Friday Frets - Sandwich Buns 8 Count?


  [fret] (noun): an irritated state of mind; annoyance; vexation.

Friday's Frets are my little rants about something that annoys me, most often without reason. We all have them, those little peeves that you may or may not notice.

Who decided that sandwich buns should come in a count of 8? Why 8?  Why not 10 or 5? Or better yet 2? 

When I was feeding a family of five, 8 worked out okay. Sometimes there were a couple left over but most times not...teenage boys!  But now that most days I'm only feeding myself and my husband,  8 is too many.

We typically eat two and the other six are left to age. I just want to be able to buy the amount I need.  

The bakery, I guess that is my best option.


5 Rules of Office Etiquette

1. MINIMIZE HALLWAY NOISE: The hallway in an office building is meant to be used only as a corridor between offices and common spaces.  
  • You should never carry on conversations in the hallway but if you must be quick and speak quietly.
  • Do not drag your feet.
  • No unnecessary noises; such as whistling, singing, snapping or tapping
2. RESPECT THE OFFICE MACHINES: Most offices now have a common area for paper processing; printing, copying, mail, etc.
  • Always leave this common area the way you found it. Don't assume it is the job of the cleaning crew to pick up all the small hole punch droppings you just left.
  • If you must send a large print job, schedule a less active time of the day or at the very least warn others that you may be monopolizing a machine for an extended amount of time.
3. KNOW YOUR DECIBELS: Be aware of how loud you are and your surroundings.
  • When using a speaker phone from your office, close the door.  If you work in a cubicle, the speaker phone is off limits.
  • DO NOT yell from your office to another or over a cubicle wall.
  • Does your laugh annoy your co-workers? Likely! Try to maintain any obscene laughter. And obscene language for that matter!
  • Not everyone is enjoys the same genre of music...remember that.
4. BREAK AREA: The break area should be an area of comfort for all employees.

  • The Refrigerator is a big area of pain for most office staff. The rules should be obvious. Don't eat other's food. Don't leave food for more than a day. Don't take up more than your share of the real estate.
  • Coffee: If you take all the coffee, replace it. And don't leave an empty coffee pot on a hot burner.
  • Clean up any mess you might make.

5. NO IMPROMPTU OFFICE MEETINGS: Meetings should be scheduled.

  • Just showing up at someone's office door and expecting discussion is not acceptable.  You should always schedule a convenient time for discussion.
  • Be respectful of a co-workers time and attention.  If you do schedule a meeting be precise. Come to the meeting with an agenda.  Listen attentively to all opinions.

The "Golden Rule" applies.  Do unto others as you would have them do to you.


Friday Frets - Feet Draggers


  [fret] (noun): an irritated state of mind; annoyance; vexation.

Friday's Frets are my little rants about something that annoys me, most often without reason. We all have them, those little peeves that you may or may not notice.

It just drives me crazy, the sound of someone dragging their feet. I'm sure it goes totally unnoticed by the person.  

I'm sure there are some that it is only an occasional occurrence when they are truly fatigued and somehow exhuming their last bits of energy to walk.

But for most it is merely a habitual trait of laziness. 

I notice it most often in the office.  My office is off one of the main hallways in the building I work in.  So unfortunately for me I get the pleasure of hearing everyone's hallway voyages and the hallways are not carpeted.

Over the years I have learned the distinction of foot patterns by person.  And most everyone has a distinct walk. Most I don't mind...it is almost a game at this point...guessing before they come into site.  BUT there are those that insist on dragging their feet. On days when I am trying very hard to concentrate I just want to scream, "Pick up your feet, there is no need to make that much noise walking!".  

When my daughter was younger she had a habit of sliding her feet instead of making crisp steps. Every time I heard her feet slide I would point it out. Now she points it out as well.

Not only does the sound annoy but it also makes you look lazy.  Believe me there is nothing graceful about dragging your feet.

Please don't drag your feet when you walk...if for no other reason than perhaps there is someone like me near that is barely holding on to sanity.  Do you want to be responsible for my break?


Dollar Store Containers

As I have said in the past I love the Dollar Tree.  Recently, I was looking for an idea for snack storage.  I found the containers for just $1 at the Dollar Tree.

I used chalkboard paint to add a label area to the front of each container.

The chalkboard label makes it easy to change the label as necessary.

These snack containers not only make organizing my pantry much easier but they also allow my children to quickly grab a snack.

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What to write in a birthday card.

It's hard to find the perfect thing to write in a birthday card.  You want something meaningful and witty but not tacky.  

So here are some basic rules:

  • If you know the person well enough, use an inside joke. It will make the message personal. This will let the person know that you actually thought of them while you were writing the message.
  • Reflect on something from the past.  Let the recipient know what they mean to you.  Noting an experience from the past will remind the receiver that he/she is important to you.
  • Always portray a positive message.  
  • Say your message aloud before you write it.  Sometimes a message sounds differently when said aloud than when in your head.

If all else fails use one of these ideas.

  • Look to the future, because the best is yet to come.
  • I hope "your" day is filled with love and laughter.
  • Here's to another year of success, health, and happiness.
  • A true friend will remember your birthday and forget your age!
  • As you grow older, be sure to grow richer in all the important things in life.