Sunday, January 18, 2009

Pappy's Purging!

Joe has gone bugs and is cleaning out the basement like a mad man. This summer I talked about a "time capsule unintentional" when I went through 2 boxes in the upstairs closet. Well there are dozens of boxes in the basement. Oh what a job. We are ridiculous pack rats. I think when we moved here we thought we have this huge house, we'll never fill it, but hence we have. Joe and I just threw away all our high school & college work. So dumb to keep it. I did keep my 7th grade journal work. I just couldn't throw it out as it had nice notes back from my all-time fave teacher. I did read quite a few hokey notes on folders from friends. I guess I wasn't as mature of a teen as I thought I was. Oh such a dork.

Probably the funniest thing from the findings was Tommy seeing all my old work and saying "wow you really were Dawn Osantowski." I guess it's unbelievable that I used to have Grandpa's last name. He also liked the folder where I filled the back cover with "I Love Joe, I Love Joe." Oh and I had forgotten this one, I wrote a note to Joe's kids in his senior yearbook. I put a P.S. in there saying, "who knows maybe I'm your Mother." Oh the oddities.

So back to purging, we also loaded up the van with all our college textbooks. I wish I had sold them back to SVSU when I had the chance but I always thought I would maybe need them. But since they've been in the basement for 8 years, off they go. It was kind of neat to read a few of my papers I had written, I also had a note from a college professor warning me she'd try and convince me not to get married. So many things we forget. But I can now say once and for all, that chapter in my life won't be revisited, it's all gone, well at least it's in the garage until Friday's garbage day. I'm sure there won't be a paper rescue.

Joe brought up a bunch of baby items too. The carseat, swing, diaper genie, a ton of clothes, burp clothes, receiving blankets, etc. Things are slowly coming along. We have so much stuff!! It's really making me hope for a girl just so I can get all new clothes, our boy stuff is looking pretty ratty. But then I think a boy will be cheaper and gosh darn they are just so much fun.

***Picking this up 8:00 Monday night*** Last night I was in the middle of said post and got the dreaded BSOD. Joe ordered me a new hard drive so he is working on that tonight. Hopefully my laptop will be saved.

Anyways, carrying on. Joe took a few moments to read some pages of my Dad's 1975 diary that was down there. My parents got married that year and according to Joe my Dad probably never imagined his children reading it. He said it was really interesting but I won't read it. Ick factor. I guess my Mom wrote a few things in there also. Spookular.

So the purging will continue as Joe is hoping to possibly get the basement finished. Wouldn't that be nice? It's going to be a battle getting it ready though. We have got to be the most unorganized couple on the planet


sherri and Adam said...

Oh what fun! I know somewhere around here I have all the notes Adam and I wrote to each other! How fun! I've got college books too, that need to be tossed! Maybe 1 day i'll just have a day of cleaning too, but not because I am planning for a baby....Heavens NO! LOL It would just be because! Anyways.....hey I might possibly need Joe to come look at my PC? I can't get it to scan my scan disks anymore, so I can't put up any pictures! UGH...also, I have NO idea how to clean the cookies on here...UGH I HATE computers other then to keep in contact with my friends! Have fun cleaning and reading! Dawn Osantowski LOL

Kiera Beth said...

That is so much fun! I love the note to Joe's kids! Someday they will look back on it and think it was the cheesiest thing ever (do our kids ever think we are cool??)

I kept all of my high school and college papers also. I have been slowly getting rid of them. Some of them I am scanning in just so I have them.

I am so impressed that you guys took on this big project before the little one arrives!

Amy said...

Funny! I can verify that you did save all your textbooks, from the looks of your entryway! All that wasted money! The only books I kept were the ones they wouldn't buy back:)

I'm so not a pack rat, but the one thing I've saved and always will are all the letters Dennis and I have written to each other. I believe it is a couple boxes full, being he was in the Navy for all of our coutship and the first 3 years of marriage. Sometimes I will read them and laugh, smile, cringe, etc! It is fun to realize just how immature we were, even though we thought we were so mature.

I don't think I could or would read my dad's journal, my mom's maybe, though.

Doesn't it feel good to get rid of all that stuff! Yeah, good job!

Dawn said...

Sherri - Just hit Joe up, sorry the computer is not being nice. I still had BSOD tonight, such a crock. :(

And yep, you are all right. Ultra cheesy here. It does make me feel better about my students when they do something foolish and such when I remember just how crazy I was in my young years and if I can turn out okay then they probably will too. Whew, run-on sentence there.

Thanks all for reading.

Debbie said...

Woah, really your parents were married in 1975?!? That is the year I was born - I feel old, lol. I think that is really neat to have his diary - as long as it wasn't kinky talk I think it would be neat to read >> flash of Bridges of Madison County coming to mind, lol

I still have lots of h.s. stuff but no love notes as Ry & I did not know each other then. I thought it best not to keep the others, lol ;) Funny to look back for sure.

Great job on the basement!

Dawn said...

Ha Deb - Joe said it wasn't graphic thankfully, just mushy mushy. Weird from my Dad who is the king of comedy. I know he loves me with all his heart and he does so much for us but we don't really hug, we send humor cards, (I would freak if he sent me a sentimental card, etc). He is affectionate with the boys though. He is more of a fun Dad than a lovey Dad.

Jill said...

I love to clean and organize, if you need any help just ask. We could make a party out of it. Amy can help you throw things away, I tend to keep more then I toss!

Dawn said...

Jill - People like you are I'll just say "interesting." ;) I HATE TO CLEAN AND ORGANIZE!!! It probably killed you to go in my classroom every morning last month for Secret Santa, although wait you had Jenny do it for you. I see how it is. Haha.

A cleaning party would be fun and much help, but we're not that pathetic. We made the mess, we have to clean it up. Joe has had another productive weekend and has another van full for the recycling center. It's getting there.