Friday, January 28, 2011


I was going to title this post “How adding another piece of furniture to our living room is actually going to make our apartment feel larger”, but that was a little long.  I need brevity these days.

So, I’m blogging to you from my NEW desk location in our living room.  Yes, I am admit, one of the big mistakes I made while designing Mark’s nursery was assuming I’d still be able to use it as an office and blogging space sometimes.  Oh, how naive I was.  Yes, it turns out, there weren’t that many opportunities to actually sit at the desk and work or blog while he happily played nearby.  The times when I was most able to focus on tasks at this computer were those when he was sleeping.  I wasn’t exactly able to use the room while he slept because rule number one of parenting goes something like this: “Don’t wake the baby, for goodness sakes!” 

I began scouring Craigslist for a desk to use out in our living room, where I can work while Mark naps or at night after he’s gone to bed.  Wait, actually, let me back up.  My first choice was this piece from CB2, which would visually “disappear” and magically give my computer that cloak of invisibility.


As good as my arguments were for this investment (it can be used as a desk now, or as a console table in our future living spaces, it’s CLEAR, it’s so COOL, etc.), I didn’t get too far with Dr. Jay.  My economist husband couldn’t stomach $300 smackeroos on “a piece of acrylic”.  So, off to Craigslist I went.  Finally I came across something that fit my requirements for size, look, condition and price. 

Enter our new (to us) desk:


I’m in love with the lines and details.  It’s solid oak and has dovetail joinery!  Score.  The top is a little strange- it almost seems like it’s a laminate, but other than that it’s a real gem.  I’d like to keep it natural, but I may end up painting it one day so the weird top isn’t noticeable.  But that will not be any time soon.  What do you think?  Should I paint it?  Color ideas?



Yes, it’s a little beat up, but overall in really good condition.  I’d guess this desk is from the 50’s or early 60’s.  Anyone know?  There is a tag on the inside that says it’s from the Levin Furniture Company in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Here it is all set up with my computer.


Yes, that is a PC.  Not exactly my first choice, but Windows and AutoCad are so much happier together, so what are you going to do?  (actually, there is finally AutoCad for Mac- if anyone out there has tried it, please let me know- I’d love a review!)  And yes, that’s my baby on the desktop, just a few days old.  Such a little chunk.  And cords- I know, I won’t be winning any awards on, but I feel like I have my right arm back now that I can access my computer all day.  You have to pick your battles, right?

I think I’ve won this battle.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

And it's 2011

So, to be clear I AM still here. I've had lots of post ideas so far this year, but little time to produce them like I would want to. But I was reminded of Ira Glass and his thoughts on Persistence and Creativity last week in a post from Nicole Balch's Making it Lovely blog and I just had to make sure to share it with you. Thank you, Nicole. Thanks for your blog. I have a big blog-crush on you. If you haven't visited her site, try it out immediately. This girl is impressive. And one heck of a coder. Back to Persistence. I heard Ira Glass give this talk a few years ago when we were living in Austin and it made such an impact on me. Please watch: It was (IS) so great to hear someone like Ira Glass admit that it's okay to be bad at something in the beginning. And years into it. I still make reference to this talk he gave- in fact, I was telling my good friend Brandy about it last fall. It's great to hear those words again and be reminded, with the help of YouTube, that you don't have to have it all figured out in the beginning. Heck, you don't need to be good at whatever it is that you are doing. The important thing is to do what you love and keep doing it. Over and over again. And then some more. It meant a lot to me to be reminded of that last week. The week that I told my former architecture firm that I won't be coming back after maternity leave. I made the decision over our Christmas vacation that my family is what I want to spend my time on for the next couple of years. It was not an easy decision. I had a great job, supportive bosses, and a flexible schedule. It would be nice to have the extra income as we save for a house. But my heart wasn't in it and I didn't feel like I would be doing either job well (architecture or mom) if I split them up right now. I know others that do it really well, but I don't think it's for me right now. So back to persistence. I'm a new parent. I definitely don't always feel good about the job I'm doing. But I'm going to keep it at. It's my full-time job now. And I'm still working on the architecture part. Hopefully it's still a viable career for me in a few years. In the meantime, I'll be here. Parenting and trying to blog and stay current with architecture and design. I might even be able to do a project or two eventually. Just wanted you to know that I'm not giving up. Cue the corny Persistence poster. Hope that wasn't too much over-sharing. But that's what blogs are for, right?