Monday, May 17, 2010

My New Outdoor Office

I am so delighted to be able to work outside for a few hours every day. Sometimes it's too sunny to see my laptop's screen, but there's plenty of other things I can do: pay bills, read books for research, skim through magazines related to my jobs and blogs, etc.

My outdoor office is all set up now. It's just a patio table and chairs, a long outdoor extension cord running from an outlet inside the house all the way out to my laptop, a wireless connection, an iced tea pitcher, sunscreen, a printer (not shown), and a rug for the dogs to lay on when they feel like taking a break from chewing up the yard.

To make my office pretty, I have a potted African violet, and tomorrow I'll put out a candleholder with a summery candle. It doesn't make sense to burn it during the day, but if I'm working into twilight, it will be nice to have a scented candle by my side.


  • Make menu plans and create grocery list for the week

  • Did you get all your laundry done over the weekend? Need to fold and put some of it away?

  • Can you set aside an evening this week for family time, or just for yourself? An evening when you don't have to go anywhere, see anyone or do errands. Just chill at home?

  • Did you write any letters or pay any bills over the weekend? Need to stamp and mail them? Have any of those pesky magazine subscription envelopes that you need to process? Write a check and send it off, or shred and recycle the letters?


I'm finishing setting up my outdoor office today so it's usable, workable, efficient but also pleasant. But I also have to clean up, sort and organize my indoor office too. I use it in the mornings when it's too cold to go outdoors, and in the evenings when it's too dark or cold to be outside. I have trash to empty, paper to recycle, vacuuming to do, and a whole bunch of paperwork to file away.

If you have a home office, spend some time tonight dusting, organizing, finding things, putting things away, decluttering, and making yourself an efficient space to get your work done in.

You get work done faster in an organized office, which leaves more time for
socialization and relaxation!

LOVELY BLOGS: Busy Bee Lifestyle

This blog's focus is on entertaining and decorating. There are an incredible amount of helpful and inspiring posts here. There's a section called Tip Tuesday, one called Fabulous Finds, and a section for Seasonal posts. A lot of the posts are heavy on showing you products and material items, but it's not shoved in your face like an affiliate website. It's still very fun to look around here.

Check out the article on Retro Foods of the 60's and 70's while you're here.

LOVELY MOVIES: Secretariat

This movie doesn't come out until October, and I don't usually care about horses or horse movies. But the trailer looked SO good! Perhaps I'm influenced by my love of Diane Lane's acting abilities. And the female empowerment theme doesn't hurt, too. I'm looking forward to seeing this in the fall!

Secretariat Trailer, at Apple

Secretariat, at IMDB

Secretariat, at Wikipedia


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