Here I am all smiles at my workplace, proudly displaying my long-desired full-time employee ID. The photo was taken last week, at the end of my second full week on the job, and I wanted my expression to display my still-abundant exhilaration at attaining the position.
The nail polish, bracelet, and authentic 1940s schoolgirl kilt are unrelated to said exhilaration. They are part of an all-out attempt I was making on that day to look cute. It takes effort to look cute.
The photo was taken with my co-worker Milton's camera, which was usurped by none other than the executive photo editor, who knows how to take good photos beneath the office's fluorescent lights. There's actually a lot more to the photo—it gives more of an idea of what the newsroom looks like—but I didn't want to put a huge image on my blog. If you're a friend of mine and would like to see the whole image, e-mail me and I'll put it up on a special Web page for you.