My Workspace

Seems like my blogging mojo is here, so I am just going to go with it.

I don’t have a fancy job. I am a supervisor at a major bookstore chain. Managers & Supervisors have workspaces, not offices. I am fortunate that a lot of my duties require access to an office and since I spend most of my time there (when I’m not on the sales floor), I have personalized it a little:We had an event a few years ago that was sponsored by O magazine. This was a promotional poster of the issue out at the time. While I am an Oprah fan, the main reason that I have it up is because she has on the funkiest brown suede pants with beige contrast stitching. I love those pants and need to see them daily. Also pasted on the poster are a picture of Prince, Jada Pinkett-Smith along with her band Wicked Wisdom and Roosevelt Franklin, my favorite Sesame Street character.

My mini shrine to my celebrity crush: Jesse L. Martin. I love him because he seems just like a regular dude. And being able to sing doesn’t hurt. I keep the shrine at work because keeping it at home and out of public view is a little stalkerish. Also taped up there is a small bio of Malcolm X from an old page-a-day calendar and a list of the top ten HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) including my alma mater: Florida A & M University.

Promotional posters of Erykah Badu & Amy Winehouse, because I just couldn’t stand to see them thrown out.

Old promo poster of Maxwell (pre-haircut). Attached to the bottom is a While You Were Out Message that a co-worker put up once while I was on vacation. It says that Maxwell came by from the Kingdom of the Attractive and that he was sorry he missed me.

So these are the people that I hang out with every day.

17. Shop Your Closet

The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Closet with Style
by Melanie Charlton Fascitelli
started 4/5 finished 4/15

I don’t know why I continue to read organizing books, closet organizing books in particular. I live in an apartment and can’t make any major changes structurally to the space or the money to buy lots of special boxes from the Container Store (no offense to them, I love them). In our store this is shelved in the Home Management section. It belongs in the Appearance section with the other style books, because the focus was on building a good wardrobe and then placing it in a well organized space. The author owns a closet organizing business in New York and knows what shes talking about it, but the book was too all over the place for me. Browse through it at the bookstore before you buy it.*

*Bookseller’s note: After browsing, if you decide not to buy it please don’t leave it in the chair. Either reshelve it or bring it to Customer Service and we will do it for you. Oh, and don’t leave your coffee cup and granola bar wrappers in the chair either, we do have trashcans.