So, for today, I have only one thing on my mind. It's only one task, but it's kind of a doozy. So far, I am totally on my Christmas game. I've started shopping, I've mailed most of my cards, I've done some decorating. This is how things usually start... slowly. When it comes to merrying up the place, I've hit one roadblock: it's pretty much a disaster within our four walls. I didn't want to get too far into decorating until I'd already committed myself to cleaning the junk out of here. I wouldn't call myself a full blown pack rat, but I do have a tendency to hang onto things longer than is sensible. And the value of a tidy place is so completely lost on me. The apartment isn't dirty, I just don't care about clutter and such the way others do. Well, today's the day. Today I'm going to get this place in order. Today I am going to get the junk out of here. Today I'll make room for the brand new tree stand we picked up the other day so it can wait until it is filled with a nice little Christmas tree. It's not often that I have the energy (or desire) to work on this kind of a goal so I need to capitalize while I do. For now, enjoy the before picture.