Thursday, September 3, 2009

Evidence of my presence

My desk is kind of a disaster area. No big surprise there, my house is kind of a disaster area so why would my desk at work be any different. Occasionally I become overwhelmed by the stacks of junk, the cups half full of aging coffee, the piles of papers both important and doodle-y and I decide to tidy. Sometimes as I clean I wonder what a stranger, asked to piece together my personality by the clutter on my desk would think.
I mean what would you make of the following: at least a dozen packets of soy sauce, probably more, an even greater number of salt packets, a 12 pack of Sharpie markers, a stack of paper covered in notes and doodles but none with enough information to be useful, public school documents for Big Dog, stickers, a big glass mug shaped like a skull, a rock about the size of an extra large egg, a stack of half full notebooks, receipts from trips to Orange County and a pile of receipts from Trader Joe's. Add to that about a dozen CDs of various bands from Beck and the Ramones to Pink Martini, band aids with super heroes on them, photo note cards with no envelopes next to a box of envelopes that are not the right size for the note cards. Five empty Calistoga bottles, (three lemon flavored, two unflavored) and six travel mugs all with at least an inch of coffee fermenting in the bottom. A Pets.com dog hand puppet complete with wristwatch collar and an assortment of toys including a Crack Ho Barbie, Girl Genius Barbie and a figurine of a mother bear. I wonder what kind of portrait of my inner self this paints. Go on, tell me.

6 comments:

livinginagirlsworld said...

Sounds a little like my desk...but I'm curious. How big is your desk that you don't have to worry about knocking those 6 travel mugs filled with an inch of coffee over? 'Cuz right there, I'm jealous.

followthatdog said...

my desk is more like a counter that spans two walls of my office. It's big, but I have three computers for my job, so even with all that space it feels a little cramped at times.

Erin said...

You have a Pets.Com puppet and a Crack Ho Barbie?! Your desk says you are a super cool chic with an ironic sense of humor.

geekymummy said...

I'm suspicious of people with tidy desks, it rings of laziness to me. You should see our chief medical officers desk/office. he has a giant office that is filled with stacks of scientific papers. You can't see him behind his desk, the couch in his office is covered with crap. I worry that one day we will find him crushed under a mass of paper, like some kind of weird hoarder. When yours gets to that state, then its time to get help!

geekymummy said...

Oh, and I'm so glad to hear that you still have crack ho barbie (does she still have the "crack pipe just for you" accessory?

followthatdog said...

My Crack Ho Barbie is still in her original packaging with her "Real Crack Pipe Just for You!" included. Erin, my friend is an artist who got sued by mattel for his parody Barbies. Trailer Park Barbie, Drag Queen Ken and the like. This is one of his so I'm very proud to own it.
I won't be crushed under scientific papers, but I might be crushed under my trophy copy of every version of the software I work on. in 10 years that's a lot of versions.

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