I've been thinking lately about my home, and what the different areas in it say about our family. I love looking at the spaces in which people live and feeling like I get to peek in a bit into who they are.
If there is one space in our home that says "Jane" it would be my nightstand. So because I feel like opening up a little and showing you a bit of me, here is my nightstand, and a little bit about it.
I used to have a "real" nightstand, made of wood, but I recently transformed it into a little drawing table for the boys. Because I'm too cheap to go and buy another one, I used two cardboard boxes filled with some of our food storage-- large cans of black and kidney beans, and then draped the curtain from my window because I liked the dark color of it, and I felt it gave it one continuous line (it's okay if you laugh at me).
Here is what is on and near my nightstand:
- Gold lamp. I love the way the light looks while shining through it.
- Origami bird that I made a few weeks ago. I like making pretty things with paper.
- Wooden basket filled with books, pens and bookmarks (one can never have too many bookmarks).
- Nalgene water bottle. I like water.
- Several notebooks and journals, filled with little entries, tidbits, lists, and poems. The thing that makes me laugh hardest when reading through them is the random little facts I write down in them. Here are two examples, written on different dates. ex. 1: "A dipper bird can walk under water as he looks for food. It stays underwater by tilting its wings upstream." Ex. 2: To find the area of a circle is πr2. To find the circumference it's 2.π.r. π=3.14. It wouldn't be so funny to me if they had been notes in a class, but I just randomly decide to write useless facts sometimes. I guess I'm afraid I might forget them if I don't get it in writing.
- LL Bean moccasins, circa 1989. I stole them from Rick, and I'm not ever giving them back.
- A small stack of magazines that I bought for a few cents each at the library. They are mostly writing magazines, a few Oprah magazines, and a few copies of Mothering. Mothering, and my church magazines are the only ones I subscribe to.
- My trusty old acoustic guitar sitting against the nightstand. My parents gave this to me for my 17th birthday. The G string needs to be replaced. I was jamming out too hard.
Here are the books I'm currently reading (or going to be reading soon):
- Anthem, Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition by Ayn Rand. Interesting. Very interesting.
- Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger. A collection of short stories. A trusty favorite.
- Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half A great book from the library. It's got some great cleaning recipes, that I'll have to share someday.
- Two copies of Trixie Belden I'm a sucker for Trixie Belden mysteries. I used to read them with my Mom when I was a kid. Now I collect them.
- Boot Tracks by Matthew F. Jones and Carte Blanche (De Luca Trilogy 1). Both great little mysteries.
- A first edition of Children and Their Art: Methods for the Elementary School that I got for 25 cents from the library. I want to be a great art teacher to my kids.
- Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Always a favorite.
- A Blue Fire, The Force of Character: And the Lasting Life. and The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling, all by James Hillman. I really like James Hillman. I may have stolen a copy or two of these from my Dad, but I'm not sure anymore. He's always accusing me of stealing his books.
- The Phantom of the Opera. My friend Holli gave this to me a few years ago, and I won't move it to my bookshelf until I've read it. It's going to be next, now that I've typed this!
- Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things. Really great (and really disturbing).
- A book of Sudoku puzzles. I love a good sudoku puzzle, especially before bed.
I'm not sure what these things say about me (besides that I'm a hippie and I really like books), but their mine, and I love them.
So what does your nightstand say about you?