Midweek Meandering 1-30-13

Random Thoughts Drifting Through My Mind Today...

~ I look at the clock on my phone, it's 9:30 AM.  I've only been at work for only an hour and I've already come to the conclusion that I don't want to be here... I think it's going to be a long day.

~Saying thank you for gifts given seems to be out of style. I'm amazed at how often my husband or I send something out to family or friends and never hear back if they even received it, much less liked it.  Seems like common courtesy to me.  It's so easy now days with email, Facebook, and texting, it doesn't have to be a fancy, formal, handwritten note... make the effort to say "I got it"!  Remember that someone took the time and effort to do something nice for you.

~ Sometimes I DO understand what you are saying, but I disagree. Understanding does not necessarily result in compliance. If you want me to see things from your perspective, I need more information.

~ I value consistency and stability in my relationships, that what you say or do today will be the same tomorrow, that you aren't going to do a 180 turn-around on me.  People do change and evolve, but it doesn't happen overnight. Communication is the key... always.

~ I love "winter" weather in West Texas, as opposed to what it was like growing up in South Dakota.  We do have some cold days - in the 20's or 30's here,  but many are in the 60's and 70's and I can get buy with wearing sandals all year round, the only exception being when it snows.  I hate bulk coats and clothing, and I'm so much happier when a light jacket or a wrap is sufficient.  It's true that you appreciate what you have more if you know what it's like not to have it. Snow is pretty to look at, not so fun to live and drive in.

~ It puzzles me when people do something that they know is going to displease you, and then say "don't get mad".  Mad is my option, I am responsible for my feelings, and it is not your right to tell me how to feel. However, it is also my responsibility to handle my anger in an appropriate manner.  It is not ok to fire a volley of four-letter words in response, or to hire a hit-man, even if I am angry. Give me a little time to deal with it.  I am the type that gets mad and then gets over it, with very few exceptions.  Life goes on and I wake up tomorrow ready to try again.

~ Belittling my writing is a sure way to end up on my "don't trust" list. Writing is at the core of who I am, it is my passion.  If you don't understand that, then don't understand me at all.

~ This morning we were having a humorous discussion at work about "The son of a bitch deserved to die" defense in murder cases.  Seriously, there has been a time or two in my life when I think that applied, and although I didn't commit murder, I really wanted to! I can understand how one can be angry enough or fed-up enough to lose control and just do it!  I'm not saying it's right, I'm just saying I understand.

~This month I've experienced the highest number of pageviews on my blog ever... that's exciting! Now if a few more folks would just take time to add a few words of comment, that would be nice.

~ Eating chocolate when you know you are allergic to it isnt' very smart, is it?  My response is "But I LIKE IT!"  Then I realize that's the same excuse folks with other kinds of addictions use.  Gulp.
And on that note... time to finish up my lunch and get back to work.  You don't see that Hershey's Kiss sitting next to my printer waiting for it's demise... do you?! :-)

 Hope you're having a good Wednesday, wherever you are!


  1. I feel that way every day at work - - don't really want to be here! haha.

    I know what you mean about people not acknowledging gifts. We send a cash wedding gift last June and never got a thank you. Hopefully they got it, but we'll never know :)

    1. Me too, Judy! I've been doing desk work for over thirty years, and I am sooo wishing to be free of it! I can't complain because I have a job, some don't. But still, I'd much rather win the lottery, stay home, write, play with my cats! :-)

      My mom drilled thank-you notes into our heads, maybe we need some of that old-fashioned parenting in today's world!

  2. I understand your writing comment all too well. I have a few people in my life who believe in me, but others who are close to me talk about writing being my "little hobby." I don't think they realize how much that statement hurts.

    The "don't get mad" thing bothers me, too. All I end up doing when someone says that to me is putting my guard up, which is often the surest way to make me angry. I don't understand that at all...

    Happy Wednesday to you as well!

    1. Same here on the writing comments, Dana, some of my family members have ridiculed my writing, even the way I wrote letters, for years. I don't share my work with them anymore!!

      Yes, saying "Don't get mad" translates, "I'm about to offend you, so be prepared", to me that means it's an intentional act. I will get mad if I want to, so there!! :-)

  3. I am the worst at acknoledging gifts. Fortunately Mrs. C has manners.

    1. Good thing you have a "secretary" then, Joe. One time I insisted that a former husband write a thank you note to my parents for some Christmas money they'd sent. Being funny, and thinking I would read it first, he wrote "thank you for the money, I used it for whiskey and wild women". I didn't read it, I sent it!! Needless to say, my parents failed to see the humor in the situation, though I thought I did. It did teach him not to go writing such things in thank you cards!!

  4. Ugh. My coworker makes snarky comments all day long and I reacted the other day and she acted like she did nothing wrong. RUDE. Hence my post about accountability.

    1. I get very weary of office drama, snide remarks, rude glances, and such, Kristi. Everyone who comes to work needs to conduct themselves like grown-ups with their company manners! Wouldn't that be nice? It starts with kindness and respect!


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