I picked up this metal lion statue at the flea market in Ohio. I tend to do that kind of thing. I’m a leo. I root for Detroit in the NFL. I have one on my logo. Apparently, I have a thing for lions.

But what I’m really here for tonight, is to show that before we left for the family vacation, I managed to get the sword up on the wall. I tried a couple different ideas for sword hangers, but in the end a couple of screws is what I went with. It’s not fancy, but it was easy and it works.

should have turned on the closet light

Look it’s me talking about another thing I bought. Yeah, it is. But in my defence, most of the things I buy are pretty lame. And anyway, birthday.

So, another birthday present arrived from Amazon. This time it’s a new office chair. Because the last two have been terrible. I really miss my Aeron chair.

office chair

It doesn’t look much different than my old chair, but it’s much more comfortable. It actually has padding on the seat that pads. The adjustable arms don’t swivel around like they’re lost. It’s wider and sturdier. It weighs quite a bit more, surprisingly heavy. The only complaint I have, the backrest doesn’t lean back in a comfortable way. It just feels awkward. But I don’t lean back when I’m working anyway, so it shouldn’t be a thing. I’m pretty happy with it so far.

I also picked up a set of better wheels for this one. They’re supposed to be easier on the floor and that should let me get rid of the mat under my desk. Which will be nice, because it’s pretty slippery when there’s no weight on it and it’s nearly dropped me on my ass a few times as it slides across the floor. As an added bonus, these wheels are a lot quieter than the hard plastic wheels that always come with this type of chair. They roll real nice, too.

My wife left me on Thursday and I spent the last few days in a bad way.

Well, I imagine that grabbed your attention. Not to worry. Nothing crazy has transpired. Lady Ronn will be back on Monday or Tuesday, I should probably know which, but I have husband ears and such matters require little more than a nod or simple acknowledgement. They don’t require actual listening. She is off visiting her mother, and seeing a concert. Whatever. I’ve been left alone to fend for myself, the pets, and the plants at a time when I don’t want to do any of those things.

I’ve been ill, sick, possibly transforming into a being of pure energy. Not summer cold sick. No. This is more like something entered my system, dissolved my internal organs and discharged them at regular 30-minute intervals using a high pressure sulfur gas. It seems to be over now, but it was not great. I did not love it. But, I made it through without suffer to badly from dehydration.

Saturday, I did very little, but I did take the four boxes of game books and infuse them into my office space. This involved relocating a lot of stuff. It feels a little to crowded and cluttered for my comfort, but most everything is still there and the boxes are gone.

Here’s a gallery of my office. Some of the thumbnails are cropped and all the thumbnails link to larger pictures.

Today, I’m feeling much better. Just in time for work on Monday. I mowed the lawn, did the laundry, took out the trash, and all the usual weekend nonsense was condensed into one day. No progress was made on projects this weekend.

I didn’t get much done today. A little laundry. Some dishes. Making a list of the paperback novels that make up the holes in my collection. And the big thing, which really isn’t, is that I finally put the drawers for my desk-leaf on their slides.

already started filling them with junk

I made the drawers months ago. They’ve just been sitting in their bays waiting for slides and faces. Now they’re just waiting for the faces, which I have not made yet. 

Right now, I have a strong inclination that just buying a desk would have been the better decision. I’m sure it’ll be very nice when it’s done. I just don’t know when that might be. 😉

I don’t get a lot of visitors, but when I do get them I feel bad about the rather poor sitting options I had for them in the office. I’ve tried multiple solutions; from a dog-slobber stained living room chair to a waiting room chair on wheels, and a few things in between. All were unacceptable.

So I wanted something that would fit in my small office, not hide my shelves in such a way that I can’t enjoy my nic nacs, and still be reasonably comfortable. So, I picked up a small couch-thingy for my office. Is it a bench? A loveseat? Wayfair calls it a tufted bench settee, so I guess that’s what it is.

Jared Tufted Bench Settee by Jennifer Taylor
relax and sit a spell

It’s nice enough. I thought it would sit a bit taller, but I don’t think that’ll be an issue. The fabric is some sort of polyester blend and the color works pretty well for the space. This is the first time I’ve shopped the Wayfair site and I found it to be painless. The shipping was free and took about 5-days, the price seemed highish (but that’s mostly a furniture thing), and the thing arrived undamaged. I call that a win.

If you like it so much that you want to get one of your own, you can find it over at the Wayfair site at this link: https://www.wayfair.com/furniture/pdp/jennifer-taylor-jared-tufted-bench-settee-xjt3066.html

One more purchase from Amazon, with thanks to the Black Friday week sales. New monitors for my desk set up. I picked up two Acer monitors to replace the HP monitors I’ve been using for the last few years.

I was satisfied with my 27-inch, 1920×1080 monitors and didn’t see a need or feel a want for more resolution until I started working on my Warlock’s Cauldron D&D campaign. For that campaign I was using real world geography and using Google Maps to create my world maps. I found the 1080 screen shots I was using for the maps didn’t cover the space I wanted. That was the first flickers of new monitor desire started with that experience. These aren’t 4k, but I don’t really need to pay that kind of money.

These Acer monitors are 32-inch beasts and have a resolution of 2560×1440, which should be good for a few years. They were discounted by $78, which put the price point right at $210. The pair of them makes for a pretty big purchase for me, but that’s not the end of the story.

Surprise. Surprise. My existing video card didn’t have the muscle to run both of these monitors at their native resolution. So I had to go and get a new video card. That was damn near as expensive as buying another monitor. But it’s arrived, installed, and I’m up and running without any jagged pixel bits ruining the experience. These things are big. Damn big.

new 32-inch monitors
old 27-inch monitors

You can see, in the above pictures, that I’ve painted and put the desktop on a couple of the pieces of my homemade desk. Drawers are in progress and the main part of the desk is still a work in progress, but it’s coming along. 

I just got these monitors set-up and running right tonight, so I can’t pass along anything but initial impressions. They’re big, they’re impressive (or rediculus), and I like the smaller bezel. I like them and unless they fail in some way, I can’t imagine that changing much. If it does, I’ll let you know.

So we picked up a cat tree for our cat. The brown is not quite the color it appeared to be in the ad, but it’s pet furniture and my other choices were white, black, and blue. Brown seemed like the best choice.
She likes the rope. She likes the top perch. But the hammock, the tube, the ladder, basically everything else, are things she’s not diggin’. And what’s with the hole to get to the hammock, that basically ruins that whole level. She just likes to be up high. Which makes my latest addition to my office a potential problem.
I know I said no new projects, but the office is an old project that just isn’t done… right? Anyway, I redid the right side of the desk. I tore off the desktop and built a new one that is longer and will allow for me to turn and work on that side of the desk if I so choose. Originally, my thinking was to mount the screens to the wall, but after some test placement and thinking, that’s probably not going to happen.
 
 
In addition, to the new and improved desk, I added a shelf over the monitors. Mostly, it’s just made up from leftover lumber that I had laying around. It became a bigger project than I intended when I realized that I have one shelving bracket. Not two, not three. One. What good is one bracket? Why would I have this. How could this happen. This is madness. Sorry, I digress. I only had one bracket, so I made up my own. It’s ugly, but it’ll work. This shelf is where the problem with the cat will probably come into play. From the desktop, she can reach the shelf. From the shelf she can reach the honeycomb shelves. There’s a lot of fragile stuff up there. She hasn’t done it yet, but I have a sneaky suspicion she will in the not to distant future.

I also used pocket hole joinery for the first time ever, and I must say that my doubts about the Kreg jig have been allayed. It’s a better made tool than I thought it would be, still plastic, but not cheap plastic. I used it to put in the shelves in the two alcoves above the crafting station and pocket holes were the perfect solution. I think I’ll be using more in the near future as I take on the shelving/entertainment wall in the basement.

Oh, that picture at the top… that’s what happened when I decided to just straighten the garage up.

I just wanted to let everyone know that they can rest soundly tonight. I’m sure that you’ve had a couple of sleepless nights worrying about the floor in Lady Ronn’s craft/office space, but it’s all good. Tonight, we went to both Home Depot and Lowes, we looked at flooring options, and we ordered a 12-ft x 15-ft piece of vinyl flooring to put down. I know. I know. But you don’t need to worry it’s the good stuff; it’s not junk. This will work out nicely. It’ll take a week to come in, but waiting isn’t a big deal. We’ll use that time to get something else started. So rest peacefully knowing that the matter has been addressed, the solution has been plotted, and we are just a week away from a nice new floor. Disaster averted.

Congoleum

AirStep: AirStep Advantage
Collection: Playtime
Color: Tree House
SKU: 88015

Playtime lets you play with abandon, laugh and step into life. Take advantage of the happiness that surrounds you as you enjoy the wide colorations and rustic woods.

PRODUCT DETAILS
Pattern Size: Random x 48″

Style: Wood
Wearlayer: Urethane Scotchgard
Installation: Your Choice Plus™: Fully Adhere
Warranty: Lifetime

And just to show you that everything is back to normal and that no one is panicking around here, I’ve got a macrome for you.

One of the biggest mistakes we make is assuming that other people think the way we think.
so very many mistakes