The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

March 23, 2013

A Change of Season, A Change of Scenery

Filed under: Random Stuff — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 11:47 pm

Coming soon to a biome near you.

If you’re reading this right now, there’s a good chance that you’ve just managed to survive yet another Winter.  Not that this has been all that rough a Winter in the first place, but to be honest, I’ll take “not Winter anymore” any day and twice on a Sunday in mid-January (where that’s unfortunately not an option as of the last time I checked.)  On the other hand, now that Spring is here, Winter seems to be making one last attempt to assert itself in the form of a storm front that’s bringing some heavy rain, some reasonably strong winds and even some potential for a bit of snow in the forecast.  In a way, this most recent bit of weather seems to be the meteorological equivalent of an unmotivated teenager suddenly realizing he’s basically spent the last three months on the couch in the basement playing video games, and is now making a halfhearted effort to look productive before Dad tosses him out and tells him to go get a job.

Nonetheless, even with snow (sort of) still in the forecast, the signs of an impending Spring are beginning to appear.  Although it seems like a lot of the trees have hit the snooze button on waking up this year, there’s a few of them here and there that have started to blossom.  It’s hard to put into words, but there just seems to be a general sense of Springiness in the air, even if the forecasts are still basically Winter warmed over.  Scattered between the usual 47 degree overcast and rainy days that seem to be the norm around here during this part of the year, there have been a few days here and there that have actually been fairly nice.  And although I’ve never been a big fan of the lost hour of sleep that comes with Daylight Savings Time, it’s always nice being able to leave work in the evening and actually still have a usable amount of light outside.

Of course, another thing that comes with the arrival of Spring is the now obligatory (well, sort of) Spring Cleaning.  Back when I was still living in my parents’ house, Spring Cleaning was something generally to be dreaded, mostly because it meant cleaning just about everything in sight, and cleaning it thoroughly.  With my own apartment and (currently) no oversight that would mandate such things I tend to regard Spring Cleaning as more of an optional thing, something that should be applied on an as-needed basis.  Then again, there have been a few things in my apartment that have been bugging me for a while now, mostly in terms of general clutter.  Given the fact that I have limited space here clutter is inevitable, but it still seems like I could be doing a better job of managing it.  In particular, my computer desk has been bugging me lately.  When I moved into this apartment, I set up what had been my work table in the den/office at my old apartment in the bedroom as a temporary desk until I could get something better because my old desk was much too big to fit anywhere in this apartment.  Eventually I did get another desk, but for some odd reason it ended up in the living room, where it has admittedly done nothing but accumulate various crud.  I’ve made a couple of attempts to use it as a workspace, but the placement just doesn’t agree with me for some reason.  I also don’t have enough space in the bedroom for it, so ultimately I just ended up keeping the cheap table I had in here until it started getting a bit too splintery to really be all that useful (I hear cheap Ikea stuff has a tendency to do that sometimes).

Finally, last weekend I decided it was time to do something about this problem.  Fortunately, I found out that Ikea now makes a Galant table in the same size as the Vika table I was replacing.  There’s nothing particularly fancy about the Galant series, but in my experience it holds up a lot better than some of the alternatives, and it does also come with a 10-year warranty on the off-chance that something does break.  After I took this home and put it together, it occurred to me that instead of having the desk right up against the wall, maybe I could do a bit better by turning things around a bit.  When I tried this, I found that not only did it actually look a bit better to do it that way, but it also gave me a bit more space between the desk and the bed and freed up enough space along the wall that I could probably even manage to fit an extra shelf in there, which might help out with the clutter.  It also makes it a lot easier to leave the shades open while I’m on the computer to enjoy the view out the window and get some more light in here.  When I had the desk up against the wall, I found that if I tried to open the shades the glare would be problematic (my eyes tend to be a bit more sensitive to that type of thing than the average person’s eyes would be.)

When all was said and done, this is what I ended up with.

So far, I’m quite happy with the result, and wondering why I didn’t get around to trying this out sooner.  After all, sometimes all you need to get a change of scenery is to turn around and look in a different direction.


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