Saturday, October 21, 2006

Things I Learned This Week: 10/21/06

Because I want to spare you from experiencing some of the things I endured over the last few days, I post “Things I Learned This Week” each Saturday. It’s educational, sometimes insightful and always pathetic. I hope that at least one item on this list will make your upcoming week much easier. So here are the “Things I Learned This Week” for the week of 10/15/06-10/21/06.

! I learned that when my doctor prescribes Valium (for an inner ear problem, seriously) and I tell my coworkers that I need to leave early to pick up my prescription for Valium and they get really concerned, that it’s fun to say “don’t worry, it’s not prescribed to me for the reason you think it is…it’s for stress.

! I learned that my young daughters don’t have the same appreciation for a baseball Game 7 that I do. Hence, I almost missed one of the best catches ever because I was playing Go Fish. Here’s one – Do you have any baseball coverage? No Daddy, go fish!

! I learned that when you win and successfully defend the large company your work for in small claims court that given the choice of riding down in the elevator with the people that just sued your company and lost or waiting for the next one, you should really wait for the next one. And I thought regular elevator rides with strangers were awkward!!

! I learned that despite its seemingly innocuous name, “Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie” can give 4-year olds nightmares.

! I learned that when the gang from work invites the boss to lunch, you should try and steer the conversation away from missed deadlines as much as possible. Example: Oh yeah Michael, that reminds me, did you get the XYZ report in to me last week? Hey, how about them nachos and salsa? They’re delicious!

! Number 5 reminds me that I also learned when it is Bosses Day and everyone leaves the office for lunch together, you should probably invite your actual boss. So the answer is yes, the thing I learned listed above this one happened the day AFTER Bosses Day.

And lastly…

! I learned that if you are going to keep referring to your female coworker when listing the things you learned this week, you’d better get her permission and probably remember that you keep mentioning her BEFORE you tell her about the existence of your blog.

***Also, I want to thank Morgen at It's A Blog Eat Blog World for allowing me to play 7 Silly Questions this week. Morgen, thanks again and I had a blast!!


Morgen said...

Glad you had fun with 7Silly ???????

When I was with Target, I had to go defend unemployment claims (I was in HR) and in Downtown Cincinnati, you're escorted through the building by security after the case is over -- so you HAVE to ride down in the elevator with everyone after the hearing. HATED that!

That reminds me --- I need to do something for myself for belated Bosses' day.... maybe delivered lunch?

Odat said...

great lessons ....! and I can't believe my favorite, Pooh, can give the kids nightmares! tsk tsk.

Lizza said...

Sounds like you had a very educational week! Hope to read more words of wisdom again next week. :-)

the returnist said...

While in the elevator with your legal opponents, did you comment cogently but silently by unleashing a lethal fart while smiling?

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I really love that you do this.

It's hard to imagine anything about Pooh causing nightmares. Was it Lucy or Ethel?

I'm going to do the 5 meme if I can get into my blog. Blogger is being perverse again. Well, there's One I Hate!!

Michael C said...

Morgen: Being self employed you should definitely have lunch delivered. And a card!

Odat: Yeah, I was surprised. I should be honest and say that Lucy and Ethel are the chickenest chickens there ever were ;-)

Lizza: I suffer so that you won't have to ;-)

Returnist: Welcome back my friend, it's been a while!

HeartsinSanFran: It was Ethel (the oldest -- although I know Vivian Nance would hate to hear that). I think it was the darker colors that got to them. Unfortunately Lucy and Ethel scare very easily! It's odd because they can get through Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (which I think is far scarier) and they'll be OK. Looking forward to your 5 meme.

Meloncutter said...

I ended up in bed with a heiferlump after a hard night of drinking once. I still have nightmares. I am just glad she wasn't sleeping on my arm or I would have had to gnaw it off to keep from waking her.

Your little ones should be ok as long as they weren't drinking loads of beer. The trauma will wear off in a few weeks.

Later Yall....

Empress Bee said...

next time that happens in an elevator start talking like you are old friends and ask about their families, then start telling them where you are going on vacation, etc... really freaks them out!