Category Archives: Occupational Hazards

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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(Image taken from Missy’s Instagram a couple of months back – a “mood board” in the Art Department at Anna Griffin, INC.)

It’s been exactly 3 months since Missy started her new job with ANNA GRIFFIN. New job, old career – Missy went from product design to catalog design with our old company, and now she is doing BOTH at the new company. I am, on the otherhand, still with the old company. For Missy, the transition was easy. Partly, because there was no break between jobs…she left her old job on a Friday and started her new one the following monday; and partly because she is pretty much doing what she had always been doing at her old job of 10+ years: designing product. Except, now, she’s designing stationery instead of “balloons and coordinating gift items”. But mostly, the transition has been easy for her because the new team she joined welcomed her with open and loving arms…so much so that she feels like she’s been working with her new co-workers for-like-ever.

As for me, I miss having my best friend literally, right next to me (at one time, Missy’s cubicle was right next to mine). And even though it had been over a year since she was my office neighbor, it was still nice knowing that she was just down the hallway in another department. It made our lives incredibly convenient, to say the least. And fun too…though, being the professionals that we are, we kept it in BUSINESS MODE when we were at work. It’s not like we were running rampant through the hallways or making out on the copy machine every chance we had. Geez. But, we were always RIGHT THERE for each other, through thick and thin. I miss that. But who knows. Maybe someday we’ll be working side-by-side again. If there’s one thing that I know for sure it’s that, in life, “you never know for sure”. TRUTH. A year ago, if you would’ve told us that Missy would finally have her DREAM JOB before the end of the year, designing stationery and crafting supplies, we would’ve told you that you were absolute crayballs.

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In other news, my RUBBER BAND BALL is coming along nicely. Slowly, but nicely. Every week I get the PAYCHECKS for the Art Department where I work at and then distribute the checks to all the designers. Anyways, the checks come in envelopes that are rubber-banned together when I pick them up from our department’s mail slot in the mail room. Every week, I pick up our paychecks and then I add the rubber band to the ever-growing ball. I started the ball sometime in 2007 and I’ve been incrementally and compulsively adding to it week after week after week after week…it’s slightly smaller than a RAQUET BALL at this point? If I am SISYPHUS, then this ball is my reminder of an eternity of futility…

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Occupational Hazards 25

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I saw this in the men’s restroom just outside of my department yesterday – some smart-ass made a little TOMBSTONE for a DEAD ROACH that was lying on it’s back, on the tile floor. I couldn’t help but chuckle…and go grab my camera. Very DAVID SHRIGLEY-ESQUE. And KAFKA-ESQUE. Wish I could lay claim to this, but alas, it was not me…HAPPY FRIDAY!