1. A coffee table older than you or me, probably
I acquired most of my furniture from my parents' house (who knew that my mom's penchant for redecorating would net me so much loot?). I've had this since I moved to Toronto the first time, and it also accompanied me to Kingston as well. On it is a travel mug that I also obtained for free, as my parents used to work for Bayer and they were giving these things out one day randomly. (I have nicknamed the mug "Steely Dan".)
2. A picture frame containing several pictures
My sister-in-law was nice enough to give me a 5x7 picture frame containing a photo of my then-six(-ish)-month-old niece. As they've had more portraits taken, I just jam the new picture in in the corner of the frame in front of the old one. I figure I'll eventually have to stop this practice... but for now it's a handy-dandy impromptu photo album. (And yes, to reiterate, she is the cutest child in the world. True story.)
3. Cereal boxes aplenty
What can I say? I fucking love breakfast cereal.
4. Dogs Playing Poker
I bought this small poster about three weeks after I started university, and it's been with me ever since. I always put it above my desk, because when you're working really hard on something, it's always a nice break to look up and see the bulldog sneaking an ace of clubs to the terrier* under the table (hence the title of the painting, A Friend In Need).
* I have no idea if the recipient of the card is a terrier. I don't know anything about dogs, but I know a guy named Tavis who does.
5. Fancy shower curtain rings
My process for selecting home furnishings and accessories goes in this order:
- Is it free? (1a: Is it cheap?)
- Is it simple?
- Is it cool?
However, with this item, I didn't pass Go, and didn't collect $200. I went straight for "cool."
I stand by my decision.