I did buy a scanner on impulse-ish on Monday, when i stumbled upon a very good offer. At the very least, it's been motivation to throw out a ton of paper. Sitting next to a big file box and looking at documents has been a pleasant thing to do while resting. My first test scans were on paper that was clearly asking to jam. I've trimmed the jam-triggering curls off the edge and will see if the rest of this document will scan easily. It's copies of papers from a seminar i attended in college my junior year, i think. The two day seminar was on climate change, and motivated me to really want to change fields and help. I asked a faculty member about changing fields, and he -- in retrospect, pessimistically -- discouraged me, saying that it wasn't the science but the politics that needed addressing.
He was very right about the politics, don't misunderstand me, but i don't think staying my academic course was the right advice to give young student me.
Anyhow, lots of memorabilia in boxes that could be made much more accessible and inexpensive to move.
Hopefully the lingering cold will get bored and move on.