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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
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A brief, bewildering tour of where I spend most of my day.

Why hello! I've had too much coffee, and I've taken pictures of my workspace! Come along with me, won't you?


This is what my office looks like in the morning. Look how sunny! You'll notice there's no computer. That's because I compose my thoughts in a linen-bound journal, which I then read into a recording device, and send the digital voice files to a transcription service in Uruguay.


Actually the computer's just downstairs, and I'm too lazy to get it, so I was writing in my journal instead. I tend to write on whatever's handy. A journal, the side of a building, my son's forehead. Whatever.


Here you see the doodles I doodled at some point, I can't remember when. Doodling is essential to my thought process. I drew, as you can see, a heart, because love is very important to me. Then I drew the symbol for eternity, because I often ponder the big questions. Then there's a star and a star-like shape, and I don't have a reason for those. I like to practice the alphabet, because sometimes I forget what comes after what. The "catapult" note is about this deadly, enormous catapult that I'm designing… but I've said too much. Then there's a space for… for what? Who can say! You see how inspiring that is?


And here are the toys I play with, when I crave inspiration. Sometimes I like to take a break and go on a space mission. Or a "mission dans l'espace." It all depends. On what? Je ne sais quoi.


Here is my exercise ball. I have been known to use this for some forms of exercise. Usually I just leave it in that rattan basket, so I can pretend I am a bird, sitting on an enormous, bouncy egg. This amuses me.


This is my chalkboard easel, upon which I scribble angry notes to my inner critic. Here, as you can see, I have scrawled NONONO. This is because my inner critic told me to write something more worthwhile than this rambling mass of lies. Another day I might write POOP, or just draw a space man. I find this technique quite valuable, until my inner critic mocks my penmanship, and I cry.


Here is my cat. She likes to sit on this chair and stare at my back while I work. This keeps me awake, because if I nod off who knows what she'll do. She really cares about me, that cat.


In the adjoining bedroom is Charlie, who as you can see is lounging across our pillows. He does not care about my Art at all. All he cares about is himself. Himself, and his damned sleep.


Now he is pleading me with his eyes to go away, and leave him in peace. And so I shall.

The tour of my office is now finished. You are very welcome.

Reader Comments (68)

Alice-Long time reader, first time commentor. Your posts are always guaranteed to make me cry or laugh - something I really love when blogreading. I have thought how awesome it would be to be friends with you but alas, I now know it can never be. Your house is entirely too neat. I would have an inferiority complex!!
October 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStacy
You have my IKEA chair and my parents' carpet. I love your workroom!
October 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMara
Your workspace is so much better than mine - I must get out of this basement someday. But thank you for relieving the gloom with your wonderful blog!
October 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
Will you please adopt me?
October 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJachiCue
What a fun tour!! I wish I had a home workspace that looked like that!

Also, I love Charlie. I want to come over and snorgle with him. Please, can I?
October 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenn
That was great. Where do we buy the postcards and the souvenir dog?
October 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJaywalker
Best. Post. Ever.

Nothing like reading this in the car and not caring of people thinking I am crazy for laughing out loud (or LOLing for the kids).
October 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFred
Loved the tour, where's the gift shop?
October 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMarinka
Good heavens, but that cat is gorgeous!
October 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
We have those colorful bins too. I loathe them because they are a gigantic garbage disposal that does not dispose the garbage that ends up in them. I covet low Montessori-like shelves on which the toys can be neatly organized.
October 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaria
I do the same thing with my exercise ball. Scary!
October 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSprite's Keeper
Nice penmanship. I'm sorta jealous. And your cat? I want to be her/him for Halloween. Really.
October 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMary Anne
Funny!!!! I love the chalkboard too--it really is like an inner voice begging you to stop whatever you're doing at the time you're looking that way.
October 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKaylen
That was inspirational. And now, instead of clicking through blogs for the rest of the morning, I will actually go sit in my equally awesome workspace and write some of my never-ending novel.

October 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne
This may sound a bit forward, but your bed looks so comfy. I'm on the verge of migraine and for some reason, your bed looks like it would heal me quicker than my own....I really mean this in a non-committal un-sexual kind of way, lol!

You right cool stuff!
October 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJerri Ann
Is the lovely Charlie part beagle? His giant shovel paws and freckley legs remind me of my own pillow sleeping beagle! So cute!
October 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkim
that's hilarious--especially Charlie's stare.
October 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessie
Oh, Charlie is adorable.

Those exercise balls are a design challenge. You get props for turning it into an art piece!
October 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGiyen
Poop. When my daughter was about two she found it amusing, when speaking to my sister on the phone, to inquire if my sister wanted to speak to her "E.O.S.," meaning me, for some indecipherable reason. I didn't really mind. In fact, I missed its novelty when she eventually began referring to me as a "P.O.O.P," again for unknown reasons.
October 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfeefifoto
October 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobin
I doodle the alphabet a lot too. Sometimes I even trying to write it with my left hand (am a rightie) just for challenge. Then get embarrassed and scribble it out later.
October 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeidre
I love your dog. Is it a rat terrier. Our is Cookie, a rat terrier and now that she's older, 10, she's so affectionate and slightly less hyper.
October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGutsywriter
Hi Alice! I love your workspace; and your handwriting is very envy-worthy :).

I've tagged you for a meme (yay! You love me now! You love memes! Right? I thought) - it's an easy one, just 6 random things about yourself. I love random. Hey, you could even make stuff up! God knows I do ALL the time!

Info here--->

Have fun!
October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAstrogirl426
You almost had me with that "sending them off to Uruguay" bit. Thanks for the laugh and as for the dog, that would be what mine aspires too except I hate laying my head down on my pillow and having them smell like a dogs butt, so now my door stays closed! hee hee
October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBarb
THAT'S what my office is missing! A chalkboard, and spaceman. And probably an inner critic - as opposed to the inner mean jerk who tells me periodically that I suck. Jerk
October 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cheap Chick

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