January 31 08

yesterday, Tova came to pick me up for lunch. she recently started working this.close.to.me. so it only seemed right. she came up to see my cube – which is full of nothing but books from floor to ceiling. ask her. it’s not a joke. oh, also there’s this scary mask that i had to order for a photo shoot we are doing…

(yes, it IS every bit as creepy as it looks. my job is awesome.)

and she got to see how we put the ‘school’ in ‘ [insert company name here]‘ around these parts. she’s right. my office is like a high school. we have lockers, people. lockers! (and mine has this extra fancy horse sticker that i can’t seem to take off…) and the cafeteria dynamics of who sits with who. and there are hacky-sackers. even the gossip around here is like high school…”did you hear that x is sleeping with y in the sick room?” yes, that’s right, we have a sick room. and a YEARBOOK. we have a yearbook.

an entire book filled with pictures like these. and yes, that’s me in the picture above. and yes, if you are following my Working Closet group on flickr, you will notice laugh that i wore that exact. same. outfit. on tuesday.

yes, it’s high school. but i kind of love it.

it’s getting to relive high school. except i get paid to do it. and there are no tests. (unless you count the email ‘who should you vote for in the next US election’ that went around. in case you are wondering, it put me at Barack Obama, 74%) oh, and there’s no detention for wearing skirts that are too short. because, just like my actual high school, i would be spending a lot of time there.

case in point…me, circa yesterday:

(you are so loving the stripey knee-highs. i know)

oh, and I’m fairly certain we don’t have a water club…but i wouldn’t put it past us…

what’s your office like?

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  1. Wow… a staff picture? That really is like high school.

    My office is like a bunch of individuals who happen to have keys to the same building and occasionally hit up their neighbour for a hand. Seriously. In 7 years I’ve received one email notifying the staff that an employee left or one joined. Usually it’s just, “Where’s Bill?” “Oh, he quit a few months ago.”

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  2. I always knew I loved Scholastic….

    Used them all the time with my class…

    Dream job? I bet.

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  3. My husband worked for Scholastic (for about 5 minutes) right after college. He was in the book fairs division.
    My office is so quiet that I am startled when the heater clicks on. (CPA firm) We’re the wild and crazy marketing department, though. We do rad things like talk to people! at trade shows!

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  4. My office isn’t as highschool as yours. We don’t have lockers.
    But, it is highschool in the gossip sense (love it). We have a lunch room, but it’s not that popular.
    But … I really love my work people. I love going out with them. There’s a lot of who’s sleeping with whom. And, we also have a sick room (and a tranquility room and a bunch of other rooms).
    Last year, though, I got involved in a huge gossip thing and got called to HR and it felt like being called to the principal’s office.
    (it was horrible)

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  5. Well, if I had a job — it would be fun to have one like yours. Re-doing high school with the knowledge of a 34-yr-old would be fun! And who doesn’t LOVE a yearbook??? :)

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  6. i can verify…ali’s has the.coolest.job ever!! and her work environment? the.coolest. too :)

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    Comment by Tova on January 31, 2008
  7. Your job looks like fun!

    My office is an old rec room, where I get to write/proofread accounting exams while listening to my children yelling in the other room.

    The staff photo is the family photo ;)

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  8. Love the skirt! And the stripey knee-highs.

    My office is like whatever can be related to dozens of salespeople, in cubes, on the phone, all day, every day… nothing cool like high school. And no yearbooks.

    xox

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  9. My office? It’s like… uh… my living room?
    Or possibly my bathroom. I’m just not sure.
    Your workplace sounds like a LOT of fun. Lucky you!

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  10. My office is really staid and responsible, as befits and employment law firm. It’s a refreshing change of pace from the Gossip Girl High of my last firm!

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  11. Love your skirts!

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    Comment by Kristen on January 31, 2008
  12. Damn that mask is FREAKY. I would so covet your knee highs, if I could see them! Damn photbucket is blocked here. Email me the pic woman. As for my office, its not quite as “fun” but we get by. Ignoring annoying co-worker is my biggest challenge.

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  13. Ugh, that creepy mask scared me.

    And I love when you post pics of your cute outfits. Also I’m kinda jealous since my outfits cannot be classified as “cute” but more like “frumpy.”

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  14. First, creepy mask!

    Second, Hello adorable outfit.

    Third, my office is a bunch of my family running around trying no to kill each other but keeping a smile on our faces for our customers. Ha!

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  15. I sort of hated high school, but now that I’m out of it i think it would be loads of fun to work in an environment just like it. Its probably because I’ve gained the coolness I was lacking in school, so I’d finally be lowed to sit somewhere other than the dork table at lunchtime.

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  16. ha .. my office (well, the software engineer portion) is a coverted old garage, so lot’s of pipes etc overhead. It’s lovely. Nice.warm.cubicles.

    BTW ..what about the bunny valentines from scholastics? Heard something on the radio about mean saying in them?

    LOVE your knee high. Oh oh .. and I went into RW&Co afterwork yesterday, some of their SPRING fashion is in and gorj (but alas, too expensive, will have to wait for sales!)

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    Comment by Sarah on January 31, 2008
  17. Hmmm? My office has three kids running around and my outfits consist of long sleeve T’s…and Ugg boots to keep warm.

    I wish I could get a dressed up more often.

    That mask is really creepy!!

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  18. Well, now you got me missing working there…!

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  19. My cubicle is like a lit bit of hell, just carved out for me. The asbestos in the building adds that little extra je ne sais quoi. The fact that it takes me 1.5 hours just to get to this little gem is icing on the cake. Some of my colleagues are a constant reminder that common sense really isn’t common after all. Performing work a blind monkey could do? Definitely a pat on the back that says, yes- you DID go to university for 4 years just for this. And getting a raise 2.5 months ago but them not processing it still- nothing says love like that. Yes, I’m a little bit bitter today :-)

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  20. My office is BORING: think hospital and old people. Like no open-toed shoes. I’m sorry, but a girl’s toes gotta breathe in summertime. I cheat with peep-toe pumps(alright, I all out cheat but no one’s called me on it yet.)

    CUTE mini and boot combo.

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  21. I work in a great office! It has a huge window at the front with a continually changing scene in front of it. It’s a good thing being a busdriver!

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  22. Welll I’m not in an office, but if I WERE I would definitely need to be able to show my kneecaps.

    The office i’m about to intern at has a dog running around it….and a hot pink refridgarator…and pale pink microwave. so. thats kinda cool.

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  23. my “office” is a house, and i play in it with a two-year-old and an almost-five-year-old. it’s not at all like high school. it’s way more fun. ;)

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  24. I used to be an Edwards girl, but watching the DNC debates right now I’d vote for Obama.

    Also? Not only is Ali’s office cool, her co-workers are the BEST EVER!

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    Comment by Lu on January 31, 2008
  25. My office is kind of like my house…oh, it is my house!!! Yeah…I don’t have an office. I try to justify my existence without actually earning any money. I’m getting pretty good at it!!!

    Will you sign my yearbook?

    Oh…and can you vote in the election or would you just like me to vote for you…because I don’t know who to vote for.

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  26. I can’t believe you posted our yearbook picture. How embarrassing.

    It never occurred to me that the sick room could be used for you-know-what. I’ll have to pay better attention when I walk by.

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    Comment by Rachel on February 1, 2008
  27. That mask is creepy.

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  28. I think I want to work with you.

    My office is…restrictive. No eating at our desks, no sweaters on the back of your chair, no using tape to hang things in your cube. Yep, I’m out here in the cube farm. The one thing that I do miss about my previous job is the big office that I had – with a couch and window and everything. Here? I never have any idea what the weather is like because I can see no windows.

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  29. My office is less like high school more like daycare. Home office. Good for baby not so productive for mama. Lots of late nights at the computer = a good work week.

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