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Wet Buoys Swim Club got back into the water this morning.
Really cold. Really good.
I’m writing this from the table in the living room. Minutes ago I found myself doubting where I would sit down for work. One of my housemates is video calling in the studio space, which is on the other side of half a wall.
A few weeks ago we knocked down a piece of wall to connect our two houses. My two neighbours then became my housemates, a more fitting label as we’ve been sharing households since COVID-19 hit the Netherlands. We now have a big house with two kitchens and plenty of places to sit.
My housemate’s girlfriend is on a video call in the small kitchen, which we like to call the cafe. From the empty laptop case and charger I can tell she was sitting at the living room table before on my usual spot and moved to the kitchen for some quiet and privacy, but will be back. I didn’t want to sit in the chair in the corner, because it’s my reading spot in the morning. I started dragging the extension cord with my charger to the spot on the wooden platform. This is a big plywood box that hides our tools and other junk and functions as another seating area.
It’s nice to have a more elevated level in the house, like a low (85.5 cm high) sort of mezzanine. It literally changes my point of view and somehow often also figuratively. Perhaps it feels like a break from the usual level at which I do things, which is sitting down on average chair height of 45-50 cm or standing with my 178 cm height (eye level at 165.5 cm). I do also have a standing desk in my bedroom, which I only use for short periods of time because I start feeling physically fatigued quite fast.
I’ve decided that in my future house(s) I will try to create many different sitting nooks. A friend of mine has a beautiful apartment with several desks and seats. The other day I saw the book we are reading with our book club on the tiny old scholarly desk she inherited from her grandpa. I can imagine her deliberately sitting there to dedicate time to this book. I really like the idea of designating places and spaces to specific activities. It helps to commit (especially when you’re a freelancer with blurry or non-existent schedules).
In the end I figured the platform nook is too linked to leisure time and took my seat on the other side of the table. With my back to the rest of room it felt sort of uncomfortable having people walk behind me and potentially see what I’m writing to myself. Maybe I won’t keep it to myself though. Maybe I will put it in a slightly hidden little nook of my website instead of storing it away in my digital drawers. Or maybe on special.fish. So it can breathe a little. In that case, great you are here reading this right now.
A song that was being played on NTS while writing this:
Ya Farhe Beek by Ahmed Fakroun (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22rioaBln3I)
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✉ thanks @elliott ! to be continued... ;)