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1) A circular black and white gingham miniskirt (and matching net petticoat)
2) A toy raccoon.
3) A small embroidery frame
4) A ten-sided die, with the numbers in Chinese
5) A pair of small hand-weights.
6) A Saint Francis de Sales medallion.

No, I don't know how this happens. My desk does this. It also currently holds a dvd set of the 1966 BBC series of The Three Musketeers, a folder, lots of pens and pencils, my lectern, a couple of books I need to return to other people; a pair of scissors, a wooden ferret (carved out of sycamore, and beautiful), a mug of water, several notebooks and my kindle (as well as the keyboard and monitor). But these are more normal.
So, what's on your desk?

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la_marquise_de_
Feb. 2nd, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
Teapots are very fine things.
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suricattus
Feb. 2nd, 2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
two cats, one in the kit-in box, the other sprawling. A small blue-green dragon named Nate. My to-do whiteboard (propped against the wall). A plant. A pump-bottle of hand lotion. My cell phone. A mug of tea (checks) gone cold. My keyboard and monitor. My router.

(to be fair, I have 2 desks, in an L-shape formation)
la_marquise_de_
Feb. 2nd, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
Handcream is a necessity.
I currently only have one cat (Moon), but she's washing my hair for me as I type, and purring in my ear.
barbarienne
Feb. 2nd, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
My desk is a war zone today.

The usual: water bottle, eyeglass case, piles of paper napkins (don't ask), a hair clamp, boxes of my business card, bottles of vitamins, telephone, cup full of pens, rubberbands, bulldog clips in assorted sizes, assorted other office-appropriate junk. Also, my computer (and monitor and keyboard/mouse). I hate having the computer on the floor.

The frequent, but not usually all at the same time, except this week is hell: 6 or 8 cover mechanicals, several recently transmitted mss, second-pass pages of another book, three sets of blues/jacket proofs, random invoices that need closer investigation before I approve them, random sample books that should be shipped somewhere not my office, a stack of filing, several CDs of art for books in process.

My desk is not that large. It's kind of a tardis of desks. Also, most of this stuff is in archaeological layers. I need to work through the blues to get to the jacket mechs, and the invoices are under those...
la_marquise_de_
Feb. 2nd, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
I did a mammoth sort-out of my desk about 3 weeks ago for precisely that sort of reason. I found stuff going back 3 years.... Oh, the shame.
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fidelioscabinet
Feb. 2nd, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
At work: two monitors (both working), a bag of apples, an orange, a two-tier in-and-out file, a metal standing horizontal file, a Condensed Oxford Dictionary, papers of dubious relevance to my work, materials for pending manual re-write, more papers, three ring binders (large, 2, small, 3) box-that-looks-like-a-book with hidden chocolate for staff emergencies, a three-tier metal file, a lot of fountain pens, a Hello Kitty tin with pennies in it, several mugs (all clean), a tiny umbrella made of card stock and a bent paperclip, more papers, a calendar the size of an old-school desk blotter, a wooden box once used to file case ID cards (4" x 6" size) back when we used those, a small container of salt, a box of tissues, a nearly empty tube of hand lotion, a new bottle of hand lotion, a stapler (not red), a thirty-five-year-old copy of The Voice That Is Great Within Us*...possibly some other things buried under more papers...

I may need to clean up, as my cubicle is beginning to look like something a hard-working archeologist might be able to get a grant for, if only it was at least a hundred years old and had been found during the clearing of an urban lot for new construction.


No cats, as they are Not Allowed in government offices, although one would love it, since there wouldn't be any other cats, and so would another, because he has never met a stranger.


*poetry anthology, edited by Hayden Carruth. Not a work-related item.

la_marquise_de_
Feb. 3rd, 2012 10:29 am (UTC)
Now, that's what I call a well-personalised desk! I can see that all those are necessary in some way or another. (I have a shelf over my desk, otherwise I'd have very similar books on it, too.)
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mikaela_l
Feb. 2nd, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
1. Books
2. Paper puncher
3. A toy voodoo doll
4.Cellphone charger
5. Scissors
6. Pens.

la_marquise_de_
Feb. 3rd, 2012 10:31 am (UTC)
Those all make perfect sense!
enggirl
Feb. 2nd, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
It's a nightmare:
2 glasses (only one with water)
sunglasses
2 small cookbooks
pair of gloves
3 used kleenexes (that's what happens when I empty out coat pockets!)
empty mint tin
paperback book
a PILE of critiques (from Milford!)
more papers
4 notebooks
wallet
small punnet of dried fruit
phone
2 lip balms
assorted pens
curry take-away menu
and a pence coin
la_marquise_de_
Feb. 3rd, 2012 10:32 am (UTC)
Ah, I recognise this: Very Busy Desk. Mine was like that before I decided I must tidy or drown. I found stuff that I'd forgotten about for several years. And the die in Chinese.
calendula_witch
Feb. 2nd, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
I know that toy raccoon! :-)

My desk includes:
2 cell phones
1 lockbox key
10 unread books (this is one of my TBR piles)
a W-2 from the one day of extra-work I did
a coaster that Chaz gave me that says "I only have a kitchen because it came with the house"
a catalogue from Dutch Gardens
la_marquise_de_
Feb. 3rd, 2012 10:33 am (UTC)
:-)
It is indeed that raccoon!
Oh, I love that coaster. I need one of those, too.
athenais
Feb. 3rd, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
A small ceramic dish, dark green, holding various silver earrings plus a silver key.
Two painted wooden horses from Sweden, one blue and one orange.
A stack of client contracts and monthly planners.
This morning's coffee mug (empty).

I dislike clutter. Very unfannish of me.
la_marquise_de_
Feb. 3rd, 2012 10:34 am (UTC)
I don't like clutter either, but it builds up because I'm no longer super-organised.
I should do something to get my earrings out more, though -- they live in a drawer and as a result I tend to be in my piercing studs day in, day out. Which is a shame.
anna_wing
Feb. 3rd, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
Two computers, many files, a phone, an intercom, a mug of hot water and a lot of different newspapers.My desk is deliberately kept uninteresting.
la_marquise_de_
Feb. 3rd, 2012 10:34 am (UTC)
Ah, but you have a very interesting mind.
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la_marquise_de_
Feb. 3rd, 2012 10:35 am (UTC)
That sounds lovely. And very personal.
teriegarrison
Feb. 3rd, 2012 09:05 am (UTC)
I refuse to answer this question on the grounds that I would incriminate myself. :-D
la_marquise_de_
Feb. 3rd, 2012 10:35 am (UTC)
:-)
ms_cataclysm
Feb. 3rd, 2012 09:07 am (UTC)
My home desk contains Panda, a catnip cushion and a sock of Roger's that she has decided belongs to her.

It also contains a tiara and a bottle of port in a leather case and a six inch layer of miscellaneous detritus rescued from builders.
la_marquise_de_
Feb. 3rd, 2012 10:35 am (UTC)
That is so precisely you, somehow.
And what is it with girl cats and socks? Moon does that, too.
chilperic
Feb. 4th, 2012 09:03 am (UTC)
Since the British Library has not yet opened, I can be absolutely sure what is currently on my desk (seat 2154 in Humanities 1 reading room): a mat with the readers' rules, and nothing else. (I have no desk at home!)
la_marquise_de_
Feb. 4th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
That certainly makes for a tidy desk!
birdsedge
Feb. 4th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Apart from the usual desky things (laptop, printer, pen-pots, notebooks, stapler, paperwork in progress etc.) 1) A tube of aloe vera gel. 2) A bowl containing two prawn wontons and 2 sprong rolls (both gone cold) 3) 1 current Radio Times, 1 old one. 4) 3 old journals from 1994 (recently found in a reshuffle). 5) An empty bone-china mug (blue and white) 6) My kindle. 7) A CD of new photos of Vin Garbutt. 8) My lucky plastic pirate lady (bought for me by Jaine Fenn one Milford outing). 9) A copy of Treason's Shore by Sherwood Smith. 10) A catalogue of useless overpriced and tasteless *god-whattery otherwise known as a Betterwear catalogue.

* god-whattery is stuff you look at and murmur 'God, what's that?'
la_marquise_de_
Feb. 5th, 2012 12:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, the Betterware catalogues!I haven't see one of those in a while. Full of exactly god-whattery (with a side-order of 'who-on-earth-wants-one-of-those?').
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