Saturday, November 04, 2006

Things I Learned This Week: 11/4/06

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. As you'll be able to tell from this week's list, I've got to work on my Halloween awareness. So here are the “Things I Learned This Week” for the week of 10/29/06-11/4/06.

! I learned that dressing up for Halloween at work does not mean it’s permissible to dress down for the day. Sadly, saying that I dressed for Halloween as ‘Casual Friday Work Guy’ doesn’t work as an excuse.

! I learned that you should do a little research when your daughters tell you they are going to be Disney princesses for Halloween. Snow White is pretty easy to recognize, but Sleeping Beauty is quite a bit harder. When in doubt, don’t guess or ask your daughter who she is supposed to be dressed as. Just quietly ask your wife. That’s what politicians do in receiving lines. By the way, did you know that Sleeping Beauty’s real name is Aurora? I do now and I’ll certainly never forget it.

! I learned that I need to be reminded to turn the front yard’s sprinklers off on Halloween night. Again, I want to apologize to any trick-or-treater that may have inadvertently gotten a little wet coming up our front walk. Hope the extra few pieces of candy made up for it.

! I learned to not let my daughters draw the face they want me to try and carve on their pumpkin. If I could successfully carve their interpretation of a face, I would qualify as a master artisan. Next year I’ll do both the drawing and carving. Or better yet, buy a fake one!

! I learned that it’s pointless to get up extra early in the morning to walk 3 miles for exercise when I am just going to get to work and gorge myself on all the potluck items everyone brings in on special days. Despite what you might think, the exercise and eating do not actually even out!

! I learned that it’s not a good idea to mention the phrase “I’m definitely blogging about this” during a staff meeting when something absurd happens. I then had to swear that I would not reveal the identity of the corporation that employs me. (For a reference, please see yesterday’s post)

And lastly…

! I learned that when I think that Lucy and Ethel’s crayon maker isn’t working, I should check to see if there is an on/off switch before going upstairs to wake my wife and ask her why it isn’t working. Husbands can gain a lot more credibility by avoiding this type of common mistake!


ian said...

Be real careful blogging about stuff at don't want to get Dooced.


Lizza said...

Exercise doesn't make up for stuffing your face??? Holy cow.

Odat said...

You've made some real messes this week, haven't ya Ollie???? LOL

C said...

Uttering that you have a blog at work is like saying your pray to Satan at a Jehovah's witness convention.

the Laughorist said...

Good list. Sadly, I am a big subscriber to the balancing theory of denial and gorging. Just ate a donut. Will now walk the dog. But my shirts and pants continue to shrink in the closet.

Josie said...

You didn't know Aurora? And you have two little princesses of your own? Oh, for shame...! Hah.

And yes, be very, very careful who you tell that you have a blog. Omigosh, have I learned that lesson...!



I have trouble keeping all those princesses straight, too! Good thing I had sons, not daughters. :)

Lee said...

Your work sounds a bit uptight Michael! Everyday should be casual day!

Very funny about the sprinklers!