07 June 2008

I'm not nuts!

See? It looks like I'm not the only one who loves my spice drawer! Vegan blogger Jeannie also uses a spice drawer for her spices. She labelled the top of them with those cute little white labels that you can print on.

Check it out!

Thanks so much, Jeannie! I feel vindicated.

It's funny how when you're sitting there with your iPod, people don't necessarily bother you (although some do), but if you whip out the laptop, and start typing at random, they leave you alone, as if you're in the middle of either divine inspiration, or in the middle of Really Hard Work. Let's be honest, though. I have no books open. I've got no reports sitting in front of me. No notebooks. Not a PDA. Not a cell phone. Nothing at all. However, they'll assume that I'm doing Important work, even if I have an amused look on my face.

I wonder if it works the same way for writing? I'll have to experiment some time.

The thing is, people find me easy to talk to, because I don't glare with hostility at anyone whose eye rests on my face for more than a fraction of a second. People seem to mistake my lack of hostility for an invitation to chatter on for however long it takes to complete the journey, or until I leave in annoyance or frustration. I'll be sure to report back on it.

For now, I'm in the train, and it's seriously quite crowded. In other words, I'm thinking that this shield in front of me is what's preventing long, boring conversations based around the beauty of trees, their sleepy little hamlets, or whatever other garbage these people are interested in. Again, I'll keep you posted as much as possible.


  1. I need to try the laptop, it's gotten to the point where guys on the bus will try to have conversations with me even with headphones on. But I worry if I bring a laptop people will ask if they could check their email...

  2. You're totally not nuts. I have a spice BOX. No drawers to use in my kitchen, but I have a box about 4 inches deep that I slide in and out of one of my cabinets! (Essentially the same thing.)

    I find it pretty easy to get in and out of vs. scooting everything around on the shelves. :D

  3. Thanks, Dino! I love my spice drawer! Did I mention that the spices/herbs are in alphabetical order: :p

  4. I *wish* I had a free drawer for my spices! Right now, they're an invasive force taking over every nook and cranny that's out of direct light...

    As far as laptops go, they're infinitely superior to writing longhand when it comes to not getting interrupted.
    For whatever bizarre reason, if I take out my notebook and write in it, someone will feel obliged to come over and chat to me, usually starting with an inspired "So, you're writing?"

  5. I wish I had a spice drawer! Instead I have a rack, plus a small bit of cupboard space for my extra spices since there just isn't enough room in my teeny-tiny kitchen for anything else!