Designing a Home Office

 

Although the nature of my profession has always allowed for remote work, I’ve never put the effort into a dedicated home workspace. In the past, whenever I’ve worked from home, I’ve just set up in the dining room – big table, natural light, why not?

Now that I’m working on unpacking and getting set up in our Baltimore row house, I’m going to make the second bedroom an official home office (except I’m going to call it “the library” because I’m a dork). I need it to be conducive to full-time working from home but also still have the capacity for hosting our overnight visitors.

The other challenge is that this home is a rental so I’m not going to be making any long-term investments or permanent changes. Though I wish I could change the wall colour (it’s a hideous pinky beige), the room is otherwise a blank slate.

First and foremost, I need a desk. I’m a fan of rustic, vintage or used when possible, and I try to avoid MDF, veneer, and particle board whenever possible. The real trick is balancing budget with longevity. I think it’s important to be mindful of environmental impact by buying second hand, sustainable, or pieces that won’t need replacing after a short time.

These are a few of the styles that I’m drawn to. (These are NOT affiliate links, just some inspiration that I like.)

 

So, I’m on the hunt! Which of these get your vote?

Do you have any suggestions as to how I should go about choosing?

Leave a link to your favourite recommended desk in the comments below.

Design

Mindful Water Use on #WorldWaterDay

It’s World Water Day! So, what’s the big deal?

Well, access to clean water is something that many of us take for granted. Unfortunately, for so many others that simply isn’t the reality. You may be surprised to know that even in Canada, a country filled with lakes and fresh waterways, there are still communities who live with long-term boil advisories for drinking or bathing or brushing their teeth.

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So, what can we do?

Well, like with any issue of this size and scope, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the daunting task of solving the problem alone. Fortunately, we can share the burden together.

5 Mindful Ways for Water Consumption

  1. Shower shorter.
  2. A reusable water bottle is your new best friend.
  3. Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge and ice cubes in the freezer. It will save you from running the tap to get it to the right temperature.
  4. Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when full.
  5. Share! Rather than dumping that extra gulp left in the pitcher, pour it into a pet’s dish or onto a houseplant.

Bonus: Never, ever, EVER buy bottled water. If you live in a community where clean drinking water is available, then you really shouldn’t be supporting water privatization by purchasing water from a company. It’s unsustainable, expensive, wasteful, and, in extreme cases, entirely stolen away from non-western communities.

Thirsty for more?

One of the best ways to embrace and enforce change is to stay informed. Here’s some reading to get you started.

Statistics Canada’s water study should spark federal action to protect water

36 eye-opening facts about water

Take back our water: How Trump’s appetite for privatization threatens your drinking water

How are you saving water this #WorldWaterDay?

Dreaming of a New York Christmas

I know it’s a *little* early to start posting about my Christmas plans, but I can’t help it! I’m too excited!

This year I’m heading south to New York for Christmas and I’m beyond excited. It’ll be my second time visiting the Big Apple, but my first time going for the holidays. I’ve always loved thinking about what it will be like to see the city that never sleeps all decked out with lights, and displays, and all the sparkle of the season.

To start getting ready for the New York Christmas spirit, I decided to work my way through a list of 100 movies set in Manhattan and/or in the surrounding Burroughs. You’ll notice that I’ve included many, many Rom-Coms; and you’ll get no apologies from me for that! I’ve also included a few of my favourite gangster movies, some dramas, and a handful of films that I’ve not yet seen.

My strategy was to start with the non-Christmas ones and save those for December when I pump up my Christmas (or Krista-mas, as I like to say) celebrating to full notch. I’ll be crossing them out as I go down the list. I started on November first and am both surprised and embarrassed about how many I’ve been able to watch already.

NY Movie List

  1. Annie (1982)
  2. A Chorus Line (1985)
  3. An American Tail (1986)
  4. Wall Street (1987)
  5. Big (1988)
  6. Cocktail (1988)
  7. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
  8. Ghost (1990)
  9. The Godfather Part III (1990)
  10. Goodfellas (1990)
  11. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
  12. Scent of a Woman (1992)
  13. A Stranger Among Us (1992)
  14. It Could Happen to You (1994)
  15. Sabrina (1995)
  16. Daylight (1996)
  17. One Fine Day (1996)
  18. The First Wives Club (1996)
  19. Picture Perfect (1997)
  20. As Good as It Gets (1997)
  21. Conspiracy Theory (1997)
  22. Deep Impact (1998)
  23. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
  24. Cruel Intentions (1999)
  25. Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)
  26. Music of the Heart (1999)
  27. Payback (1999)
  28. Simply Irresistible (1999)
  29. American Psycho (2000)
  30. Center Stage (2000)
  31. Coyote Ugly (2000)
  32. The Family Man (2000)
  33. Frequency (2000)
  34. Loser (2000)
  35. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
  36. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
  37. Serendipity (2001)
  38. Sidewalks of New York (2001)
  39. Vanilla Sky (2001)
  40. Zoolander (2001)
  41. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  42. Death to Smoochy (2002)
  43. Gangs of New York (2002)
  44. Maid in Manhattan (2002)
  45. Phone Booth (2002)
  46. Spider-Man (2002)
  47. Two Weeks Notice (2002)
  48. Daredevil (2003)
  49. Down with Love (2003)
  50. Duplex (2003)
  51. Elf (2003)
  52. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
  53. In America (2003)
  54. Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
  55. Uptown Girls (2003)
  56. 13 Going on 30 (2004)
  57. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  58. Maria Full of Grace (2004)
  59. New York Minute (2004)
  60. Raising Helen (2004)
  61. Hitch (2005)
  62. In Good Company (2005)
  63. The Producers (2005)
  64. Rent (2005)
  65. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
  66. Just My Luck (2006)
  67. Shortbus (2006)
  68. Across the Universe (2007)
  69. August Rush (2007)
  70. Enchanted (2007)
  71. I Am Legend (2007)
  72. The Nanny Diaries (2007)
  73. No Reservations (2007)
  74. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
  75. 27 Dresses (2008)
  76. Definitely, Maybe (2008)
  77. Doubt (2008)
  78. Made of Honor (2008)
  79. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
  80. Adam (2009)
  81. Bride Wars (2009)
  82. Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
  83. Julie & Julia (2009)
  84. Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)
  85. The Proposal (2009)
  86. Date Night (2010)
  87. Get Him to the Greek (2010)
  88. It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
  89. Kick-Ass (2010)
  90. The Other Guys (2010)
  91. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
  92. Beastly (2011)
  93. Friends with Benefits (2011)
  94. 2 Days in New York (2012)
  95. Premium Rush (2012)
  96. Frances Ha (2013)
  97. Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
  98. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)
  99. Side Effects (2013)
  100. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

What do you think? Anything missing from my list?

Krista