recommend it highly.

Susan's message in "Taoist Feng Shui" is that it's all about creating harmony in your environment and being mindful. She says that "cleanliness is next to goddessliness, and the greatest change in the environment occurs when it is cleaned up." In other words, what one finds in her book is not advice to buy turtles and call on air spirits but to scrub the floor, donate those old clothes, and here's where you put your furniture, artwork and so forth to create harmony in your environment. She also talks about what kind of artwork, colors in furniture, etc. are the best for one's home.

I did have a feng shui book that advocated things like pet turtles for good luck and so on, but thanks, I'll pass on that. Turtles aren't rocks; they're living creatures which require care and attention. That's one thing I like about Susan's book, she doesn't demand a lot of expensive or very esoteric solutions. There are a lot of feng shui practitioners who would find things like "calling on air spirits" against their religion, or just plain doubtful.

When I took the class from Susan, she told me a bit more about how to make your environment harmonize with you using astrology as well. I was born in the Chinese Year of the Water Rabbit, so I was told I need a lot of "watery" element around me - dark colors and gloominess - like a hole in the head. (I know a fellow Water Rabbit who lived in a gloomy, basement apartment decorated a-la goth. It flooded. Too much water.) I need bright colors and lots of the wood element - and I tried it and it works! And I can feel all green-thumby and Professor Sproutish with my thriving house plant collection. (House plants add the wood element. They're also good for the air and look purty.)

Green, incidentally, is a color Susan is very fond of for interiors - it's both grounding and soothing. (Not emerald green for walls, etc. obviously but a more muted shade.) I live in a place I cannot paint (rental) but I have touches of pale green in my bedroom.

I find feng shui to be helpful. At the very least, my house is much cleaner and nicer these days!
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