Home and Family

Musings on home, family, friends, and pets.

The home office staff
My new desk!
Closet – before and after

The home office staff

I have the privilege of working from home one day a week, and being a former gamer with a former gamer’s large monitor makes it easy. But I couldn’t do it at all without my home office staff.

This is my security guard. He makes certain that I’m aware of anybody who tries to enter the premises. He often patrols the back yard and loudly informs me that all is not well. Or well. He’s just kind of loud.

“there’s a #*^#@ squirrel on the #$(&@&( porch!”

This is my IT tech. He’s most often found under my desk as I work, making sure the wires are fine. He’ll even unplug one once in a while to make sure I’m on my toes.

“i’ll let you know if the computer gets too warm”

And this is the Harry, the intern. He’s here to observe how often I get snacks from the kitchen.

*bubbles happily!*

My new desk!

After years of using an IKEA table as a desk, I decided that my fifth decade of life was a good enough as any to get myself an actual desk with drawers and storage. I mean I do work from home one whole day a week.
I saw a gorgeous desk in the January issue of Martha Stewart Magazine (Martha is still my queen) and when I found out it was from IKEA I was sold.

And here it is! It’s the IKEA KLIMPEN Table.

It will never look this nice again.

It’s modular — the desk top is sold differently from the pieces beneath — and rather than get two sets of drawers like Martha did, I decided to purchase the coordinating bookcase for the left hand side.

Completely staged, naturally.

I freaking love this desk. It’s so large (for me) and spacious that I’ve taken to calling it the Resolute Desk. I have office supplies in the drawers and my notebooks in the side case. The laptop is my work laptop and I bought the stand from Amazon for $19.99.

White frame! Fake peonies! Tiny axe! Nasty bumper sticker! I’ll never be Pinterest-ready.

And there’s still plenty of room for notebooks FULL of knowledge and helpful facts. Or junky magazines.

None of this is sponsored. But as always I’m 100% willing to sell my blog out for any brand I love. Call me, IKEA, Life is Good, and/or Lin-Manuel Miranda!

Closet – before and after

I have glorious closet here in the House on Literary Lane that I swore I could never fill in a million years.

(laugh track)

I gave it a good re-organizing the other day and for those of you who enjoy this kind of thing, here are the before and after shots.





There is a topmost shelf you can’t see, it holds Christmas cookie tins and other seasonal cookie paraphernalia.
The topmost shelf you DO see is for paper plates and cups. We don’t entertain much, but WM’s school always plans events and makes the teachers bring in supplies.
The next shelf is cleaning supplies.
The next shelf is lightbulbs (every freaking fixture in here requires different bulbs), candles, and extra toiletries. We have a crapton of candles from that summer when the power went out every night in our Dee-Luxe Apartment in the Sky. I refuse to throw them out.
The next shelf is coffee, pans, and dishes that we use regularly. Yes, that is a Mickey Mouse chip and dip bowl. And McCafe coffee is amazing.
And the floor is for appliances we don’t use every day, and boxes of trash bags.

PS: Happy Birthday, Dad!

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