Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Photo of the Day: My desk

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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 contained.
So what is on my desk?

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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 paper cutter. 
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.