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Monday, February 27, 2006

Monday Questionnaire

1. Give us an example of the usual drudgery/routine that is your work.

2. Lest we now think your employment intolerable, give us an example of something strange that happened recently at work.

3. Are you involved in a self-, home-, or other-improvement project lately? What is it?


Blogger kStyle said...

1. Today I noticed that the shelving info on a cover proof was probably incorrect. I asked the editor what it should be. I marked it to be corrected and gave the proof to the designer. zzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZ

2. This morning, an author gave me 2 big compliments! He emailed, "This is the most accurate, knowledgeable copy edit I have seen in 30 years of previous editions. Congratulations." (I don't do the editing myself, but I chose the copyeditor. I feel especially proud because a more-established person usually handles his books.) He also said the photo research we submitted for his new edition is far better than most of the art in the current edition of the book, and thanked me for taking the initiative to overhaul the art program. Also, I had a very fun talk with a new proofreader today.

Another story: Once, about a year ago, a caller to my work line asked for someone who hadn't been working at the company for years. Then she asked, "Do you know if there's anyone else in your office who enjoys deer hunting?"

3. Funny I should ask! I realized recently that I have a nasty habit of spending time & money on myself only for "self-improvement" projects. Even my usual enjoyable actvities, such as exercise or meditation, have that same edge. So I've vowed to start spending time and money on things just because I *want* to sometimes.

4:26 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

1. A while ago I sent a copy of a peer review to a publisher who's supposed to be co-publishing with us the book in question. This morning they wrote to say they lost it and could I mail it again. The bright spot in all of this is that my assistant will be here in a minute and I can make her do it. (Oh, and the book in question is lousy, so we're going to have to get out of this co-publication contract somehow. That should be fun.)

2. The other day I got a proposal, by e-mail, for a book about Nabokov. The author had attached the whole manuscript. What amuses me is that he evidently did enough research about us to get my e-mail address, but his research didn't turn up the fact that we don't publish in literary studies.

3. I consider not watching "The Apprentice" this season a self-improvement project.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

1. Check comes in. I make two copies of check, one for the training file and one for the revenue file. I code check. I give coded check to Finance Department. I file copies of check. I make note in Excel document that check was received. I generate thank-you letter for check and put it in mail.

2. My boss told me that the Intranet I've been enhancing for my (two-person) department is "pretty cool." I've been spending more time on it than I should, though; it isn't technically one of my job responsibilities, but unlike my other tasks, I enjoy doing it. I justify it by saying that it increases productivity, and it really will if I ever stop working on it.

3. 2006 is all about improvements. I mentioned Getting Things Done a while ago. My two sick days last week gave me an opportunity to finish reading the book and begin implementing the system, and it's been going pretty well so far, at least on a basic level. I've also been keeping up with my New Year's Resolutions; I'm at about 60% compliance rate so far.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

I have another anecdote that fits with both #1 and #2:

Today we got an email from the office manager that was marked high priority and began, "I'm excited to announce..." and was all about a new deal that will enable our company to pay less for office supplies.

Actually, it is pretty cool: Employees get to use the discount price for personal purchases, too.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Emma Goldman said...

1. "Time to make the doughnuts" has a whole new meaning for me, even though i don't actually make doughnuts. I come in a little before 7:00 am. I drag the croissant dough from the walk-in cooler (where I put it the previous day) and get someone to help me dump it on the table (it's at least 48 pounds of dough; tomorrow it will be 60). I hack it into six-pound pieces and put the pieces two to a sheet tray, then cover the dough with plastic and put each tray into the freezer. I cut up a pound and a half of butter for each piece of dough, put the butter between pieces of heavy plastic, and whack it with a rolling pin so it's a rectangle. About 90 minutes after I put the dough in the freezer, I take it out, put it through the sheeter briefly, wrap it around a piece of the aforementioned pounded butter, make a sandwich out of it, run it through the sheeter, and put a single (for filled) or double (for plain) fold into it. After doing that with each piece of dough (putting each tray back into the freezer after the two pieces have been laminated), I start at the beginning and put double folds into each piece. I then leave things in the freezer for a couple of hours. Around 11:30 or so i try to move all of the pans to the walk-in refrigerator for an hour or two. And then, around 1:00, I start to make the croissants. which is also drudgery.
2. The local cable TV station came by last week because of the Fat Tuesday-related items we've had in the bakery. My boss was featured, but--and you'll all be amused by this--my HANDS actually appeared in the segment.
3. I've been working with my boss to improve the croissants, and he's extremely really happy with the results. I've been trying to track them, too, to make sure we have enough, but not too many (ideally, none) left over at the end of the day.

8:31 PM  

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