Most of my plants survived the two months away (hooray for sturdy green houseplants), but a few went up to that great green garden in the sky. I'm tempted to go get more, but it's silly -- I leave on Wednesday for ten days on the East Coast. So no plant shopping until I get back. I have quite a few more trips this fall, but they're more long weekend kind of things, where delicate plants might survive Kevin's attempt at care :-).
There will be other shopping, though -- the plan for today is to look at desks. The main difficulty is in dimensions -- to fit into the compact space we have available, I need one that's no more than 24" deep -- and 22 or 20 would be better. I could go down to 16", in fact. I'm going to start with used/antique stores (once I remind myself where they are in Chicago), with the hopes of finding an inexpensive treasure.
If that doesn't pan out, I plan to end up at Crate and Barrel, which has two beautiful desks that would be terrific, but which are very pricey. The Campaign desk is gorgeous, as is the Walden console (not strictly a desk, but I think sufficient unto my needs -- not sure whether those bottom shelves would get in my way or would simply be a handy footrest -- hmmm).
I've never purchased such an expensive piece of furniture before -- up until now, all of my furniture shopping has been at used stores, and I think about $200 or so for a futon frame has been my limit. I think a writing desk counts as a tax-deductible expense, and I'm getting to the point in my life where I'd rather spend more for a piece I'll hopefully have forever, instead of something that would just do for the moment, and which would probably be discarded the next time I moved out of state. This should be fun. :-)