I spend a lot of time at work. Over 9 hours on a typical day, to be exact, because I work a flex schedule that allows me to have every other Friday off. While I absolutely live the bi-monthly three-day weekend, the other days can be very long. Since this is what I do for the bulk of my day/week, I thought I’d spend a little blog time documenting my work whereabouts.
I work as a documentation specialist/tech writer for a company in town (you’ll forgive me for being vague). I’ve been there for almost a year, and I feel like I’m finally starting to get the hang of things. Kind of. I didn’t train for technical writing at school. After I quit teaching last year, I would have taken any job. Luckily, I found one that suits my interests pretty well. I work for a really great company, too, so I feel like I got a really good deal. Let me show you around where I spend most of my days. I never got a good picture of my little cubicle as a whole, though… just the parts. And these were all taken with my iphone while I pretended to work, so they aren’t great.
My cubicle was very bland when I first started working there, so the first order of business was to put in some color!
I got those prints at a consignment shop in Seattle last December. I love the clean lines and bright colors of them.
I also stuck up some of my favorite art postcards to look at when I need a break from the computer screen.
And on the other side of the screen, some photos of my favorite people and places.
Every once in a while, someone will bring me the latest copy of some tech writing magazines. I will read one or two articles on my down time, but then I never know what to do with them. So they are in the corner.
I have become a chain gum chewer. This is a quality I inherited from my mom. I used to laugh at her for going through a pack in less than an hour, but I now do the same thing. I just love that initial burst of flavor! Also notice the Burt’s Bees near at hand. I keep that tin at work just so I know I always have some.
I have oatmeal for breakfast every morning, so I bought a big thing of spoons. One time I did the math – I have enough spoons for over a year. All for less than $3. Total deal!
What’s that? A cigar box to raise my monitor. But it doubles as a secret compartment!
Sometimes you’ll find an emergency Coke machine dollar in there.
I also have a phone, but I hardly ever get phone calls. I got a voicemail once, and I couldn’t remember the password because it had been six months since I set it up. Turns out technical writers are more comfortable with email.
And finally, my spare chair for visitors and spare hoodie for when the air conditioning is too cold.
Not pictured – just across the way is a huge window that overlooks the train tracks and the city of New Orleans. Today, I saw a rainbow through it.