Excuse me, I’m having A Walk In The Clouds moment in the adorable skirt Katie made me. (Incidentally, that’s Gym Hubby’s favorite movie. Yes it’s a chick flick. He also loves Bed of Roses and is proud of it.)
My problem with sitting is not that it will kill you. It’s not that it will make you overweight. It’s not even that every chair in my house has play-doh, gum, silly putty or a wayward child stuck to it. No, even though all three of those things are true (thus sayeth the research – sitting a lot increases your risk of death by up to 40%) the real problem with sitting is that I never get a chance to do it. Between my multi-tasking personality and the relentless demands of my kids, I’m on my feet well past sundown. I’d make a joke here about dropping dead in the saddle except that a saddle would mean I got to sit down, even if it was on an unpredictable animal.
The solution to my posterior-parking problems? A standing desk. When I asked Gym Hubby for one for my birthday, he seemed skeptical. In all fairness I’m known for asking for all kinds of random things that I think are good ideas at the time and then end up being a pain in the butt. But I have three words for him: Big Metal Chicken. (If you have not read that link, you MUST. You will die laughing. In fact, I advise you to read it somewhere where you can do the snort-laugh without getting mocked). Anyhow, he was convinced of my sincerity when I jerry-rigged a standing desk out of an old Amazon diaper box, a rickety bookshelf and our first aid kit. Not only was the thing a serious hazard but it also didn’t go with our decor of Things That Have Been Licked.
So a couple of weeks ago, Gym Hubby took me on a romantic date to IKEA (you mock but their salmon dinner is really kind of awesome) and let me pick out the standing desk of my dreams:
Thankfully I’m as cheap a present picker-outer as I am a date. This hot little number sells for about $60. Although, weirdly, whenever I stand at my desk I always stand on one leg in this bizarre flamingo pose. I’ll switch legs every few minutes but for some reason I can’t just stand on two feet and face forward like a normal person.
Look how neat and tidy everything is! And it folds up flat (and lock with a key!!) when I’m not using it. Which would be… never. But in theory it’s pretty awesome that it’s so space-efficient, right?
That adorable little bowl on top (that I made myself with my friend Adrienne – love you girl!) keeps all of my cables, cords and spare wireless mouse safe. (You would not believe how fast wireless mice disappear in my house – I’d say they couldn’t have just sprouted legs and walked off except that thanks to my kids they pretty much do just that).
Another great reason I don’t want to sit down is that I don’t want to wrinkle the beautiful skirt that the super talented Katie made me. Katie and I are blog friends but I also had the pleasure of meeting her in real life when she came to visit Minneapolis and dropped in to do a workout with the Gym Buddies and I (seriously, anytime any of you are in the area let me know – we’d love to have you!). We totally clicked, mainly because she’s so awesome but also because of our shared love of sewing. So when I posted my Two Ways to Wear a Pillowcase skirts, I immediately thought of her. We decided to do a blogger skirt swap! I made her a red checked pillowcase skirt (go check it out on her blog!) and she made me this black and white number.
My favorite part are the two sweet little red-buttoned pockets on the front that are perfect for holding my cellphone, my chapstik or a contraband binky (they are for bedtime only, Jelly Bean!). Thank you Katie! I can’t even tell you how much I love it. I’ve worn it as much as is hygenically acceptable (how many wears are okay between washings? 100? Good.) and always get tons of compliments on it.
And hey, look what I found while I was having my impromptu photo shoot – GRAPES! On our grape arbor! When Gym Hubby planted these last year it was my turn to be skeptical (in all fairness he has a history of being an overly optimistic gardener) but I’ve been amazed at how well they’ve done with our 6-week growing season. If you look closely you’ll see bunches and bunches of teeny little green grapes! Totally made my day. It’s the little things.
Have you ever tried a standing desk? What’s your solution to the sitting problem? What’s a little thing that’s made your day lately? And seriously, will someone please tell me how long it’s okay to wear a skirt/pants between washings??