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What's in my desk? — Kim Lacroix

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March 31 · Issue #96 · View online

Each week, one interesting person shares four favorite things in their bag or in their desk or fridge or closet or wherever they keep things.


I am a terminologist working for the Canadian government on a bilingual database called TERMIUM Plus®. I found my niche with terminology work because I love searching for the exact definitions of terms in specialized fields! Yes, I’m a huge nerd. I used to bring my dictionary to read during Christmas parties when I was a kid. (And I still would if I thought I could get away with it!) — Kim Lacroix

About the desk
This sit-to-stand workstation sits right on top of my desk. It holds both of my monitors (I like having one of them vertical for seeing a full page) AND gives me a work surface for my cup of tea, pen and post-its. I love that my cup moves up and down with me as I sit down or stand up. The movement of this thing is so smooth that I never have to worry about splashing!
Here’s my trackball mouse with scroll wheel (I prefer a corded mouse). This is my split keyboard. I can also adjust the height and angle of it. I also usually have a little ball of sticky tac on my desk that I stretch and pinch during phone calls. Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty is prettier, but dollar store sticky tac works too. This is the inexpensive Sennheiser headset I use for calls. I like that it has a mute/unmute and volume button right on the cord.
What's in my desk
I’ve had my “fancy” Cross Classic Century pen for almost 20 years, since my university days. I thought I was so grown up when I bought it. I still love how it feels in my hand - so smooth and small yet with a surprising weight to it. I used to keep it in my wallet, but I’ve decided I want to use it more, so it is now the only pen that sits on my desk.
I put my tea in this Zojirushi carafe and it stays piping hot all day. My kitchen is only a few steps away so technically I could just go re-heat my tea over and over again in the microwave, but I prefer to use my carafe and pour myself one tiny cup at a time, using pretty pottery from my favourite tea house (they ship worldwide). This carafe holds one litre (33 ounces) of water, which is about the same quantity as my kettle does. I usually fill it up once in the morning and then again at lunchtime — but even if I didn’t drink so much, it would stay hot until the evening.
Sometimes I put only hot water into my carafe instead of tea, and I use the water to make myself a cup at a time, gong fu cha style. I use an inexpensive gaiwan or if I’m feeling fancier I use my handmade shiboridashi (bought on Etsy from a potter in Montreal).
As a bonus, here’s what’s under my desk: this “calculated terrain” mat. I love that it encourages me to move around and stretch my calves while I’m working instead of just standing still!
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