We've been in a quite a cleaning mode here in the Hall household lately. We have been going through the many boxes we've had stored in the attic. Boxes we've moved to the attics of several houses. We began to wonder exactly what was in the boxes. I guess it's really bad when you don't even know what possessions you have..
It should be illegal for two people to collect so much crap. And that's exactly what was in those boxes: crap. Don't get the wrong idea; it wasn't nearly like Hoarders (great, yet sad, show on A&E) but there was plenty to get rid of. A bunch of it was Army stuff which has no relevancy anymore and the other majority was safety stuff from my "professional" working days. Text books with titles like The Occupational Environment-It's Evaluation and Control (1,365 pages!!) and The Essentials of Safety and Health Management. Among those exciting titles, Addie found one she really liked. It's a little purple spiral bound guide of the 2000 TLV's and BEI's (Threshold Limit Value for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents and Biological Exposure Indices). Exactly what every 2 year old should read. Who needs Dr. Seuss when you have TLV's?! If anyone out there has any issues with insomnia, please let me know. I can send you a binder on OSHA Standards for General Industry, scaffolding, fall protection or asbestos abatement (yes, I was a Master Abater! Say that three times fast and you will sound very naughty!).
I'm not the only one that's been hauling around such exciting stuff. John had papers from high school chemistry (nerd; a hot nerd, but a nerd nonetheless). The papers are so old that the lines are fading from the paper. Or perhaps it's just John that's old......but I digress. I think the thing that amazed us most was the stuff we used to know. Things like organic chemistry and how to take a derivative of a number. Yes, we both used to know that and he probably still does. I do not.
I do find it interesting how the stuff you used to once know and use gets replaced by what is relavant in your current life. Things like TLV's and how to properly and safely rig something has been replaced by Layla's medication dosages and schedule. I now know how to change out g-tube (gastronomy tube).
Funny how life changes us from what and who we thought we would be to who we are.