Friday, September 28, 2007

Work Blogging…Yeah, I know, It’s Wrong And Stuff

Meleah, a blogger I happily read every day because we may have been separated at birth, posted a David Letterman Top Ten List at her great blog today and it inspired me. Well, it’s more like it reminded me that I used to do a weekly Top Ten And A Half list each Friday and then got too lazy forgot to keep doing them. So, I will attempt to do another Top Ten ½ List today. Please remember that I do a Top Ten ½ to avoid copyright issues and because back when I started this several months ago, I thought the extra 1/2 was clever for some reason.

My first idea was a Top Ten about The Office since season 4 is finally starting. But then as I sat in the office all day, I realized how much I miss blogging at work, and believe me, I used to blog a whole lot while in the office. I can say that now because I already got caught. I knew it was taboo to do so, but so is flaunting bad taste and we still have Paris Hilton walking around. So, I will dedicate this Top Ten And A Half List to:

‘The Top Ten And A Half Ways Work Is Different Since I Stopped Blogging There.’

11. I find myself gazing into my monitor dreaming about how many comments I have gotten or what other people have posted on their blogs. It’s a lonely, distant feeling.

10. I am apparently one of my office’s top performers.

9. It appears as though I have a new coworker – and he started back in May.

8. I am now forced to say ‘That’s What She Said’ to my coworkers because I can’t visit blogs and leave TWSS in other’s comment sections. They are not as appreciative of it as blogsville is. At least that’s what the lady from HR advised me. Well, that’s what she said any way.

7. Apparently we hold weekly staff meetings. Now I am wondering how many of them I missed.

6. I never noticed the phone in my cubicle. It rings, too.

5. For some reason I have three calendars on my drab cube walls and they haven’t been changed in 4 months. Oh man, did I miss the 4th of July??

4. It turns out I sing very loudly while in the office and never even realized it. The fact that I don’t get requests should tell you hoe popular the singing was.

3. I wasn’t aware that every day I am required to be in the office for 8 hours – in a row.

2. My office computer can actually be used for something called ‘work tasks’ like email and document creation.

And the number one way that work is different since I stopped blogging there is:

1. In my at-work blogging stupor, I didn’t realize that a photo was taken of me while I was...

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I also have to share two events today that balance each other out. One is so horrible and full of so much travesty, it was travestistic, while the other was so great, it makes me giddy as a 12 year-old school girl. The first was me discussing a new sitcom on FOX (Back To You) that features my comedic hero Fred Willard, oh and I think Kelsey Grammar and Patricia Heaton are too. A few of the ladies in the office asked…and it’s almost too horrible for me to type this…who Fred Willard was. Can you believe that? I was confused, bewildered and yet enraged. I Googled Fred Willard and showed them his picture. One of the ladies said she thought he looked familiar, another said she had never seen him and Female Coworker actually had the nerve to say she didn’t like his look!

I was so appalled that I went to Target. What I witnessed there soothed my anger and hurt about the apparent anonymity of Fred Willard among my so-called work ‘friends.’ It was several $1.00 bins of The Office merchandise. I may have shrieked in excitement and I know people were staring and pointing as I tore through the merchandise. There were Office mugs, post-its, dry-erase boards and a to-do list from the desk of the Assistant To The Regional Manger. I bought all of it, except for the mug because I am not as the mug so humbly states, ‘The Boss’ Go To Guy.’ But the best find (and it was the last one) was the stress ball that was Dwight's bobblehead head!!!!

This, my friends, was a good day.

26 comments:

Patti said...

Michael, I can't thank you enough for introducing me to The Office. I watched the season premiere last night and I laughed and laughed. I had tears in my eyes..

I may have to sneak a trip today to our new Target downtown and check out the merchandise of which you speak.
:-)

Now I will understand all your future references to The Office.

Patti said...

I am FIRST again. Twice in less than a week!

I'm proud.

armalicious said...

What? What? Office stuff at Target? In the dollar section? Guess where I'm going tonight?

I love your 10 1/2 list. I've partially stopped blogging at work. Obviously I'm not writing my own blogs anymore, but I am still reading/commenting. I'm trying to keep it to 1 or 2 a day as I don't think that's too bad. At any rate, your list made me giggle.

I can't believe people you work with didn't know who fred Willard was? That's madness. MADNESS!

wolf said...

Dude! 8 hours? In a row? What sort of slave shop do you work in?
Oh, and since you have discovered that the work computer can be used for email, I humbly send you here. No thanks necessary.

meleah rebeccah said...

That list is AWESOME. Loved it!

Um ... Target? The Office sale...

Gotta go. Bye.






Ps... thank you for reading my blog everyday, and yes, we were separated at birth.

AndreAnna said...

I saw all that stuff at Target and thought of you!!I loved the mugs but where oh where would I put them?

kat said...

The fact that people aren't really sure who he is when they see a photograph of Fred Willard is really just a testament to what a fantastic character actor he is. Take it as a compliment. That's what Fred would do.

Oh... maybe that could be a new concept for you! Look at life through Fred Willards eyes. Instead of WWJD.... it could be WWFD?

notfearingchange said...

Yep....I don't blog at work.....oh wait...here i am blogging during the work day...never mind.

Erica AP said...

I've missed so much!! You got caught blogging at work? That sucks. Work is sooooo boring without the internet.

Open Grove Claudia said...

Did you discover your new co-worker when he was on your Nextel phone or did you see said worker in the john??

Natalie said...

I can't believe people don't know who Fred Willard is? What is this world coming to?

Odat said...

I feel for you while you stare at your computer and imagine who and what comments are on your blog!!! you poor thing!! You can't even read your blog at work??? I'm waiting for the day when I get caught too! shhhhhhh!
Great list! So the photo of you in a blogging stupor was taken while you were:
a) drooling,
b) giggling like a 12 year old school girl, or
c)typing TWSS in someone's comment section?

Peace and have a wonderful weekend!

brandy said...

MC! I'm not DEAD! I watched the Office last night... I can't say I was really impressed, I was hoping for a bit more... I don't know. As for Willard, that's sad. I mean, I'm a young, Canadian girl who is surrounded by hockey on 4 different channels every night and even I know how the guy is.

Candace said...

LOL! Great list!!! But I think you should skip the weekly meetings and blog instead.

As for Fred Willard - WHY THE HELL is he wearing Woody's shirt?!?!?

You and the Office stuff - that was me back when it was Star Wars stuff for $1 week. ^_^

armalicious said...

I am watching the office online right now since TiVo didn't record it (got CSI instead). And OMG, Angela and Dwight are making me pee my pants from laughing so hard!!

I might come back and leave another comment as I continue watching it.

armalicious said...

Kevin is absolutely killing me, too!

armalicious said...

I am so totally going to use "littlestitious" now.

armalicious said...

Oh holy hell...PB&J...

armalicious said...

Dude...I can't keep doing this (commenting as I watch), but holy hell...can I say that I sooooo want one of those bracelets???

aquabot said...

Well new bie here..and loves to blog whenever I got time...doesn't matter if I am in office..By the way who is this Fred Williard...???

VE said...

How do you communicate with your co-workers if not commenting on their blog posts. That's anarchy!!

Lemon Stand said...

ROFL... Michael, this is too good not to share!

Thanks for the laughs... I've had to miss them of late and not because I don't blog at work. I'm the boss since I am a domestic engineer and I say that the number one rule of operations around here is that 'Thou shalt blog whenever humanly possible'. (without neglecting the kids and husband, of course) :o)

Which is why I've been AWOL. Emergency room visits will do that to ya...

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I can't believe they actually expect you to... work... at work. That is too awful to contemplate.

It's not right.

Have you tried singing loudly at the weekly staff meetings? It could possibly buy you some free (unsupervised) time while the rest of them are doing their boring work thing if you play it right.

Princess Extraordinaire said...

You poor thing for having to go all day at work without posting or reading blogs - how brave you are to keep on living.....

Airam said...

Dwight's pose is cracking me up!

FRIGGA said...

Oh man how did I miss that! I have NOT been going to Target as regularly as I should. So, now that season 4's started, do you think season 3 is on sale yet - The Casino night is still the most recent episode I've seen. (Okay, there was that sneak peek while I was house sitting but as soon as I realized that Pam and Jim weren't together I got very mad and turned it off!)