Posts Tagged ‘office’

1. Get up early enough to eat breakfast at home.
2. Bring along enough reading material to last through both ends of my commute (and sometimes lunch).
3. Get up from my desk at least once an hour. (Harder sometimes than it sounds.)
4. Drink water/tea at my desk.
5. Treat myself, once in a while, to a chai latte.
6. Spend my lunch breaks on the go – walking to the Brattle, the post office, the Common, Second Time Around, etc.
7. Make tomorrow’s to-do list in the mid-afternoon slump.
8. Bring healthy snacks to eat at my desk.
9. Listen to music (sometimes).
10. Buy myself flowers on Mondays.

What are your tricks for getting through – even enjoying – your workday?

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1. Watching the light on the sliver of Boston Common visible from our conference-room window.
2. Strolling (or hustling) down the east side of the Common, on my way to and from work each day.
3. Nichole’s Paris calendar and red photo set, hanging on the wall.
4. Brewing my favorite teas in a potbellied electric kettle, and drinking them out of a favorite mug.
5. Music to write by – Nickel Creek, HEM, the Pride & Prejudice soundtrack, Dave Madden, Grace Pettis.
6. Lunchtime strolls on the Common and in the Public Garden.
7. After-work or lunchtime stops into the Brattle, Second Time Around, Paper Source and other fun places.
8. Knowing where my next paycheck is coming from.
9. People-watching – on the T, in the food court downstairs, on the streets.
10. Leftovers for lunch, with a good book.

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Tales from Temp-land

Following in the footsteps of my friends Annie and Juliette, I’ve spent three days this week working in an office as a “Temptress” (Annie’s term, which is so much sassier than plain “temp,” don’t you think?).

Actually, I was supposed to spend the whole week there, and next week too. But after I got through all the projects they had for me, and politely but firmly turned down their offer of a longer-term job (building and editing corporate PowerPoint presentations), I got to call it quits yesterday. So, once again, I am free – no more hour-long commute through highway construction to Waltham; no more blue-and-gray cubicle; no more solitary lunches at my desk, and awkward small talk with people who aren’t really my co-workers.

Of course, this means I am also again broke/out of work/back to sending out resumes. But you know what? I much prefer this reality to that one.

I’m realizing again (as if I didn’t already know) that I was not cut out to work in corporate America. I loved working at ACU because of the people, and also because I believe in the mission of the place. I believe in the power of higher education to broaden people’s horizons and change their lives. I believe in the place that gave me an English degree, my first semester in Oxford, lots of dear friends and so many new ways of thinking. On the other hand, I don’t possess an ounce of passion about supply-chain dynamics and office restructuring and editing 150-page documents (I kid you not) of corporate-speak.

So it’s back to the freelance life, back to running errands in Quincy and taking breaks to wander around Boston (while the weather holds) and sending out resumes for jobs I would actually enjoy. And I feel like a kid set free from school – only instead of “No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks,” it’s “No more commuting, no more cubicle, no more sad reheated desk lunches!” (I know that doesn’t rhyme, but does anything rhyme with “cubicle”?)

Don’t mistake me: I’m grateful for the opportunity to make a little money and a few connections, and I hope I land some more assignments through the temp agency I’ve signed up with. But I’m also grateful for a few more free days, and the chance to keep pursuing my writing dreams, exploring my new city and making my “one wild and precious life” just that.

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from warm to cool

Many of you voiced your opinions when I asked for help choosing paint colors for my office. I chose the colors, sent off the work order, and then waited. And waited. (Our painting department is a one-man team right now, so I had to wait until he called in outside help.)

But last Wednesday, the workers came, and they painted my office in less than a whole workday. And behold, I give you the result:

office 1

office 2

Three dark gray walls. One purple accent wall. A new lamp. Framed diplomas, photos and art hung on the wall. And finally, a color scheme I love.

Thanks for all your input – you guys are awesome. Now, back to staring dreamily at my new walls…

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My new job at ACU ResLife is full of entertaining moments. For example…

Mauri to Darren: Thanks for answering my pinecone, dude!
Darren: What?
Mauri: I threw a pinecone at your window when I realised I was locked out of the building! Didn’t you hear me?
Darren:  Oh. I thought it was a squirrel.

And later this morning…

John to Kevin: It’s you who’s goin’ to hell, man, not me [for considering buying a new, expensive car].
Kevin: You went to a Motley Crue concert.
John: Yeah, but I repented.
Kevin: There’s not enough repentance for a Motley Crue concert.
Me: But there’s enough repentance for an American Idol concert [to which Kevin is going]?
John: Wow. That was the uncomeback-able comeback.

Stay tuned for more…

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