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No books, just stuff…


One of those nights last night. Woke at 3.35 am and couldn’t get back to sleep so I switched the light on and then read for an hour. Fell asleep for 30 minutes and woke again and read until 6.30, got up made tea, went back to bed then fell into a deep sleep and was nearly late for tennis this morning….and what a game it was . It was very windy so it was hard to play and the gusty wind made it very interesting, especially wearing so many layers of clothing, it was hard to move one’s arms properly, but play we did and had a great time.

When I got back, my flowers from the Go!Smell the Flowers competition had arrived and they are beautiful as you can see – and I have still got another 11 deliveries to send where I want over the next year! What a great prize. Thanks so much, Jim and Em!

I was reading the latest post over at Kim @ Laketrees. To find that she has featured….guess who?…..ME! Hurrah for Kim! She has been nominated for several blogging awards (including Hottest Mommy Blogger) over at the Bloggers Choice Awards. She was nominated by Sue@BloggingSueblimely (what a great name) who has in turn been nominated for several awards. I headed over and voted for both of them as they both have fantastic blogs and deserve to win :-)

Kim also posted a great cartoon from Dave Walker @ Weblog cartoons (who also drew the ‘procrastination cartoon’ I posted a couple of days ago) about organising your desk. It’s very good and I thought I would follow Kim’s lead and post a photograph of my desk so you can see where I am writing this.


The key things to notice in this photograph are my MacBook Pro which is my baby and I love it. If you click on the photograph you can see a close up of my desktop photo which I think is beautiful. Three printers. Yes, three. One is a combination printer/scanner/copier so I keep it even though the printer no longer works well with my Mac, the other is an ordinary photo printer which has now been superceded by the third, which is a new A3+ size printer I have just bought so I can put into action a cunning idea I have had for my books. And then there is the spaghetti junction going on underneath. Bit like me really. On the surface all is tidy and organised, underneath turmoil :-)


Hiding behind the Mac are three pots of pens and pencils, three staplers (why?) four packs of various highlighter and felt pens. Who says I am obsessed with stationery? There is a stamp which I used when I was doing my teacher training which says


and some book marks which have spaces for smiley face stickers which I used to give the children when they were good (a little bribery goes a long way)

I also have some speakers on my desk so I can listen to music and a clock and weather forecaster so I can see what the weather is doing in case I forget to look out of the window. It is radio controlled and is supposed to set the time itself. At the moment it is saying it is 6.34pm on the 8th January even though my Mac says it is 5.50pm and it is the 21st January. I think it might be broken…

So I dare you, post a photograph of your desk and computer desktop. Does it say much about you?

12 responses to “No books, just stuff…

  1. mywoodenrobot January 21, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Hi Diane (and other readers),
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  2. creechman January 21, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Cool workplace. Thanks for inviting us in. As for spaghetti junction, I’ve got you beat.

  3. strugglingwriter January 21, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    I hope my desk says nothing about me because if it did it would probably tell you horrible lies, such as I’m a horribly disorganized and messy person. You desk looks lovely however.

    My daughter would love that stamp. Very cute.

  4. laketrees January 21, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    the flowers are stunning Diane !!!
    and your desk is so neat !!!!
    I feel guilty posting my desk after seeing yours….
    that smiley stamp is very very cute Mrs Aldred :)
    and an A3 printer….now I am green !!!
    I hope you sleep well tonight…. those clock photos are a hoot :)

  5. Diane January 21, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Jane – I’m in! Where’s the kitchen? I could do with a cup of tea….
    Great idea and thanks for inviting me!

    Mark – you are welcome. I want to see a pic of your new Mac set up – and your spaghetti junction…

    SW – surely not….I expect you are just saying that and you are a neat freak too! The kids loved my stamp…not much use for it these days :-)

    Kim – they are aren’t they? Your desk was fab – a true artist’s desk!
    As for my printer – I have great plans for it….. :-)

  6. creechman January 22, 2008 at 2:40 am

    Your wish is my command, my lady.

    Now I don’t have to think of something else to write for another day. ;)

  7. Bridget Jones January 22, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Di! what a beautifully organised desk! :)

    I’m rather the opposite when it comes to desks.. plus I change the ‘display’ all the time. Routine and Bridget are no buddies ha!

    And then, I sometimes surf from the couch to catch some BJ on telly (that’s my movies and not some porn stuff guys ha!), often too on the balcony these days as the weather is so cool in Dubai and sometimes… Ok, what I’m really trying to say is that I’m not taking you up on that dare to post a pic, not after seeing the perfection of your desk ha! ;)

    Beautiful flowers Jem sent you, enjoy :)

  8. Diane January 22, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    The joke is, the rest of the room is a shambles…I didn’t show you a photograph of that!

    A girl’s got to have some secrets!

  9. pete January 23, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    For your consideration, Mrs. Aldred:

    My Desktop

  10. Diane January 23, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Mrs Aldred says ‘Well Done!”

    That’s a real boys desk! Are those crocodiles? Looks like organized chaos to me….. :-)

  11. pete January 24, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Alligators. I also got a flat screen last week (finally), so there’s a little more space.

  12. Diane January 24, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Florida – alligators – of course!

    Flat screen? Cool! My desktop Mac still has a HUGE 19″ display and covers half my other desk….the one I didn’t show you!

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