Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lessons From The Things On My Desk

We've chatted before about the things that come to live (or maybe die) on my desk. There are little scraps of notepaper that seem to have meant something at some point...but now the message is lost for eternity. There is the iPod that needs to be taken to the Apple store because it's stopped updating. There are extra Christmas cards just waiting to be sent to one person or another who I accidentally left off our card list this year. Stacks of magazines that I swear I'll read...some day.

Today there are three new things on my desk. Things that I think will live here for a long time and that I won't forget the meaning of. Three things that make me smile when I look at them.

First, a pretty jewelry box. It doesn't have jewelry in it. I didn't come with jewelry in it, but it looked pretty in the craft store when bebe and I were there last week...and somehow it got into my basket and now it's living on my desk. The box reminds me that sometimes it's good to be surprised. Maybe I'll use it someday in a giveaway...or maybe it will forever be a little chatchky box. Who knows?

Second, a cheerleader. The boxy-Lego kind, not the high-school, pimply kind. lol My writing buddy, Margie sent it to me last week along with a special note. I love that cheerleader. It's got dark hair like me, red and white pom-poms and a silly smile. The cheerleader and the note remind me that the little things do matter.

Third, a glass snowman ornament. You guys know about my slight obsession with snowmen. I have a Just Believe snowman block set that sits near my desk year-round. This new one is a family of snowmen with baby pink and baby blue sparklies that catch the light. The baby snowman has its hands stretched to the sky, like it might catch a snowflake or shooting star. The baby reminds me of my daughter and her excitement about ... well, everything. It reminds me to be excited - by the big things and the little things.

What about you? What's on your desk this morning that is making you smile?

18 comments:

  1. I love that snowman ornament -- looks fab -- can I get one in the UK I wonder? I have nothing on my desk...oh hang on I'll tell you....a balloon, colouring books and pencils, dollies hairbrush and odds and sods of toys. Sometimes the mess makes me smile, I guess (if I try hard enough LOL)

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    1. Oh, I can relate the miscellaneous toys conundrum. bebe is forever leaving a dolly brush or crayons or something on my desk...right now there are cupcake-shaped erasers (why, WHY???) from her and some scribbles that she swears read 'i love mommy' and 'i love daddy'. So, of course, I can't get rid of them...

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  2. LOL...I am so guilty of keeping things on my desk to remind me of moments and to make me smile. Here are 3: I have a stuffed corn-on-the-cob doll to remind me that my ancestors started out as farmers. I have a dancing snoopy card that's singing "Thank you, thank you, thank you." to remind me how much I have to be thankful for. And I have a "Happy Flower" that when the sunlight hits it from the window, its leaves flap and pedals dance...that helps me remember to be joyful and smile a lot.

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    1. Your desk sounds like a great place to be, Brenda! Thanks for stopping by...and I soooo want your Happy Flower!!!

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  3. My desk (a end table beside the armchair I do my writing in) is covered as always, even though I picked it up some. The pocket thesaurus I won at a local write-in for NaNoWriMo is up there. Also the "Emergency Plot Scratch Off" card that I didn't need to use. Then there is the "Official Wombat NaNoWriMo Survival Kit" sticker that I cut off my goody bag from the kick off party. Most importantly are the homemade dog biscuits that my 2 dogs are enjoying this week.

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    1. homemade dog biscuits - that's a new one! And I love the sound of your NANO tools, Joelle!

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  4. I have a lapdesk that I use while I sit on my chair and a half in the living room with a wonderful view..so nothing is on it. But I am surrounded by not only my wonderful view, but a huge curio cabinet filled with trinkets from times before I was born, when I was born and the entire journey since :)

    Love the lego cheerleader...and I have a slight obsession with not only snowmen, but snow globes :)

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    1. snowmen, snowglobes...it's all the same to me! :) My fave is one with a picture of us (me, DH, bebe) in it..taken the day her adoption was finalized. It plays What a Wonderful World ~ love that song! And I love the sound of your writing space, Christine!

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  5. I don't have a desk. Well, I do, but I don't write there and my husband uses it more than I do. I write while sitting on the couch. I love the things on your desk and what they mean to you.

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! I actually do more writing away from my desk now that I have an iPad and keyboard at my disposal..my desk is more for the business end - spreadsheets and correspondence and...you know. :)

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  6. Two things. A picture of my granddaughter when she was 4 months old and a ceramic cup of a duck my youngest daughter made me a few years ago.

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    1. the duck cup sounds cute, Jerri...and pictures are always great things for a workspace.

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  7. My daughter's feet? She has on red and white candy-cane-like fuzzy socks and is working on her homework. She always makes me smile and I love that she inherited my obsession with all things Christmasy. The rest is just books, a calendar, and an inbox with over-flowing papers. Thanks for sharing today, Kristina!

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  8. I can't see the bottom of my desk! :)
    -R.T. Wolfe

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    1. i feel that way - often! - RT!

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  9. Love those things. I have a little LEGO cowgirl our friend Margie sent me and everytime I look at it, I smile. I love little treasures.

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    1. I saw her LEGO cowgirl over on the WW blog - so cute!!! Little treasures are the best, I think. :)

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