I think I bought this hourglass for my husband years ago, and since he wasn't very impressed with it, I brought it to work. (I think it's cool as hell.) And I use the blue thingie as a change tray - I bought it from an artist/patient at Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield during their annual Serendipity Art Show. And in this pic you can see a little edge of a candle...when it's dark and dreary outside I like to light candles all over my office. It makes me feel less dark and dreary.