TGIF??

It’s the Friday afternoon right before a long weekend, half the office is empty because people have taken the day off or are leaving early, my customers all closed at noon or aren’t doing much, and I am sitting here trying very hard to look busy. I doubt I am being successful, but neither is my boss. I can tell that he’s bored silly too, and neither of us can leave. At least he can take a three hour lunch, me on the other hand can walk over to the photocopier a bazillion times to copy a manual one page at a time. See how desperate I am…..

Brrrr….

I am frickin’ freezing! I am sitting here in a sweater, and I have my mini heater going but it is still really cold. The temperature in the office is set to sub zero temperatures, OK maybe it’s not, but it sure feels that way! I never quite understand why they set it so low, especially when it’s not that hot outside. Today is a warm day, not hot, very pleasant – but you wouldn’t it know it from being in here. A lot of girls have blankets and one even has a pair of bed room slippers to keep her feet warm, but maintenance does not seem to get the hint. Do you think if we call come in wearing our winter coats, hats and gloves they may get it?!?!

If only I knew who to send it to….

Dear Inconsiderate Bozo,

The kitchen is for communal use. Please feel free to use the amenities but remember this is not your home, and I am not your mother. As much as I would love to spend my time cleaning up after you, but I have work to do. I know that concept may be foreign to you, google it, it would be helpful if you understood why you come here everyday.

When you drink that last of the coffee, be so kind as the put another pot to brew. This will ensure that the next time you come in to fill your cup, there is fresh coffee at your disposal. Also, the other people in the office would appreciate it.

Also, when you see that the sugar container is running low, just reach under the counter to the sugar box and refill the container. It’s not very hard to do and you can count it as exercise.

Next, don’t put the milk back into the refrigerator if there is only a half a teaspoon left in the carton. Try to use it up. If your cup is filled to the brim and can hold no more milk, just pour the half a tablespoon in the sink and recycle the container. Recycling is good for the environment, you can tell everyone how ‘green’ you are.

Lastly, cover your food when you warm it up in the microwave. Your chili is a lovely mauve colour, however the microwave does not need a splat of mauve on its ceiling. Also, if your chili, soup, stews or whatever does splatter – clean it up!

Thank you for your time on this matter, you may now return to talking on the phone or playing on the internet.

Regards,
Me

Quarantined!

A little girl at the baybee’s daycare has pink eye. The daycare warned me yesterday about the pink eye and told me to be on the lookout for symptoms. Apparently if he does get it, he has to stay at home for at least 24 hours because it is highly contagious. So I am on pink eye alert. Every little while I am checking his eyes to see if they look even the littlest bit pink, and I have the doctor on speed dial. Hopefully he doesn’t get it, and I am freaking out over nothing.

Here is some info that I found helpful.

Pinkeye

Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pinkeye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear membrane that covers the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids. While pinkeye can sometimes be alarming because it may make the eyes extremely red and can spread rapidly, it’s a fairly common condition and usually causes no long-term eye or vision damage. But if your child shows symptoms of pinkeye, it’s important to see a doctor. Some kinds of pinkeye go away on their own, but other types require treatment. Conjunctivitis can be caused by infections (such as bacteria and viruses), allergies, or substances that irritate the eyes.

Symptoms of Pinkeye

The different types of pinkeye can have different symptoms. And symptoms can vary from child to child. One of the most common symptoms is discomfort in the eye. A child may say that it feels like there’s sand in the eye. Many kids have redness of the eye and inner eyelid, which is why conjunctivitis is often called pinkeye. It can also cause discharge from the eyes, which may cause the eyelids to stick together when the child awakens in the morning. Some kids have swollen eyelids or sensitivity to bright light. In cases of allergic conjunctivitis, itchiness and tearing are common symptoms.

Contagiousness

Cases of pinkeye that are caused by bacteria and viruses are contagious. (Conjunctivitis caused by allergies or environmental irritants are not.) A child can get pinkeye by touching an infected person or something an infected person has touched, such as a used tissue. In the summertime, pinkeye can spread when kids swim in contaminated water or share contaminated towels. It also can be spread through coughing and sneezing. Doctors usually recommend keeping kids diagnosed with contagious conjunctivitis out of school, day care, or summer camp for a short time. Someone who has pinkeye in one eye can also inadvertently spread it to the other eye by touching the infected eye, then touching the other one.

Treating Pinkeye

Pinkeye caused by a virus usually goes away on its own without any treatment. If a doctor suspects that the pinkeye has been caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotic eye drops or ointment will be prescribed. Sometimes it can be a challenge to get kids to tolerate eye drops several times a day. If you’re having trouble, put the drops on the inner corner of your child’s closed eye — when the child opens the eye, the medicine will flow into it. If you continue to have trouble with drops, ask the doctor about antibiotic ointment. It can be applied in a thin layer where the eyelids meet, and will melt and enter the eye. If your child has allergic conjunctivitis, your doctor may prescribe anti-allergy medication, which comes in the form of pills, liquid, or eye drops. Cool or warm compresses and acetaminophen or ibuprofen may make a child with pinkeye feel more comfortable. You can clean the edges of the infected eye carefully with warm water and gauze or cotton balls. This can also remove the crusts of dried discharge that may cause the eyelids to stick together first thing in the morning.

When to Call the Doctor

If you think your child has pinkeye, it’s important to contact your doctor to try to determine what’s causing it and how to treat it. Other serious eye conditions can mimic conjunctivitis, so a child who complains of severe pain, changes in eyesight, or sensitivity to light should be reexamined. If the pinkeye does not improve after 2 to 3 days of treatment, or after a week when left untreated, call your doctor. If your child has pinkeye and starts to develop increased swelling, redness, and tenderness in the eyelids and around the eye, along with a fever, call your doctor. Those symptoms may mean the infection has started to spread beyond the conjunctiva and will require additional treatment.

Quarantined!

A little girl at the baybee’s daycare has pink eye. The daycare warned me yesterday about the pink eye and told me to be on the lookout for symptoms. Apparently if he does get it, he has to stay at home for at least 24 hours because it is highly contagious. So I am on pink eye alert. Every little while I am checking his eyes to see if they look even the littlest bit pink, and I have the doctor on speed dial. Hopefully he doesn’t get it, and I am freaking out over nothing.

Here is some info that I found helpful.

Pinkeye

Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pinkeye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the clear membrane that covers the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids. While pinkeye can sometimes be alarming because it may make the eyes extremely red and can spread rapidly, it’s a fairly common condition and usually causes no long-term eye or vision damage. But if your child shows symptoms of pinkeye, it’s important to see a doctor. Some kinds of pinkeye go away on their own, but other types require treatment. Conjunctivitis can be caused by infections (such as bacteria and viruses), allergies, or substances that irritate the eyes.

Symptoms of Pinkeye

The different types of pinkeye can have different symptoms. And symptoms can vary from child to child. One of the most common symptoms is discomfort in the eye. A child may say that it feels like there’s sand in the eye. Many kids have redness of the eye and inner eyelid, which is why conjunctivitis is often called pinkeye. It can also cause discharge from the eyes, which may cause the eyelids to stick together when the child awakens in the morning. Some kids have swollen eyelids or sensitivity to bright light. In cases of allergic conjunctivitis, itchiness and tearing are common symptoms.

Contagiousness

Cases of pinkeye that are caused by bacteria and viruses are contagious. (Conjunctivitis caused by allergies or environmental irritants are not.) A child can get pinkeye by touching an infected person or something an infected person has touched, such as a used tissue. In the summertime, pinkeye can spread when kids swim in contaminated water or share contaminated towels. It also can be spread through coughing and sneezing. Doctors usually recommend keeping kids diagnosed with contagious conjunctivitis out of school, day care, or summer camp for a short time. Someone who has pinkeye in one eye can also inadvertently spread it to the other eye by touching the infected eye, then touching the other one.

Treating Pinkeye

Pinkeye caused by a virus usually goes away on its own without any treatment. If a doctor suspects that the pinkeye has been caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotic eye drops or ointment will be prescribed. Sometimes it can be a challenge to get kids to tolerate eye drops several times a day. If you’re having trouble, put the drops on the inner corner of your child’s closed eye — when the child opens the eye, the medicine will flow into it. If you continue to have trouble with drops, ask the doctor about antibiotic ointment. It can be applied in a thin layer where the eyelids meet, and will melt and enter the eye. If your child has allergic conjunctivitis, your doctor may prescribe anti-allergy medication, which comes in the form of pills, liquid, or eye drops. Cool or warm compresses and acetaminophen or ibuprofen may make a child with pinkeye feel more comfortable. You can clean the edges of the infected eye carefully with warm water and gauze or cotton balls. This can also remove the crusts of dried discharge that may cause the eyelids to stick together first thing in the morning.

When to Call the Doctor

If you think your child has pinkeye, it’s important to contact your doctor to try to determine what’s causing it and how to treat it. Other serious eye conditions can mimic conjunctivitis, so a child who complains of severe pain, changes in eyesight, or sensitivity to light should be reexamined. If the pinkeye does not improve after 2 to 3 days of treatment, or after a week when left untreated, call your doctor. If your child has pinkeye and starts to develop increased swelling, redness, and tenderness in the eyelids and around the eye, along with a fever, call your doctor. Those symptoms may mean the infection has started to spread beyond the conjunctiva and will require additional treatment.

Sssshhhhh…….

Be very, very quiet……..I am spending the afternoon, observing wild, and exotic creatures. I am in their natural habitat, the urban jungle, and trying to be as discreet as possible. These creatures have many names but I prefer: office dweller, yuppie, cubicle jockey. They can be found in cubicles, by the water cooler, and on the patio having a smoke. My office is full of them and I am working on categorizing them, and possibly tagging them for future study. I have listed my findings, thus far, below. You never know, you may have some of them in your office.

Bobby Brown Noser – Bobby shows up to work early, doesn’t take lunch and stays late. Whether he’s doing it to impress his boss(es) or really has that much work to do, he’s serious about his job. Bobby’s a nice boy, but he doesn’t have too many friends in the office, mostly because he’s working through lunch and working past happy hour. But because of that, he’s a favorite among the higher-ups. Sometimes his business savvy comes off as being a little ruthless because, after all, he is looking out for himself and his career.

Debbie Downer – Oh Debbie. Some thing’s always got her down. One day it’s the weather, the next day it’s her boss or cube-mate. She’s the wrong person to talk to when you’re having a bad day, because she just might make you feel worse. Debbie doesn’t smile much and you sometimes have to wonder how she got hired in the first place. She must be a genius at excel because she certainly wasn’t hired for her positive attitude.

Networking Nancy – Nancy takes networking to another level. Her lunch calendar is booked through September and she likes to spend one-on-one time with everyone in the office. You don’t have to talk much at a lunch with Nancy; she loves to talk, mostly about herself and where she sees herself in 2 years, 5 years or 10 years. She wants you to know where she wants to go, just in case you can help her one day.

Superficial Sally – Sally is not one of your closest friends at work. In fact you don’t really like her and you’re pretty sure she doesn’t like you. Whenever you see her, which is usually in the ladies’ room or on the elevator, she’s sweet as sugar, or tries to be. “How are you, sweetheart?” she asks. “I love your, [long pause] your shoes, so cute,” she comments as you think to yourself, my teeth are starting to rot.

Chatty Cathy – We are all familiar with Chatty Cathy. She loves to talk, even more than Nancy does. A conversation with Cathy usually starts with a simple topic, like what she did over the weekend, but before you know it, she’s gone off on 12 different tangents and you have no idea how you ended up talking about the Mommy & Me class she took with women who get face lifts. Cathy is also the queen of TMI. She tells whoever will listen about the time she had to cut her husbands toenails or how much her son pooped today. The best thing you can do is avoid conversations with Cathy altogether. The second she gets talking, you’re done because Cathy does not follow normal conversation ending etiquette.

Slacker Sara – No one is quite sure what her job is but she never seems to be doing it. She is always on the Internet, or on the phone. Her desk is pristine, and you are not sure if you have ever seen her use a pen. She comes in around 9:30 when the rest of the office comes in at eight, takes 2 hour lunches, and leaves forty five minutes before everybody else.

Just beachy!

This weekend, the baybee went on his first road trip!

Hubby, Auntie, Stinky & I loaded up the car with all the beach things that we would need and headed out. We picked up a bucket of chicken on the way there, so we didn’t have to worry about food. And we had a cooler of water and juice in the trunk. The weather was awesome, no rain at all, even though it was pouring on the highway as we drove up. The kiddies had a super fun time both on the sand and in the water. It is definitely something that I want to do some more this summer.

I did have some issues though. I wish that the beach was cleaner, there were pieces of all sorts of garbage that people left behind and super sleuth baybee was able to find them all. I can understand bottle caps but really empty prescription containers. Are people that lazy that they can’t walk 4 feet to garbage can, they would rather just dump out their prescriptions on the sand?

Also, I wish there was some way to deal the seagulls themselves. They were everywhere and they were quite bold. They would walk right up to you and try to snatch your food. Plus, if you leave your stuff alone they would swoop in on it as one big group and ransack your stuff to get at the food that you may have. At one point we saw them go INTO someone’s bag and pull out a bag of potato chips. This wasn’t a half open bag with the potato chips lying out exposed. It was a shopping bag that was folded over, that a group of ten birds went over to and poked and prodded at until they managed to get it open and pull out the chips. The seagulls were running the beach. I know that there isn’t much that I can do about the seagulls, but if anyone knows a good way for me to keep them away please let me know.

Other than that it was a really good day!

Ghost town

I came in at my regular time this morning, and no one was here. Just to clarify, I don’t come in at an obscenely early hour. I am usually here by eight so I am no where near the first person in. There are always a couple of other people in here, blurry eyed and in desperate need of caffeine, looking about as miserable as I feel. But this morning the entire office was missing, it looked like a ghost town.

And you know what the first thing that jumped into my mind when I saw that, it just popped in there:

DAMN PEOPLE WON THE LOTTERY AND DIDN”T CALL ME!!!

I just knew that they won the millions and had run off with my cut and I was out for blood! Lucky for them they started to come in about five minutes after my brilliant deduction. Turns out that I was on the ball today and everybody else was slacking. I never would have thought that.

Guess what?!

I’m supposed to be working but I’m not! I am trying to win stuff! Teresa is giving away a cupcake scented gift set by Embrace Bath & Body, over at her personal blog. The contest is for USA and Canada only.

The set looks yummy, I have a thing for soap, so this is my attempt at winning it. I never really win anything….OK, scratch that, when I was in grade 4 I won a cowboy hat. It was for coming in third in the 100m dash.

But hey given that that was a bazillion years ago, I’m due.

Wish me luck!!

What kind of day do you think I am going to have???

I can’t find my ballet slippers or any of my closed toed shoes for that matter. It is pouring right now with more rain predicted for this afternoon, and because I had no choice but to wear flip flips, it is guaranteed that my toes are going to get wet at lunch.

My outfit is mismatched and doesn’t fit so great (not terribly) but enough that I can tell that I am not my normal snazzy self. The reason for this is because my work clothes are in the pile to be washed and I didn’t realize that I had NO clean clothes until this morning. So I had the option of wearing sweat pants or maternity clothes. I opted with my maternity clothes.

And lastly, I forgot my coffee cup at home. So if I want coffee, I have to use the communal cups here, and they are quite gross.