Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Picture in your mind

There are no pictures on this post. I'll have to paint some pictures in words for you to imagine.

I thought I should take some pictures of some pretty spring flowers to show you our spring. Except that when I thought about it, I didn't see any spring flowers. The next morning, I did see some signs of spring. It had just rained and all the worms were out on the sidewalk to avoid drowning. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me. Fortunately for you.

Then I went into the building. Imagine rows upon rows of tables. On each table are several flat panel monitors. All facing the front of the room. Each monitor comes with a computer that is on the floor, and a comfortable adjustable chair. Each station looks exactly the same, except some monitors might be positioned slightly differently than their neighbors. There are 300 people, all sitting in rows facing their screen. The only sound you hear are the clicks of the computer mouse. Maybe a little shuffling or cough n ow and then. A sniffle or two. If you close your eyes, you would probably think you are alone in the room. It is a tranquil environment until you hear a rip from someone pulling a tissue out of a tissue box. And an even more explosive sneeze. And another one. Nobody says "bless you" because they have had to put up with this sneezing and sniffling all day. Over and over again. As you zoom into my station, you can see that I have my own tissue box that almost empty. The trash can, which I confiscated, is half filled with tissues. My nose is red and my eyes are watering. Luckily I am sitting at the end of the table. In an effort to comfort my desk neighbor, I have told her not to worry about viruses, because what I am experiencing is an allergy to cats. Instead of feeling comforted, she is feeling guilty because she owns a cat. It is probably my sister's cats that did this to me, or technically, their dander, but probably more than half of the people in the room own cats too, so moving from my neighbor is not likely to help. Even if I would have had my camera with me, the photograph would likely have been blurry, so yet again, you are fortunate I didn't have my camera with me. And you definitely wouldn't have wanted to see the scene if it wasn't blurry.

I made a couple more applique blocks last week - you can think of the Moondance flowers I showed you earlier and picture them in other color combinations. Ahh much better. Seeing the stack of finished appliques getting bigger and bigger is very satisfying.

And yes, I feel better today, so hopefully the scene won't be repeated today. Although it is raining again...

1 comment:

Tanya said...

And what were you doing in the building? Is this your regular workplace? A computer class? I could send you a Japanese gauze mask for your allergies...