Office | SIMA

Today feels like the perfect Fall day. Woke up to temperatures in the low 60s, and the high temp, as predicted by my fave, Rusty Lord, will be near 75 degrees. What a way to usher in Labor Day Weekend!

Do you have big plans for the holiday weekend? I have nothing on my calendar yet, but I’m hoping that will change. I do not want to sit around on my bum for three days, sulking because J isn’t home. This is exactly the reason why I like to make plans in advance — I love having something to look forward to! Blank pages in my calendar make me sad. Do you agree?

On to the list:

A new source for affordable art — plus a giveaway! (via Please Sir)

Emily and I have the same desk. So why doesn’t mine look as stylish as hers? (PS: I want a Ghost chair!)

If I had an extra $1,000, I would buy a Satomi Kawakita ring in a heartbeat. (via Unruly Things)

Briscoe would never do what Uki did.

I need to look for some eggplants at the farmer’s market this weekend.

Oscar has the most adorable handmade denim trousers.

Would you wear two belts at the same time?

Joy’s dining room is a work in progress, but I already love it.

Kate Spade Publishing.

Truthfully, I think J and I are a pretty cool couple.

(image of gorgeous allium flowers via)

(Originally uploaded by Maddie Digital)

My office has a great little kitchen complete with a full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, sink and cabinet of mismatched plates, bowls and mugs. In the evening, someone loads all of the used cups and bowls from the day into the dishwasher and somebody else empties it in the morning. Several times a day, someone in the office makes a pot of coffee using Starbucks beans. Every morning I grab a mug from the cabinet and pour myself a cup o’ joe. It’s a treat to not have to bother with programming my coffee machine at home or spending a couple of bucks every day for my a.m. caffeine jolt, which, as we all know, adds up over time.

While all of the mugs go through the dishwasher before being reused, they don’t get scrubbed around the outside first. Nearly all of the mugs have a faint smudge of pink lipstick caked onto their edges. There aren’t very many people in the office who wear lipstick (I don’t), but I have yet to single out the culprit. One would think that this person would realize she’s staining the mugs and would either remove her lipstick before drinking or just apply it afterwards.

Obviously this doesn’t bother me enough to not use the company’s assortment of mugs, but after reading sfgirlbybay’s post on vintage mugs and cups, I think I’d like to get a couple of my own. I’d take care to hand wash them everyday (not that I’d get any lipstick stains on them), and I’d keep them at my desk where they’d be part functional, part decoration.

(image via sfgirlbybay)

This article on caught my eye this morning. Maybe because I only got 5 hours of sleep last night.

Survey Says One-Third Of Workers Sleepy

POSTED: 6:35 am CST March 3, 2008

NEW YORK — Dragging at work because of a lack of sleep? Join the club. A National Sleep Foundation survey of 1,000 people found participants average six hours and 40 minutes of sleep a night on weeknights, even though people estimated they’d need about 40 more minutes of sleep to be at their best. *About one-third said they’ve had fallen asleep or become very sleepy at work in the past month. Last week, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission acknowledged it should have done more to investigate a tip that security guards routinely took naps while on the job at a Pennsylvania nuclear plant. Why so tired? The survey finds workdays are getting longer and time spent working from home averages close to four-and-a-half hours each week. People are trying to squeeze in more family time, too. The average wakeup time is 5:35 a.m. Average bedtime is 10:53 p.m.

*I’m always sleepy at work, and a couple of weeks ago, I think I fell asleep for five minutes at my desk.

My problem is that I’m a night owl. Why? I have no idea. I just hate going to bed early.

So how much sleep do you think you average during the week, and what time you do go to bed?

A couple of weeks ago I started a new job at an advertising/marketing/public relations agency. I’ve gone back to my PR roots, and I’m quickly learning that public relations at an agency is quite different than book publicity at a publishing company.

I’m also back in a cubicle. A large, grey cubicle that I’ve decided I will decorate in shades of yellow and white, with some black, orange, blue and green thrown in for good measure. According to this Fortune article, I’d better make sure that when I decorate, no more than one in five objects in my cubicle are non-work-related or it may have a negative affect on my professional image.

At the moment I have three small pieces of art waiting to be hung and a calendar on display. By coincidence, three of these four objects feature images of birds. One more anything with a bird on it and I’m officially “the bird lady.” Thankfully, the picture on the March/April page on my calendar is of flowers.

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