Love & Loathe — 06/24/10 (late)


* People who switch lanes at the last second at a red light, so they’re half in the one lane, half out of the lane they’re coming from, and then they don’t pay attention to the light cycle. The light turns green and there they sit, blocking two lanes of traffic.

* Also, people who are in an all-fired hurry to pull out into the lane and then don’t accelerate. Of course, they’re the ones who have that bumper sticker that says, “I may be slow but I’m in front of you!” For the record, I loathe that bumper sticker, too.


* Q-tips. Really. What would we do without them?

* This picture I took of my cats, Tug and Snug. For some reason, it makes me think of those old-fashioned pictures that were taken back in the 1800’s of great-great grandpa Samuel and his wife, Martha. Serious expressions, stilted posturing… so I added sepia coloring and it makes me laugh and laugh. Here you go, Great Grandpa, Tug, and his cat, Snug.

* The quiet time I take at lunch. I usually park under a tree at work (a bit risky with all the crows who hang around there), then at lunch I roll down the windows and just read. It makes me feel refreshed and balanced. One of my co-workers spotted me today in my car, and he peeked in and said with a bit of envy in his tone that I looked really cozy and relaxed, in the shade, in my car, with my book. I suppose that was a fairly accurate description of how I felt. It made me smile.

* My husband, who fixes things. He recently fixed the ice maker in our freezer (yay!!) and the button on my coffee grinder (yay!!).

* We think we solved the Mystery Pooping Cat. It’s been a week now and I’m currently knocking on wood, but there’s been no random poop yet. If it is truly solved, in a couple weeks, I’ll tell you what we did.

One Last Thing:
It’s been a doozy of a week at work. I worked 12 hours on Monday, 13 hours on Tuesday and 9 hours on Wednesday. It was a bit of a war room thing, preparing for a big meeting. The thing I didn’t think about while we were agonizing through the creation of the presentation, was the bond that would forge between the four people who were in that room. One of whom was me.

I mean, it makes sense. You spend a lot of time with people in an intensely stressful and pressurized situation, you’re either going to hate each other or get along with each other. But either way, you’ll have that experience in common.

I’ve felt like I have major jetlag for the last couple of days. I’m definitely looking forward to some sleep. If that mockingbird out there would ever hush up!



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28 responses to “Love & Loathe — 06/24/10 (late)

  1. I’m curious about the cat thing. We went through something like that and used a rotation/isolation to figure out who the culprit was. Kinda reminds me of the old conundrum of the boat and the fox, chicken and grain.

    • I really wish I knew which cat it is. Our current investigation work involves size of poop vs. size of cat’s butthole. Kinda gross, but that leaves two possible culprits.

  2. I also loathe the changing lanes, sitting there, and people who are in a surefire hurry to get in my lane and then don’t even go the speed limit.

    Mockingbirds are noisy little creatures!

    Sometimes you can tell people to slow down and take it easy, but showing them what it looks like can really inspire people.

    • I really loathe the people who do the last minute lane change, don’t pay attention, and when I finally get alongside them see that they’re texting on their cell phone. That makes me see red.

      I’ve never heard a mockingbird before, now I can’t stop hearing them.

      I really love my lunch times. πŸ™‚

  3. P.S. Love the picture of Snug and Tug!!!

  4. Caryl

    People (or cats) with stilted posturing in a picture:
    Do you know what they are probably thinking?
    “I wish I had a Q[-tip.” ha ha, dumb joke, but look again. It’s true!

    Glad your week is over.
    Love you,

    • You’re probably right… πŸ™‚

      Funnier still is Marigold told me the story behind why Tony’s brother, Steve, looks weird in all his kid pictures. It totally makes sense now. I’ll have to share with you sometime. πŸ™‚

  5. I get down to the company fitness center at lunch time. Getting a break from the day is a wonderful way to recharge for the rest of the day.

    Hopefully you won’t be working hours like that too often. But at least you’re on the payroll!

    • There’s a gym not too far from my work that has a pool. I’ve wondered sometimes if I could fit a lunch time swim in. But think it’d be too stressful to get a swim, shower, back in my clothes and back to the office in an hour.

      Dude. Not only am I on the payroll, but I’m non-exempt. Can you say “cha-ching”?

  6. Cat

    I completely agree with you on the driving loathes. They do they here all the time, too. Ugh.

    And I also completely agree with you about the cats in the photo! Even the way Tug’s paw is positioned, like an old man with his arm on a chair! Love it!

    • Really? They do that there too? Gah! What are people thinking? Not about others, obviously.

      πŸ˜† Tug is SUCH an old man cat. hehe

  7. daydreambetty

    So glad you don’t have road rage, given the situations you’ve been in. Level-headedness while driving is certainly a skill, something I hope to achieve some day. πŸ™‚

    Nice touch on the sepia-toned kitties!

    I used to have lunch in my car and read. Used to hate working up the energy to get back to work after such a relaxing lunch….how do you do it?

    • Sometimes I’ve been tempted to give myself over to road rage. The other day, I gave a girl who pulled a half-a**ed maneuver in front of me the evilest look I could conjure up. Mostly because I looked over and she was sending a text to someone. She saw my look and jumped like I’d shot her. Now THAT was funny.

      Yeah, the energy to go back to work thing is a bit of a challenge. πŸ™‚

  8. ok, it’s way too long since i’ve been here!!! just reading some of your highs and lows … and i’m so happy for you that you have a full time job – with the 4th off … wa-hoo! life is good … πŸ™‚

  9. The way people drive could make your hair turn gray!! UGH, UGH, UGH!
    I had to laugh at your comment on my nlog—I hope you enjoyed that piece of cake…lol. Was it Chocolate, I hope?
    Your Husband is a gem of a man! Would he like to come by and check out a few little problems I’m having? (Just kidding…)
    I love that you sit in your car and read and relax at lunchtime…Great Idea, my dear.

    • I really hate the way people drive. But, when i do notice someone who does something smart on the roads, it really makes me appreciate them more!

      Alas, no! The cake wasn’t chocolate, but it was still delicious. πŸ™‚

      I wish we were in your area more often, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind helping you out if we were up there.

      I love my lunch times. πŸ™‚

  10. stacey

    i always enjoy reading your blog πŸ™‚ i too love the cat picture. i am a cat lover though. last year we got a cat from the shelter for my oldest son and i have totally taken her over. she sleeps with me every night. i am wondering how you were able to choose a second cat that was so compatible with the first.

    • I don’t blame you for taking over the kitty. I would have, too! πŸ™‚

      Hmm, re: selecting a cat who was compatible, it was something I really worried over. Tug was about a year old, and I’d had him for about 8 months when I decided to get him a kitten. I think their ages had a lot to do with it. The other part was knowing Tug’s personality (very dominant and protective of me). When I chose Snug from the pen of kittens, I observed them all interacting with each other for awhile before I asked to hold one. I was looking for a cat who was loving, but unaffected by hyperactivity. I really didn’t want a black cat (I’d just lost a black cat that I’d loved very, very much), but Snug was the only one in that pen who fit the criteria I was looking for. πŸ™‚

      I got way more than I bargained for with Snug, he’s very intelligent and has actually become the dominant cat, but in a subtle way.

      How’s that for a short rundown?

  11. grrrace

    great pic of the cats πŸ˜€


  12. Wow, your job sounds like my job! I agree on the camaraderie thing, though the long hours I can do without.

    I love the picture of Great Grandpa Tug and his cat, Snug!

    Hope this week is a little less crazy for you. Great idea about reading at lunch–I might try that!

    • Aren’t most jobs alike these days with respect to the hours? heh

      I’m still giggling over the Great Grandpa Tug picture….

      This week has been muuuuch easier. Thank goodness.

  13. janasjourneys

    Hehehe I totally love the pic of the cats!!!!!

    I bloghopped here, and just wanted to say hi… and I COMPLETELY agree with people who change lanes and then slow down. I want to stab them with a fork. lol

    • Thanks! I’m still catching myself laughing at that picture!

      Glad you hopped by and I guess driving peeves is a universal annoyance. πŸ™‚

  14. tony

    I really like the picture of Tug and Snug(grandpa) hehehehe, love you. :mrgreen: