Workin’ [7:30] to 5

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!

vintage vogue

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.

reading materials

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 measured out my life with oatmeal spoons

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!

cigar box?

What’s that? A cigar box to raise my monitor. But it doubles as a secret compartment!

secret compartment!

Sometimes you’ll find an emergency Coke machine dollar in there.

smile, it might be your boss on the other line

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.

take a chair

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.



  1. Kimmie · October 8, 2009

    I loved the tour of your cubicle! That was fun! The art postcards are totally you! Love it!

  2. Amanda Nicholas · October 9, 2009

    I love seeing your work space. You’ve done a great job decorating. YOu’re so artsy!
    I hope you don’t get caught day dreaming looking at all the places you’ve been. You’ll be there again soon enough. Now get to work girlie!

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