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Today was moving day at work, so I didn't feel like I contributed very much to the bottom line today, though I did finalize 3 brochures that I was waiting for miscellaneous bits & pieces of, and slapped together a HTML invitation and proofread a convoluted translation of a case study that was originally in Korean.

There was a bit of a holiday atmosphere both on Friday and today as people packed up their stuff, so I don't think I was alone in the decreased contribution factor. :)

I had already packed up everything else in my office last week, doing a box each time I had to wait for a big file to PDF in InDesign. I ended up with 7 boxes of stuff, plus a box to put my flatscreens and computer peripherals in. We had moving guys for the heavy boxes and wheeled carts to move anything we wanted to move ourselves, since the move wast just to a new wing in the same building, so I took my computer apart myself and moved it, my bulletin board and my plants over. We weren't supposed to bring any furniture because the old stuff is beech and the new stuff is birch and NEVER the twain shall meet hath Facilities declared. Though I did see some beech hutches getting wheeled over on the sly and I might have carried over a beech desk shelf myself. I did order a new one in birch, but until it comes they'll have to pry the other one away from my cold dead fingers.

Then I put my computer TOGETHER, sitting on the floor and plugging things back in; totally guessing as to which plug went where and much to my surprise getting it all right on the first attempt. BUT then the Facilities guys came and asked me if everything was to my satisfaction and I said, "No, actually, you promised me you would flip my desk." It drives me bananas to sit with my back to the door because I get people in my office all day long and it's much simpler to look up and deal with them than to stop what I'm doing completely and turn around. I am rude and keep right on typing sometimes while people are talking. This hurries them up and makes them get to the point faster because I AM BUSY. Hee!

So, I did a little extra flirting and pleading and bribing and 3 Facilities guys made me take my computer apart AGAIN and then they LIFTED my new damned-heavy adjustable desk (I can sit! I can stand!) and TILTED it up to the ceiling and turned it around because it was too long to just turn whilst (whilst!) in its regular position. And then I put my computer back together AGAIN and got it right again except that one speaker isn't working now. Not sure if it was my plug-in assumptions or that it's an old speaker or that it might have gotten stepped on in the lifting & tilting process, but the IT guy in our department promised me new ones anyway, so all's well that ends well.

And then I unpacked EVERYTHING and put it all away and opened the window to get some fresh spring breezes which wafted in on sunlight and did a bit of work and then I went home.

The end.
mood: cheerful
music: Maja Gullstrand—Här för mig själv


You have an office window that opens! Awesome!!

Re: Window!

I know! I opened it today, too! WOO! I foresee opening it a LOT. :)

"doing a box each time I had to wait for a big file to PDF in InDesign"

If I had just read that quote randomly and then had to guess who had written it I would totally have guessed LIZ!

I too sit with my back to the door which I don't like but the alternative is to be bureaucratic and have people across my desk from me which I hate but I too sometimes use the arrangement to my advantage when I sense that the person either wants to chit-chat when I'm busy or that the person really should be trying to work out a solution themselves or when the person really should be asking their colleagues for help instead of me. Sometimes I type really long sentences that way which I later have to edit the hell out of.

haha! I am the queen of multitasking. :)

Can you angle your desk? Mine has the long end against the wall and the short end where my computer screens are facing the door. Excellent! :)

Maybe if you flirt a little more they'll bring you sushi. *just joking*

Happy New Office to you.

They don't have to bring me sushi, I can get it in the cafeteria. :D

I agree with the anonymous window commenter; yippee! Just in time for spring!

I know! Yippee skippy!


I love that there's the distinction between Beech and Birch, because frankly it would drive me nuts to have mixed woods. That's why the Swedes are known for design I suppose!


We have mixed woods all through the house, actually, but the blond stuff is starting to win...which I'm not so thrilled about because I actually like the dark woods. :)

New office- cool. I so agree with you about having your back toward the door- I would hate that.

You are AWESOMELY important. Type on!

You wrote flatscreens; I suppose you have at least two then? One for your workspace and one which displays the result? Or perhaps the other just has a scroller saying "Liz is busy".

I have a "command center" set-up :) with 2 flatscreens in tandem at work. I move back and forth between them depending on how many programs I have open at once :)

I am quite sure BP would approve of the desk turn around. Sitting with your back to the door doesn't seem like good fung shui (It just occurred to me that I have no idea how to spell that...and alas, am unmotivated to look it up.)

I know she would! (as far as I know, it's feng shui so you were close :)


I'm very impressed with your computer connecting skills! Call off the geek squad--she's got it!

Open that window wide and let a good breeze in. Ahhhh.

Thanks so much for your kind hugs for me. You are dear!

~sherry (immersion)


So are you a birch or a beech fan? Your desk sounds fabulous, by the way. Congrats on getting the move behind you and the open window too!


Actually, if I have to choose between the two, I'd probably take birch :) If I couldn't have oak.

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