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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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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.
suricattus
Feb. 2nd, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
One of my tradition is, each time I complete a project of more than a week's duration, I Clean The Office. That includes getting the desks clean enough to wipe down.

This means I lack layers. Make your own jokes...
barbarienne
Feb. 2nd, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
This, alas, has been a week where things are coming in faster than I can get them out. They end up on the desk because all the chairs and most of the floor space are covered already. You know what publishing offices look like.
la_marquise_de_
Feb. 3rd, 2012 10:30 am (UTC)
I used to do that at work. It was helpful, but somehow that's one of the things that broke when I did, and hasn't come back properly.

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