A Tour Of My Desk

My desk, like many peoples, is my central command. It’s where most of my day is spent and for that reason it’s important that it’s a comfortable space for me. For the purposes of being honest, I did not clean up or tidy up before taking pictures, as that would feel disingenuous.

Eva Blakeman – My Desk Tour

From left to right I will go over my desk and talk about the things that are on it. First up is my trusty water bottle that follows me every minute of every day. I started doing this years ago to ensure I was drinking more water and not reaching for a pop or juice in the fridge. By always having it with me, I naturally reach for it. I do often use Mio to flavour my water as I am not a natural water craving person.

OPI avojuice hand lotion. This has been a staple hand cream in my home since I was a kid. My mother loved it and passed that love onto me. It smells great, has a light texture and it just makes me happy.

My pile of sticky notes. In the interest of honesty there were a lot more sticky notes stuck to the bottom of my computer, but I took them down for privacy reasons. The bottom of my computer and the wall beside my desk is always covered in sticky notes that vary from deadlines, ideas, projects and the odd quote. I do colour code them, pink being for this blog. Yellow is for podcasts (to listen to OVP click here). Green is for appointments and orange and blue are for everything else. I like my little system even though it often looks messy.

My stapler is hidden behind the sticky notes, but my calculator gets an incredible amount of use. Yes I know my computer has a calculator, but as I do my budgeting and everything else at my desk, it’s just faster to use a physical calculator.

My jar of pens. Once again, there is colour coding at work here. Black is for non specifics, purple is for the blog, red is for YouTube videos (you can check out my channel by clicking here). Blue is for work schedules. The colours don’t match the sticky notes, but I did bring in the pen system before the sticky note system.

Eva Blakeman – Desk Tour

Continuing from left to right. My sketchbook is always waiting for me to make weird doodles or sketch designs in. Lately I’ve been doing water colour paintings in it. Under the plant stand lives my lip balms and nail polishes. I do often put my polish on while typing as I don’t touch my nails to the keyboard as I type so they dry quickly and don’t smudge while I’m still be productive. Un top of the plant stand lives a Kalanchoe named Kal. I like having plants around but I limited myself to only one on my desk. Beside this is a stack of stencils I use in my bullet journals (which I may or may not have left fairly blank before taking pictures, once again for privacy reasons). In the there level paper shelf, there is no paper. It holds a lot of tabs, washi tape, almonds, pistachios, sticky notes, glass cleaning cloths and odd bits and pieces. The two bullet journals both serve different purposes. The one on top is my schedule for my personal life and content creation as well as where I log things like car maintenance and birthdays. The one underneath is where my budget and work schedule live. I will not be showing that one, but I do actually stack them like this to save space on my desk while still having access to them.

There it is. The unglamorous desk of a blogger. It’s not fancy, and as you can see by the laptop behind my computer, we share an office. Our desks are back to back so while we’re in the office we can see each other and communicate easily. I would show you the whole office, but at this moment it is too disorganized to do so. As the office has a closet without doors, it’s where we put pretty much everything that doesn’t have a home which has lead to piles of boxes, supplies, salt and suitcases. One day maybe I’ll give an office tour, which would be nice because we have so many neat things in here.

I hope you enjoyed it and perhaps you feel less bad about the state of your own office. Yes it’s important to be clean, but organization is a commitment my office and I have yet to make. I hope to see you in the comments!

Vaping – Is It Better Than Smoking?

Let me start this off saying this is all purely opinion based, please do not take anything as medical advice as I am not a doctor. I do not advocate for tobacco or nicotine consumption, I am simply telling you my personal experience with the two methods of nicotine consumption.

I smoked for just shy of a decade. I smoked a pack a day or more for most of that time and I can tell you that decade has really damaged my body. I had the “smoker cough” for the last couple years of my time with cigarettes, I would sometimes cough up blood and I always had mucus stuck in my throat. All in all, the side effects were incredibly gross.

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The social side of smoking was often really fun though, I met a lot of people and had a lot of great conversations in smoke pits. The downside of smoking became more apparent as I hung out with non-smokers. I realized how much of an inconvenience my habit could be, especially when going on dates with Ryan when we started dating. We would be driving in my car and he couldn’t put his drink into the holder because my drink and ash tray took the two cup holders. When we were walking downtown I would want a cigarette and I would often not be done my cigarette as we were coming up to our destination, so he would wait in the Alberta cold winter for me to finish my smoke. I smoked in my home and more than once I burned holes into my pants. As we had more people in my home, I realized how much all of our non-smoker friends disliked the smell, but being in my home, they couldn’t really say anything about it. I started smoking on my balcony when people were over to make them more comfortable, which isolated me from my guests.

Now I realize I just threw a lot of negative points about cigarette smoking, and that’s because there isn’t a lot of benefits to it, and that’s coming from a smoker. Aside from the social aspect to smoking, there isn’t much good about it.

Onto vaping. When I switched to vaping, I started with Salt Nic, which I used with very low voltage and didn’t have the big cloud of vapour. I moved from 60ml to 3ml in a couple months and within a month or so my smoker cough and blood coughing stopped. I stopped having to make Ryan wait for me to go anywhere, I stopped burning holes in my pants but new issues came up. I have to wash my windows in my office at least once a week because the residue from the vapour is sticky and clouds up my windows quickly. From my smoking lungs to my vaping lungs, I get winded more quickly now and my lungs burn faster when I’m doing stairs or working out. It certainly isn’t a “cheaper” option. Replacing modules, batteries, coils and broken glass costs a fair amount. The cloud of vapour that comes from my mouth certainly fills a room quickly and if I’m absentmindedly using it, I’ll look up and realize I can’t clearly see the door across the room. The residue sticks to everything in my home, no surface is safe and my curtains feel disgusting within a couple weeks. Health-wise I haven’t felt a lot of side effects aside from a shortness of breath, but I have only been vaping for about a year and half. I originally thought I would be able to ween myself off of nicotine using a vape, but I have failed every time I have tried. I don’t personally believe vaping is a method of quitting smoking, I believe its a way of not taking smoke into your lungs to get nicotine.

I should say I used chewing tobacco for many years and chewed nicotine gum this summer, so I am pretty well versed in the immediate side effects of nicotine intake methods. Chewing tobacco obviously meant spitting often, which as you can imagine is not a socially acceptable thing to do. The gum hurt my teeth like you wouldn’t believe and gave me terrible heartburn.

So is vaping better than smoking? In my opinion, yes. I don’t smell like cigarettes, I don’t make Ryan wait for me, my car smells nice again. I don’t burn holes into my pants and I don’t wake up coughing to the point I throw up. Vaping has health risks, so I won’t ever say it’s a “safe way to smoke”, but in my experience, it has been an improvement in my quality of life.