So, I've got lots of ideas, and I have to start somewhere, so I think I'll start off with one of my Ikea hacks, since that's as good a place as any.
Before I get to that, I just wanted to say thanks to Will Peach, for listing my blog in his recent Best of the Spanish Travel Blogs post. I didn't actually know this was a travel blog, but hey, I do travel from time to time, and then I sometimes actually blog about it, so I guess that counts. Anyway, Will, thanks for the shout-out, and people, go check out Will's blog, My Spanish Adventure, because he's fuuny, and he gives some great advice on why living abroad isn't all it's cracked up to be, remembering to pack enough underwear, and why you should "quit your shitty job and move to Spain".
Now, if this blog is supposed to be a travel blog, I should be writing travel-related posts, but since I rarely do what I'm supposed to do, and I haven't traveled anywhere yet this year (unless you count last week's trip to the mall), I'm going to do an Ikea hack post. So, if you've come here looking for advice on a Bodrum adventure, or booking a cheap flight to Yemen, I'm afraid you're out of luck.
But I will give you advice on how to get your kids to share a desk, even if they get along about as well as cats and dogs usually do.
This isn't my first Ikea hack, but it is by far the simplest. If you're interested in more Ikea hacks, you can check out how we turned some old shelves into a scaffold and also, our version of the Hol cat litter box.
And now for today's hack. I call it the you-stay-on-your-side-and-I'll-stay-on-mine desk divider. We started off with a Spontan magnet board, which looks a little like a sled, with a curvy part on the bottom for leaving pens in (even though you're absolutely not supposed to write directly on it under any circumstances).
And voìla, you have this very simple, but effective desk divider:
Okay, we haven't managed to solve the Middle East crisis, but we've come a long way towards peace at home. Let me tell you, there is much less, "Mamá! She's looking at me!" and "Papá! She's got her hand on my side of the desk and won't move it!" going on, and, hey, the curvy part even works great with the lamp.
Keeping their feet on their own sides is another matter, though, so we're seriously considering putting a divider under the table as well. But at least we've got them studying at the same desk, which is a huge achievement. What more could you ask from such a simple hack?
And that's all you'll be getting from me today, since I have to shake my hips on over to my Latin dance class now. So, come back on Friday for the first Friday Photo Fun of the year, and see if you can guess what the mystery object is. Remember, the winner gets their blog linked to my big shiny red button for the whole week. Don't miss it!