Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Putting on Lotion and then Having to Wash Your Hands

Yeah yeah it's such a minor thing and doesn't make me angry per se, but I really dislike when I've just put lotion on my hands and then I have to wash them. It's like "Ugh, what a waste of lotion!"

Monday, February 27, 2012

When the Grocery Store Stops Carrying One of Your Favorites

This morning my office had a little brunch during our weekly Monday morning meeting. I planned to make homemade smoothies, because there is always a plethora of fat-laden carbohydrates at these things (read: donuts, croissants, bagels, pastries, etc) and I wanted something slightly healthier. One of my favorite smoothies is peach/banana/mango with fat free plain Greek yogurt. I usually use canned peaches (in pear syrup), bananas that got super ripe and I couldn't eat and thus froze, and frozen mango chunks. By using some frozen fruit I don't have to add ice, and I like that. I went to the grocery store before work in order to get some more mango since my supply was seriously compromised, and apparently the store no longer has frozen mango. Sometimes on Monday mornings the shelves are empty because of the weekend rush, but the frozen fruit was well-stocked with Dole mixed berries and store-brand mixed berries and frozen pineapple, but alas, no mango. I was totally bummed. I found some mango in a can, which turned out to be delicious, but I had to add ice to the smoothie.

A similar incidence happened a few months ago when they stopped selling my favorite brand of vegetarian chicken. I was devastated. I put that stuff in salads, on sandwiches, in pasta, on the side with quinoa and veggies... Not to mention the Cranberry and Goat Cheese-stuffed "chick'n" cutlet. Absolutely amazing. Needless to say I was really sad when they stopped carrying it because it means an additional trip to a different grocery store for my chick'n fix. Today I noticed some of the products have been returned to the freezer section, and they had the audacity to label them as "New Product!" WTF??! It's not new! It's something you carried and bailed on and then brought back! Such liars. Hopefully my veggie hot dogs won't disappear any time soon. They disappeared two years ago (due to the manufacturer) and just came back. I don't know what I'll do if they leave me again! What would I have for breakfast???

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Blue and Yellow PowerPoint Theme

You know to what I am referring. It's the blue background with yellow text that inexplicably became popular at some point early in PPT history. It's not even a good color scheme so I have no idea why it became so popular, but if you see 10-15 year old slides, they are often in this style. That means you can tell when people steal old slides from Google Images or else haven't updated their slides for a decade. I went to a seminar today that used this color scheme for the whole presentation. She was a young presenter so I don't think it's a case of not updating slides, and the whole lecture was that way, and I don't think she borrowed them all, so why in the heck would she pick that color scheme? Did she want to look like she hasn't made new slides for years?

This cartoon might explain it:

Unnecessary Emails

Although I do hate spam emails about Viagra and fake Rolexes, that is not what I am addressing here. I hate unnecessary useless emails that essentially convey no information. For example, an email from a coworker letting us know that she is going to move the microwave from its usual spot because of a lunch meeting. Or emails from school officials telling us that a seminar title has changed. Or emails about other people's vacations that are already posted on a giant calendar on the wall. Or 6 emails in one day about a broken lightswitch. Or emails about our office's DOORBELL. (Not a joke, though I wish it were.)

Before you send an email, think to yourself, "Would omission of the information conveyed in this email significantly alter the recipient's life?" Also important to ask: "Is this information duplicated elsewhere that is easily accessible to the recipient?" Additional criterion: "Will I see the recipient in 5 seconds and ask them the same question, thus negating the necessity of this email?"

With the ease of sending emails from computers and phones, it is easy to quickly send an email that really has no purpose, is redundant, or is not pertinent to all recipients. Remember that we're all busy people and would rather not spend precious seconds every day to delete pointless emails. Please, spare us all.