Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Celery Stalk

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Today, I decided to dress up as a celery stalk. I didn't plan on it -- it just kind of happened when I pulled this shirt on over my head, and my daughter burst out laughing when she saw me.

shirt -- Rafaella (thrifted)
pants -- London jean (Victoria's Secrets)
shoes -- Dansko (outlet)

Since one of the hats that I wear is that of an editor, and to me, a "celery stalk" and an "editor" are synonymous, I actually dress as a celery stalk every day. I know you're probably wondering how a vegetable and a person who plays with words could possibly be related.

I belong to a wonderful on-line community of editors, called the copyediting list -- CE-L for short, and nicknamed the celery patch. Each of us is a stalk in the patch, and we rely on each other to get us through some pretty hellish manuscripts.

Most of us are self-employed or we are the only person doing our job at a larger company. We don't have the benefit of colleagues who can help answer questions (is it online, on line, or on-line? one word, two words, or hyphenated?), to commiserate with (who else is even going to care about the intricate subtleties of comma usage?) or to simply vent about editing-related issues (yes, there are lots of editing-related issues that we are very passionate about -- Web site, website web site, for example).

I was lucky enough to stumble upon the copyediting listserv about 10 years ago, when I was feeling especially isolated and insecure at my job, and I have made many "real" friends in this virtual community.

So maybe there's an underlying reason why green is turning out to be my color -- maybe I'm turning into a real editor? Yep, I also have this amazing ability to read between the lines and infer amazing things about the most innocuous of happenings.
The fringe on this top was really kind of cool -- it's also kinc of reminiscent of the leafy part of the celery. I'm not sure if you can see it in my pictures, but there was also fringe around the neck.

And my earrings -- I can't remember where I got these from, but I know that I've had them for a long time. As an aside -- another reason why I like doing this blog, is that I'm pulling out things that I have had for a long time, and I am using them! Instead of just saving them. 

A couple of facts abut celery ... 
  • Some people think celery is an aphrodisiac because it is thought to contain androsterone, a metabolic product of testosterone.Oh, if only!
  • Eating celery results in negative calories. 
  • Per capita U.S. consumption of celery is about 9 to 10 pounds per person annually.
  • Pascal celery was first cultivated in Michigan.
  • Celery seeds are a good source of calcium.   
I gave this outfit a thumbs up. Nothing really special, but it was just so comfortable,
and that's got to count for something.


    1. Those earrings are really pretty. I like the fact that I work for a large company, because it means I get to have colleagues who do the same type of work as I do,

    2. This is hysterical...the outfit...the blog....the pic!

      My stomach hurts from laughing!

    3. One of the highlights of my day is reading your blog, and this is why...you are one funny gal! But I have a confession to make, even though I went to Catholic school, I can not spell or punctuate to save my soul. ( please note all the religious references.) So knowing that you're an editor makes me quake in my poorly punctuated boots. * end

    4. Invariably, I laugh when I visit your blog. Thanks to your daughter! I actually like the fringe on the sweater...but now find that although I am an English teacher, I am suddenly self-conscious about leaving a comment on your blog! Any errors in my comment?

    5. @Rebecca -- Working for a big company can be fun (I've done that too) -- it's nice to have the camaraderie.

      @Lilly -- thanks!

      @northeastchic and @Terri -- I am dumbstruck that you both like reading my posts! I am insecure about not only being an editor but also just putting myself out there. And you can both stop worrying -- I am *not* that kind of an editor. I read for enjoyment and not to find mistakes. I am sure that my writing is riddled with grammatical mistakes.

    6. Are those clogs? Dont ya just love 'um?
      I had my celery tonight...
      I'm going to be a lot more careful now with YOU reading my blog....! Paula


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