Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lively Up Yourself, and Don't Be No Drag

Here is a photo of some construction happening on Iowa Ave in November. I'm running out of photos again.

Today we had our Spring staff retreat. It was actually okay. It was mostly about how to keep things positive and fun in the workplace. We deal with tons of perspective students and their parents on the phone and in person, and we're supposed let people on the other end of the phone "hear the smile in our voices".

At one point, we were asked to volunteer up things our co-worker did to liven-up the workplace. The ex-nun in our office told all the people about how I change the lyrics to songs to match what we're dealing with at work and then sing them in my Ethel Merman/Axl Rose (same thing) voice. It was very nice of her to mention it, but then everyone wanted me to do one for them. I had to explain that I perform better from the peanut gallery, than on stage. Maybe some other time.

So, remember how I was waiting for my income tax refund? I checked the IRS website and it said I should expect it on February 17th. Well, it didn't show, so I went to the bank today to make sure I had the correct account and routing numbers. I did. I finally called the IRS and spoke to a very helpful and pleasant woman there. (I could almost hear the smile in her voice) She said they were having a problem with the website giving out incorrect dates. Oops! Anyway, she looked me up and said I should receive mine on Friday. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Okay, I'm tired. I haven't been getting much sleep and I went running tonight in really strong winds. I'm one of those freaks who likes running against the wind, (as you can probably tell by the way I've lived my life) but it really wiped me out.

Night, night.


Remiman said...

Singing different lyrics is my fortee also. Maybe we could do a duet sometime. ;-)

Susan said...

My brother sings Tina Turner "Private Dancer" at random times through the day.

laura b. said...

I never mind those meetings as much as I pretend to :-) It is nice to have your mad skillz noticed, isn't it?
Hope you were able to get some long as you don't spit into the wind, you should be okay.

booda baby said...

I bet you're a kick to work with! A happy, playful workplace is the best, but jeeezus they're hard to find (although, I think the whole state of Iowa is exceptionally good at it). I don't know why people think you can't play and still do kick ass work.

Anonymous said...

According to my tax people, I will be getting my refund on the 27th. I hope you get yours soon.

Ethel Merman/Axl Rose? Same thing? You have to record this and post it.

Churlita said...


We should. I bet together we could rewrite every song out there.


That's great. Too bad he doesn't work in my office.


Now you have that Jim Croce song in my head, "...You don't step on Superman's cape, don't spit into the wind..."

Booda Baby,

Our boss struggles with it. Sometimes he let's us have fun and others we get in trouble for it.


I hope we both get ours soon. I guess I'll find out tomorrow.

Tara said...

I never thought I would say this, but I really wouldn't mind a work retreat where someone actually motivates us. I know it would mean that we'd be hanging out with the very coworkers who have sucked out that motivation, but it seems like such a positive project.