Harry Potter Made Me Want to Wear Glasses

Preview:  responding to one word prompt “Vision

Growing up, I dreamed of wearing glasses.

You see, I’d been inspired by the hero of my favorite books.

“Harry Potter” by Halle Stoutzenberger CC BY-ND 2.0

Reading these books, I wanted the brains and library collection of Hermione Granger, the boisterous siblings and parents of Ron Weasley, and the classic glasses of Harry Potter.

It’s not like Harry made his glasses seem very glamorous.  At one point, they were connected with freaking duct tape!  He seemed to be constantly breaking them, and lucky for him, he had magic to handle that kind of thing.  If I was so lucky as to have glasses, I would only have an angry mom if I broke them.

Still, I really, really wanted a pair of glasses of my own.

My parents both wore glasses.  When I found their glasses on the bathroom counter, I would try them on.  Some children try on their parents’ shoes, I tried on my parents’ glasses (…to be honest, I did both).

No matter how many times I tried on their glasses as a kid, my vision remained perfectly fine.  There didn’t seem to be any magic at play to grant my wish of wearing a pair of glasses like Harry Potter.

I didn’t really outgrow this dream as I became older.  The dream was simmering on the back burner, low heat.  Now and again, the dream would resurface (to continue with the metaphor:  the dream would begin to boil).

I remember trying on a plastic replica of Harry Potter glasses.

“harry potter glasses” by Ultra-Lab CC BY-SA 2.0

They looked horrible on my big head, definitely not the right pair of glasses for my face shape.  I’m sure in the realm of magic there’s something you can do about making glasses look good on any face shape, but I live firmly in the land of dealing with the face you are given.

Unlike Harry Potter when the books progress and start to become big bummers because all of the characters you love are dying, as I progressed through the years, a very happy moment arrived.

Yes.  It’s true.

One night my mom and I were in balcony seating of a performance of the musical, Legally Blonde.  I knew we were far away from the stage, but even so, I could barely see the actors.  I told my mom this, and she handed me her glasses to test out.  I put on her glasses and… VOI-FREAKING-LA!

After so many years, I finally needed glasses.

I know this seems like the place where I should conclude with, “be careful what you wish for,” and then complain about the glasses I wear now.  Nope.  I love my glasses.  I was born to wear glasses, even if my eyes didn’t realize it at the time.

I rock my glasses every day, every event, every outfit.  I’ll never switch to contacts.  Did Harry ever magically improve his eyesight?  Don’t tell me that spell doesn’t exist.

My only complaint, after years of wearing glasses and years of dreaming for them, is that I had a spell to clean the ever-present grime off my glasses.  I bet Harry would have a good tip for that.

Dear reader:  do you read Harry Potter?  Do you wear glasses, contacts?  Tell me how you really feel.

Featured Image:  Steven Worster CC BY-ND 2.0


Cubicle Musings

Preview:  this blog post will cover my thoughts on my cubicle and cubicle decorating, as well as showing the pictures I used to decorate my cubicle.

Let’s get to it.

The minute I walked into my internship, I knew I was going to like it here.  As my boss gave me a run down of the building, a couple places really dazzled me.  One was the supply closet–an endless supply (within reason, of course) of pens, paper, and paper clips.

As a student who survived a whole semester on a single 5-subject notebook and one of two pens, the closet is simply amazing.  The supply closet wasn’t even the best part.  It’s my cubicle that’s the star.

I know cubicles are not exactly thrilling or even positive to many people.  Some people seem to really hate cubicles, like the artist of this graffiti does, I assume:

“Death by Cubicle,” James Stencilowsky CC BY 2.0

I get it.  The beige walls that are as tall as me, the shelving unit that takes up too much space of my already limited surroundings, the fluorescent desk light that I never turn on, the overhead fluorescent light that is always on, the chair that doesn’t offer any back support… these are all things I experience every day.

… but I’m still super pumped to have a cubicle.

Honestly, I can’t tell you exactly why.  It’s probably a mix of “I feel like an adult for the first time” and “I’m an intern so they could have stuck me in the supply closet or mail room with an itsy bitsy desk and I would have still had to say thank you.”  I’m fresh to the working world and at the bottom of the totem pole, but my cubicle doesn’t make it feel that way.

However, cubicle philosophy was not my first thought about my cubicle.  That was a couple thoughts later.  My first thought was:  I need to decorate it.  I know, I know.  I know how that sounds, and I know how that statement deserves a couple eye rolls.  If you reference the above description, however, you should understand why my cubicle needed some sprucing.

It wasn’t that easy though.  I took to the internet for examples and was immediately intimidated.  Just look at these on Pinterest!

“Castle_Cube_4” by Brent Ozar CC BY-SA 2.0

When you plaster wall paper up on the walls, I don’t know if it is even a cubicle anymore.  As fancy as some of those are, I think they’re most like cubicle castles.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a “DIY Cubicle Turret” video somewhere in the mix on that page.

I decided to go a more simple route and use the supplies available to me:  a color printer, a pair of scissors, and bulletin board pins.  I printed five pictures that I thought would really brighten up the place.

First, a wonderful picture of a print by Roaring Softly (which I am going to buy) that combines two things I love:  coffee and Gilmore Girls.  I knew my cubicle needed decor that illustrated my coffee addiction, and I was happy I could incorporate my obsession with Gilmore Girls at the same time.  I think this picture really shows that I’m a successful multi-tasker.

Second, this picture features one of the most important people in my life:  the one and only Leslie Knope.  I identify with Ms. Knope–I was even Leslie for Halloween this year.  We both have a lot in common, like a love for Joe Biden, breakfast food, and unadulterated enthusiasm for the things and people we love.  This picture features a couple of those concepts.

Leslie Knope
(I got the picture from this article, but added the caption myself because I 100% wanted this exact quote.  It’s about work, so it’s relevant to work, right?)

Pictures three, four, and five  are all related to each other by a common theme:  they are things I wish I had in my cubicle, but I do not.

Here’s the window I wish I had.

“Blackwell House View” by Andrew Gustar CC BY-ND 2.0

Here’s the plants I wish I had.

Finally, here we have the inspirational desk I wish I had.

Maybe someday if I have a more permanent working situation, I will invest in a castle cubicle, complete with turrets and a moat.  Until that day, I think my pictures have accomplished my decor needs for now.

To anyone reading this blog post:  do you have experience with cubicles?  I’d love to hear your cubicle musings!

Featured Image:  Mark Sebastian CC BY-SA 2.0