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As I’ve mentioned throughout this site, I’m very passionate about what I do. It is a driving force in my life, and is highly fulfilling. As a result, I tend to talk about it. At length. To everyone I know. I suspect that this blog will be no exception.

Hopefully, my quirky interests and odd sense of humor won’t confuse/infuriate you. If they do, well, I won’t be offended if you decide to read the musings of someone more interesting than little ol’ me.


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Office Party! or I Heart West Seattle

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Office Party! or I Heart West Seattle

7.7.10, 11:28am | Freelancing, Ikea, Office Issues, West Seattle,

Last April, my husband and I played the “apartment switch!” game, and moved to a new place. We’d lived in downtown Seattle for two years, which was great for a number of reasons (close to excellent restaurants and bars, 12-minute walk to hubby’s office, easy access to busses, etc). But it had some definite disadvantages too. The rent was ridiculously expensive, the rooms were weirdly shaped and (therefore) too small, and we couldn’t really open the windows or door to the balcony.

I supposed I should clarify here. When I say we couldn’t open the windows or balcony-door, I don’t mean that they physically wouldn’t open. I mean that our apartment was literally a stone’s throw from I-5 and an freeway off-ramp.

Opening a window or outsider door would mean the apartment was filled with the extremely LOUD sounds of cars flying by said window. Also, general traffic sounds, people yelling angrily at whatever, and, oh yeah, AMBULANCES. Did I mention that we were right by three major Seattle hospitals? Yeah. THAT.

So after kicking around a couple of ideas, we settled on West Seattle, and moved into a lovely 2-bdrm ground floor apartment. Even though we’re still pretty central to West Seattle’s “downtown”, our new place is so. unbelievably. quiet. The street we live on runs parallel to the main drag (California Ave), so while we still have access to plenty of great place to eat, drink, and be merry, our home and the street outside our windows is very quiet and peaceful. Right at this moment, I have both patio doors wide open, and all I can hear is the sound of trees rustling in the summer breeze, and little birdies chirp-a-chirping. BLISS.

One of my conditions for finding a new place (aside from the noise thing) is that I needed to have room for an office. Due to the odd layout of the old place, the only room that was big enough to accommodate a desk (and not much else) was the living room. Which became more of a problem as time went on. It was the default space to put things when the coffee table was too cluttered, and often I’d come out of the bedroom in the morning to discover that my desk was covered with dirty dishes, wadded-up kleenex (allergy sufferers, yo), and old pipe tobacco from the night before. HRUMPH. I never felt like I had my own space, and the space I did have was severely lacking in storage, or a way to keep myself organized.

Well, no LONGER! Our new apartment has an office that’s large enough to contain both our weights set and an office area for me. When we first came view this apartment, I practically dropped to my knees and wept for joy upon walking into the “master bedroom”. SERIOUS.

So, after a couple of weeks of transition (and “working” at the kitchen table), I took a trip to the Land Of Ikea, and bought myself a new desk, bookcase, and filing cabinet.  I know fellow office-supply nerds out there will understand my glee. I finally have enough space to properly store my equipment, office supplies, peripherals, and client documents (which, previously, was living in a big pile on the kitchen table), all while still having plenty of desk space. I can stand or sit at my desk, and cleaning and organizing is easy and painless

I can’t even begin to describe how refreshing it is to walk into my office every day. For one, it’s an actual OFFICE. Everything is neat, clean, and tidy. I have plenty of natural light, and no longer feel like I’m working in a cave. And best of all, I have a sliding door that opens out onto the patio, where I can step out to sip my tea and take a mental break whenever I need. It’s incredible how much easier and more enjoyable it is to work in this setting than at my old desk crammed into a living room corner. It’s HUGE. It doesn’t matter how chaotic the rest of the house is: once I walk in here, I can close the door on the rest of that (literally), and get to work. SWEET JOY. Praise be to our new apartment, West Seattle, and Ikea! I had no idea working from home could be this goooood.

Yay for office space! Now, we just need some pictures (or a dinner invite… *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*).

Name: Beth | Posted: 3:49pm, 7.7.10

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