I organized our stuff. We're mainly unpacked, although there are boxes in the basement waiting to be transferred to plastic bins that I've ordered. When I complained to a friend of mine about the whole tedious exercise, I had to explain why we have so much stuff, despite major purging:
* we have a ton of books, including books that I would normally simply borrow. Since I was away from any church unit for several years, I have all the BYU Women's Conference books in addition to course manuals and other church-related materials.
* we have duplicates of books in English and French. Take, for example, all six hardcovers of Harry Potter. Now double that. We also have a lot of church materials in English and French, and the Book of Mormon in English, French, Arabic, and Cebuano.
* we have a lot of sports gear (tennis, ultimate, soccer, swimming, volleyball, walking, etc.), surprising given how sedentary we are.
* related to sedentary, quite a few CDs and DVDs. MoBob for example is still working his way through Buffy the Vampire Slayer which takes up quite a bit of shelf space. We ended up buying DVDs because my former employer didn't allow Netflix through the monthly pouch.
* we stocked up on a lot of things that either weren't available or very expensive in West Africa. Recall that we lived there for seven years with one annual month-long leave in the US. Hence the multitude of pancake syrup, blank notecards, and sheet sets, among other items.
* we have a lot of souvenirs from various destinations, including rugs inherited from MoBob's family, knickknacks from all over West Africa, and random items from the US (I just unearthed a giftcard from Starbucks which I had used as a bookmark).
* both of us are secret hoarders, ie I've lugged around my high school yearbooks and MB still has his notebooks from university. This is in addition to Important Papers.
* we also have a ton of clothes. Yes, I kept all the suits that I had from grad school, not to mention sweaters, wool socks, rain gear, and other items that are useless in West Africa but I didn't want to have to buy all over again once we were back in the US.
I did watch Metropolitan, which I've wanted to watch for several years after seeing Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco in Bamako. As Roger Ebert wrote in his review, the world depicted is one I was dimly aware of, perhaps because I went to a state school (where I did meet a couple of people who were related to buildings on campus) and my grad program was both small and physically distant from the main campus where I'm sure there were quite a few students from this background. I enjoyed the movie though because I remember (even more dimly still) when I too was young and (hopefully) articulate and (annoyingly) introspective.