Thursday, April 10, 2008

And so it continues

Others have started noticing the coffee brewing carelessness that’s rampant around here. My two coffee drinking buddies (one of whom has an office right by the break room and so has a great opportunity to solve this little mystery) noticed yesterday, without me even being in the room to point it out, that an empty coffee pot was stuck on the burning hot burner and left there to explode. Fortunately, they noticed it before the exploding part happened. We had a brief conversation trying to figure out why this is happening, how anyone who worked here couldn't know that empty coffee pot + heat source = bad things. One of said coworkers wondered if someone was “messing with us.” My thoughts exactly, my friend.

Of course, now that Someone has branched out and taken to leaving the little door to the butter section open in the refrigerator so that the stuff that’s in there (including a granola bar that’s been in there for at least a year) will go flying out if you open the refrigerator door to quickly. I close the section door, but when I come back later, it’s open again. And this morning, when I closed it, saving the old granola bar from certain expulsion? I noticed that someone had put an egg in there. An egg, y’all. I think it might be a boiled egg, but still. AN EGG. Tell me that someone isn’t messing with me.

At least one of my coffee buddies is humoring me and will close the butter section door whenever he sees it open. I don’t care if he’s doing it to mock me ("Hey, [JLR], I just want you to know that today, I saw that little door open, and I closed it. I'm defending you."), whatever, I’ll take it.

Monday, April 07, 2008

"Don't Let a Suitcase Full of Cheese Be Your Big Fork and Spoon"

I love movies, and I love television. I’ll watch just about anything but reality shows (I will watch some of those, but pretty much just the ones on Bravo, ANTM, and Celebrity Mole. Yes, Celebrity Mole. Shut up.). But although I don’t generally like movies that play to the lowest common denominator–I hate Dumb & Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, generally almost anything with Ben Stiller–I don’t only like art films. I’m not a snob. After all, I have a well-documented love for the movie Clue. But Clue is not the only movie that won’t win an Oscar that I’m not afraid to admit I love.

Five Movies I’m Not Ashamed to Love
1. Clue. Well, obviously this one was going on the list.
2. Troop Beverly Hills.
3. Overboard. RR and I like this movie so much that we watched the Korean t.v. series that was based on it (and we really liked that one, too).
4. Weekend at Bernie's. I know. But I love it. So shut up.
5. The ‘Burbs. “‘Bout a nine on the old tension scale, there, Rube.” I can’t explain how much I love this movie. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the suburbs and can relate to so much of this movie. Maybe it’s the great performance by Corey Feldman–yes, Corey Feldman. Maybe it’s because it has both Bruce Dern and Carrie Fisher. But whatever the reason, this movie has so many lines that my entire family quotes on a regular basis. "I've never seen that. I've never seen anyone drive their trash to the curb and then bang the hell out of it with a stick. I've never seen that." If this movie is on television, I am watching it.

And it’s not just movies. I’m not afraid to love tv shows that may or may not ever be a critical fave. For example, let’s take The Big Bang Theory. Ok, yes, I realize that this show isn’t Seinfeld. And when the previews came out, I thought it looked like the stupidest show ever. But it grew on me, starting with “The Big Bran Hypothesis.” Consider me a fan.

And speaking of television, you know how some movies you love but can only watch every once in a while, while others you could watch every week and never get tired of them (yep, I’m talking about Clue again)? I’m like that with certain episodes of television as well.

Just a few of my favorite t.v. episodes:
1. “The Key,” Yes, Prime Minister. To truly appreciate this episode, you have to have watched Yes, Prime Minister (preferably starting back when it was Yes, Minister) and develop an understanding of the relationship among the prime minister, Sir Humphrey, and Bernard. But even if you haven’t done that, you can still enjoy watching it. RR and I still say “people would see people” on a frequent basis. I’ve long wondered why someone didn’t take this show, tweak it, and launch it in the U.S. While the show is very British, I think the premise is sound and could definitely be made to work here with a little effort. We could use it.
2. “Baggage,” Everybody Loves Raymond. As I’ve previously stated, it’s worth watching the whole episode to see Patricia Heaton say, “If smells bothered me, I’d have left him a long time ago.” And of course, “Cheese. I love it, yet I used it as a weapon” and the title of this post (which RR and I quote quite often). We are always on the lookout for an opportunity to warn someone not to let a suitcase full of cheese be their big fork and spoon.
3. “The Big Bran Hypothesis,” The Big Bang Theory. "If you have time to lean, you have time to clean." Fabulous.
4. “The One Where No One’s Ready,” Friends. What’s not to love about this episode? There are many, many episodes of Friends that I could watch all the time, but this is at the top of my list. Picture Chandler saying, “It’s called ‘get up’” and see if you don’t want to go watch it right now.
5. “The One with the Embryos,” Friends. I think this one’s on the list of a lot of people. This is the trivia episode where Rachel and Monica lose their apartment to Chandler and Joey. I don't think I need to say anymore about it.

And finally, on the television news front, how am I just finding out about hulu? Ok, I found out about a few weeks ago or so and just ventured to look at it yesterday, but still! I love it! Who has two thumbs and is spending her evening watching old episodes of "The Office" and "Newsradio"? This gal.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

I am getting work done. Really.

The things I notice about work don’t involve any actual work. Such as:

The building people have installed automatic flushing toilets that scare the beejebus out of me. It was especially scary the first time I went in there after they had done the install because I didn’t know they’d done it.

The coffee today tastes worse than ever. Didn’t really think that was possible.

My coworker recognizes my footsteps when I go past his door, which I do a lot because his office is right by the break room with the coffee. Apparently, the quickness of the steps and the clomping gives me away. Hey, I have stuff to do, I’m not going to stroll around the office. But I do wish I didn’t sound like an elephant in heels.

The other day, I couldn’t find the Pyrex measuring cup for me to microwave water to make my oatmeal. Several of my coworkers thought it was amusing how panicked I got. The ones that didn’t think it was funny? Also needed to microwave water for oatmeal. The same flavor, even. It’s both comforting and sad how similar some of us.

And, on a final note, there are very strange sounds coming from the ceiling right now. I’m mildly concerned. I would be more concerned, but I don’t want to have to get out of my chair.

I done bobbed my hair

Y’all, I copied RR and cut my hair. And I mean I really copied her, as in I took her with me to her stylist, pointed at her, and said, “I want that hair cut.” It’s not super short, a little past my chin, but it is a tiny bit shorter than RR’s. I think I like it. If I decide I don’t, it will grow back, so it’s no big deal, but I would prefer to definitely like it. I won't know how I feel about it until a few days from now when the new hair cut magic wears off and it starts misbehaving again.

But two people have told me that cutting that much off was “brave.” I . . . don’t know how to take that. Brave because some women don't like to cut their hair? Or brave because maybe it’s not for me? Is it like when my grandmother says something is “interesting”? I just don’t know how to take it when someone sees your new haircut and tells you it was brave for you to get it. But I don't see how it can be good.

On a related note, I broke my round hairbrush last night. I didn’t even notice it at first, I just noticed that it seemed like the handle was a little loose, and the bristles weren’t gripping my hair like they should. Turns out that the handle separated from the bristle part. I tried to hold the two pieces together to dry my hair, but, alas, that does not work so much. This is what happens when you buy the much, much cheaper hairbrush because “why should I spend more money on a hairbrush?” and “how much different can they be?”

And even though my hair is shorter, it takes no less time to dry and style. Boooooo.