Jane’s Homework Assignment…A Room of My Own…

Today, my friend Jane over at PlaneJaner’s Journey gave us a homework assignment (http://planejaner.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/a-room-all-your-own-really-its-only-for-you-now-comes-the-hard-part/)… I’ll wait here while you read about it…

(twiddling thumbs…doodling…staring around the room…wishing Anna would turn off Family Channel…)

Okay…here’s my dream room:

The #1 rule in my room is that no one under the age of, say, 25, will be admitted unless there is a copious amount of blood involved – no pets allowed either.  No one but me will be able to eat or drink anything in my room.

I'll need a sign like this...

I don’t know what colour my room would be…I’m really not interested in or good at decorating stuff.  However, it would be furnished with Victorian antique furniture (including the rocker I inherited from my mom, a comfy armchair, and perhaps a settee of some kind), so the paint would have to coordinate with that.  There would be an crocheted afghan that I made to wrap around me if I get chilly (any side tables would have doilies, also made by me).  There would be a desk with a computer (desktop – I hate laptops).  The desk would be fully-equipped with all needed equipment: pens, pencils, paper, scissors, stapler, ruler, glue, etc.  It would be completely off-limits to any child who can’t find school supplies somewhere else in the house.  There would be a stereo/radio (tuned to CBC) with all my albums (vinyl), cassettes, and CDs. There would be no TV in my room.  The room would be soundproof, both to keep outside noise out, and not to have children complaining about my music.

Something like this would be amazing, but alas, my windows aren't that big!

I would have shelves about 4 feet high on every wall which would be filled with books (including my collection of antique “Lucile”‘s), miniatures, my mom’s bell collection, her collection of wooden boxes, and other family heirlooms.  There would be an antique rug on the floor, and the walls would be full of Mom’s photographs and art, and some of my own acquisitions.  In one corner, there would be shelves constructed to hold my collection of Victoria Magazines (nearly complete, back to 1988 or so).

There would be a special cupboard filled with my personal snacks…the ones that I have to hide now to make sure I actually get some of them: multigrain tortilla chips, cashews, chocolate cherries, honey roasted peanuts, Smoky Bacon Ruffles, and red licorice (this may need to be LOCKED!).  A small fridge will be necessary for iced tea, lemonade, and spinach dip (for the tortilla chips).  I will also need an electric kettle for tea, and my own big mug.

I like this Blue Willow pattern mug...

I would use my room to read, write, listen to my music, crochet, or decoupage (another hobby of mine that I never get to do).

This is the kind of decoupage I do...

Now to answer the rest of Jane’s questions:

Do I deserve it?  Absofrigginlutely!  I’ve been a mother for almost a quarter of a century…I deserve some time to myself and a kid-free place to do that!

Could I accept a gift of a room for myself without guilt or worry?  YES!  I’d only be worried about keeping kids out of it! 

Could I give myself my own room?  YES…all I need is for one kid to move out!

Is this a “woman” thing?  I don’t think so…Jim often talks about having a room of his own too!

Now about Jane needing therapy…I don’t think I’m qualified to comment on that…

Thanks, Jane…now I’ve got something else to add to my “Bucket List” https://writerwoman61.wordpress.com/2010/06/02/my-bucket-list/ …this one is actually do-able!


Filed under books, family, music, self-discovery

11 responses to “Jane’s Homework Assignment…A Room of My Own…

  1. ooooh. I like that blue willow mug, too! So tell me, Team Oolong or Team Lapsang Souchong?

    • Actually, I drink a blend called “Ceylon Special” made by Ahmad Tea for hot tea (two sugars), or just plain black tea (one milk, two sugars). I use black tea for iced tea too. My friend (another Anne) has a Tea Bar at her store (see link for The Feel Good Store), and there I drink “Angel Falls Mist” (I like the name – it’s kind of a fruity tea).

      Thanks for stopping by, Anne!

  2. What a lovely room! It really tells me so much about you. I think it’s wonderful that you want it to be kid-free. I’m of that mind, too!

    Although I’m not a professional, my gut says that Jane’s just fine!


    • Thanks, Nancy! I think I’ve reached “that certain age” when I’m a lot less conscious of what people think of me…Being still a young chick, Jane just hasn’t made it there yet (and I agree…she’s fine!).


  3. planejaner

    Wait, Wendy…so you think I need therapy? And, being a “young chick”…I guess I have plenty of time to get on that, right!? ha. (I have a birthday coming up next month…I’ll get you! You and your liitle dog Toto, too!) (Ok…obviously, I need to finish my coffee prior to logging on…)

    I want to visit you in your room…

    I have been really thinking and thinking about “my room”…and I hope to put it into words very soon…

    lots of interesting (to me) thoughts/emotions/feelings have come to the surface…and I am having to study these things as they have come up…

    some have been extremely…uncomfortable.


    • Jane…you’re welcome to visit me in my room anytime…I’ll give you a call in 2 or 3 years when the next kid moves out (I hope!)…

      My birthday is Saturday…#49…and I agreed with Nancy that you’re fine!


      • planejaner

        Wendy…I am working on my homework assignment…I hope to finish it before the weekend…

        the down-side to this whole thing is…now I really want a room of my own, to decorate and share…

      • Why is wanting one bad? I’m quite excited about mine! The only thing that might be hard is the soundproofing (since we don’t own our house). And of course, mine is dependent upon another
        one of the kids leaving the nest…

        Looking forward to reading about your room…


  4. I love your room! I like that you have a theme for it, my room has no theme other then TV and toy free. Let me know where you find your sign so I can get one. Oh, and any tips or pointers on how to keep the kids from raiding the school supplies would be great to. 🙂

  5. Hi Crazy…thanks for stopping by! I have “connections” for signs…a friend is one of the only artists left in town who hand-letters signs (he did our signs for the bookstore).

    Keeping kids out of the school supplies is one of the great mysteries of life…how do $100 worth of pens and pencils disappear in a couple of months?


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