in which i answer my own question

Waiting for my dinner guest.

Sometimes I feel dissatisfied that my new place isn’t really conducive to entertaining visitors. There’s no lounging area. We can sit at the kitchen table (if I’ve put away all the art supplies) or we can sit/lie on my bed/bedroom floor.

There’s no living room/couch/coffee table. There’s no space for them. I have two rooms, in which I sleep/cook/sew/compute/paint/eat/dance. The (large) bathroom is additional.

And then I think … this is such a First World problem! One person in approximately 300 sq ft. In nearly every country of the world, four, five or more people would be living in this area.

And I’m wishing for more space. Yeah, I’m spoiled.

Toast to @debdidit. Sorry you didn't make it, girlfriend!

Tonight my girlfriend A came to dinner. I put away the art stuff, and set the table nicely. We shared chili and wine and dating tales.

And we toasted Deb, who said she would be fashionably late, but didn’t quite make it.

Turns out, there’s plenty of space here for the important stuff. For a meal and laughter shared. For hugs and talk of literature. For clinking glasses and silly photos.

So here’s a question: What First World problems do you have? And how does a change in perspective help?

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  1. Lola

     /  September 2, 2012

    This is a great post – I hope that one of the key words is ‘perspective’. My first world problem is currently shoes. I am ashamed to admit it but it’s true. When people have none, I’m planning my next 3 pairs that I NEED. What bothers me more is that I haven’t been to your place yet. You are one of the most important people on the world to me and your home is a mystery to me. Can you please invite me over? I need a day with you that involves your space, art, wine & food. Let’s do do this! I love your blog.

  2. Boxes. I need more packing boxes. Oh and not having my own transport to move house is bugging me. Def FWP’s

  3. I’ve been feeling the squeeze of space lately, feeling wanty of a bigger house. I suppose it has everything to do with being confined for so many days due to the hurricane. But then I think about those who lost their houses because of that hurricane, or who are dealing with flooding, and I feel like a brat. I am so very fortunate.

  4. Hey, you didn’t clean off the art area for me. ;) Miss you Hashi!


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