FINALLY! And, yes, I’m aware that it has technically only been a few days since I disconnected the computer back on the other end (six), as well as the fact that I had plenty of internet access on my phone. Really, though, details, schmetails! I’m all hooked up in my office now. It felt like forever let me tell you and setting things up in here feels great.
I’m calling the office the Den of Words and Sports and I'm lucky enough to be able to do everything from this one space now. Matt accepted a new position which means he sadly no longer works from home. But only sadly in the fact that it was nice having lunch together every day and that he was out of work by 3:00 (east coast hours). It isn’t sad that he’s got a really great thing going at the new place and a far lower stress level to go along with it. Even if it means he’s not home until 5:30, if his general career-self-ness is happier & more satisfied then he’s a lucky man.
And I’m a lucky woman too because with him out of the house I get the entire office area to dedicate to my stuff for the first time ever. He gets a workshop in the garage, his man space and I get my Den.
It’s MINE! It’s ALL MINE!!! MY PRECIOUS!!!
First and foremost I have the desks set up for maximum writing and editing potential. That’s pretty key considering I’m pursuing it from a career standpoint. I kinda can’t just do it from my netbook on the sofa anymore. The netbook with a 10” screen. The sofa we’ve had for about seven years. The sofa, like all of our furniture except the hand-me-downs, that came from IKEA when we were college-poor (pay no mind to the fact that we were in our late twenties/early thirties at the time, technically it isn’t a lie seeing as though I was in school). Anyway, the sofa that needs to get the eff up on outa’ here.
But all in due time. First and most important, did I mention I get the office all to myself?
So now that the writing station is covered that opens up the closet and the other 1/3 of the room to accommodate my hobbies too. I have a permanent spot for my sewing machine for the first time in ages, and the closet can house stuff I’ve picked up for jewelry making that I actually kept after the Great Purge of 2009.
Oh yeah, and this is the room where all my sports memorabilia is going. Booyah!
Mark Recchi (holding one of his three Stanley Cups, wearing a Bruins jersey), a Christmas gift from my Aunt (who rocks!), will be right across the room from me. Obviously not the real Mark, the framed photo of his smiling face is perfect thank you very much. My poster of Nomar (Nomah!!!) Garciaparra, the ‘We Got the Cup!’ poster we all got on Bruins parade day, the little Red Sox plastic cap that they sell you the ice cream inside of, and my New England Patriots bottle opener will all be on some kind of display.
Sorry but I can’t help that I’m a Boston sports nut. I mean, when you grow up there you get it. Even people who aren’t into sports at all are open to appreciating the fact that the Yankees suck. Because they do.
But I digress…
The office will hopefully have a reading chair as well. I love to read for enjoyment of course but aside from blogs and articles, there are paperback versions of guides and advice that I read for the business side and I want to keep business stuff in here. Plus I’m hoping I can also do some reviews for other indie Author’s novels this year. I have a couple friends who have written books and I’d love to get my take on them out there through Writesy.
Which reminds me…
If you’ll allow me another digression (which you likely will if you’re over here to begin with cuz this thing ain’t called Random Lunacy for nothin’!) I’d like to take a moment to just thank (profusely) all the amazing and wonderful people who have purchased a copy of my book! In total, since first publishing this past April I’ve sold 68 copies of Ripple the Twine. Holy crap!
That’s a whole lotta’ love and from the tips of my toes I cannot thank you enough for supporting my venture into the business of Writing and self-publishing. I’m really proud of this book but it still humbles me that well over 50 people bought a single piece of my writing. In all the zines, chapbooks, etc. I’ve never sold 68 copies before. For this many people to believe in what I’m doing is actually (and not in that literally/totally/actually way but for real) about the most surreal thing I’ve ever experienced.
And now I have an office all to myself to write in, a corner office with a pretty nice view of blue skies.
Apparently I must be doing something right because the gods of (whatever oversees the career track) are certainly smiling on me!
Anyway, thank you all so, so much for your love and support!
And now back to your regularly scheduled post about moving and setting up stuff.
I’ll probably hang some photos this weekend, things that are already framed and that we plan to use, but otherwise I’m taking the entire weekend off. Matt too. We both deserve it I can say that for sure after being on non-stop go-time the past month since we closed on the house.
There’s been a pool pump & filter replacement (including plumbing) done, epoxy overlay in the master bath shower, hanging of curtain rods and large poster art. And that’s just what Matt’s done.
I pretty much painted every interior surface with the exception of ceilings (which I cut in and Matt rolled), a few bathroom cabinets, and all the doors. But including kitchen cabinets. Which I now somewhat regret because they were tough to do and the paint wasn’t the best quality. But they admittedly look 1000% better and will do until we replace them.
We plan to rip out the bathrooms over the next year or so. Functionally speaking they work fine for now but I figure if we leave them hideous it will speed up the process of saving to do what we really want not just what works to get by. That’s here already, and as we all know Matt and I had the ‘let’s-make-it-good-enough-and-flip-it(-but-ha-ha-it-never-sells-sucka)-house in the past.
If nothing else Labor of Love taught us to be patient.
Um, yeah, that’s it. Go ahead, ask Matt how I’m doing with that concept. Patience isn’t in my vocabulary when I am setting up my house. My house is my thing. Some people have shoes or bags, I’m all about my house.
Regardless though I’m frantic over spending as if we’re destitute or something. Which we’re not. If we were, we would have never considered buying. We’re doing fine and all that hoo-ha but scrimping and saving for years then watching the rapid depletion of your savings go ‘POOF!’ in one fail swoop called a down payment, well, it kinda gets stuck right there in the throat. Especially when I’m not pulling in any kind of predictable income right now.
But enough about all that. Have I mentioned I’m writing this blog post from my brand new, office? The one that’s all mine?
In time, maybe over the course of the next five years or so, our plans include opening up all the kitchen walls to the living room space so we have a great room open concept feel. The reason it’ll be years down the line is it also means the entire tile floor comes up because it was installed up to the trim, not under it. And that’s a project neither of us will do ourselves, nor do we want to spend money on it right now. There are priorities far greater that benefit the short term and long term.
For example, the plumbing must be looked at relatively soon. Every time we run a load of laundry bigger than a medium sized cycle at one end of the house, the showers back up all the way at the other end of the house. Um, so not okay.
Our plumbing plans include having that inspected as well as moving the water and gas lines for the laundry into the house from the garage. Because, really? I don’t understand what genius thought ‘Ooh I’ve got an idea! Let’s put the place where you’re cleaning your clothes in the dirtiest place in your house. Brilliant!’
Laundry in the garage never made sense to me and since the wall abuts the kitchen wall we’re bringing it into the kitchen. Which of course means building out a closet for it. Which would leave the kitchen with an off-balance design. Which of course means building out a pantry on the opposite corner. And if we’re installing such nice doors and cabinetry/countertops over there we’re going to want to rip out the kitchen with its painted cabinets and laminate countertops over here…
I think you can see where this is going.
It’s going nowhere right now, that’s for sure. All in time. And I stress all.
Anyway, we’re moved in and almost totally unpacked. This week will probably be the final push. Plus I’ll be posting stuff on craigslist and /or Freecycle and eBay over the course of the next week or so.
And I’ll be doing it all from my very own office.