This past month has been so crazy. I moved to Minneapolis. I lived with my amazing grandparents for 2 weeks. We stayed up late, and I heard stories about being a priest (Episcopal, of course) all over the Midwest in the 60s and 70s. I had such a great time.
However, the drive from Maple Grove was pretty taxing, so I wanted to get into the city (and on a proper bus line) right away. And I found the perfect spot in a house with some cool people. Now, of course, I have design challenges.
First, I needed furniture. I don’t have a lot of money, so I bought off Craigslist, garage sales, and IKEA. For the bed, I wanted to buy new because I just didn’t know what I would be able to find that fit into all the categories I wanted.
I ended up buying a VERY cheap used IKEA desk off of Craigslist. It came with a pair of file cabinets, which are great–but the desk itself is in pretty bad condition. I need to sand it down and paint the top of it to remove (or at least cover) large chunks of water damage. I’m currently using the filing cabinets to support a teak desktop that I nabbed at a garage sale, but I really need to get proper legs, or maybe a pair of slightly taller bookshelves. Currently, the floor is slanted and the drawers fall open, so I can’t really have them there terribly long. It’s driving me nutters.
Anyhow, the desk space is in transition… I’ve got big plans, but I need to put together little pieces here and there as I look for things at the dollar stores, goodwill, and target sales.
The good news is: There’s lots of light, but it doesn’t interfere with the computer screen. There’s lots of wall space, and I can put up the pictures I need of warm and lovely Greece to get me through the winter. I’m thinking of using the lower shelf as a way to get rid of clutter. I used to keep books on that shelf in my previous space, but I was a student then, and I don’t think I’ll need easy access to books–and if I do, they will be at my office. Also, my bookshelf with all my ministry books are right behind this desk and they are easy to get access to.
Anyhow. That’s all my obsessing for now! Stay tuned for a painted desk and some better design with that second shelf.