Done with the Ding

The ding of an incoming email used to give me a panic attack. Who was it? What did they want? Did I need to drop everything and answer them? Of course, I did. They expected it. I was providing good customer service by dropping all my work, interrupting my flow and telling them the thing they wanted to know, which was a thing that if they’d only given me a fricking day and a half they could have learned at the same time as everyone else when I made the announcement but now that was going to be at least two days because I kept getting interrupted.

The Good, the Bad, and the House Guest

I'm not the sort of person who really does house guests. At least not frequently or well. And when I have, at least half were memorably Bad Guests. Or Nerve Wracking Guests. Or Why-The-Hell-Did-I-Agree-To-This Guests.

Bring Your Lightsaber to Work Day

You know what more offices should engage in? A national Bring Your Lightsaber to Work Day.

I'm not not-advocating for casual Fridays, or dogs in the office, or kitchens where people can stand the smell long enough to eat. All those things are great. But honestly, a periodic lightsaber battle between co-workers really brightens up cubical living.

You’re a Kdrama Fan, I Know You’ve Wondered About the Metal Chopsticks

If you're a Kdrama fan like I'm a Kdrama fan, I know you've wondered about the prevalence of metal chopsticks. I have several sets of my own, requested as Christmas gifts because that's what they use on TV and here is the appropriate Amazon link and they're dishwasher safe it's awesome.  But sooner or later some … Continue reading You’re a Kdrama Fan, I Know You’ve Wondered About the Metal Chopsticks

Holy Cow, I Stink At This Flirting Thing

Muppet t-shirt from Threadless.com of yesteryear

I went to the grocery store the other morning. The guy working in produce (training another guy) says hi. We do the whole normal "how are you? -- good, how are you?" exchange. Which is pretty much par for the course. Actually, it's an above average interaction as far as my usual browse-the-green-leaf-and-on-sale-broccoli-crowns interactions go. Then … Continue reading Holy Cow, I Stink At This Flirting Thing

Being Professional vs. Being Interesting: Why I Changed and Am Changing My Persona

Back before I had to have a professional persona, I used to think personality was king when it came to blogging. That's not entirely true. Content was king. But content is only interesting in one of two ways: (1) you're saying something relevant and informative and ideally it's new information and/or clearly stated, or (2) you're saying something old but with such personality and flair that people want to read you just for the fun of it.