Monday, May 21, 2007

No, It Ain't So Neat to Admit Defeat

Here is a picture of some clouds for you.

Today's Issues:

1. the electricity went off for the second day in a row, an hour before I was supposed to wake-up. Instead of using the last few brain cells I have left and resetting my clock, I would start to fall asleep and jolt awake every five minutes, thinking I was late for work.

2. I walked into a swarm of gnats on my way to work and one bit the inside of my ear, leaving a big itchy welt.

3. At 8:30, my co-worker John yelled from his cubicle, "Hey, Churlita. What are you doing?"

"I'm answering e-mails. Why?"

"I want you to come over and look at this. See this anti-bacterial soap dispenser? It looks like it has a face. See where the straw thing comes down? That's the nose, and those two air bubbles look like eyes. Do you see it?"

"I think you're having a flashback right now. Is it talking to you too? Remember when we had that chat, and I told you to ignore the voices? This would be a good time to heed that advice."

"No. Come on. You see what I'm talking about, don't you?"

"John. Seriously. The seventies are over. Just let them die."

4. I wore the wrong skirt today. It was super windy, and when I went outside, I had to grab both sides of my skirt when I walked to keep it from flying up and making me really popular, really fast.


I figured out that I had over four weeks of vacation time to use. I plotted out a Summer's worth of days off and put them all on the calendar. I even took a half day off this Friday to start my three day weekend that much sooner. I can't tell you how much better I felt at the prospect of all that free time. I even chilled-out about all the stupid crap that had been annoying me earlier in the day.


The Real Sporer said...

Believe me sister, its when they stop asking you to share their flashbacks you're in trouble.

For any of a vast number of reasons.

Dagromm said...

Time off is the best cure for when you're fealing beat down. just don't waste it all doing chores/errands.

Kirsten said...

what a great iowa sky. Countless amounts of thanks.

Killer said...

The worst kind of flashback people are the ones seeking affirmation.

Babybull40 said...

This John guy has some major issues.. Is he always like this? And can you muzzle him..? Taking time off work is great.. I don't miss it so much anymore..

Mr Atrocity said...

Have you considered having a panic button installed under your work desk á la Monty Burns in case of further flashback relapses?

notfainthearted said...

I always admire people that can take a day or two here and there and get relaxation out of it. I always end up doing errands or finishing projects. I need about 5 days just to unclench my shoulders...

Have fun!

Rachel said...

You have 4 weeks of vacation? You lucky dog. I have 3 weeks and it never seems to be enough.
I have another 8 years before I get another weeks vacation. I don't know if I can make it 15 years here just for the extra week. Then for 5 weeks I have to make it to 25 years.

mist1 said...

The soap talks to me too.

booda baby said...

Couldn't co-worker John's talents be put to some good use?

Free time!! I would like some of that. Will you just reeeeelaxxxx?

Remiman said...

Is john on medication? Maybe he should be. ;-)
Bring him a jar of gnats from your next walk...that ough to keep him occupied for awhile. It'll be like an extra weeks vacation.
Time off is a great reward for the daily drudge!

Heather Anne said...

Hooray for vacation! You deserve one. :)

Poptart said...

I love John; he's my favorite character.

Won't you miss him on your days off?

fringes said...

This better be paid time off. I've gotten that "vacation" offer before. I now know to ask questions before leaving for my trip.

evil-e said...

The best part of putting the vavcation days up is having your co-workers curse you because you took it first and they cannot now.

did I hear something about skirts and wind....?

As far as the face of anti-bacterial soap, maybe he should try to sell it on E-bay, Golden Palace might pay a hefty buck for it.

The Real Sporer said...

First, girls, never lose instincts for college boys. They are all dogs, more should be shot to disincent the inclination to canine behavior in the survivors.

Yes, I have a college daughter so my perspective has changed.

Churlish-the suspense is killing me. Come clean, I'm to tired to sic the secret police.

Joyce said...

hmmm...If this John fella were a religous sort he may have seen the loverly Virgin Mary in the soap.

Then you could have sold it on e-bay and made big bucks for your swanky vacation!

Your blog is the best.

Tara said...

It's a small, wonderful miracle when you find you have days lots of days for vacation. Mine are waiting to be spent. I'm definitely going to try to take a vacation in July.

Churlita said...

The Real Sporer,

Maybe I should start sharing my flashbacks with him then.


I'm really going to try to mix and match it with fun stuff and practical. Or maybe I'll just sit on my ass and eat bon bons all day.


You're welcome. Iowa does do good sky, doesn't it?


Yeah. And poor John is always seeking affirmation.


He's usually kind of crazy and fun. His daughter is graduating from high school and going to college so I think it's making him needier than normal.

Mr Atrocity,

That's an excellent idea.

Not Faint Hearted,

I'll be taking at least two full weeks of at different times, so I plan to have time to unclench my shoulders.


I'll have worked here ten years in August. Plus, I convert my sick leave into vacation, since I rarely ever call in sick.


But do you listen?

Booda Baby,

John's nervous energy could light up a big city for days.

Heather Anne,



I'm not sure if he's on meds. It's not the kind of thing you can ask someone, even when they're showing you faces in their antibacterial soap bottle.


I always miss him when either one of us are gone. I keep telling his wife that she's a saint, though.


Oh no, honey. I work for the state. All my time off is paid.

The Real Sporer,

You won't remember me. I was only on speech team for a year. I graduated the same year as Richie P. and Larry S. The reason I remember you, is because you were part of the whole Bob and Judy show.


Thanks so much. That means a lot coming from you.

Religious or not, I still think we should try to sell it on ebay. It won't mold like a grilled cheese sandwich.


Enjoy your vacation time too. There really is nothing like paid time off.

The Real Sporer said...

Bite you tongue, not part of that freak show scene, just using Bob as a vehicle for my coaching instincts.

So you're going to force my secret police to find a year book?