Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Second Star To The Right, Straight On Till Morning

When it comes to the office, I continually walk a fine line between being myself and being the professional version of myself. I like to have fun and laugh. I don’t take life too seriously. One area where this is quite evident is my work area. I don’t have the luxury of having an office with windows; instead I have a gray box cube. I am lucky enough for it to be somewhat secluded and it does have a door, so its not a complete cube farm type of situation.

I hate gray walls, which match the gray carpet, which gives the white walls a grayish tint. So upon moving into my current cubicle home away from home, I spruced it up. I like to have a lot of my things around me, things that represent different aspects of my personality. Sure most people hang up their diploma from college, a picture or two of the kids, some crafty type knick knacks that change from season to season that are placed on lace doilies set delicately along the top of the file cabinet. I of course, am not some people. Thank God! My cube is a chaotic hodgepodge of pictures, toys, flowers, and other things I have accumulated thru the past few years. Why hang a diploma on the wall? I know where I went to school and what degree I have, why does everyone else need to know. Instead of the professional looking diploma frame, my walls are covered with pictures of my friends and I (at a friends wedding where we made the linen napkins into chickens, playing the air guitar at a Skynyrd concert, blowing horns on New Years Eve, making funny faces in a self portrait, all dressed up for a night out on the town). There is no alcohol evident in any of the pictures, but some of they may or may not have been taken while under the influence, but again most can’t be seen while walking down the hall past my cube. The spaces that don’t have a snapshot tacked to it, have pictures drawn by little cousins. A flower with polka dotted and stripped petals and a red stem, crazy swirls and hearts and stars, the kind of hand drawn pictures that say To: Mandy From: Said Cousin. I also have some of my favorite quotes printed out and interspersed among the pictures.

I was a huge Harry Potter fan when the books first came out; as a result my boss bought me a few of the action figures. One has a moveable wand and shoots out spells; the other is a magnetized Quidditch playing Harry Potter. The magnetized one hangs right above my computer. I have a little wind chime with a ladybug on it also hanging from my overhead bin. Every once in a while I give it a whack because I like hearing the tinkles as the hollow metal tubes chime off of each other. My collection also includes a Harry Potter wand that lights up and flashes. If I am having a bad day I’ll steadily hold it in my hand and “cast a spell” as I swish and flick it in the direction of which ever co-worker has annoyed me at that particular time. I keep track of my days not on a boring old white one a day calendar where I can list what ever meetings or projects I am supposed to be working on. Instead I have a Harry Potter one that shows me scenes from the various movies. Besides, I can use a post-it for reminders. I’m just really bad about throwing them away, instead I just keep putting one on top of the other until I have a tower o’post-its.

I have a turquoise wood sign that has a clock on it but instead of a 12, 3, 6, and 9…it has all 5’s and says “Its Five O’Clock Somewhere!” because we all know 5:00 is the best hour of the day. I have a picture of the true love of my life, Barry Manilow, hanging next to a poster of jungle animals in the forest. I also have a print out of a woman pulling her hair out that says “There’s no vaccine against stupidity.” Some random postcards sent to me by friend from various locations – Disney World, Ireland, Washington DC, Los Angeles tacked to the soft gray cube walls round out the wall decorations. When I get an email from a colleague wanting to know if I can complete certain project in a specified amount of time, instead of turning to my project and meeting software on the computer, I pull out my Magic 8 Ball—which I may or may not consult for other very important day to day business decisions (Should I go out shopping on my lunch hour? Do I really need one more cup of coffee? Can I read blogs for another hour before the IT guys catch on?). I also have a duck bill from a QVC Quacker Factory studio audience that I keep close by that makes quacking noises when you blow into it, which I may or may not use on occasion. And lets not forget the Grumpy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs mug I fill with coffee on an hourly basis.

No, my cube is far from the standard old boring gray cubes that most of co-workers toil away in. What can I say? I refuse to become a corporate curmudgeon although I do have a tendency to offer up some cynical remarks a tad bit too often. So tell me, what's your work space like?

10 comments:

Sissy said...

I have absolutely NOTHING of mine at my work space. I keep lip balm in a drawer and that's it. I do share my work space with my co worker, so that is one reason...the other? In case I quit on a dime...I can just get up and leave, never to return. LOL

LBluca77 said...

Ok first off I to love Barry Manilow.

My cube is pretty boring. I have a window on one side so I see the freeway and company next door's parking structure, where one of their employees drives a hearse to work. I should do a post about that.

I also have a My Little Pony that lights, up cause I am scared of horses so a friend thought that would help me get over my fear. But mostly I just have crap all over my cube. I am not really the most organized employee.

Frank said...

I don't have a permanent workspace, just a table that I sit at 4 nights a week...although if I had a cubicle I'd fill it with cool stuff like rope lights and toy robots. It'd be bitchin'

Andy said...

Hahaha... My work space... Well, I'm still at school, so it's like a 2feet X 3feet wooden table I've decorated with little stickers...

MeLaNiE said...

My work space for all my school work is very messy, but it's organized to me. I know where everything is but it's is a mess. I am actually about to clean it up...but maybe I'll take a picture first!

Katie said...

Oh man, I can totally relate! I'm still in school, but before I left my paycheck for yet another degree (what was I thinking?!?!?!), my office was overly bright and cheery to drown out the sheer blah of the space. I had cards from my students, a begonia, quotes, pictures of me & my students, and a happy birthday banner that I never bothered to take down. I was not content until the ugly concrete block walls were no longer visible!

I worry that I will have to have a straight-laced desk once I have the J.D. behind my name. That KILLS me. Yet another reason I don't like lawyers!

RebeccaC said...

I don't have a cube or an office. I have a cave. No kidding. In my office, for some reason, each floor has 3 or 4 small, windoless, doorless rooms on each floor. While its more private than a cube b/c its an enclosed room it doesn't have a door and again, no windows. I dont use the overhead lights because they are too bright and instead have a couple of small lamps...so its a bit dark. Hence, everyone calls it "Rebecca's Cave".

Auburn Kat said...

I've had offices and cubicles before but I never, ever decorate them. I don't know why I don't, but for some reason I never am inspired to decorate my workspace. Maybe I should get a plant?

Coconut said...

Currently my cube feels like a fort of paper. I'm swamped. My assistant jokes that one day I'm going to be so covered in papers she's going to have to dig to find me.

Cameo said...

when I worked, my desk (and wall next to it) had soooo many sayings taped up to it, "today's not your day, tomorrow's not looking good either", the quote you have and many others. Along with a panoramic picture of my favorite place in the world, the Mayan Riviera beach. Along with pictures of Asa everywhere, cards from family members and various other personal things. I had things taped to my computer screen and I was very proud to have an unconvential desk area.