the only thing that is really working is my ability to stay focused on the future and just survive.  With that in mind, I have come up with ONE thing that would improve my working life next year in a big way.  I need a desk — a real desk.  Right now, I’m using a student double desk and that ain’t it.

This desk from Ikea (click on the picture for more details) isn’t my end-all, be-all desk either but it will work and that’s pretty important.  It has what I need and I can make it work.  And, it’s around $140.  I know I’m going to get it next summer to be ready for next year but it would be super-cool to get it over the Winter break so I can be ready for THIS year!