This idea originated from reading an excerpt from Louise Bogan’s autobiography called Journey Around My Room. I had written this post earlier in the month, but with today’s #writing101 challenge (death to adverbs), I thought I’d peruse this piece for those pesky -ly words, and see how I did. Two. I eliminated two. And since I got rid of them, I had to be a little more verbose. Overall though, I think adverbs are alright, just use sparingly…
My pretty-in-pink Asus laptop is propped up using one of those ergonomic contraptions (and it’s also elevated using a coffee table poetry book). So I work on a separate keyboard and with a cheapo mouse I brought over from the States. But for a cheap mouse, it’s pretty good. I use a loop scarf that I crocheted to cushion my mouse hand and wrist.
A friend gave me the now frayed pink mouse pad that I use. He most likely gave it to me because he didn’t have any use for a free pink mouse pad. I bought a new one, but it’s too slippery. I like pink.
Surrounding my laptop are my speakers. My subwoofer is heavy, cumbersome and takes up a corner of the desk even though I have one of the speakers on top of it. So, let’s take a look at these speakers for a moment. I bought them from friends who were moving for about 1000 baht which is roughly $30 and they are one of the best purchases I have made. I love having a quality sound system.
On top of my left speaker is a small desk calendar. Even though I hate clocks and don’t like to know the time (unless I have to), I like knowing the date. Electronic calendars don’t have the same feel. I like writing things on my calendar and seeing the overall month picture. On the right, there is a little rubber gecko on the woofer that my b/f and I bought when we were at a local market. Thais are terrified of geckos and tokay lizards so we thought it would be funny to have them thoughtfully placed around the house.
On the right speaker sits a tiny round basket and glass elephant that my friend Helen gave to me when we were living in Ecuador. It was a birthday present. That birthday was great because my dear friend Jamie and I had a lovely breakfast and then went to the Cuenca Panama Hat Museum.
Later that day, friends showed up at Hotel Alcazar for high tea. It was a first for me. We don’t have high tea in Hawaii, yo! Not, at least, when I was growing up. The day ended with me stopping by landlady’s granddaughter’s confirmation at the iconic Cathedral of Immaculate Concepcion.
All my notes and outlines from my friend Sandra’s poetry classes are on my desk, too. If I ever need inspiration, it’s not far away. And sitting on top of that stack is my journal. Of course, I have a colorful array of pens and lip balm, as I cannot be without my chapstick. I got into the habit when I lived in Colorado. I guess I’m addicted. Okay, I’m addicted.
My coffee mug (another birthday present) and or a glass of water is always on my desk. Since I just moved, I’m using the desk that was already in the apartment. Standard dark brown, matches my other wooden desk of not very large proportions. That desk has the printer and teacher stuff. Blah. I still have to organize it. Don’t make me do it yet.
What’s on your desk?