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The Office Is Dead; Long Live the Office
We're having new office furniture delivered today. That means the entire contents of the office are, as of yesterday evening, dispersed about the rest of the house. The chairs are in the living room, the desks are in the garage, the drawers and filing cabinet are in the library, my computer is set up on the dining table because I have work to do this morning, the other computers are in the den, the printer is in the guest room, little piles of things out of the cabinet and off of the desks are hither and yon and everywhere, the art is folded up (well, just the sarongs, not the framed stuff) and tucked away. The shelves are over on the other side of the room, out of the way of the delivery and installation path; Andres put a heck of a gouge in the floor trying to move the smaller one without taking the books off it, but we think if we wax it it won't look too bad. We are hard on the floor anyway.

The room looks very strange without furniture in it, though not quite as strange as it did before Andres cleaned up the little dust clouds where there were computers living on the floor and the peculiar ring his chair wheels left in the middle of the room.

The benefits of the new furniture are twofold:

First, it has a lot more storage space in it than was previously available in the office. That lets us move some office-relevant things out of the den closet (and throw out a bunch of no-longer-relevant things while we're at it), freeing up space in the den to take stuff from the library, which is turning into Sputnik's room. We're also going to move the two tall bookshelves from the library into the office along the opposite wall. I think that means the shorter shelf has to come out of the office; I have no idea where we'll put it. We're also not sure what's going to happen to the comics; it's possible that after a cull there'll be space on the office shelves, but there are an awful lot of them right now. I think the shelves the comics are currently on may stay and be toy / kid book storage; they're a good height for a very short person to access. The middle shelves are adjustable, though, so I should look into whether that's considered hazardous (I can see this scenario where the shelf gets dumped and a peg holding it up gets swallowed... I don't know if that sort of shape is a choking hazard). Andres has been looking into getting some additional cabinetry installed in the garage to keep the board games all together; he's a bit frustrated by the expense of what he feels ought to be very simple storage devices.

Second, because the new desks have backs instead of being open tables, it will be easier to secure cords and cables in a visually unobtrusive non-tripping-hazard kind of way. I hope.

Anyway, this is all very exciting, and I am hoping that having written it down I can now actually get on with that productive stuff I was supposed to be doing this morning. Being in a weird spot and waiting for delivery people has kind of been throwing me off. Oh, hey -- and there is the big truck now. I shall go direct!

(Edit: False alarm. That is a different, unrelated big truck. Phooey.)

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Is there furniture now?


What about now?

There is, there is! There is a small problem with the furniture, unfortunately -- a spot where there should be a pencil drawer and a spot where there should be a keyboard tray got switched, and we can't just swap them around because the rails aren't at quite the same height. This issue has been reported, and the service guy is supposed to come adjust the rails some time next week. While he's out, we will see if he can also adjust the rails on Cathy's keyboard tray down a bit to accommodate the impressive height of her edifice of ergonomics, and maybe figure out why the one drawer won't lock. (It looks exactly the same as all the other locks, the wood it should be going behind feels the same thickness as the other drawers, but it's bumping into something and I can't figure how.) And they forgot the hanging-things rails in one of the other drawers, which I duly reported. It's not urgent, I don't think Andres was planning to hang any files in there, but it would be nice to have all the parts. I should remember to mention that again when the service guy calls to schedule, so that he can bring them with him.

Also, whatever they varnished it with smells just awful. It's been outgassing all afternoon with the windows open and the fan on, but it's getting cold out there so we'll have to close up soon. Argh, toxins.

I'm guessing the varnish is lacquer. Spray lacquer is a wonderful thing for quick finishing of furniture, but it is also way out on the end of the "nasty volatiles" scale. (You do not spray the stuff without a high-grade respirator.) Luckily one of the advantages of it is that it dries astoundingly fast, which I will hope means that it also gets done with its outgassing fairly quickly too.

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