Ok, so I didn't quite manage to do the whole "sketch out the current connections" thing, because when I got to the back of the entertainment center, I realized I couldn't follow any one cable from one end to the other. So, I just yanked everything out and hoped for the best. (Note: This method never works for me.)
After I got all the cables out, I pulled out all of the components (two DVD players (one broken), Audiotron, TiVo, cable box, receiver, CD player, PSX2, N64) from the entertainment center and gave everything a good dusting. (I swear we live in the dustiest apartment on the planet.) Then I started to try to rearrange things.
Here's where I met my second snag. Nothing would go where I wanted it to. None of the nifty new arrangements I had envisioned would work, mostly thanks to the little feets on the bottoms of the components. Grmph. So, after about half an hour of trying, "Well, how about this? How about that? What if I do this? What if..." I finally gave up and put things back mostly exactly where they were when I started. (Which also means that my mad dash out to get speaker wire was completely unnecessary.)
Then, the real fun begins! I am proud to say that I got almost all of the components hooked back up correctly on my first try. The first bobble was me using the wrong outputs on the TV to the receiver, but I fixed that all on my own. The second and third bobbles were beyond my (increasingly tenuous) ability and patience, so I called in the reserves. When packet failed to step up to the bat, dvorak came to my rescue. The PSX2 (the second bobble) was frumple because I'd tried to get all the dust out of the fans, and thus got the dust on the CD (Final Fantasy X). Once that was cleaned, all was well. The third bobble (Audiotron doing everything but actually producing sound) was caused by my using the tape/MD out jacks on the receiver instead of the tape/MD in jacks. Other than that, I got it all right.
A few weeks back, I got into this complete cleaning and reorganization fit. It was really kind of weird. I did the whole bookshelf thing, and the whole closet thing, and then I just kind of... stopped. All these other projects on my list, and I haven't gotten around to any of them. Well, ok, that's not entirely true. I did the entertainment center project last night, but I don't think I would have done that if the whole DVD player thing hadn't prompted it.
But yes, many other projects. And I actually want to do them. I just can't seem to muster the energy or the willpower to actually get around to doing them. Maybe if I break the projects down into little sub-tasks, and say I have to complete one small sub-task per day, that will work. Granted, some of the tasks (like the entertainment center) can't really be broken down, but I bet I could get through 90% of the other tasks that way.
Hrm. Definitely something to consider.
Yes, I know it seems like a trivial task, but it really isn't. The living room table is the catch-all for all those random little things that belong in the living room but don't really have any other place to live. This means that any attempts to clean the table are met with the need to find places for all these things that landed on the table because we couldn't find any place for them.
I really need to run out to CompUSA (bleah. ptui.) to get a new 10/100 hub for the living room, but I just can't seem to get interested in the whole project. I need to replace the 10M hub that I have out here because the two devices I currently have connected to the hub could really do with higher bandwidth connections to the home network. But I hate CompUSA, so trying to convince myself that getting dressed and heading out into the cold just to go to that evil place is kind of a losing battle.
Ok, I did actually win the battle against momentum and went out and got that hub that I wanted to get at CompUSA. Well, that's not entirely true. When I got there, I discovered that the Netgear 10/100 4 port hub was the same price as the Netgear 10/100 5 port switch. "..." Right, then. This makes no sense whatsoever, but I have come to expect nothing less from CompUSA, so really, it all works out. But still, head hurty.
Our staff meetings normally take place on Mondays at 3 PM. (Those of you who have been reading this journal for a while know that Tuesdays used to be concall hell day for me. Somehow, it has managed to morph into Mondays. I'm still not entirely sure how that happened.) Since my boss has to drive to our Trooper, Pennsylvania facility tomorrow night, he wanted to move our staff meeting to earlier in the day. A reasonable request, since if he leaves at 4:30 or so, when our staff meetings normally end, he'd be stuck in traffic hell. So we moved the meeting to 12:30. Urk. It was going to be at 10:00 AM, but I whined. =)
But still, waking up in time to be at the office by noon is going to suck. Yes, yes, I know. I have it rough. But still, when you're used to going to sleep around 6 AM, being at the office at noon requires a significant change in scheduling. Hrm. I should probably go take some Unisom or have a drink or something (but not both; I'm not allowed to do both) and make an effort to fall asleep early.