Dec. 10th, 2011 12:55 pm
brinylon: (FMA ed_admired [Arakawa])
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Allow me this moment of showing off my goodies, and then I'll go back to worrying about the economic crisis and being less of a consumer drone.

We had our yearly christmas brainstorm yesterday, in which we worked on the look and themes for christmas 2012. The issues for 2011 are all done, the New Year's issue is going to the printer on Monday. Traditionally this brainstorm is a combination of work and fun, and this year was pretty much the same. Everything was a little more subdued though. Things used to be a little more opulent, with Michelin star dinners and the like. But we all have to be a bit more careful about spending right?

Another tradition is that we all get to pick a random gift. Every package is the same, and inside is a designer perfume that you either like and keep, or don't really care about and try to trade with your coworkers. Mine was this one:

I may have screamed. I may have shown it to everybody in the room, including the barman.

We went to dinner, and on everybody's chair was this:

There was lots of squealing! The marketing lady who had arranged it had been fending off questions about it all year from people who really wanted it (it was a subscription premium at some point last year). She was soooo smug :)

Then we noticed there was an envelope on every plate. This contained 2 tickets to a spa. OMG.

Christmas came early this year!

Date: 2011-12-10 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow!! Swanky!

Date: 2011-12-10 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm somewhat reconciled with the idea that I have to work for a living ;p

Date: 2011-12-10 03:38 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-10 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Holy shit, your work does good swag. I can't believe that's the austerity version.

Date: 2011-12-10 02:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The austerity part is that they traded the swag for the location/food. In better years we had both, this time we had good presents but less ambiance. We still had plenty of fun though!

Date: 2011-12-10 02:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Looks like it! That bag is awesome.

Date: 2011-12-10 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love the bag ;–;

Date: 2011-12-10 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oooh, I got your xmas card today! It's lovely, you are so talented, omg. Thank you!

Date: 2011-12-10 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hoorah! Thanks, glad you like. I was relentlessly bunnied by the idea of drawing Roy holding mistletoe over his dick, but this would not have quite fit with my promise of worksafe cards.

Date: 2011-12-10 04:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] enemytosleep
Wow, what a haul!

Date: 2011-12-10 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The christmas issues are always a lot of stress, lots of overtime, everything is always late and last minute, and we use this to celebrate that we made it another year ;p It feels very luxurious.

Date: 2011-12-10 06:15 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-10 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Of course I had to make a few pix with my camera instead of just my phone ;p

Date: 2011-12-11 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Of course! Quality swag deserves quality pictures. And a double ooh! for the spa tickets.
Edited Date: 2011-12-11 04:57 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-11 09:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I never outgrew show and tell ;p Yeah, I didn't even mention the spa tickets on Twitter, I was really overwhelmed!

Date: 2011-12-10 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congrats on the gifts! A bit of indulgence for you will help you start the new year off right :)

Date: 2011-12-10 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! my family doesn't really do gifts for xmas so this is pretty much it for me. I'm happy!

Date: 2011-12-11 01:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I understand. If there are any gifts over in in the Quintessence household, it would be a shock to me. We've been on austerity measures for the last decade or so.

Make sure to use *both* spa certificates on yourself. Taking time to focus and pamper YOURSELF will make you a better friend than taking someone with you.

Date: 2011-12-11 09:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I hope you will at least have fun days with people you love at christmas :)

For me part of the fun is sharing the spa with a friend, so I already asked someone to go me!

Date: 2011-12-10 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is definitely some awesome swag! Jealousssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.

Date: 2011-12-10 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We've had so much stress and overtime in the past month to get the xmas issues out of the door on time, I do feel we deserve it XD It's really great swag, I've wanted that bag for months.

Date: 2011-12-10 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That really is a nice bonus. It's always great to feel actually appreciated at work, isn't it? (and rare enough!)

Date: 2011-12-11 09:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gods, yes. I've had so many jobs that were essentially "as long as you don't hear anything you're doing fine, we'll be sure to tell you the moment you fuck up". This job is definitely better at rewarding hard work, but it's the magazine itself rather than the publisher. The publisher would be perfectly happy if we all work 20 hour days for free.

Date: 2011-12-11 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
it is great swag, I might be more impressed with the perfume if I had an inkling of why it's so desirable, must be fancy or expensive <3

Date: 2011-12-11 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I like it a lot, and buy it sometimes. Some people consider it a unisex fragrance, very European. In this city, I can find it in Neiman Marcus or Nordstroms’s or some boutique fragrance shops, but not at Macy’s.
Edited Date: 2011-12-11 05:03 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-11 09:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's been on the market since 1930, though it was reformulated in 2008. And it is fairly hard to find, that always helps with desirability. Very snobby and fancy, just what we Europeans like ;p

It smells more feminine if I put it on my wrist, very powdery and floral at first, but in my decolleté cleavage it's warm and ambery and herby, so I can see the unisex claim.

The bag is leather.... I spend most of yesterday smelling it ;p

Date: 2011-12-11 08:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That looks so cool! :D

Date: 2011-12-11 09:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I totally love my job right now XD

Date: 2011-12-12 06:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Super awesome!!! :D


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