So far, I have found that the only downside to being a blogger has been: My backside. Sitting all day, day after day, over time (1) has encouraged my butt to take on the shape of my office chair and not in a good way, and (2) of graver concern, has started to cause me recurring back problems so acute that doctor visits, muscle relaxants and painkillers are involved. I like to blog blog blog all the live long day — and want to continue on that path — but it is quite difficult when it only hurts when you move.
Hence, I am now the proud owner of the Ergotron WorkFit-S, Single LCD Mount, HD Sit-Stand Workstation (Model 33-344-200 to be exact). The Ergotron is an apparatus designed to hold your computer monitor and keyboard that hooks onto a table or desk and which can be raised – to use standing, or lowered – to use sitting. My goal: Spend at least 75% of my time typing and researching at the computer standing, rather than sitting.
DH did all the research looking into the new work station, and said that this model had more consumer recommendations that others. In particular, buyers said its was more sturdy than other models, which is important because you don’t want your computer monitor and stand to fall over on you and break your back, which you have just spent $380 to protect.
We assembled the bugger last night. The directions were okay, with only a few inscrutable turns. We didn’t curse at each other even once. It took about an hour.
However, in anticipation of assembly of the Ergotron, I also decided it was time to rearrange the office furniture. We swapped the locations of the honkin’ Hon tanker desk and table, added a new file cabinet, gave all the laminate surfaces a good cleaning with Countertop Magic, vacuumed the harvest gold plush carpet, and generally cleaned up the joint. Altogether it took a good three hours. But the office is looking darn good!
And indeed, the new standing workstation seems quite sturdy. This is my first posted typed out standing in front of my Ergotron WorkFit-S, Single LCD Mount, HD Sit-Stand Workstation (Model 33-44-200). My back feels better already. Addressing the booty issue is next, and alas, I fear it will not be nearly as easy.
Link: The Ergotron!