Saturday, September 9, 2023

My Big Idea Did Not Work Out

In the fall of 2020, we converted one of our rooms into a home office. It is the smallest of the 3 bedrooms. It was the perfect space. 

A month or so later, I refurbished a desk for Lisa. At the time, we had just purchased a new laptop for her. It was scheduled to be delivered the day after I took this photo. 

Last year, Lisa bought me a new desk. This one. I adore it. It was love at first sight. This desk completely goes with the decor in our home office. 

A couple of weeks ago, I had a great idea. 

Or, what I thought was a great idea. 

For this to make sense, I need to back up a bit.

Our house has 2 living rooms. The main living room is the one we use all the time. It has our sofa, end tables, chair, TV, etc. The other living room has a couple of antique chairs, plenty of antique furniture and decor, etc. It's not a room that we use.

The home office has a single window. Our second living room has 2 windows. It is almost identical to the home office at our last home. The only exception is our second living room is much larger. 

I had an idea. 

My big idea was to move my desk into our second living room. I was craving a more open area. An additional window. A change of scenery. 

I tossed this idea around in my head over and over and over again. 

Finally, I thought it would work. I talked to Lisa about it. I knew this would involve moving furniture and such. She agreed and put an afternoon aside to assist with everything.

We made it happen. It was great. Open space. Lots of light. Windows opened. The furniture that we rearranged looked gorgeous in both rooms. 


A week later, I hated it for so many reasons. 

My desk was at the front of our house. Our home office is in the middle of our house. The kitchen is sort of in the middle of our house. Our bedroom is at the far end of our house. The Bodacious Workshop is at the very far end of the house. 

That all translates to me being far away from everything.

We put a doggy bed at the very front of my desk. Willa loved it. She basked in the sunshine. However, Coco and Lobo didn't like it. 

On my end, I didn't like being so far away from Lisa and our kids. Our kids preferred the doggy beds in the home office and dining room. And. When Lisa was in the home office or kitchen, we couldn't exchange our usual chats. 

At the end of the day, although I appreciated the open space and light and windows, I felt far away from Lisa and our kids. 

I held off on being honest about this with Lisa because I knew how much work we did to make the switch happen. I felt bad. 

After almost 2 weeks, I finally admitted all of this to Lisa. 

Her response was, "I knew you wouldn't like it, but I wanted to give you the chance to test it out. We'll move everything back today."


We did. 

Big. Huge. Smile. 

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