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I got up early to give Mr B a nice H&K sendoff to his Boys' State event.
I am in full goof-off mode, listening to the digital cable 1970s music channel, napping off and on in the recliner and watching it rain (again ).
My boat is all ready for launch tomorrow, complete with a brand new battery and the defective AUTO bilge switch disabled. I know I am going to go into shock when I fill the gas tank on land before launch. Then I get to pay the repair bill.
I have a friend lined up to help me. I can back up the trailer and do all other pre-launch things, but it will be useful to have someone holding the lines to keep the boat from floating away when I hit the brake to propel it completely off the drive-on trailer.
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Congratulations, BbbamI and your DH! Happy Anniversary, and many more.

Yesterday I ordered a desk for my home office. That room is only 9'x9', with numerous doors and windows, and is already stuffed with furniture.

So, something has to give. I just moved my 6' barrister's bookcase and all the books in it from the home office to my guest bedroom. Just the books completely filled 5 of those large plastic containers/boxes. Luckily, the bookcase is modular so I could move each shelf (with its glass door) separately. Unluckily, each module is surprisingly bulky and heavy.

Still, I am glad I have been working out because that made it a lot easier than it otherwise might have been. I am also glad that I got rid of 90% of my books last fall, in anticipation of the move-that-never-happened.

Once I have cooled off a bit I'll reassemble it, put the books in it, and then start thinking of moving other pieces around in my home office, or possibly out of it, to make room for the new desk. I have a tentative design laid out on graph paper so everything will FIT - - with a whole inch or two of leeway. Still, whether or not it feels crowded is something that graph paper just won't tell me so I might have to juggle the furniture about a little bit.
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Slept in late this morning as DH and I had a late supper last night. Yesterday was our 34th wedding anniversary. Scallops, asparagus with spinach ravioli, wine and chocolate cake with strawberries were consumed.

Mmmm...there's leftover chocolate cake in the refrigerator calling my name....
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I got up early to give Mr B a nice H&K sendoff to his Boys' State event.
I'm still trying to figure out this `H&K sendoff.' Pretty sure the `H' has something to do with the hands though. And is Boys State in NY (I think that's where you are) still at Morrisville College? I went there the summer of 67 - between my junior and senior years in High School.

Oh yeah, we'll be hitting our 39th anniversary in 2 more months.
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I might have to juggle the furniture around a little bit.
Sounds just what I am doing these days! I have a bookcase in my living room but I am thinking of moving it to one of the bedrooms. I have a small office/den in my new place, and before buying anything I measured it every which way, several times. I bought the mirror image of this desk on sale

http://www.slf-co.com/home_office_collections/kendall.html

and am very happy with it. The chair is on order. Since I now have my printer and all my electronics set up I am ready to organize my desk as soon as the laundry is done (the laundry is off the den). I splurged and bought myself a new bamboo sheet set. This is my first big laundry day in my new place, and I made a horrifying discovery: I have no dryer sheets!
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I'm still trying to figure out this `H&K sendoff.' Pretty sure the `H' has something to do with the hands though. And is Boys State in NY (I think that's where you are) still at Morrisville College? I went there the summer of 67 - between my junior and senior years in High School.

Oh yeah, we'll be hitting our 39th anniversary in 2 more months.
H&K = Hug and Kiss

Yes, still held at Morrisville College. Over 1000 young men, in the top 15% of their class scholastically, from all over the state are attending. Mr B signed up as an Assistant Counselor, not a full-fledged Counselor, to see if it is something he will want to continue to do. He told me that wakeup call for everyone is at 4 AM, with active duty Marines managing the flock of boys before they attend classes.

I can't WAIT to hear the stories.

http://www.boysandgirlsstate.org/boys.html
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Oh thank goodness! I just didn't want to envision the possibility that it had something to do with hands and knees.
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Congrats bbbami. Our 34th anniversary is next month, hard to believe it's been that long.

I'm just taking a break from unpacking boxes and setting up beds, tv's, etc. in the new house. We finished unloading the Uhaul truck this morning, just have a few odds and ends left at the Virginia house. Will make a couple of trips over the next couple of days to clear it out and clean up- closing is supposed to be on Thursday so keeping our fingers crossed.

BTW, the new owner of the house has asked us to meet them there one day this week to show them how a number of things work, pool controls, home theater, and a couple of other general questions- does anyone see an issue with doing this before closing?
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BTW, the new owner of the house has asked us to meet them there one day this week to show them how a number of things work, pool controls, home theater, and a couple of other general questions- does anyone see an issue with doing this before closing?
I would just leave a binder with all of that information for them, and be firm that that is all they are going to get. Normally there wouldn't be an issue, but why take a chance?

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Sounds just what I am doing these days! I have a bookcase in my living room but I am thinking of moving it to one of the bedrooms. I have a small office/den in my new place, and before buying anything I measured it every which way, several times. I bought the mirror image of this desk on sale

http://www.slf-co.com/home_office_collections/kendall.html

and am very happy with it. The chair is on order. Since I now have my printer and all my electronics set up I am ready to organize my desk as soon as the laundry is done (the laundry is off the den). I splurged and bought myself a new bamboo sheet set. This is my first big laundry day in my new place, and I made a horrifying discovery: I have no dryer sheets!
I love your big desk, Meadbh!! That is just gorgeous and looks like it would have plenty of room for everything one might need in a home office. If I had a larger home office I would get one just like that.

I can sure sympathize with your furniture/bookcase moving.

My home office is in a room that is just too small for many desks. I decided on the 56" wide desk in the attached commercial photo, because 60" wouldn't fit. I can put my desktop computer monitor on top of the little hutch, where the vase is in the photo. The keyboard can go in the drawer, or under the hutch, or maybe even on top of the hutch when not in use, and at any rate I will still have room to write. Also, I think probably the legs are just screwed onto the desk, so I can take them off to get it into (and later maybe out of) the tightly packed tiny home office room.

Mostly I will be so glad to have the drawers and nooks for my office supplies, so that I can finally find what I need when I need it. Paper clips, or envelopes, or erasers, will all be at my fingertips... I just bought a file cabinet so I didn't need a file drawer in the desk.
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Yes, still held at Morrisville College. Over 1000 young men, in the top 15% of their class scholastically, from all over the state are attending. Mr B signed up as an Assistant Counselor, not a full-fledged Counselor, to see if it is something he will want to continue to do. He told me that wakeup call for everyone is at 4 AM, with active duty Marines managing the flock of boys before they attend classes.
I too was envisioning something far more exciting than a mere hug and kiss.

And, as for Boys State, I don't remmeber military dudes having anything to do with it. I wonder if the parents sending their kids there know what kind of military exposure they are going to get. Sorry for getting political here, but I sure wouldn't want my kids (well, now grandkids) exposed to that stuff.
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Love your desk, W2R. It looks like something I would buy. I have a desk built into my kitchen cabinetry that I use for bill paying and paperwork. As I have a wireless router and a laptop, I have fallen into the bad habit of lounging on my sofa like a (clothed) odalisque to do my recreational computer stuff.
Today I did not do much except sleep in, take the pooch for a walk, shop for groceries and do laundry. The usual tasks one does when one works M-F.

Tomorrow I have to get up quite early, though, as a friend from the office is picking me up at 7 a.m. for a day-long garden tour sponsored by the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden with town and country sites all over Allegheny County. Should be fun, glad she is driving.
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I concur. When I sold my house last month, my real estate agent worked with me to include not only photographs of the garden in bloom, but details of all the major renovations and maintenance items over the years. I had all the manuals ready for the new owners. In fact, I had the design for the basement reno that I never did. The binder was a major selling point. The buyers asked if they could have the designs before closing so they could get ready to implement them right away, and I was fine with that. But I would not have agreed to a post hoc discussion of the house's pluses and minuses. That might have led to sober second thoughts and I would consider it risky. I prefer not to meet with the new owners at all.

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I love your big desk, Meadbh!! That is just gorgeous and looks like it would have plenty of room for everything one might need in a home office. If I had a larger home office I would get one just like that.
Thanks W2R. I didn't buy the really big desk, I bought the computer desk and hutch (8098-916). That's 60" wide and fits nicely with space on each side in a 75" alcove. It has one file drawer and loads of space for all the little stuff. I also have a metal two drawer filing cabinet which I had in my last home. But I need a lot more filing space, so I have purchased two nice four drawer legal ones from Staples and will assemble them soon. They will replace the cardboard filing drawers that I had in the basement!
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Love your desk, W2R. It looks like something I would buy. I have a desk built into my kitchen cabinetry that I use for bill paying and paperwork. As I have a wireless router and a laptop, I have fallen into the bad habit of lounging on my sofa like a (clothed) odalisque to do my recreational computer stuff.
Thank you! I do essentially all of my computing on my laptop, too. I probably don't really need a desktop computer, but I have one. It is nice to have when Frank comes over, so that we can both get online if we want to, but mostly it is just a spare.

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Thanks W2R. I didn't buy the really big desk, I bought the computer desk and hutch (8098-916). That's 60" wide and fits nicely with space on each side in a 75" alcove.
Oh!!! That explains it. I was wondering how you could fit the really big desk into what you described as a smaller office/den.

I like your choice of computer desk and hutch too (though, with infinite space, of course that big one would be terrific. ). Nice hutch!

With a 75" alcove, you have about the same space constraints that I have. In my case it is 72" of wall space for the file cabinet and desk. It should fit with about 1"-2" to spare.

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It has one file drawer and loads of space for all the little stuff. I also have a metal two drawer filing cabinet which I had in my last home. But I need a lot more filing space, so I have purchased two nice four drawer legal ones from Staples and will assemble them soon. They will replace the cardboard filing drawers that I had in the basement!
That's great! I hope they fit in your office with room to spare. I am enjoying my recently acquired file cabinet so much. It is much easier to find things, and to file things, now.

When I first bought my house, I was LBYM'ing too much to buy a desk so I used a table that I already had. Then, after retiring we were planning to move north, so still no desk since I didn't want more to move. Now seems like a good time in my life to get one.
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When I first bought my house, I was LBYM'ing too much to buy a desk, so I used a table. Then, after retiring we were planning to move north, so still no desk since I didn't want more to move. Now seems like a good time in my life to get one.
I love your new desk, W2R. It's a very refined writing desk and looks like Mission style. I would love one like that too if it met my needs.
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Love your desk, W2R. It looks like something I would buy. I have a desk built into my kitchen cabinetry that I use for bill paying and paperwork. As I have a wireless router and a laptop, I have fallen into the bad habit of lounging on my sofa like a (clothed) odalisque to do my recreational computer stuff.
Good thing, too. You can get quite a little scorch mark when the laptop battery gets hot.
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