Fun Monday – What’s In Your Nightstand?

Fun Monday – What’s In Your Nightstand?

Angela at The Lurchers isn’t really nosy, but as she puts it, she’s just interested in people. So as host of this week’s Fun Monday, she wants to know what’s on, in, or under our bedside tables? She says: “So open those drawers and bare your soul to us! Is there anything special there that has a story or a memory that you can tell us about? Books that you keep there to delve into from time to time? Trinkets that you don’t know where else to put? Let’s see.”

OK, here’s my night stand…

Lovely isn’t it? And that lamp! Pure elegance, AND there’s another one just like it on Downtown Dad’s side! It has taken us years to acquire a ‘grown up’ bedroom set. There are my reading materials – The Name of The Wind, Bear’s recommendation, kind of a wizard-ish saga, pretty good; Get In The Game, some group sales rah rah crap, I’m only pretending to read it; Better Homes and Gardens magazine. What’s that? Boring you say… well, maybe on the outside… lets have a look in the drawer…
Well, that’s a little more interesting… Breathe Right Strips, throat spray, chapstick, my foot sander and Kerasal cream, a journal and a few pens, some Burts Bees hand cream and a coaster, so my Sleepy Time Tea, or other nightcap doesn’t leave rings on my aforementioned lovely night stand. I guess all you can tell from this is that I’m trying to keep from snoring and I have calluses on my feet. Still boring? OK, open up the bottom cabinet…

There it is… that’s what you were looking for! A rolled up heating pad! Yes, you’ve found me out! My dirty little secret is that I have back pain! What? You want to know what that other thing is… well, OK, but it’s really nothing… just an old cardboard shoebox that holds my journals from 1972 through 1975. I literally wrote something every day of my life in 1973 and 74 going on and on about the three things in my life I spent the most time thinking about – boys, getting high, and hating my dad. Then, in 1975 my dad found my journals, took them, read them and hid them from me. I took them back, bound them up in this shoe box, taped it up, wrote some vaguely ominous threats to anyone who might try to open it and then wrapped it in a blanket and hid it in my cedar chest. I’ve opened the box since then. Sometimes I pick a year and read a couple of months worth of entries… it’s like going back in time to visit the 15 year old me.


  • Posted January 28, 2008 1:46 am 0Likes
    by Ev

    I don't have an "in" to my bedside table. it's a wrought iron and tile table I has made in Mexico when we lived in Tucson. But ON my table is the usual stuff: an alarm clock, a reading lamp, the book du jour, a box of tissues and the large economy bottle of lube. And still, when I'm groping for it in the dark with my glasses off…STILL I can never find it!Kwachie's side is about the same, but also has the receipts from everything we've bought in the last six months. I've got the sex and she's got the money. We're good!

  • Posted January 28, 2008 2:05 am 0Likes
    by Barrie

    Hmmm….old journals can be very, very interesting! It's so weird to find stuff you've written, but can't even remember doing it. :)

  • Posted January 28, 2008 4:19 am 0Likes
    by Aoj and The Lurchers

    I always wish I'd kept a diary as a child…they would be wonderful to read back now!

  • Posted January 28, 2008 5:59 am 0Likes

    Yes!!!! The lamp is elegant. And the lighting is very dramatic with the dark tones of the wood!!!Happy Fun Monday. I hope you can find time to drop by for a visit today.

  • Posted January 28, 2008 6:25 am 0Likes
    by Sayre

    I love your lamp – I feel like I'm cruising/shopping for nightstands as I actually need one or two!

  • Posted January 28, 2008 8:58 am 0Likes
    by Laura/DaPFG

    wow…those journals must be strange to read now :)

  • Posted January 28, 2008 10:40 am 0Likes
    by Faye

    Good marks for your significant other that you feel okay about leaving your journals in a relatively open place. It is very revealing to go back and read them–two steps forward and one back. . .I'm seeing a pattern in this snooping–we all are concerned about rough winter heels! I just found the winner I think–the Aveda foot plane–it's like a belt sander!

  • Posted January 28, 2008 11:02 am 0Likes
    by Sandy

    I love your lamp! I have a couple of old ginger jar style lamps from 30 years ago and they are that wonderful shade of sage that goes with everything/nothing!

  • Posted January 28, 2008 11:24 am 0Likes
    by Tiggerlane

    I have the EXACT SAME lamp at my office (we have a cozy lobby), except the floor version. It is TOO COOL! You are the second FMondayer that uses the Burt's Bees stuff – is it magical?

  • Posted January 28, 2008 11:44 am 0Likes
    by Megnificent

    Grownup bedroom furniture, how nice! We're working on that. We just got grownup living room furniture, though, so the bedroom will have to wait. Beautiful lamp. And gorgeous paint color!

  • Posted January 28, 2008 11:45 am 0Likes
    by susan

    I was hoping for something more spicey than a heating pad from you!!! :D I still have my old journals out in a box in the garage somewhere. As I recall they were mostly about my current crush and how much I hated my father. Thankfully, he never found them (as far as I know) and that we are finally friends.

  • Posted January 28, 2008 11:47 am 0Likes
    by ChrisB

    I agree the lamp is lovely. What fun to be able to go back and read your journals. I never kept a journal because it would not have been private and I certainly didn't want to give my father any ammunition!!

  • Posted January 28, 2008 12:39 pm 0Likes
    by raising3saints

    I still don't have 'grownup' bedroom furniture….probably because I spend all my spare money on either books, my kids, or books for my kids! I do like your lamp, though!

  • Posted January 28, 2008 1:52 pm 0Likes
    by Jill

    i dont care what the 15 yo me would say… is that bad?

  • Posted January 28, 2008 1:56 pm 0Likes
    by Alison

    What a treasure having all your old journals!! I love your lamp also, it is very elegant!

  • Posted January 28, 2008 3:35 pm 0Likes
    by Robinella

    Breathe Right Strips have given me the most nights sleep…the hubs wears them, thankfully. what a log cutter.And I have three words for you. Flexitol Heel Balm. A dab will do ya. Overnight callous removers.

  • Posted January 28, 2008 3:47 pm 0Likes
    by Jettie

    love your journals!1 I recentaly got to read someones who was very dear to me and I have since started writting one too!! I think tonight I shall move it to my bedtable!!

  • Posted January 28, 2008 4:17 pm 0Likes
    by swampy

    Yes, I'll have one straight up and "extra" dirty AND I'll have that heating pad, too.

  • Posted January 28, 2008 4:21 pm 0Likes
    by Beckie

    You make me laugh! Can I borrow that heating pad – my back is killing me today after shoveling snow.Your journals – keep them forever – safe right where they are.I wish I had a grown up bedroom set….

  • Posted January 28, 2008 7:21 pm 0Likes
    by Kimi Sue

    Ha~! My journals are in EXACTLY the same place (second drawer down) from EXACTLY the same years (1973-74) complaining about EXACTLY the same thing (your dad)!!!

  • Posted January 28, 2008 9:15 pm 0Likes
    by ellen b.

    So our paths have crossed without us knowing it… If you were still in close proximity to Anacapa we could meet for a brew :) Or if you're ever in Washington (my main house is still there) We could meet for a Mac and Jack at most any restaurant. :) blessings…

  • Posted January 28, 2008 9:23 pm 0Likes
    by kitten

    Lovely lamp! About my CPap, I had 2 sinus surgeries before they ever put me on the CPAP.

  • Posted January 28, 2008 9:23 pm 0Likes
    by Serina Hope

    It is my dream to one day have my very own furniture..that I ownwd first.A grown up bedroom suit is definetly part of that equation.

  • Posted January 28, 2008 10:23 pm 0Likes
    by Celeste

    A beautiful night-stand.My journals are in the closet — I discovered that someone else discovered them (sometime during their authorship) and removed some of the pages. Probably good for posterity……don't know why I keep them. There was a phase when they were important, but not certain about that anymore.

  • Posted January 28, 2008 11:47 pm 0Likes
    by Grandy

    Lady…I don't think people wanna know what's in my nightstand. I love what you're doing with the site. I'm impressed!!

  • Posted January 29, 2008 12:15 am 0Likes
    by Peter

    I don't think I would much like the 15 year old me, just as well there are no journals.

  • Posted January 29, 2008 6:05 am 0Likes
    by Molly

    I like your lamp shade. In fact I bought one just like it the other week. My heating pad is not neatly rolled up in a drawer. I have been keeping mine plugged in by the bed. The heating pad helps me sleep many nights. I am not sure that my 15 year me would be fun to visit. It is neat that you still have the journals so you can visit your earier self.

  • Posted January 29, 2008 7:42 am 0Likes
    by nikki

    A heating pad?!?! You dirty, dirty gal you.

  • Posted January 29, 2008 9:19 am 0Likes
    by Kim

    I have a notebook full of things that I wrote when I was in high school and college. It's no where near my nightstand, though. I haven't looked at it in years.I may have to go find it now.

  • Posted January 29, 2008 9:20 am 0Likes
    by wakeupandsmellthecoffee

    God, we're the same age! And I kept a journal in 1975 too but I threw it out long ago. Too many bad memories from that year. Hey, you're pretty neat. I didn't show my drawers because they are even worse than the surface.

  • Posted January 29, 2008 9:34 am 0Likes
    by Sarah

    Hello :)You have a very beautiful bedside table! I didn't think mine was nice enough for a picture.It is very interesting visiting in other people's bedrooms. What I've noticed along the way is that there are some quite interesting remedies for people who have trouble breathing when they sleep. I'm going to pass them on to my mum – my dad snores so loudly that you can hear him downstairs!I have some holiday diaries from when I was about 10 years old, they are quite funny to read again. Whether I feel older and wiser is another thing though…Thanks for visiting my blog for Fun Monday.

  • Posted January 29, 2008 10:05 am 0Likes
    by Sauntering Soul

    My mom went through my room one time and found a note my high school boyfriend (now ex-husband) and I had written back and forth to each other and it said something about her that wasn't very nice. I decided I shouldn't write journals for her to find after that. I love Burts Bees products!

  • Posted January 29, 2008 1:37 pm 0Likes
    by -Ann

    Very organised – I love it.

  • Posted January 29, 2008 2:48 pm 0Likes
    by Fiona

    Very Brave!! Writing AND keeping diaries….bet they are facinating to read too?

  • Posted January 29, 2008 3:18 pm 0Likes
    by Karina

    I love that you have those journals. I recently found a bunch of my journals from high school and college and got lost reading them for hours. It's fun to revisit our thoughts from when we were younger, isn't it?

  • Posted January 29, 2008 4:43 pm 0Likes
    by lisaschaos

    Your drawer looks SO tidy!! Wow!

  • Posted February 1, 2008 3:16 am 0Likes
    by karisma

    My goodness, how clean that looks. And only one book, is it not lonely?

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