There is much to like about the new apartment. The cats have more space, so they reenact Roman Gladiator fights far less frequently. The kitchen has a dishwasher that actually cleans dishes instead of leaving spots and clumps on all the plates for me to pick off with my fingernails. Most of all, I love having an office:
And, ok, occasionally that guy who wears Dr. Pepper pajama pants and plays his Nintendo while he walks the dog goes traipsing past the window. And, yes, the neighborhood kids like to play baseball or soccer or ultimate Frisbee or whatever games kids play these days in the patch of grass between apartments. But this is why they invented curtains and venetian blinds and window decals.
Yes, I know the curtain rod is bowing. I have a metal rod to replace the plastic one with, but I haven’t hung it up yet. Otherwise I have all I need to work here: a laptop, a monitor, a stereo system, and a new printer/copier/scanner. Printers sure have come a long way since the late 90’s, which is when I bought my last printer. Sadly, when my desktop computer finally gave out its final death rattle a few months ago (see its corpse under my desk?), I realized my laptop did not have a SCSI port to connect to my printer, which was manufactured when the Spice Girls still ruled the world. But the new all-in-one printer is quite fun, and not that expensive after I used my Amazon rewards card’s gift certificate.
I’ve got my kitten of the day calendar on my desk for daily smiles and “Awww’s.” I’ve got my wall calendar to track my weight an my running schedule. I’ve got some gnomes guarding my desk. What else do you need?
Not only do I have my own space to work, I have a door to lock kitties out. They are smart little cats who long ago figured out that the best way to get their mom’s attention is by getting between her body and the computer monitor. At my old place, I had to lock them in the bedroom to get some peace. I always felt like I was locking them in a prison cell and one day I’d open the door to find they’d eaten each other up. Notice that my office chair doubles as a scratching post, saving lots of money on cat toys!