Archive for June, 2007

Things On My Desk Part 3

June 14, 2007

Inspired by miss ene’s comment in Part 2.

Character Roll for new comic “The Adventures of Za’s Desk”

The Laptop – The goofy but sometimes over-bearing self-proclaimed “The Sheriff of the Desk”. Has the most contact with the Human and is not pleased when the Human uses him as a worksurface by placing the Green Cutting Board over its keyboard, but accepts that sacrifices have to be made in light of the serious land shortage, even if it is a huge blow to his pride, the usage of him, a highly advanced and pricey creation of technology, for the primitive functions of writing, glueing and sorting.

The Cables and Mouse – Employees of “The Sheriff’s” office, bumbling escapades, provide comic relief, cause “The Sheriff” much frustration and mirth.

The Magazines Folders – The criminal pair exiled to Desk-beria for crimes to be revealed in future episodes, sentenced to holding Papers Sent To Exile.

The Papers Sent To Exile – Papers convicted for being redundant, clogging up common areas and/or being difficult to categorise.

The Book End – Temporary jail for Papers Waiting To Be Sent To Exile.

The Papers Waiting To Be Sent To Exile – Papers convicted for being redundant, clogging up common areas and/or being difficult to categorise, waiting for placement in Desk-beria.

The Letter – Depressed over its failure to fulfil its destiny due to the Human’s procrastination. Its lack of purpose is highlighted by the fact that it never makes a physical appearance and only ever gets mentioned in quiet whispers and during roll calls.

The Aluminum Foil, Textbook, Yellow Folder, the Clipboards, Shorthand Book and family of Foam Plates – Residents of Desk End, a low-income neighbourhood. Living one atop another, having to constantly fight against being edged off The Desk. Strong cameraderie provides for many episodes of inspirational reading.

The Green Cutting Board and Vaguely Organised Forms – Residents of the hastily set up low-income neighbourhood, Desk West. Having to contend with the nightly ruckus of the Post-Its of Desk West.

The Post-Its of Desk West – Hooligans who hang out and cause trouble, kept separate from the Post-Its of Desk East by “The Sheriff”.

The Post-Its of Desk East – Hooligans who hang out and cause trouble, kept separate from the Post-Its of Desk West by “The Sheriff”.

The Post-It Pads – Post-It Papa and Mamas, exist for the sole purpose of procreating and producing even more Post-It Hooligans. Currently on the run from the law and gaining an upper hand by holding hostage the Escaped Form.

The Escaped Form – Former resident of Desk West, left in search of a better life, only to be taken hostage by the criminals, the Post-It Pads.

The Cell Phone – Vies with “The Sheriff” for the Human’s attention, disadvantaged in that its functions are comparatively limited but advantaged in that it travels with the Human. Secretive about its travels, seems to be hiding something big.

The Blue Pen – Resident of the Pencil Holder but currently displaced and unable to find its way back. Negotiating with Post-It Pads to engage some Post-Its of Desk West to “ensure safe passage”.

The Pencil Holder – Local Office Depot, has to endure the heckling of the nearby Papers Sent To Exile.

The Brands Essence Jars – Local chain of thrift stores, goods assigned to individual stores according to colour, only sell goods that are blue, white or purple.

The Stess Ball – Local gym, favourite hang out of the Post-Its of Desk West, where they huff and puff to put on muscles.

The Heart Candies – Chain of ice-cream parlour, soda fountain and candy store, pay the Post-Its of Desk West to “ensure safe passage” for all their customers.

The Pictures – Young lovers separately imprisoned by the evil Plastic Laminate.

The Plastic Laminate – Invisible evil magnate, suspected of funding the Post-Its of Desk West, and possibly even the Post-Its of Desk East. Has an emnity against Young Lovers, rumour has it being that he was rejected by Young Lover Girl due to the incompatibility of paper and plastic, and also possibly, the elusiveness of his being.

The Plastic Mug – Obsessive compulsive over oral hygiene and grooming, harbours a variety of hygiene and grooming implements, prefers to reside near the Tissue Box.

The Tissue Box – Often on the verge of a nervous breakdown due to the replaceable nature of its existence. That the Plastic Mug insists on being in close proximity does not help. Also does not help that it has been assigned to help suppress unspecified numbers of Post-It Hooligans incarcerated in the Calendar.

The Calendar – Local at-risk youth rehab facility. Also often on the verge of a nervous breakdown due to its difficult task, the limbs of its residents often seen sticking out, struggling to escape.

The Plastic Container – Local grocery store, stocks only cookie crumbs, simple existence, happy guy.

The Calculator – Collects money from cookie crumb purchases, favourite saying is “Kah-Ching!”, profit-shares with the Plastic Container, often consulted for tax returns.

The Ernie Mug – Local watering hole, serves only water and tea, good music if one likes the song “Rubber Duckie” played over and over.

The Masking Tape, Bean Bags and Repellent – Tourists from the Land of the Sports Storage Room, enjoy hanging out at the Ernie Mug and sharing sports stories with the Nalgene.

The Nalgene – Local reservoir, capable of holding one month’s supply of water for the entire Desk, well-respected by all citizens.

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Sunday Morning

June 13, 2007

Local breakfast joint, seated and contemplating menu.

B: The minyak zaitun looks good.
Me, thinking: The what-oil looks good?!?

Turned around to check out what B is looking at.

A banner on the wall says “100% Minyak Zaitun. Sedap & Sihat”. Under those words is a picture of two dishes, what appears to be mutton and chicken piled up on a bed of flat bread, surrounded by freshly-cut cucumbers and tomatoes. I seriously doubted that the names of those dishes are “something-oil”.

I looked to the other end of the banner. Ah… English translation “100% Olive Oil. Tasty & Healthy”. I turned back to him.

Me: I hope you’re not going to order the minyak zaitun.
B: Why?
Me:Cos minyak zaitun is olive oil?
B: Huh!?!

Shrooms

June 11, 2007

Check out these fungi!

Spotted them at the park near the battlements.  They’re like tiny homes!

Mushroom

Things On My Desk Part 2

June 11, 2007

In response to Steffi’s request, here’s a schematic of my desk.

Can you locate everything?

My Desk

2 wooden magazine folders, full off unfiled papers

1 book end, holding back yet more unfiled papers

1 letter for school bus driver

1 sheet aluminium foil

1 textbook

1 blue clipboard with more papers

1 yellow clear plastic folder with yet more papers

1 red clipboard with blank papers

1 shorthand book, opened to somewhere in the middle

4 foam plates, painted orange

3 foam plates, painted red

1 green cutting board

1 stack of vaguely organised forms

1 white pencil holder, holding…

2 black mechanical pencils I’ve had since college

1 pair of blue scissors

1 zebra black ink marker

1 one-hole hole puncher

1 orange-ink highlighter

1 Brands Essence jar, covered with masking tape and painted copper, holding…

1 blue penknife

1 metal ruler with blue plastic sleeve

1 Brands Essence jar, undecorated, holding…

1 stick of UHU glue

1 piece of white 2 x 2 Lego with wheel spokes and tyres

1 Brands Essence jar, covered with masking tape and painted gold, holding…

1 purple Mr. Friendly ruler

1 purple highlighter

1 picture of Boyfriend’s South Park character, laminated and held up by a box clip

1 picture of self’s South Park character, laminated and held up by a box clip

1 calculator, not mine

1 stress ball, borrowed

3 pieces of heart candy, given by BGF to my students when we visited eons ago

1 plastic container, containing cookie crumbs, recently emptied

1 cell phone

1 blue pen

1 form, escaped from the vaguely organised stack

1 tissue box

1 desk calendar, lying down, under tissue box

1 Ernie mug

1 can insect repellent

1 roll masking tape

2 bean bags, red and yellow

1 Mr. Friendly clear plastic mug, holding…

1 comb

1 toothbrush

1 tube toothpaste

1 mini-bottle Eucerin

1 yellow-gold ponytail holder, the twin of whom kidnapped by a student

1 yellow-orange Nalgene bottle, 1 litre capacity

1 laptop, with accompanying mouse and a mess of cables

17 Post-It notes, scattered over 2 areas of desk, each detailing a to-do

xx number of Post-It notes, each detailing a to-do, hiding in desk caledar, under tissue box

3 Post-It pads of varying sizes

Nestle Reads My Blog!

June 10, 2007

Guess what I found in the candy store last week?

Yes, that’s right! Peanut Butter Kit Kat! It was yummmyy!

Peanut Butter Kit Kat

I should start blogging more about things I wish to have.

Ok, let’s check if my boss reads my blog.

Dear Boss,

I would love to work only 4.5 days a week. Or better still, 4 days a week. Of course, I am a reasonable employee and am willing to accept a proportionate pay cut.

If you’re reading this, please give me a reply via Post-It note on my desk by Monday evening.

Yours sincerely,
Reasonable Employee

*fingers crossed*

Medical Theories According To The Boyfriend

June 10, 2007

I am currently nursing two ginormous zits. The boyfriend applied some super-duper-powered acne serum on them. It stung something bad. When I told him so…

Boyfriend: See, that means it’s working. The serum kills the germs and the germs are writhing in pain and so it causes you pain.

Me: *roll eyes* Good thing you’re not a doctor.

Mr. Friendly Is Down With Chicken Pox!

June 9, 2007

Mr. Friendly in Polka Dots

And here he is, in various prints.

Mr. Friendly in Print

Let’s see… L-R: Irish Fever, Clown Pox, Love Sickness?

Things On My Desk

June 4, 2007

2 wooden magazine folders, full off unfiled papers

1 book end, holding back yet more unfiled papers

1 letter for school bus driver

1 sheet aluminium foil

1 textbook

1 blue clipboard with more papers

1 yellow clear plastic folder with yet more papers

1 red clipboard with blank papers

1 shorthand book, opened to somewhere in the middle

4 foam plates, painted orange

3 foam plates, painted red

1 green cutting board

1 stack of vaguely organised forms

1 white pencil holder, holding…

2 black mechanical pencils I’ve had since college

1 pair of blue scissors

1 zebra black ink marker

1 one-hole hole puncher

1 orange-ink highlighter

1 Brands Essence jar, covered with masking tape and painted copper, holding…

1 blue penknife

1 metal ruler with blue plastic sleeve

1 Brands Essence jar, undecorated, holding…

1 stick of UHU glue

1 piece of white 2 x 2 Lego with wheel spokes and tyres

1 Brands Essence jar, covered with masking tape and painted gold, holding…

1 purple Mr. Friendly ruler

1 purple highlighter

1 picture of Boyfriend’s South Park character, laminated and held up by a box clip

1 picture of self’s South Park character, laminated and held up by a box clip

1 calculator, not mine

1 stress ball, borrowed

3 pieces of heart candy, given by BGF to my students when we visited eons ago

1 plastic container, containing cookie crumbs, recently emptied

1 cell phone

1 blue pen

1 form, escaped from the vaguely organised stack

1 tissue box

1 desk calendar, lying down, under tissue box

1 Ernie mug

1 can insect repellent

1 roll masking tape

2 bean bags, red and yellow

1 Mr. Friendly clear plastic mug, holding…

1 comb

1 toothbrush

1 tube toothpaste

1 mini-bottle Eucerin

1 yellow-gold ponytail holder, the twin of whom kidnapped by a student

1 yellow-orange Nalgene bottle, 1 litre capacity

1 laptop, with accompanying mouse and a mess of cables

17 Post-It notes, scattered over 2 areas of desk, each detailing a to-do

xx number of Post-It notes, each detailing a to-do, hiding in desk caledar, under tissue box

3 Post-It pads of varying sizes

Perhaps if I didn’t possess such a great number of Post-It pads, I wouldn’t have quite that many Post-It notes, each with a to-do.

Hmm…

Unbelievable

June 3, 2007

Am sure everyone knows the TV program Pimp My Ride. No explanations needed.

Here’s a website called Pimp That Snack. No explanations needed.

Pimp That Snack

The Ferrero Rocher project is unbelievable. Just unbelievable. Talk about motivation and determination. Hats off to the gang!

Hey! Anyone wants to pimp (I’d never thought I’d ever use this word) a snack with me? Maybe we can make a giant er… ondeh ondeh?

Cake

June 2, 2007

The hazelnut cake was sooo yummy. I was trying to uncover the secret of its yumminess and took it apart layer by layer.

So here it is; a layer of chocolate cake, topped by a layer of what tastes like crushed wafers held together by nutella, topped by another layer of chocolate cake, topped by a layer of chocolate mousse, topped by another layer of chocolate cake, topped by a layer of fluffy fresh cream and the whole cake is finished with a smooth chocolate ganache.

Despite secret revealed, I, of course, have no intentions of re-creating the cake in my kitchen. For all that work, it’s definitely worth forking out the $39.

p.s. No photos. Cake was gone before we could even say cheese.