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Saturday, January 09, 2010

What a couple of weeks! I am exhausted, and I just realized I've forgotten to eat. I'm so tired of life being go, go, go. I want to get off for awhile. Unfortunately, with four kids and a big electronics show in Vegas, I am not alone in my thoughts this week. In fact, both my son's friend's parents were at the show, so he was here with us.

In case you can't tell from the photo, I work in the living room. Which is a small, dismal place, but it's all this house can manage. I had a desk that you could close off and so it didn't look like a desk in an obvious place, and it was fine when I was in Saratoga and had a beautiful, sunshiney view of the city. But now, it felt like I was working in a cell and on solitary confinement. This house has wood ceilings, so it's a bit dark to begin with. We never really get direct sunlight in here and quite frankly, I wasn't getting anything done unless I went to the coffee shop.

Which, you know, works if you don't have to do things like coordinate kids' schedules, pay bills, etc., at the same desk. So with my last paycheck, I splurged and bought myself a corner desk from Pottery Barn. Yes, it looks stupid in here. No, I can't close it off to the world, but sometimes, you have to do what you have to do.

So today, I set up my new desk (which is why I'm late posting, the computer was off.) I feel incredible not having to stare into that dark box and I'm hoping my writing will reflect it. I have drawers!! Have you ever had to do that? Stop mid-project and organize yourself so that you can continue? I have to say, I think it was worth it. I put the desk together myself and made my teenagers help me lift the top on -- payback for pizza and the non-stop driving to soccer. Since I'm the only "stay at home" mom on the team, I find myself shuttling freshman boys all over the city. Which, is very helpful for the young adult novel I'm writing. I only look innocent...

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At 2:07 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

Congratulations on your new desk; I LOVE it! Before I even started reading your post I gave it a thorough looking over (is that even a phrase? I know, the grammar is awful! *smile*). Right away I had to work at not being jealous over the drawers on both sides. How cool is that?!?!?! And to have a real THAT'S the cat's pajamas! (Am I dating myself?) My desk...and granted I am not an my laptop on top of a cooling pad on top of an old 3-ring binder on top of my feet. So you can see why I am struggling with jealousy. I am sure your writing (not to mention bill-paying and schedule-making) will be more prolific than ever.

P.S. I'm a new reader...came from Angie Hunt's blog.

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At 7:27 AM, Blogger SketchGirl said...

It's like getting a makeover. Great before and after pictures! also would help mum to have eyes in the back of her head :)

At 8:27 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I don't know, K. I kinda like the photo of the cluttered roll-top with the Christmas tree book end. LOL

Glad you found yourself the space you needed to free up some mental energy. :-)

At 12:00 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I hope it works is all I can say. I've been there Ruthie, writing from bed on a binder with a laptop. This is much, much better. I'm a desktop girl for some reason. And welcome to our blog! We're happy to have you.

Yeah, D, I'm sure you would like the cluttered version. LOL I may not have eyes in the back of my head, but I have killer ears, and smell (so no one gets away with much here.)

At 12:41 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

I love that desk. I've been eyeballing it for years. So glad you got a new workspace! It really does clear the clutter in the head.

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Jennifer, I also eyed it for years. I just realized for what I'd pay for a piece of junk, the Pottery Barn stuff always lasts, and it was the perfect size. Usually corner desks are too big. This one is perfect~

At 5:10 PM, Blogger Abby said...

LOVE the new desk! I love how open and light it is! What can I say...I love anything Pottery Barn. I completely understand needing to organize before you can complete a project. That's how I am. When I started my new job, I felt like I couldn't concentrate on my new job until my office was organized and pretty! :)

At 10:08 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I can totally relate, Kristin. I often have to stop and reorganize. When the clutter encroaches on my keyboard, it's time to clean.


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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