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Saturday, January 21, 2012

10 Things On My Desk

1 -Books read...waiting for a written review.

My life can be summed up by looking at my desk.  It is cluttered with half-finished projects, notes for future blogs, Christmas cards that were returned as undeliverable, and so on.  Littered with distractions that spell trouble for someone who writes a blog!

2 - Red frog on Purple Jar

There are things I collect, like frogs, books I have read and need to write reviews for, a Handbook for my Red Hat chapter that is half way through a revision.

3 - Police scanner in case I hear sirens.


Standing on the side of the desk is a scanner for when I want to listen in on local law enforcement.  Hiding under stacks of papers are more papers waiting to be filed, photos of a friend's new baby, stray screws, cough drops.

4 - Volunteer button from Relay For Life


It isn't out of the question to find bubble gum, water, eye drops for my dry eyes sitting next to my printer.  Or a stray Relay button or two.  Relay is a big part of my life.  I know so many who have or are battling cancer.  I have had several skin cancers removed.

5 - Printer sitting off to the right side.


Once a month my printer has a big job to do, printing out the six-page newsletter I put together for my Red Hat chapter.  It screeches, clunks and whines, but it faithfully produces a nice, clear copy for each of the ladies.

6 - Gizmo, my web cam.


Staring out from the top of my computer monitor is Gizmo, my cute little web cam.  It reminds me I can be visible to the world, or my family should I decide to do that.  I sometimes Skype my family and am always amazed that we can see each other, even when they are hundreds or thousands of miles away.

7 - Lip moisturizer (it's the desert after all).

Keeping my lips from chapping in this dry Arizona climate is a full-time job, so I always keep lip moisturizer handy.  It is right next to the two ink cartridges that are sitting here ready to replace the empty ones in the printer.

8 - Greeting cards that are late getting sent out.

There was a time I was early or right on time mailing greeting cards to family and friends.  Now I am just barely on time or late.  It is a mystery to me why.  Perhaps because I am not as organized as I was when I was employed.  Now I have too much unstructured time on my hands and an unstructured desk that loses things.

9 - Red Hat pill case.

Just as Relay is huge in my life, so is Red Hatting.  I have red and purple stuff in every room - figurines, hats, stuffed bears, jewelry, clothing, tote bags and more.  So a purple pill case on my desk is no surprise.  It is waiting to go into a new member "tool kit" that I give each new lady.

10 - Reminder that tax time is nearing.

Even junk mail finds its way to the bottom of the paper stack.  A reminder that it is almost tax time peeks out from notes and filing.  It is right next to an ad from a warehouse store and a bill that needs to be paid next month.

It would be very easy to title this 110 Things on my Desk if I wanted to be more exact, but I didn't want to scare you away!    It is a mess and I am not proud of it.  In fact, I promise to clear the debris and show you a picture of the way is is supposed to look in a neat, organized world.  I can do it.  Really...I can & I will! 










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16 comments:

  1. My desk? Well...only TEN things??? Okay.... Pictures...lotsa pictures--my three sponsor kids, me 'n J, Mother & Daddy; printer; calculator; phone; webcam; two mugs full of pens, pencils; two stuffed panda bears; a Max Lucado 'Facing Your Giants' desktop calender; computer speakers; a plastic organizer (oh, the irony of THAT concept!) stuffed with bills that need to be paid...that's TEN! Do I get a prize? :-)

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    1. Pandora - your desk sounds pretty normal...no weird stuff. How do you do it?
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  2. I don't suppose you want to know that I just overloaded my bottom desk drawer so FULL that it broke...and pulled down the side of the desk..UGH. So...you want to know what is on my desk right now? It's snow. I moved it out to the back patio till I can haul it off!;>) My DESK ITEMS are in a laundry basket looking for a new home. xo Diana

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    1. Diana - LOL, you gave me a good laugh with this one! "Snow" kidding, you have the most original desktop yet! Thanks for sharing and happy hunting for your next desk!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  3. I love the police scanner (nosey:) I want one! I should get a web cam....my mother keeps pestering me to skype. Is it hard to hook up?

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  4. NJ - Yep, I am nosey..love to try to find out why all the sirens! And, no, web cams are user friendly and easy to use.
    Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  5. My system for cleaning my desk is to scoop it all into a big bag and pull out a handful at a time to sort. It doesn't really work. lol ~ Maureen

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    1. Maureen - Ha! If I tried this I'd probably have a floor littered with the trash bags and never empty them. LOL! I am such a Slug sometimes!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  6. I don't have a desk, I just use my laptop but my husband's office desk and his home desk is scary. I constantly organize both but I will say he does know how to find the important stuff,especially anything related to a client. We (me and our two children) often tease him that we should be on his client list and then he would never forget a thing about us but then again, his clients pay our bills so I shouldn't complain that he is so dedicated to them, I guess it is why they continue to use him!

    Oh, I love the frog, that is so cute!

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    1. Lucy - Thanks for sharing your story. Truth be known, my desk is often quite scary, too! LOL! I hate that I let it get that way!

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  7. Oh Sweet Pat, I am not telling you what my desk looks like! Actually, I forgot, I haven't seen the desk top in quite some time. You are a brave soul. Hugs, Ginger

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    1. Ha! Ginger, no fair! I came clean..er, uh...am coming clean! Today is stash the trash day at my desk! I am toss stuff out, filing papers, clearing out misc "important" stuff and *holy cow* there is wood under all that debris!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  8. Grace, you are too cute! The book I won from you is next on my list! I hope to start it this week. :) I'll be sure to let you know what I think! Have a great week!

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    1. Heather - Thanks for visiting - I love it when new friends return to see what is going on in my world! Enjoy the book & I'll be waiting to hear about it!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  9. Hi Grace, so good to meet you. I just turned 48 and am aiming to grow older with fun and positive vibes... but my five year old twins won't let me! Good to read this post, my desk is a horror just now. My four kids have been home for our Aussie summer school holidays for almost 8 weeks and I haven't been in there hardly at all.

    I know there are letters from school in there that I need to read... will have to be brave and explore!

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    1. Welcome, Seana! I know what you mean - kids have a way with interfering with the orderliness we desire. LOL! I finally found the wood on the top of my desk. Now to clear the final papers out of the way and I'll have a better work environment! whew!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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