Saturday, March 14, 2009

My First Saturday Six Meme - Workspace

I found this meme over at Patrick's Place, which seemed a fun thing to do, especially as I didn't manage my Friday evening post. I had a migraine this week, didn't make it to work on Wednesday or Thursday, and making any kind of sense was simply asking too much of my brain, frankly.

So in the spirit of branching out, a la the Blog Improvement Project, here goes Patrick's Workspace Meme:

1. What kind of workspace would you most prefer: a desk out in the open with your co-workers, a cubicle that’s part of a maze of cubicles, a small office just large enough to give you a little privacy when you need it, or a grandiose office with a big city view?

Well, the grandiose office with the big city view is obvious - to say the least. First of all, it incorporates the word grandiose, which is one of those words that is a lot more revealing of the inner me than many would suspect.

As one who is an Urban Gal through and through, I can think of nothing sweeter.

What is my actual workspace situation?

My day job desk is a very-well-designed cubicle affair with low dividers and lots of space, which gives me full view of the large window. It uses beige and buttery-yellow colors which is very soothing to look at all day. My bulletin board sections are a light brown fabric which holds a mixture of work-related notes and my own family-and-friends pictures.

My home desk is a dark wooden former bank exec desk which my mom and Gram bought for me. At the moment it's set up in the living room, since the room I'd intended as an office quickly turned into a storage room. This way I can hang out with my husband while I blog and write, watch TV out of the corner of my eye and generally feel like I'm in the center of the action. Because I am. I look toward a wall with a Japanese samurai hanging, a framed illustration of old fashioned shoes that my cousin gave me, a gilt-framed mirror and a faux street sign that reads 'Easy Street'.

2. Is your desk at work more organized or less organized than your workspace at home?

My day job desk is less cluttered than my home desk. But both have my signature piles of stuff. At work I have a foot-tall pile of files to be scanned. This never goes down, since I would be out of a job if there was nothing for me to scan. It just gets replaced by the next day's pile. Here at home the piles are made up of CD's which I listen to while I'm working. The current pile contains:

The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani
Classic Cash - Johnny Cash
Play - Moby
Synchronicity - The Police
Petrushka / Apollo (ballet scores) by Stravinsky - Georgian Festival Orchestra / St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street soundtrack - Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jayne Wisener and Ed Sanders
Greatest Hits - Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66
Zenyatta Mondatta - The Police
The Phantom of the Opera film soundtrack - Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, CiarĂ¡n Hinds, Simon Callow and Miranda Richardson
Kill Bill Vol. 2 soundtrack - Shivaree, Ennio Morricone, Charlie Feathers, Lole Y Manuel, Luis Bacalov, Alan Reeves/Phil Steele/Philip Brigham, David Carradine & Uma Thurman, Johnny Cash, Malcolm McLaren, Chingon and Meiko Kaji
The Very Best of The Smiths - The Smiths
Fever - Kylie Minogue
Best of Bowie - David Bowie
The Very Best of The Doors - Jim Morrison and The Doors

3. Which single office supply do you find that you use the most?

Staples. I have to pull apart documents to scan them, and afterwards staple them back together to put back in the file. I also handle mail as the main back-up, so I staple documents which later get passed back to me, the scanner, to pull apart. Good times.

4. You notice that a co-worker has taken one of your office supplies: a pair of scissors or a stapler, for example. You see that your name is on it when he opens his desk drawer. Shortly afterwards, he leaves for lunch. Do you retrieve your stuff or leave it there?

Luckily, in my office I would take it back, mention it to the person and we'd all laugh because we all lose our minds at various times. We tease each other mercilessly, but that's how it is here in Nova Scotia. The more fond people are of you, the more you get teased.

5. Take the quiz: What Office Supply Are You?

You Are a Post-it

You have a good memory. Your memory is so good, in fact, that it can be down right annoying at times.
You don't mean to nag, but you like to remind people what they're supposed to be doing.

You may be a bit of a pest, but you're awfully cute. So no one minds it all too much when you pop up.
You would make a good manger, salesperson or attorney. You can cram a lot of info into that head of yours.

6. Which of the following are you most likely to use the most at work: a cheap ballpoint, a felt-tip, a Sharpie marker, a dry erase marker, or a pencil?

A ballpoint pen. I often have to hand write a person's birth certificate information before I scan the photocopied document, because it will come through as a grey rectangle of gobbledygook.

Well, that was fun. I don't think I'll tag anyone, but feel free to play along if you so desire. Just make sure you link back to Patrick's Place.


Akelamalu said...

That was fun to read Julia. I love your music collection on your desk. :)

Diana_CT said...

Where I use to work, I had to scan test reports and save them as pdf's.

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Akelamalu - my music pile is about to get taller...

Diana - I have a specialized data system at work which saves all the images for me. Instaneously. I've never actually saved anything to pdf, which seems funny when I've been scanning for almost five years, now.

Louise said...

Interesting read and btw, I also want that Best of Smiths cd you have on your desk ;o)