Monday, November 20, 2017


My daughter sent me a picture of her holiday gluten-free, Paleo approved pumpkin pie yesterday. I totally got the gluten-free, but I was unsure how a pie became 'Paleo', so at work today I asked someone I work with, who is a strict Paleo dieter, what made a pie 'Paleo.' She explained to me that it means, no flour, no dairy. Ok, got it.

Then she relayed this Thanksgiving story that I thought was hysterical. So I am passing it on.

She told me that she made a dark chocolate dessert to take with her to a family gathering a few years back so that she would have a dessert that she could eat after their big Thanksgiving Day meal. She thought if she brought a Paleo dessert she would not be tempted with all the other fabulous sweets at the table.

She said it consisted of dark chocolate, maple syrup, and something else she said she could not remember.

After dinner, everyone was too full to indulge in dessert, so they relaxed or went outside or played family games.

The hostess of the party, as my coworker tells it, had an ant problem, so the hostess put the desserts in the oven (unheated), so that no ants could get to the desserts before the party goers did.

Well, that plan unfortunately failed. When they went to retrieve their desserts from the oven, the ants had found them and were carting off little ant mouthfuls of the delicious creations - all except from my coworkers dessert. The ants had not gone near it.

The hostess turned to my coworker and said, "See Ann, even the ants won't touch your stuff!!"

I am glad Ann laughed. I laughed too. But it made me realize I am definitely not a Paleo Diet candidate!

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


This is what I did today:

I do not like to fish, nor do I eat fish. This was all for my husband and his 60th birthday.

Happy Early Birthday!!

Happy Eating!!

I am going to eat noodles. It seems like a fair trade! :)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


I think I speak for multiple people when I say:

Dear Customer,

I am sorry you did not get me this morning on the phone but I was working with another customer that was standing in my office. I was also with other people when you called 3 more times in less than 15 minutes. Not one of those times did you leave me a message.

When you then called another department multiple times to have them transfer you to me  - and they did - you also did not leave a message on my phone.

Calling yet another department and telling someone to 'give me a message that I needed to call you as soon as possible' is not appropriate. Why did you give them a message, but did not leave one on my telephone? I am the person you need to speak to - not anyone in any other department.

Later, you called a completely different department and had them email me that I needed to call you because it was very important that you make a payment today.

Now, I do not know your situation and why it was of UTMOST importance that a payment be made today, since it isn't due for 2 weeks and it can be made online like your other payments were, but dear persistent caller, you do not know my situation either.

Did you know that today I am the ONLY PERSON in my department. Did you know I had meetings? Did you care that I was very busy today and that IF you had left me a message on my phone, I probably would have tried to call you back. ONE message is all that was required. But you didn't leave that one message.

You chose to round robin every department in this office and in doing so, your constant interruptions made it frustrating as I was trying to get other things done. It also made it highly unlikely that you will get a call today. There is such a thing as patience. You are not entitled to be served the minute you reach out. Sometimes, life doesn't happen that way. You are not the only person in this world.

Badgering does nothing but provoke, and in this case, the squeaky wheel will not get the grease.


Overworked, Overwhelmed Employee

Monday, November 13, 2017


I have a test tonight.

A quantitative statistics test.

Quantitative statistics uses words like:

Non-Referenced test

Inferential statistic

Dependent variable



Threats to Validity

Reactive Arrangements

Design notation

I use words like:

Compare scores to a larger group

What the hell?

The group of people you are testing

Who the hell knows?

You have got to be kidding me!

We are back to what a reactive arrangement is

Please just make it stop...

R1 X1 O1 (is that a Greek fraternity?)

You see my dilemma. This form of statistics uses different words in different situations, but in the end, they all mean the same thing! Why? Why not pick ONE word and stick to it.

I love my 4.0 GPA. I have about 1 hour ½ to continue to love it, because after this test – I won’t have a 4.0 anymore.

Wish me luck!


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Do You Feel Like This?

This is when I will get to retire....

I hope your luck is better than mine.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


I literally told my boss today that my office ‘just couldn’t do one more thing’ than we are already doing - as he was telling me the new thing he wanted us to do. He did not like that answer.

But I have hit my plateau. I have run out of steam. I am on the backside of the hill. I am on the dark side of the moon. I am over it.

One person can only juggle so many balls before they start to drop them.

I cannot keep juggling forever.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lunch with Friends

I usually go to lunch with my husband. We eat and go run an errand during my 1 hour of freedom from work. It is like date night every afternoon!

Today I went with 2 friends of mine. They are hilarious. We all are hilarious.

Sometimes a joker trumps a heart.....for lunch.