Let’s imagine you work at a company. It’s a pretty good company, good enough that it decides, after much talk, to move to a bigger, fancier office. This office is much-heralded by those who have created it. And yet, it is still an office. It still has flaws, like any living, breathing thing.
Here is how to, if not fix those flaws, make them a little more bearable, until the cold place where you make your cold hard cash starts to feel a little bit more like a warm womb of love.
A Very Soft Blanket
Before I worked for Jezebel, the kind people at Betabrand apparently sent us a Vagisoft blanket in the limited edition color of pink. Former editor Tracie Egan Morrissey would use it to warm her legs in the cold (or warm) months, and when she sadly left us, it sat under the desk in a gross pile, until one day, I took it home and washed it. I wasn’t sure that the dirt would come out but it did, and looks good as new. (I was so pleased I got a brown one for my mom for Christmas. She loves it.) It is a soft and sturdy thing that’s easily machine washable, perfect for the germ-infected hellscape you likely work in. Also, it has a fun name that is bound to start up some good conversations with your coworkers—or deter awkward ones from talking to you. (Betabrand, $80)