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 for some reason, always makes me look 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 12/31/06-1/6/07.
! I learned that no matter how grumpy I am to be back at work after the time off during the holidays, I should not enter the office by saying ‘OK, here’s the deal, I don’t want to be here and try not to bother me until after lunch. Oh yeah, did anyone make coffee yet?’ While it was effective in keeping people out of my cubicle for a while, I fear it may have repercussions for my workplace relationships…
! I learned that whenever we go out to eat as a family, I should just order two dishes of my favorite meal and not get something different for Lucy and Ethel. They end up eating what I ordered no matter what’s on their plate. Unfortunately, despite the love I have for my children, I don’t share food well.
! I learned that my work friend and I should not take ‘female coworker’ for a walk during our lunchtime ever again. I learned new expletives that I couldn’t even use in a seedy bar or naval vessel!
! I learned not to turn my back towards my cousin while having family snowball fights. I think the swelling on the back of my head has finally gone down though.
! I learned to never again go walking in the morning when there is a very heavy fog. Every time I looked out of the corner of my eyes, I thought I was passing out.
! I learned that when my daughter is really sick and my wife is upstairs with her, I should stop reading other people’s blogs and at least go up and sit with them. This is true no matter how well under control she appears to have the situation!