First, as part of my new year "straightening out" phase, I accomplished a major thing: a clear(ish) desk at work!
(Just ignore that massive stack in the upper right hand corner, which is my paper in-box. For a "paperless" company, there are still a ton of paper records that I end up receiving, and unfortunately, all of those pages need to be reviewed and summarized...)
Previously, I had papers from about 5 matters spread across the top, and even though I rarely referred to them, they took up a lot of space and I wanted them accessible. I went ahead and just stacked them up in alternating directions, and now my desk surface is totally clear except for that stack! (Well, clear except for that stack and the in-box, details, details...).
But my desk didn't stay clear long. Happily! One blog I read all the time, Running on Lentils, posts frequent running clothing reviews. My running wardrobe is OLD. I'm one of those "if it ain't broke" people (and generally as cheap as $hit unless it comes to travel money), and aside from making the move to tech fabrics in about 2006 when it became all the rage, I've basically just continued to wear a lot of the same stuff, with some additions over the years from Christmas gifts, race shirts, and the occasional purchase. But I think some of Jenn's blog is rubbing off on me -- I sometimes read one of her reviews about how much she likes quality pieces and why, and I think, gee, I'd love to have a pocket for a key in my running capris! So sometimes she convinces me to look at a Lulu item on sale and if it's in my size, it's on my desk before long.
Of course, step 2 is that I should purge an old pair of running pants from my current collection to make room for these, but I'm actually low on pants, so I probably won't (plus the whole "hoarder" thing...).
My other big office thing... finally fixing my water bottle. I've had this water bottle from The Lyons' Share that I use a lot of the time (the other bottle is a generic Aladdin one from Target that I use when I'm washing my regular one).
Well, a while back, I dropped the lid when I was refilling it, and the cap to close it actually broke off, so I've been using it like this:
The second picture shows it better, but that's basically nothing between water and my laptop and my work papers if I tip the bottle over. After I broke the lid, there was no way to close it (but, not a wide opening, so less fatal that it could be I guess).
Well, at boot camp last week, I finally told Megan that my cap was broken, and she replaced it!
Isn't it lovely?! Honestly, makes a big difference in my days though -- I can keep the bottle closer now since it's spill-safe, so I drink more! And that nagging worry that I'd knock it over is gone (along with any nagging fear a co-worker thought my broken topped bottle was ghetto...).
All three of those things have made me very happy. Sometimes it's just the little things, right?