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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Office Accidents

Well, it has been over a week since my last post and I am still not sure that I have anything interesting to write about. So, what has been happening in my life you ask? Not a whole lot....

The most exciting thing to happen all month happened last night while I was hanging out with my husband at the office because he had to work a little late. He was working and I was watching reality tv online when the fire alarm began to sound, VERY loudly. We paused, and looked at each other....shocked. "What do we do?" I said, as all of my fire drill training left my brain. Thankfully, he knew what to do. "We will go ahead and leave and take the stairs out." See, I totally would have taken the elevator and died. So, that's what we did. We gathered all of our stuff (including my cupcake perched precariously on a little plate) and headed out the door. Everyone else on our floor seemed equally stunned. They were all standing in the lobby and staring at one another commenting, "Well, we know it works." Brilliant comment, somebody always has to say it....They followed us down the stairs (I was still clutching my cupcake). A few people were just going to stand outside until the alarms stopped but we just headed to the car and home (I ate my cupcake in the car to prevent mishaps).

I also experienced an office worker accident yesterday. There are several kinds of office worker injuries in my experience:

  1.  Running into the sharp corner of your desk
  2.  Bumping your shins on an open file drawer
  3.  Banging your knees against your desk
  4. Paper cuts
  5.  File/cardboard cuts
  6. Being grabbed ruthlessly by the hanging folder as its weight causes it to fall out of your hand into the drawer and takes a chunk of your thumb with it as it can guess which one happened to me....
Happy Friday eve everyone!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Trials of Tuesday

Today I have done numerous awkward things:

1. I tripped in an empty hallway by stubbing my toe on a perfectly flat surface. I then began to walk faster as though that would wipe away the stumble....why do we do that? How does speed walking after a stumble or running up the stairs after tripping make it better....Maybe no one will notice my lack of coordination if I do what I just failed doing REALLY fast....nice try...
2. I took a computer class and when the instructor asked if anyone had questions avoided eye contact and looked down at my screen...why do we do that? I don't HAVE to ask a question if she catches my eye, this is not elementary school, she doesn't expect me to ask anything if I don't have a question....everyone else was doing the same thing.....strange.
3. When I was leaving the class I began to reach for the wrong door in the hallway and immediately sped up my reach for the correct door handle....does that mean no one will notice my lack of concentration as I chose the wrong one and swerved? Probably not....
4. I also walked faster to avoid the awkward "Do I hold the door for them or not" moment. You know, when you aren't sure if you are too far ahead to hold the door but then you don't know what they expect so you stand there for what feels like forever holding the door and it is awkward. To avoid that I sped walked so there would be NO doubt that I was too far ahead to hold the door. Is that rude? I don't know. I just know that when people hold the door for me for a long time I feel compelled to walk faster and it is awkward. So, you are welcome.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day...

Today, is Valentine's Day. Each year I try to remember what was done the year before. My husband and I couldn't even remember what we did last year. I finally remembered that he dropped off one of those blooming cards from the Hallmark store. It is still sitting on my desk. It reminds me of his thoughtfulness. Unfortunately,  I remember NOTHING else from that day. Weird. I also remember all of those years of being single on Valentine's Day. I remember all of those posts on Facebook from people telling all the single girls not to feel bad, Jesus is your valentine! Uhm, that's great. Thanks. Enjoy your date with your boyfriend. I also wanted to tell the world something else. I AM OKAY WITH BEING SINGLE ON VALENTINE'S DAY! Seriously. I don't have angst...I don't wish for a boyfriend...Jesus is enough but I don't need him to be "my valentine". I was okay because Jesus is enough EVERY DAY. He is enough for me right now, even though I am married and "my valentine" is my wonderful husband. God still holds my heart in His hands and I am His completely. He just joined my heart with that of my husband.

I enjoy Valentine's Day. I have since I was a little girl and Valentine's Day meant a special dinner with the family followed by exchanging cards, receiving of pajamas (odd tradition but we loved it) and a whole lotta laughter. I just felt loved. Time had been taken to make me feel that way. I get frustrated with people that say that Valentine's Day is stupid, that guys should show their love every day, that it is just for the greeting card companies....I say, take the time to realize you are loved. You are loved by God, you are loved by your family, you are loved by your friends. Enjoy it. It doesn't matter if you are single and you are going out with your girlfriends, if you are single and you are spending it alone, or if you are in a relationship. Don't let ANYONE tell you that you should feel a certain way or even just ignore the day. It is okay to experience that twinge of " I wish I was in a relationship". It doesn't mean you are less of a person. It doesn't mean you love God any less because you don't want Jesus to be your only valentine. It means you are human. Embrace it. However, take a moment and realize that you are loved by the Creator of the Universe, passionately. Then you will feel better. Then eat chocolate.

So, what are my husband and I doing for Valentine's Day? I can't tell you because it is not appropriate for blogging. But I will tell you this. I thank my God for love!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


This week is "Spiritual Emphasis" week at my place of employment. This means we have chapel every morning at 8:00 am so you better get here early or you will be the person everyone sighs, roll their eyes, and begrudgingly stands up for so you can find a seat. The situation is not improved by having the majority of the back rows cordoned off. In addition, people save seats by placing hymnals spread eagle on them. In my opinion, this is cheating. There is never anyone guarding these "held" seats so basically the fact that I work for a Christian organization is the only reason that method is working. People could totally just move the books but their conscience would smote them later so they are polite and leave them. I leave them, because I am a polite rule follower, but I am annoyed.

When everyone stood for worship the people on either side of me raised their arms in praise. That is when I thought, " If there's a fire I could die, people would trample me, there are too many people in here, I don't have any space, I can't move my arms without touching someone...." Claustrophobic. Thankfully the person on my right almost immediately realized the situation and lowered their arm because they are considerate. The person to my left, in addition to having their arm in my space, began to sway(church dance).....awkward.

Upon sitting down for the sermon the person on my left sank down into her seat, propped one knee on the chair in front of her and proceed to stretch her leg under the seat in front of me. The person behind me, apparently suffering from a cold and lack of a Kleenex began to suck their snot, LOUDLY. This was accompanied by the individual a few seats over hacking up their lungs. The germs were coming for me, I could feel it.

The good news? I get to do this all week.....

Monday, February 11, 2013

Normal Monday

This morning I pushed the snooze button one more time and then woke up 10 minutes later than when the alarm was supposed to go off again....I still don't know what happened, but it was good. I love sleep.

My husband and I are sharing a car again today as his car is once again at the shop. There is nothing like the feeling that little "check engine" light on the dashboard inspires within me....GAH!!! Come on!!!

 Yep. That's what it feels like.

That Antique Festival of the Ozarks met my expectations. It was a lot of fun and totally worth the $5 fee we paid so we could go spend money. We came home with a couple of cool items and even a little bit of cash left in our pockets. Basically, this was because nothing good was under $10 dollars. That evening I took in some "Antiques Road Show" and felt that my day was complete.

Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Colds Are Disgusting

The changing weather has got me at last. All week I have been fighting a sore throat and fever. Last night I turned out the light and just as I was drifting off to sleep I choked on my own *ahem* snot...ewww, gross! This is what I felt like:

I quickly sat up, choking and gasping...."thankfully" my husband's peaceful slumber remained undisturbed by my near death experience. As a result of this "drainage" I slept with two pillows all night so I could be propped up and avoid a similar experience. Usually this means I will make weird noises but I never woke myself up so who's to say?

In more exciting news this weekend is the Antique Festival of the Ozarks!


My husband and I plan to be right in there with all those senior citizens looking for cool stuff to decorate our house. It will most likely be awesome. You should go.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mid-week Musings

On Tuesday I killed a small beetle that was making its way across my desk. Am I the only person who has some anxiety after killing an insect that it will suddenly come back to life in a larger form and attack me the moment I go to pick it up with a Kleenex? Or, that its friends will discover its death and surprise attack me? Irrational you say? Have YOU ever had an insect come back to life after you thought it was dead? OR, what is worse, not be there anymore when you return with a Kleenex? Trust me, it will keep you looking over your shoulder ALL day....

On another note, I felt that I had put together a particularly cute outfit yesterday and received no positive feedback=LET DOWN....I hate it when that happens...

For all of those viewers of Downton Abbey out there: Are we supposed to like Mary? She is annoying.

I would like to say for those of you that view the Bachelor that my expectations for drama have been met and exceeded.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Hang in there!

Another COLD day in the office. My fingernails are purple. Also, it was discovered that the women's restroom in the now vacated office across the way is warmer than the supposedly " heated" bathroom downstairs. That's just sad.

This morning I spent THIRTY minutes trying to get an envelope to print from the correct tray with my address on it. As soon as I asked for help I discovered that it was on the wrong setting and I had only made it worse by messing with it. Basically, it was an easy fix and my frustration was clearly clouding my vision. Dang it....

On the upside, I am looking forward to my lunch (leftovers from last night's dinner). It is wonderful and pathetic at the same time how looking forward to my lunch can brighten my day....this feeling is what helped the Daniel Fast be so difficult.

Yesterday, Facebook blew up with people excited about the snow. I wanted to ask, " Really? Have you SEEN Springfieldians drive in the snow and rain?" Not something to be excited about. Sitting at home in your cozy chair with a good book and some hot chocolate? Fine, get excited. Sitting at work preparing to drive home in Springfield traffic? You have no excuse.

It's Friday, 17 degrees outside, and it's a good day. Hang in there! Happy weekend everyone.