If you’re unfamiliar with this story, it involves a demanding little mouse who requires milk after being given a cookie. Then he needs a straw for his milk. And it snowballs from there. By the end of the story, he’s back to needing a cookie. Our recent project around the house feels a bit like that to me.
Aaron found out he was getting a year-end bonus and we decided to use some of the money to buy a new laptop. Ours is older than our children and wasn’t that great to start with. It is painfully slow to use at this point.
Upon deciding to get a new laptop, I wanted to add a workstation in our dining room. Our laptop currently sits downstairs, plugged in, connected to the printer. That’s pretty much the only way it’s functional. With a new computer, I hope to be able to use it more on a daily basis, but want it somewhere safe from crazy dogs and spilled drinks. We had a slightly broken bookshelf that was no longer serving its purpose, right in the perfect little corner.
In order to paint the walls, we moved the broken bookshelf (straight to the garbage!) When we moved the bookshelf, which had pretty much been there since we moved in, we realized how dirty and disgusting our tile floors really were. So I spent a day scrubbing every grout line and tile by hand. Then Aaron could paint.
After several trips to Lowe’s and a little time in the freezing cold temps, we were finally ready to go! At that point, I realized my husband is a genius. Here’s his version of a stud finder – a magnet to find a nail holding the sheetrock the the stud. With only a few choice words, which required me to distract the kids in another room, Aaron got our desk and shelf installed. It looks so much better than the bookshelf, seems like it will be more functional, and should require less dusting on my part. Pretty much perfect!
It won’t be somewhere we can sit and work for hours or spread out to work on a big project. But we tested it out with Aaron’s work computer and it seems like it should work perfectly to write a quick email or store a pile of bills to pay.
Now all we need is the new computer…