Here are all the essential ingredients for spending countless hours writing and reading words, sorting pictures and numbers, gathering somewhat relevant information, and staying in touch with friends and strangers all over the world:
1. a keyboard (attached to my trusty 6400 of course) to tap out all those encoded messages, some of which actually mean something.
2. LAYS salt and vinegar. Need I say more?
3. Water to keep the creative mind hydrated and also give you time to think when you need to head to the bathroom.
4. Various writing utensils because I still love to put things on actual paper and have mounds of stray bits and scraps of scribbled notes all over my desk which fortunately, I managed to cut out of this photo.
5. The telephone which occasionally rings when people who are not on msn or facebook or are not using one of my email addresses or not on neoseeker want to contact me. Um, usually that is just Dean! Or, wait, it might be an actual business or church-related call - those are always exciting!
6. Some things you don't see but are vitally important as well: the comfy chair, the calculator, the cd's, the AA batteries, the stapler, the candle, the white-out, the yellow stickies, the webcam, the map of the world, the chair that the cats sit on, the printer, the article on solitude that I have been meaning to read for nearly a year, the coaster which I never use, the picture of me and Dean in Punta Cana, the dictionary, the thesaurus, the Bible, the mouse, and the desire to communicate and love more clearly instead of hiding behind cultural and social mores and my own insecurities.