The Defetterment Project – Week One

(FYI-ness: Trying to keep things simple and cheap means no at-home Internet. Thus, I’ve opted to post updates on my mad unfettering project weekly and not daily.)

What is the defetterment Project? Each day, Erin will throw away one thing she likes. Indefinitely. Until either she grows bored of the experiment or there is nothing left. Whichever comes first.

 

Cool Nerf-like iPod case

Nerf-like iPod case

 

I get mad compliments on this little case. Its rubber-ness means that my iPod bounces when I drop it. I am still lugging around my mother’s second-generation iPod, but it is a consistent product whose battery has weathered the years admirably, so I’ve seen no need to upgrade. However, I’m sort of over cases for everything. it’s bulky and lint gets caught in the little poky nodes and I have several others besides. It’s been in a drawer for awhile now.

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Studded belt

This thing is so ’90s but I couldn’t help myself when I came upon it for 75 percent off in a mall in Missouri. It was like $3 and it makes me puff up like some joyous and bloated mutation of my proud, rebellious 16-year-old self whenever I wear it. But the little spikey things are falling out all over the place and I have a jillion belts and I really ought to do more to curtail my tendencies to dress like an adolescent boy, considering that I turn 30 this next summer.

 

 

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Snazzy lamp:

Snazzy lamp

This was a hand-me-down from my aunt. It has a sweet kitschy sorta look to it, especially sitting as it does atop my cool Disco-era bedstand. Light is a good thing, pretty much no matter what. But there aren’t enough plugs by my bed. And I have a floor lamp like four feet away. I hope this lamp finds a home in some old lady’s living room, where maybe it smells like Wheat Thins and a few long-haired cats occasionally nuzzle up against the warming glass.

 

 

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Tank top that says “MIAO” on it

MIAO tank top

I picked this one up in Korea a few years back. I have no idea what “MIAO” means but I love green things. Really, though, it’s unflattering. Besides, whenever I look at this tank top I am reminded of all the other things that were happening in my life when I bought it. Suffice it to say, early summer of 2006 was sort of a gray era for me. I got dumped, slid into a pity-hole, and spent all my free time either drinking heavily or going shopping for clothes and makeup. Anything to stop the incessant thinking. Sounds weird, but this tank top makes me sad for reasons I’d rather forget.

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Kodak Guide to Outdoor Nature Photography

 

 

How many photography books do you need? According to my shelf, around 15. Really, though, the best way to learn how to make great photos seems to me to be to go out and make a bunch of mediocre ones and keep gradually upping the game until you sort the whole thing out. That’s what I’ve done, at least.

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Cure singles

 

Cure Singles

I bought these a few months back at Music Millennium in Portland. I thought they made a sweet little set. Problem is, I already have too much music from The Cure and I don’t really display my CDs anymore, so they look a little odd and cluttery atop my bookshelf. I know they aren’t worth much, either, and, well, most obviously, I haven’t even listened to them. Purely decorative, which is becoming less and less the aesthetic I am about. The analogue world is so jumbled and messy and sometimes sad. In contrast, there is a sort of stark, unemotional minimalism to the digital sphere. Everything is so compact and efficient and perfectly aligned. Neat little rows of ones and zeroes. So. Goodbye, Cure singles. I hope you find a loving home.

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