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In the darkness, we grope

I can think of better ways to begin the morning than simultaneously to realize I’ve awakened with a headache and to step in a still warm and moist hairball.

In completely unrelated news, about 6:45 every morning a robin, policing his territory, perches on the clothesline outside the window of our office. Speaking of, do you have an office or a study? If you don’t have either, which would you have, had you a choice? I’ve always had an office. This is in part because my grandparents had offices (neither of my parents would even think to dedicate a room to either an “office” or a “study”), especially my father’s father, who after he retired from teaching, moved reams of papers and stacks of books into five different office spaces in his house. Every morning he would write in his office, which eventually migrated to a large desk he kept behind the sofa in the living room; after lunch and a nap, he would return to his office; after supper, he would return to his office a third time, not to be seen until he came out to eat ice cream and go to bed. In my families one doesn’t have a study in one’s house, but I wonder sometimes—especially after having read David Hare distinguish between them—whether I wouldn’t be wise to change that family tradition.

(For the time being, of course, the distinction is merely academic. K works from home; therefore, we must have an office. Still, I’m curious how the other half lives, so spill, other half!)

 

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I have a study at home and office at school.

I rarely do admin stuff at home… unless it’s electronically grading papers. I do most of my writing in a very messy study that drives my wife mad… but it’s congenital.

then, again, i also waste a whole heck of a lotta time in my study surfing to places like hermits.

You could waste about the same amount of time writing for hermits, as opposed to surfing to places like it, you know.

i’m sorry if my last post misled you… as JH can atest, i actually only surf to hermits and rarely to sites like hermits

Humbug!

So anyway, I’d probably have something like your setup if I could, although a big difference is that what I do at work has very little to do with what I do at home.

OT, About writing for hermits: of the searches that bring people here, the one that’s gained the most ground in the last two weeks has been “emma watson nude” and its close cousin “emma watson naked.” If you ask me, there’s a bunch of pervs out there on them Intarwebs.

I have precisely the same problem that Hare describes—the place that’s supposed to be a study ends up becoming a place where I delete spam and pay bills and so on. I tried for some years to solve this problem by having two desks. I still have two desks, but the room that’s supposed to be the study in this house is currently a minefield of half empty boxes, and the writing desk is piled with various pieces of paper and extension cords and so on.

Now that I’m done with school, some of that may change. . . I hope.

Two desks! We have an L-shaped desk, which has worked in the past as two workspaces, especially when we had two computers. But since I’m basically Macless now, one side of the L has pretty much been taken over by paperwork and cats.

Ah, yes, cats. My cat generally believes that any desk I’m at is really hers.

I would think Tyger would make any writer nervous, what with all that peering over the monitor…