Friday, December 31, 2004


As you may know, I live in a state that requires the constant use of heaters, both large and small. I have three in my office at the present time, although I can only use one at any given moment due to the fact that everyone else on my fuse uses their heaters as well, and if I plugged in the other two it would pop the breaker within seconds.

Yes, I speak from experience.

In any case, before we got into the heaviest part of our cold season, I was using my little miniature heater. It came with low, high and fan settings so that I could use it in the summer when it got above 60 degrees and we were melting. Which is all well and good but, as mentioned, it's darned cold here right about now, so the last thing I was about to do was to put that puppy on the fan setting, you know?

So one morning earlier this month I got to work relatively early, turned the heater onto high, and I dived into the daily tasks that make up the job that I am not so enamoured of as of late. the day went on it seemed to get colder and colder in my office. Upon my return from lunch I left my coat on. Several times throughout the afternoon and early evening I left my office to linger in the department, which was so much warmer than my office was. But it wasn't just my office.

The department was frigid as well, and my co-workers were freezing, too. However, we chalk it up to the venting system; it seems that when it's warm upstairs, the vents blow cold air on us, and vice versa, and the vents? They were blowing cold air a-plenty by five o'clock that afternoon! In contrast to how the department felt to our shivering bodies, we would leave the department periodically simply to stand in the hallway, because crossing the threshold brought such a change in temperature that our skin breathed a sigh of relief the second our feet hit the linoleum.

At the end of the day, still shivering miserably and cursing the venting system above me, I leaned down to turn off my little heater only to find...the setting had been on "fan" all day long and, therefore, it had been filling my office with cold air, blown directly at where I was sitting while doing my work.

I laughed, of course. This seemed to be something that I would do, and since it was, there was no point in getting mad, right? So I left my office and pointed it out to the co-worker, who immediately started laughing - she had just leaned down to turn off her heater and found that it had been on the fan setting, too!

As we were laughing, our co-worker waaaaaay down at the end of the hall popped her head into the department to see what was so gosh-durned funny, and once we'd informed her of the hilarity-inducing circumstances, she began to laugh as well - because she had found her heater on the fan setting, too!

At that point we conducted an office-wide survey only to find that every single heater in the office had been set to "fan" that day. Not a one had performed its proper heating function!

We all laughed some more (because it warmed us up, you see), and people just chalked it up to one of the early birds playing a prank, but I know the truth. Since I have to click past the fan setting to turn on the heat, I set the trend this morning by stopping mid-way, and the rest of the heaters? They just followed suit. That's the whole story right there.

The people I work with? Someday they'll learn exactly how powerful I am.


(Posted by ETS, as a Christmas present and to make up for the fact that she reneged on an agreement to guest-post during Thanksmas!)

Saturday, December 25, 2004

A Quick Holiday Greeting

Here's to hoping you & yours, Loyal Readers (who I hope are still loyal, despite MLCotW being bereft of the normal flow of new posts lately), have had a wonderful, super spectacular & mega-nifty Christmas.

T & I have spent a wonderfully quiet day together (The Boy's with the ex today), sticking to our vow to stay in our jammies today (I'm so digging my new Homer Simpson lounge pants! Woo hoo!), watching newly acquired movies & listening to the new Maroon 5 & Switchfoot. Well, the fairly new Maroon 5 & Switchfoot.

T just commented that we've been fairly lazy today. To which I responded -

Yes. Yes, we have.

Merry Christmas all!

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Yes, I'm Back

And have been since Monday. But, due to illness, sleepyheadedness & feeling all around blah about things, the posting's been light. I'll get some interesting nuggets of the fun & excitement that is my life here soon.

Until then, have a cookie.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Gingerbread contest

My work is having a gingerbread house building contest. Each team gets a house making kit. Rules are this: Use anything you want as long as it is edible. You can bring pieces premade...but the majority of the assembly has to be done during the two hour contest. We have a little team...originally called Team IT...we now call ourselves the IT girls...because there are two IT teams. we had a the first of two planning meetings.

We decided on a theme...we are building "santa's barn". There will be marshmellow reindeer (my department) and other animals...we are going to slap licorice on the sides of the house to make it a barn..with graham cracker doors...snowy bales of hay (frosted shredded wheat)...a stone walk (necco) and a tiled roof (nilla wafers). Of course...this may be a lofty goal because of the three of us...none of us have even built a gingerbread house...ever...and only one of us has even decorated one. The houses will then be used as centerpieces for the university holiday party...wish us luck...hopefully I will have some pictures over at BADGROOVE...contest is THURSDAY...wish us luck...we want that pizza party!!! I am sure we won't win...but we will have fun trying!!!

Posted by:
Guest Author: Amy of Badgroove

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Thanksmas recipe

Since our beloved J and T are celebrating Thanksmas with family I thought I would share a yummy recipe. This recipe is sooo easy and delicious...I thought you would enjoy it:


2-3 cans of pie filling (any kind will work...pumpkin, apple or blueberry are my favorites)
1 package of yellow cake mix (spice cake works well too- especially with pumpkin filling)
1 cup of pecans, chopped
1 1/2 sticks of butter, melted

Spread the pie filling in bottom of greased 9x13 pan. Spread DRY cake mix evenly over all. Pour melted butter over all- as evenly as possible. Sprinkle nuts over the top. Bake for 30-40 minutes in 350ºF. oven.

From the kitchen of: AMY

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

A Merry Thanksmas To All!

Tomorrow, T & I are heading back to Arkansas to celebrate the First Annual Thanksmas Day (Can something really be a "First Annual"? Doesn't "annual" imply that it's happened once before, therefore making it not the "first", but a subsequent celebration of the festivities? Inquiring minds want to know.). Since being in Arkansas would require an insane amount of extention cords for my computer to come along with us, I've left the keys to the kingdom that is MLCotW in the hands of the lovely & talented Miss Amy of Badgroove fame & Miss ETS of Echoes Of A Dream.

Play nice & have a cookie or three while I'm away. There's milk in the fridge.
Ahhhh!!! It Burns!!!

*This was actually posted a few days ago, but Blogger ate it. I guess it's sick of Christmas music, too - Jay

Today's the first day that we've started listening to Christmas music on the radio. I've heard the same five songs about seventy gazillion times now. And the worst of them all?

Anything by Manheim Steamroller.

I'm feeling nauseated.

Excuse me while I go drive letter openers into my ears.