While every pal loves a bottle of vino to help keep their holidays merry and bright, sometimes it’s nice to give a gift that shows you know and respect them on another level. 2017 has been a year of pushing back against the patriarchy. Show your feminist friend you’ve got their back when the misogynist muck hits the fan with one of these fun feminist finds.
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.
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.
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
- Shower shorter.
- A reusable water bottle is your new best friend.
- 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.
- Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when full.
- 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.
How are you saving water this #WorldWaterDay?