Art Journal 1/11/16 to 1/14/16

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Pretty ice from the birdbath.


Sun and rain together. So pretty.

A little while ago I decided that I’d rather stand at my desk than sit all day and built my own standing desk out of boards and cardboard boxes. I didn’t want to invest in an actual standing desk until I knew it would work for me. I decided I liked it a lot, but sometimes I missed being able to sit. I ended up bringing one of my counter-height stools up from the kitchen to use with the standing desk if I wanted to sit, which was not ideal.

It took a bit of doing to find something that would fit my gigantic triple monitor setup, but the Varidesk Pro Plus 48 turned out to be the best and most cost-effective choice. I could have gotten a whole new desk, but the Ikea desk I’ve been using for years is still in really good shape so it seemed a shame to replace the whole thing. It took a little doing to figure out how to fit all three monitors, mostly because of the thicker part at the edge of the left side of each monitor where the USB ports are. I had to put the right screen slightly behind the center one, which is ok since I usually just use that one for watching movies while using the other two for work. I really like this desk so far. It came fully assembled and it’s very easy to raise and lower even with the weight of the monitors. It’s very heavy which is necessary to counterbalance the monitors when the desk is in the raised position. I’ve used it for a couple of days now and it’s pretty great.


Varidesk in raised position (standing).


Varidesk in lowered position (sitting).

I went for a long walk in my neighborhood up a street I don’t usually walk on. I came across this cool “Little Free Library” where you can leave a book or take a book. What a cool idea. I took “Bel Canto” by Anne Patchett which I read before and really liked and wanted to read again. I have to remember to go back and leave a book or two.librarySome pieces in progress:


Before (left) and After (right)

green watercolorsOne of my favorite things about the start of a new year is getting new calendars. This year I decided to try a Moleskine weekly notebook which so far is working really well. On the left is a small space for each day. On the right is a regular notebook page. I’ve been using the right side to jot down things to do, websites to look up, books to read, etc. as I think of them. And then I add things from that list to the calendar page (with the intent that if I add something to a day I’m supposed to do it on that day). I like that the space for each day is small so I can only add a few things. It’s a much better system than my previous to-do list methods, which seemed overwhelming and made me feel like I never get anything done.  It’s also been helpful to have a place to write down random things as I think of them. DoneAnd lastly, a cute squirrel sitting on the little roof outside my window. squirrel



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