In one of my workplaces, there has been a creeping trend of frequent and regular cake consumption. In previous years, its tended to happen on birthdays (not really that surprising), but from around last summer, staff have stopped giving reasons and bring in cake anyway.
I don't mind - I like cake.
The news of the cake is delivered by an email sent to all employees in the building, and thankfully, I'm well versed in reading emails as soon as they arrive. In fact, sometimes I can 'sense' an email being delivered, and I brace myself ready for its arrival.
This year, I figured I would take a more scientific approach to these emails, and I created a spreadsheet called Cake Log 2009, and saved it somewhere underneath about 8 digital trees worth of subfolders.
The log includes the date and time of the cake offering, the name of the bringer, the cake type, marks out of 10 and extra comments. So far there's just 3 comments on there:
"No staff were available to sample X's debut effort, but we're pleased to see a young pretender to the cake throne."
"Good moist texture, and well balanced by the icing" 8/10
"My judgement was possibly skewed by my consumption of strong coffee and a Mars Bar prior to the eating of the cake. A light fluffy sponge well complemented by the sweet creamy filling." 7/10
Hopefully, once I've collated more data, I will be able to provide statistics about who is the greatest cake-bringer, and which time and day of the week is the more likely to have cake involved.
I need a new job.