Welcome to my desk. Yeah, I know, it's a mess. But I'm in the midst of several projects right now and it's all gotta go somewhere right? Projects? Yes indeedy. At have two going on right now. Both editing of sorts. One is an educational puppet show for Ranger Joy in Yellowstone, the other is a book that a friend wrote. And everything I need to work on both of those is on my desk.......somewhere.....
Oh I can hear you say, "editing? Seriously? I've seen plenty of errors in her Blog pages...how does she get away with editing anyone else when she doesn't properly edit herself?" Well, it may interest you to know what when I write my blog, I never go back to check for errors. I should, yes I know. But I don't. I write and go. It's the second thing I do every morning. First I fix Tim's breakfast, then I blog, then I shower, dress and move on to the rest of my day. Yes, the ugly truth is, I'm sitting here as I do every Monday through Friday. Yup, five mornings a week I sit at my desk with serious bedhead, in my jammies, barefoot, my eyes not even focused, writing this Blog at my desk. Oh, and just FYI, the letter "e" on my keyboard sticks so sometimes when I type the word "are" and the "e" sticks, I notice that the computer autocorrects it to "at". Thus explaining that particular error. The rest of them are just me, early in the morning typing poorly at my desk.
Ok it's not actually a "desk" per se, but it's what I use as a desk so it counts. Remember we downsized bigtime when we moved here. In our Colorado house I had an actual desk with drawers in it, 4 of them and a cabinet above it that had 2 doors and four shelves. My current desk was created when the kitchen reno was done. Tim and the contractor sat down together and figured out how to carve this space for me. I quite like it too :) I have everything I need, my chair, my computer, workspace, shelves and my drawer stuff. And it's practically in my favourite part of the house, the kitchen.
The close proximity too the kitchen allows me to do some work while cooking and easy access to snacks. Bonus! Or I could fold some laundry on the island top while I'm puzzling out a problem, or put groceries away in between chapters, or make lunch while considering an idea. Very handy indeed.
I think the shelves were creating with the intention that I fill them with research material, dictionaries, thesauruses, protractors and measuring tapes, I don't know what they were thinking. Right now, as you can see, instead it's mostly cookbooks, an address book (yes I still use the old fashioned kind) some sidewalkchalk, and a bag of.....stuff....that I probably should go through and sort out. It's all things that I use and that needed a place to be. Cookbooks near the kitchen seemed reasonable to me and so that's where they are.
I don't have drawers anymore. Instead I have a basket with zippy bags in it. They hold things like pencils and pens, tape, paper, envelopes, pencil sharpers, paperclips, sticky pads and one award. In short, all the sorts of things that people working at a desk might need. They are sorted out in categories, one category per zippy bag. And since zippy bags are clear, anyone would be able to find what they are looking for at a quick glance. Actually kind of handy. It works for me.
At some point I hope to have at least one floating shelf above the computer so I can put my award there or maybe hang it on the wall. A dear friend of mine made that award for me. It's important. It gives me the rank of Admiral from the Department of the Obvious. Yes friends, I am not merely Captain Obvious, I am Admiral Obvious. Show a little respect.
My favourite musican/singer/songwriter, the late, great Harry Nilsson wrote a song early in his career called, " Good Old Desk". I often find myself singing that song while I'm sitting here.
Yup, this desk suits me right down to my toes.
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.