I do not often talk about my desk. It has changed over the years starting when I
was 12, and I had one of those white Sears desks from the 1970’s. In fact, I had the full-size bed, and the dresser
to match. I wanted a set after seeing my cousin’s bedroom set. Next, came the rinky-dinky desk, where I had
my first computer on, in my room. It did
not last long. My next desk was to me
state of the art for its time. It was oak
stained (no telling what wood was actually used) desk, and it was the first
piece of furniture I bought with my own money (actually with the help of my
Sears store credit card) for my first apartment. I loved it, because it had so many places to
put stuff, and it really served its purpose when I moved into my current
place. I was able to do both my paper
crafting and my computer work there. In
fact, it was the desk that I decided to start blogging at.
In 2013, it was time to say goodbye to that desk. My father thought it would be a good idea to
get me new carpet and paint my walls on the first floor of my condo. I concurred, because I am not a white wall
person, and I had been begging him to get a guy to paint them for me. Well, that meant that I had to change some
things, including getting rid of my much beloved desk. When it came time to dismantle the computer
desk, I wanted to just take each screw out bit by bit, and save the desktop and
use it for something else. It was like
marble, although it was made out of wood.
My brother had other ideas, and after he and my nephew took the hutch
off the desk part, he took his foot, and smashed it into the hutch, breaking it
in two. Then he took the side of the
desk, turn it on its side and smashed it in.
So much for keep a part of it for sentimental value. We (my parents and I) went to the store and I
picked out this desk that was a two-piece, because I was asked to look at them,
and pick out what I felt was my style. When
I showed it to my father, I was told that he had a budget, and the one I wanted
was too high (how was I to know).
Anyway, I picked the one I am typing at now, and I love it. The best feature of this desk is I can hide
cords. We all know that the computer,
even though the trend is to move away from the cord, has a ton of them. Cords from the printer, the monitor, and
maybe an external drive can be cumbersome to say the least, but it is
So what is on my desk? (Warning: May be Affiliate Links ahead)
I am an Independent Longaberger® Home Consultant, as
well as a freelance designer of scrapbooks and cards, and a writer, so I have a
couple of baskets, the Handy Basket, and a small basket. In the Handy Basket, I have markers for my
Cricut™ Explore, a couple of stencils, some commonly used small tools. In the small basket, I have a Sharpie™ that
should be in the Handy Basket, 4 stamps, and an extra blade for my Fiskars
I also have an invoice from a recent order, as well as
a bill statement and folders on my desk.
As for equipment, I have my computer, a Dell Inspiron 20 All-In-One
computer. It is basically a monitor
with stuff inside. (DVD, speaker, and internal drive is built in,). A big difference from the tower I had for
the past 5 years. Oh, I have an external
drive lurking in the back, hooked up, but not working. It works, but the computer is not and will
not read it. I bought it in 2011, when I
had the previous computer. The back
story behind it is when I bought the previous computer, it had Windows Vista
built in. I got sick of the OS (operating
system) and upgraded to Windows 7 in 2013.
That is when the computer (Inspiron 1520) stopped reading the external
drive, even though the instructions said that the external drive was compatible
with Win 7. When I changed computers in
May 2014, I was told that this computer (All-in-one) could read the external
drive. The computer only read it for 30
minutes then quit. The computer has Win
8 when I bought it, and upgraded to 8.1 a few months later. I am
on the fence of upgrading it to Win 10 when it comes out.
I always have both phones (smart and home) phones on
the desk. I also have a random ink pad
and of course a lamp, which rounds out the items on my desk.
Overall, I have a typical desk. It suits my purpose, which is to have an efficient,
working business. When I am done for the
day, whatever I stop with, I leave it on there.
That is the single life with no kids.
That will change when a little one arrives, and demands her space at my
desk. Then again, I just may have to
buy her a desk of her own. No need to
bother mommy’s things.
I get to today’s post, I want to give an apology to those who have been
following this blog: I goof up
again. I am trying to make my life a
little easier by automatically uploading blog posts from Blogger to
pinterest. I often use a website called
Ifttt.com to perform little tasks for uploading stuff. Unfortunately, instead of getting a recipe
that uploads my posts after I publish them to my pinterest board, it is posting
everything I repin from my feed (like a greeting card idea I like), and posting
it to Blogger on this blog. It is not
doing it to my other blogs. It has
gotten traffic, just not the traffic I wanted for this blog. The ones that were repined, should be for my P.Lynne
Designs blog, NOT this one.
you are here to learn about different writing techniques and my musings, I
again apologize, and if you do not mind the posts, ignore my apology. Either way, I have stopped the recipe from
automatically posting pins that have nothing to do with my post. I am, however, learning to create one on my
own, and not rely of others. With that being
said, I hope you will enjoy today’s post.
Research can be a bear (I had another name, but I am
trying to keep it G). In case you have
lived under a rock, this is how research used to be: Come up with a subject. Narrow down the subject. Go to the library. If your family was lucky, you had a set of
encyclopedias and you looked up information that way. You wrote out your information of 3x5 cards
(10 points if you showed it to the teacher as proof you did it). You arranged your cards in order of appearance
in your report (essay, dissertation, thesis, Et. all), and that was the hard
part. Now, you have to write the little
bugger. Typing was, and still is not my
strongest skill, so using the typewriter was really grueling, and you spell
check was the dictionary (my parents had Webster’s, the only game in town
according to them). If you messed up,
you had to either use whiteout, a typewriter eraser, or rip the whole thing out
and start the page over again. Thank God I had caring teachers who did allow students
to write the report in their own handwriting.
When I was a teen, computers were introduce to the home, and life got a
Today, I do not know how we got along without computer. You do not have to go to the library, take
notes on a 3 x 5 index card, and so forth.
I do not remember the last time I was in a library. I just look up my information on Google to
research my subject, type out my post (or article), but what do you do with all
that information you find. Well you can
store it on an external drive, your internal drive on your computer, or on a
cloud drive. How about your browser? If you have not made this discovery, let me
show you have it is done.
I am using Google Chrome, but any browser can actually
do this. You just have to know how to
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First of all, make your folder. On Google Chrome, go to bar which is right
under the URL bar.
Click the right
button on the mouse to bring up the menu, and go to “add folder”.
This should bring up a menu like this:
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Type in a name such as “research”, “musings” (you come
up with the name)
And your folder should look like this on the saved bar
(what I am calling it from now on)
Next, you want to save the website that you are
researching on, so highlight the URL.
Then drag it to the new folder.
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Now if you need to go to the website, instead of
typing in the URL each time, just go to your research folder in your
browser. It saves time, no need to
think of the URL each time, and a bunch of trees (no more little pieces of
paper with the URL floating around your desk).