I'm in my home all day and all night, depressed because the sun was shining brightly outside today and I really, really do need to get back to the office so I don't fall behind in my work. Being stuck inside my home all day does mean that I get to organize somewhat when I'm not feeling too puny, and it has made me appreciate little spaces I normally overlook.
Above: I hung this hand-made gift from a friend to brighten up my mood--a little friend to be trapped inside the house with me!
Above: a photograph of my grandfather from when he was younger sits on a bookshelf. One of the (few!) nice things about being sick is that I get to catch up on books. I've just finished For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund.
Above: a sweet elephant from Ten Thousand Villages and a lucky white buffalo from South Dakota sit on top of my DVD cabinet (that I built myself!) next to a book called To The Arctic, which is a beautiful, photography-filled conservation love letter to, well, the Arctic (by Florian Shulz, who was gracious to sign my book after a marvelous presentation he did at a conservation breakfast during an Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, Utah).
Above: a picture of my mom holding me while we were in England and a picture of my grandfather when he was much younger.
Above: organization excites me--I can't tell you how much I love organized but fun spaces that aren't too stuffy or perfect.
Above: sketches from my late cousin, Tim, adorn the walls and put a smile on my face.
Above: plants make me very, very happy.
Above: my sister gave me this picture and I adore it.
Above: little details make spaces more personal.
Aside from a lovely wreath on the front door, I don't have any sort of Christmas decorations up--no tree, no lights, no nothing. I wasn't prepared for the holidays this year, but it's not too late to start, right?! Especially when one is sick and has limited activity opportunities. The problem is that I simply don't have Christmas decorations--well, hardly any. This might be as pathetic as I feel right now, but I honestly needed something to do while I'm in the house all day. I have these sweet ornaments that were made in Bangladesh that I purchased from Ten Thousand Villages during a Community Shopping Night (a percentage of the proceeds went to help a local animal shelter). I placed them on a scarf that I'm doubling as an autumn/winter table runner, and ta dah! Christmas decorations...sort of...
What's better than Christmas cheer to help cure colds, eh? Maybe this isn't better, but it's certainly on par for me--there's nothing like a good pair of warm, fuzzy slippers to make you feel better when you're down in the dumps.