Monday Potes ~ A Room of One’s Own

Moving my belongings into the old shed / new office space was overwhelming. I’ve uncovered things that have been boxed for over 5 years. Items I had thought lost or had forgotten about entirely, stirring both melancholy and joy. Inspired by my own creation, I stepped back to write about the space, remembering the lines of Virgina Woolf’s essay A Room of One’s Own that I read 20 years ago as an English major: A woman must have money and a room of her own in order to write fiction. I haven’t had a room of my very own in over 7 years. I know there are women (and men) out there who may never have this privilege, so I feel quite blessed. If you haven’t carved out a room (or a space if en entire room is impossible), I highly recommend it....

Spider Relocation Project Status: COMPLETE!

Yes, it’s true! The Shed-to-New-Office Renovation (Aka Spider Relocation Project) is (mostly) complete! Final spider relocation tally: Spiders Successfully Relocated: 60 Spiders Lost During Relocation: 4 (not including that sac of eggs I threw out) Spiders Misplaced During Relocation: 2 Spiders I Allowed to Stay: 2 (but they’re very small) BEFORE and AFTER! And now for the coolest part of the whole deal (TRY not to be TOO jealous). You see the white & orange frames on the wall on the bottom photograph? Those are painted on magnetic whiteboards. I know! I first painted on the metal paint, then the white board paint, and PRESTO! The first message is from my GBF. It says “I feel like I’m on the inside of a melon.” It’s true....

Spider Relocation Project and Avoiding the Woolly Worms

It’s Day 28 of the Spider Relocation Project (aka Shed-to-Office-Renovation) and we’ve lost two more little dudes. One was into the vacuum and the other one was painted over with a roller. Sorry guys! Total Saved: 56* Total Lost: 3 *It’s possible I could have saved the same spider more than once. I can’t show you the current status of the renovation because it’s too close to being done! The big reveal will be within the next week, I’m betting. Squee! For the Monday Poetry Thang, and in the spirit of being concerned about little critters, I bring you (from my book Every Day Angels): avoiding the woolly worms I drive 10 miles an hour slower to avoid them crossing the road it is the season for so many things don’t know what...

The Spider Relocation Project (AKA Office Renovation) @ 3:15 AM

A RECAP (with spiders) Current office space. Depressing. Crowded. Ick. Soon-to-be-Room-of-my-Own The Shed has been home to random boxiness since we moved in almost 3 years ago. Before The Shed-to-Den-of-Awesomeness project begins. And the current inhabitants are going to have to move. After a lot of heavy lifting and the relocation of 37 spiders (32 Daddy Longlegs and 5 Wolf Spiders) We have . . . empty space! And the spider relocation project is a success! However, they revisited me in my dreams during the 3:15 Experiment. from The 3:15 Experiment August 7, 2010 A jar of spiders in the sun daddy long-legs paddling the air they must be relocated re launched     spider astronauts flying in the wind through space     moments before touching down on cement block or...