Thursday, November 19, 2009

Desk obsession

I don't know if I truly have an obsession with desks, but I'm now the owner of yet a third desk in my house. But let me explain. I bought a new desk because I wanted a work space for doing my grad school stuff and grade papers and such instead of doing it from my recliner as I've done for the past year or so. I know what you're thinking. "If you already had two desks, why did you need a third?"
The first desk that I have is now the craft desk in the extra bedroom. I bought it when I was still married and bought my first Dell desktop computer back in 2003 or so. It is large corner desk that spans 6 feet on either side. It's not in great shape, but it is still holding up and works great for my crafting sewing area. While I could certain clear off an area to do my grad school work, I don't want to be closed up in a bedroom to work. I like being in the living room - sometimes in front of the t.v. with it on. Sometimes I turn it off, but regardless, I like being in this part of the house when I work.
The other desk I have is nice dark brown desk that is against a wall in my living room. The problem with that desk is that it really only fits the specific place it is in and to work from there my back would be to the t.v. (Yes, that's a stupid reason.... but it is just also in the wrong spot for me in general which is even more of a stupid reason, but I just don't find it to be work conducive for me.) It wouldn't work for me to move it where I've now put my new third desk and even if I thought it would work, I could not physically move it myself.
So that brings me to the newest addition to my house. As I would work in the recliner, I would have to deal with usually at cat on one side, the computer on the other, a book in my lap with a drink or snack on the table next to me. I also would have difficulty motivating myself to really work in such conditions. But really this all began with shopping for a new printer. I needed to be able to print stuff for school, but my printer was 1. in a different room. 2. currently out of ink. I hated that I had to get up and take my computer into that room to hook it up in order to print something. So then I though I'd get a wireless printer and just hook it up in the living room. But then I started thinking about work space in general and how I was really going to write my upcoming research paper when I needed to really spread out. So I started looking at desks. I had one idea in mind but then I saw this desk at Office Max on Saturday. I didn't buy it right away as I wanted to think about it. So I came back home to give it thought. I made my mind up to go get it but when I went back Saturday evening, it was no longer on sale and they had no more of the little papers that you take to the register. So instead I bought a chair on sale and came home and ordered it online. I got the sale price online and it had free shipping. It turned out to be a good thing because the box would not have fit in my car. So the desk arrived yesterday and I put it together last night. It took me four hours but I got it done. I really like it. It has a lot of work space and a place for my new (wireless) printer.
The chair, however, was another nightmare that I don't wish to share at this point. Now that I have my new workspace, I guess I don't have any more excuses for putting off homework, do I?

In other news, I dealt with a fraudulent charge on my bank card today. I noticed charge for 7.96 on my account but didn't recognize the company. I do buy a lot of stuff online but I couldn't remember anything for this amount. When I checked into it, I found that several other people had noted they had be fraudulently charged on their accounts. The website in question sold screen savers and I know I didn't purchase a screen saver. I called my bank and talked to them about it and had my card canceled. I then had to go in this afternoon and write a statement about it. It isn't so much about getting the money back as it is that someone did this and the irritation of it all. So now I don't have my bank card to use which is used for just about everything. And it's a matter of principle. I don't want scum like that to get away with stealing from me. So if you see any charges from ECONTENTNOW beware.

Though I finally got last year's yearbook finished and off, life certainly hasn't slowed down. Grad school is still going fast and furious as is my teaching job. I'm really ready for Thanksgiving break. Josh will be coming home and we'll head to Albuquerque for a few days. But I need to spend time writing my research paper. Well, it's past my bed time so I'm going to head that way.


Leann said...

Three desks .... really? I can't even manage to obtain one :-) O.k...well I shouldn't say that cause I do have one but it's been confiscated by son. Oh well, I'm like you and would rather be in front of the TV or in the living room when I do what ever it is that needs to be done :-)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Anonymous said...

My best wishes for Thanksgiving to you and all yours!

Anonymous said...

Did te bad desk take possession of you? Maybe you need a desk excorsim?

Annabel said...

No, the desk hasn't taken possession, but I'm writing my research paper and I can't focus on much else right now! Will try to post something when I'm done!

Anonymous said...

:) Happy writing!