Saturday, September 15, 2007

Things I Learned This Week: 9/15/07

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. I hope that knowing about at least one item on this list will make your upcoming week much easier.

! I learned that when I am using my Nextel Walkie Talkie and am calling my coworker down the hall that I should not ask what time he is sneaking out early when his office sits directly across from our boss. I also should refrain from cussing and describing in vivid detail how I am avoiding my daily office duties.

! I learned that although I may be excited that local stores will be selling Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer soon, this is not the type of excitement I should share with others or leave the office to go to the store and check. For the record, I miscalculated and the local store doesn’t have it yet.

I learned that I should never have referred to the harbor cruise my department is taking in Long Beach this Monday night as ‘A Booze Cruise.’ The saying caught on way to quickly and that is now how everyone is referring to it. Apparently, it was even mentioned to a member of upper management. And as you can imagine, it was attributed to me. I’ll remind you that I can’t even drink!

! I learned that I should not greet a client who has come to visit me in my office while nursing a bloody nose. I also learned that a bloody nose is not a substantial excuse for leaving work early. Hmmmm, go figure.

! I learned that there are some people in this world who actually ARE impressed by me speaking in musical tongues while only quoting song titles to express my thoughts. I had gotten a completely different feeling about that from my coworkers and had spent all this time thinking I was saying ‘Something Stupid.’

! I learned that the exquisite tunes of one Barry Manilow were only intended for listening to behind closed doors. This means never in public and never to be discussed with anyone else. Now I feel so dirty…

And lastly,

! I learned that when it is ‘family night’ at the twins’ school and I am making arts and crafts with them that I need to pay much more attention to the teacher. It’s kinda embarrassing when my art project looks worse than that of all the other kindergartners in attendance. It also doesn’t help when I colored outside the lines and had to be scolded by a kid I’ve never met and was told I was using too much glue.

****Calling all questions about anything and everything. I might even answer them on Tuesday.****

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Janna said...

I hate coffee, and I'm not all that fond of pumpkin pie, yet for some reason the pumpkin spike coffee creamer sounds good.
I realize this means I make no sense.

Michael C said...

Janna: I have to put so much stuff into coffee that it's rendered unrecognizable. But the pumpkin stuff is pretty tasty! So yes, it makes perfect sense.

~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

The SB around here started carrying Pumpkin Spice at least two weeks ago. I've never tried it but I think I might give it a shot...if I find myself at SB in the near future.

therockman said...

Don't feel so Guilty!!! Manilow is privately loved by many... Just found the new stuff he is coming out with by the way... feel free to listen behind closed doors ;)
Barry Manilow Greatest Songs of the Seventies Media Player

Ralph said...

As for co-workers vs. song lyrics: 'That's Life'

Manilow, especially 'Copacabana" can be a guilty pleasure (and our 18 year old college daughter just loves that song!)

For the client and your bloody nose, remember that their sympathy in the sight of your blood puts you in a much stronger negotiating position...

Candace said...

I was talking about this at TKD and a 14 year old and a 21 year old BOTH assured me that Manilow is great stuff. So maybe I'm the person with questionable taste. . . O_o

Pumpkin Spice ANYTHING will make me happy. Well, pretty much anything.

Michael C said...

Silver: looks like it's time to head to SB ;-)

Rockman: I had heard rumors of this CD, dare I dream that Barry does the 90s? Too cool!!!!

Ralph: You're right. Maybe I'll have to punch myself every day in the nose or something!

Candace: I knew TKD was a great idea! Listen to the younger generation :-)

Airam said...

Aww your art project sounds darling! And come on we all know that you subconsciously did that to make the other kiddies feel good about their work!!!

I learned that some kids can be bastards when they're trying to act all tough in front of their friends. Not my sweet little 5 year olds but the older ones.

Airam said...

Question for Tuesday:

Do you think you'll ever LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!! ?

Jenny! said...

Bloody totally an excuse to go home earlier. You just take the blood from your nose and transfer it to you ear...that way you can't possible be bleeding from the ear and the company not let you go!

Michael C said...

Arm: Yeah, sure, right, that's totally why I flubbed my art project!!

Jenny!: I cannot begin to even explain the brilliance of what you just suggested!!!

Odat said...

So what did you "try" to make at your kids's school?? Will you be sharing a picture of it??? lol

kat said...

I love all learned things - in order:


You crack me up!

Lis said...

I'm beginning to realise there're many closet Manilow fans out there. And I mean many.

Patti said...

Two days late but I'm here. Michael, Odat has a brilliant idea. Please photograph your arts and crafts project for us to see (and possibly critique).

I'm guessing it had something to do with pumpkins, or scarecrows.

CS said...

Ha ha! But your bad rt serves the valuable purpse of making the kindergartners art look good!

meleah rebeccah said...

Its okay to love Manilow in public. I promise.

Open Grove Claudia said...

Hmmm coffee.... I'm sorry did you write about anything else?? ;)

We bought pumpkiny stuff at Target - maybe you should check there for your creamer.

Parlancheq said...

We have pumpkin spice coffee creamer in Massachusetts. If you have any caramel hazelnut coffee creamer in California, let's arrange a trade.

FRIGGA said...

I prefer my coffee with Irish Cream - I can't drink spicy coffee 8-\ Did you remind the Glue Monitor that nobody wants to be friends with a bossy know it all? Oh, and sorry I'm late, but Thanks for my weekly lessons! :D