I first want to apologize for my tardiness in posting. I have been working like a pack mule lately trying to get this sales tax project done for Grabber. I won’t get into the boring details but suffice it to say the last month I have put in 207.5 hours of total work. This includes working every weekend and even on my Birthday. On the plus side I have billed a lot of hours and made money- something I sorely lacked when I was sick for like 3 months.
In between all of this work I have had one exciting development. Last Saturday my roommate moved out to work at a job in Idaho near her family. I debated for a few seconds whether I should get a new roommate to replace her but I decided instead to turn her room into an office/guest room. I purchased a futon sofa that folds out into a full size bed. The futon cushion is a real mattress with springs and everything. I got it on Craigslist for a great deal. It’s perfect for overnight guests! In addition to the bed I have a TV that my uncle Tom is letting me use. It is one of those old school tube tv’s but the picture is great. I admire that Tom could carry it up to my apartment. The thing is heavy! It took me 2 tries to get it on the exepedit shelf I bought from Ikea. The rest of the room is taken up by the office portion. I have my lovely desk and chair that I bought at Pier 1. It is the best because it is a manageable size. So many of the desks I found were these large monstrosities. Plus, this desk has a little bit of charm. It is the only “nice” piece of furniture I own. Someday I hope to have many pieces from Pier 1 and similar stores!
Anyway, I have lots of storage in the new room/bathroom which I am taking full advantage of. With more space my entire apartment feels neater and more put-together. It’s funny because you would think I would be more inclined to be neat living with another person but I find the opposite is true. My old roommate was awesome but not the cleanest person in the world and I think the two of us were sometimes not the best at motivating each other to be clean. Particularly with vacuuming. One time she was surprised that I was vacuuming again after about 3 weeks! I told her- “some people vacuum every day!”. (It’s funny how cleanliness is such a relative thing. There are many people who would think I am a total slob and others who would find me too clean. ).
Finishing off my new space is a separate bathroom for guests and while I work. I have stocked it with towels (I donated my old towels to that bathroom and bought new ones for me!). Plus, I went out and bought shampoo, conditioner and the like for any guests. I really mean this when I say- come and visit!
This might sound ridiculous but having this new space has been incredible. I don’t think I realized how all-encompassing particularly my work had become. Now I have way to separate it- a way to shut the door and be done. It’s strange how a mental thing like that really does make a difference in my happiness but it does. I feel liberated! I can actually watch television without having my computer staring at me tempting me to “just check my email…it will only take a second”. It’s hard to explain how great that is. Now I am just kicking myself for having waited so long to get my own office. While it was great having roommates, there is no comparison to the happiness I feel from being able to turn work off.
Here you can see the new space. I am working on my video skills and clearly have some room for improvement but at least it will give you an idea of the new space! Come and visit- come and visit- come and visit!