You Can Dress Me Up, But...

I'm lucky. Not only do I have a job I enjoy, an office close to home and the ability to "flex" my hours, but I also am allowed a very casual dress code. Being the Cardiac IT Geek at our hospital, I am often found crawling under desks installing equipment, taking apart hardware, or schleping systems from room to room. So I am in jeans and low-heeled practical shoes most of the time.

Okay, 99.999999 % of the time.

Techie AccessoriesIf I have a meeting to attend, I may throw on a blazer to "dress up" a bit, but mostly it's just jeans, turtlenecks, sweaters, or the odd cotton shirt with a cartoon or Star Wars tie. I even accessorize with the latest in geek attire; a pager, Palm Pilot, and USB flash drive dangling from my keychain.

Yes, I AM a Fashion Icon for Nerds n'est pas?

It is extremely rare that I have to wear something non-denim, but today was one of those occasions.

The distinguishd team of Royal College Reviewers (the medical governing body to determine if we are worthy to teach Residents) were visiting our program for Accreditation. Of course, everyone wanted to look their best.

Including moi.

I showed up bright and early in my light grey dress pants, deep grey turtleneck topped of with a charcoal blazer, heels AND silver jewelry that didn't have the name of a software manufacturer inscribed on the side. I was uncomfortable, but I looked acceptable.

So of course, I chose today of all days to

dump chili into my lap at lunch.


Gad... I am such a Nerd.



24 People would rather be commenting:

LunaNik said...

OMG...murphy's law, eh? It will get you every time.

Sweet Irene said...

That's so sad and painful! It sounds just like something that would happen to me and I am not even a geek. I am more of an idiot. I hope it washes out okay.

Vegas Princess said...

Sounds like something I would do. Which is exactly why I can not wear white any longer.

Christine said...

Chili is a good color to go with grey.

Aimeslee said...

Ouch?

Hope it wasn't hot! ;-)

Too bad Kelly Ripa wasn't there to jump out and start coloring you with the Tide Stain Pen, so maybe you might want to keep one at work? LOL

Kathy said...

I think on some level your brain and body were rejecting the non-denim! I often wear denim and sensible shoes, too. Like you, I'm in IT support, so I find myself on the floor more than most people. It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it.

Was the chili good? At least what wasn't left in your lap?

Heather said...

Oh no! LOL That so sounds like something I would do!

Jill said...

Aw man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the frogster said...

As long as you didn't get chili on a Star Wars tie.

toners said...

LOL!! That's always the way, right? Just like vegas princess said, that's why I can't wear white any longer :)

VE said...

My work is even more casual. I wear shorts, T-Shirts and sandals all summer long....and I'm middle management!

That's a bummer about the Chilli. At least it wasn't one of your important statement T-Shirts! I once spilled a little blob of Peanut butter on one of those micro fiber type shirts and knew if I wiped it would smear in the oils. I actually took a piece of scotch tape and pulled the blob off with no spot. Amazing...

Jeff said...

But it wasn't a problem because then you just flipped your fanny pack around to the front to cover it up, right?

Huckdoll said...

Of course. Same thing happens to me whenever I dare to wear white. I think nerd bling is hot!! My most prized possesions are my laptop, camera, cell and iPod ;)

Momo Fali said...

I spray Shout on my clothes before I eat...just in case.

Phoenix5 said...

I hope that was after the distinguished visitors had met you...

Murphy Rules!

Maureen said...

Lunanik: That it will... that it will.

Sweet Irene: Luckily it wasn't that hot; I had just mic'd it, but it wasn't too bad. What was worse was the lovely tomato stain it left behind, even after washing...

VP: Hah! Me too (obviously)

Christine: Exactly. At least with jeans, the stains don't show as bad and you can wash the heck out of them... not so on delicate dress pants.

Aimeslee: Ha! My daughter swears by those TideToGo pens! (She even got two in her stocking for Christmas, to which she squealed with delight!) I guess I should carry one with me too.

Kathy: I think you are correct. I subconciously was rejecting the clothing... and yes, the chili was good after I scraped it off myself, that is. (it had to be good, it was homemade!) ;)

Heather: Sounds like a lot of us have this affliction.

Jill: Not exactly the words I used when it happened...

Frogster: Yikes! Chili on Han Solo??? Tradegy!

Toners: Sigh... I need a bib, it seems. A LARGE bib...

VE: Do you work from home???? Yeah, at least it wasn't one of my Pirates shirts, or Star Wars (although I wouldn't be so concerned if it was my CHEWBACCA shirt) ;)

Jeff! How the heck did you KNOW??? Actually, I don't wear my fanny pack to work anymore... since it has Threepio on it, I keep it in my collection in the basement ;)

Huckdoll: A Nerd after my own heart... You should see me travelling; all the geek-wear is overwhelming.

Momo Fali: Now THERE'S a tip I can use!!!

Phoenix5: No. I hadn't met them yet...

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Great blog, Maureen! I'm finally getting to my blog hopping. As Arnold said, "I'll be back!"

DJ Kirkby said...

Hilarious post! I did cringe...

'cuz I'm the mommy, that's why! said...

Sounds familiar...the chili in the lap part.

jp said...

oh, no!! But think of it this way...at least you didn't mess up your "GOOD" attire. :-)

♥♥♥ A- Licious ♥♥♥ said...

that so sounds like ME.....lol

((hug))

The Egel Nest said...

Nothing accesorizes QUITE like chili! :)


Bradley
The Egel Nest

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

You sound so much like me, it's scary.

You have such a cool cool sounding job. Something I'd love to do!

Canadian flake said...

omg wayyyyyyy too funny...

thanks for the giggles...sure ya looked great.

Just think of the bright side...at least the colour of the chili matched what you were wearing..lmao

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