Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What's on Your Desk Wednesday

What's On Your Desk Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sassy Brit at Alternative Read. For this, I'm supposed to:

--grab my camera (which is usually on my desk anyway!)
--take a photo of my desk "as is"
--list at least 5 bookish things that are on my desk
--list at least non-bookish things (hopefully that are a bit unusual) that are on my desk
--tag 5 more people (which I'm usually crap at doing because I'm a contrary soul)

This is one part of my desk. I have two Ikea desks put together to form an L shape, and this is the part that's to my right as I sit at the computer. If you'd like to take a closer look, click on the photo to view it full size.

The only obviously bookish things you can see on the desk are the books to be reviewed. I've since removed that stack and replaced it with the books that have arrived in my mailbox so far this week. Behind the lamp, you can see some file folders, and since the folders have books on them, it's safe to assume that they contain bookish things all relating to my blog: publisher info for any ARCs that I have, Scene of the Blog info, future Friday Feud questions, future poll questions, ideas for my Saturday Soliloquy posts. I usually carry around a spiral notebook to write ideas in wherever inspiration strikes, and when I get home, I tear out the pages and put them in the proper folders. Another item on my desk relating to books is the scheduling pad from Levengers. I schedule 99% of my posts ahead of time, and all I have to do is take a look at this pad to see which posts I still have to write and schedule.

As far as the non-bookish things, you can see
  • some items hanging from a silver chain on the lamp. Two of the items are dog tags. One is my grandfather's from World War II; the other is my father's. The magnifying glass was my grandmother's. She used it before she found out that she had macular degeneration and graduated to a much larger one.
  • the bright reflective square at the top of the bulletin board is my husband's license plate for the motorcycle he owned in England. My online nickname used to be "Skye" and he had "Isle of Skye" put on the plate in my honor.
  • below the license plate is a map of the Isle of Skye. I've been there twice, absolutely love it, and I'm always on the lookout for cottages to rent for our next trip, so I need to be able to see where they're located.
  • the Mary Engelbreit "Friend" plaque is a gift from my niece, Karen, in Rochdale outside of Manchester in England. It's very special to me.
  • the bird figurine was given to me by my husband, Denis, so I won't forget what a "proper robin" looks like!
As far as that black carrying case goes, it contains my brand-new netbook that Denis surprised me with last week. I'm typing this post on it now. I love it, and I'm sure that there will be a future post (complete with photos) about it!

Since I am so contrary, I won't tag 5 more people for this meme, but if you want to play along, by all means do so!


  1. I thought that was your netbook carrying case! I can't wait to see your post on it!

  2. I have the lamest post ever for this meme today.

  3. Kathy--I've been so busy using it that I haven't found time to post about it! Maybe you'll see something Saturday....

    Beth--Didn't look lame to me!

  4. Hi! Thanks for playing along. I went out last night so I am playing catch up - since I couldn't respond to posts straight away.

    I love your detailed post, it was very interesting. I am also keen to find out more about your Netbook carrying case - I'm intrigued! Can't wait to read your review on it.

    Great desk area. Thanks for sharing!

    If it's all right with you can I add your picture to my What's on Your Desk Wednesday? Flickr photo set - I will credit you, of course, and add a link back to this lovely blog.

    Take care, and thanks again.


  5. This provides some great insight into your life. Wonderful that you have those dog tags of your grandfather and father. Those are some great talismans.

    Thanks for sharing your desk.

  6. Sassy--Of course it's all right!

    Serena--Whenever I go on long trips, I wear those dog tags around my neck. They wore them on their travels and came home safely. I've always had the feeling that I would, too.


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