Mar 5, 2010

100 Random Factoids about GAB

A few months ago these random lists were floating all over Facebook and I'm sure Myspace (not a user), but I don't think I've ever seen a completely random list of 100 items. That's tough, so bear with me as I attempt to get through this in one posting...
  1. I've lived at more than 20 different places in the city of Detroit... obviously I'm not a military baby.
  2. Most people believe that I'm mean before they even know my name. Once they get to know me, I'm one of the nicest people that one could meet. It's true that you can't judge a book by it's cover.
  3. I used to be a daddy's girl until my dad got married to my stepmom and had 2 other kids. Now I just roll with mommy.
  4. I just recently paid off all of my credit card debt that accumulated from small purchases + a boatload of interest! Did I mention this all happened in 2006?!
  5. My first job was a summer internship at KPMG when I was 15, which changed my life and my career goals. Since then I've worked non-stop.
  6. I'm a very independent person although I still live at home with my mom. I think that can be attributed to OCS (only child syndrome) and the fear of leaving my mom alone. I think I'll have a baby and let her have it (just kidding!)
  7. When I don't see people for a long time, it makes it that much harder for me to call or go to see them. Weird I know.
  8. I couldn't imagine sitting at home doing absolutely nothing. The first thing I'd do if I was unemployed or didn't attend college would be to begin writing my book (underway as I blog!)
  9. I don't understand cheaters, and I know that I never will. Like my mom says "looking at the menu is normal, as long as you don't order".
  10. I usually run into guys that I have to take care of, with the exception of my current boyfriend- it amazes me every day how independent we both are but how dependent we are on each others love and companionship. Love that dude!
  11. Ultimately, I would love to be a combination of wife/mother/CEO/event planner extraordinaire/best-selling author! I'm going to do it too!
  12. My closet consists of randomly placed articles of clothing, with the floor decorated with different colors of shoes that are almost identical!
  13. I slowly feel like I'm turning into my mother, needing my daily fix of coffee along with my sudden need to dispose of all of my tennis shoes. (I've never seen my mom wear a pair of sneakers in my life! She even wore dress shoes to Cedar Point once!)
  14. It has taken me 5 1/2 years to finish my undergrad degree and I don't really don't care what anyone has to say about it. Every works at their own pace!
  15. I'm a very creative thinker and love to share my ideas of planning activities/events with others. Ask me anything!
  16. I spend majority of my days trying to figure out exactly what I'm going to blog about next, considering I man 2 blogs.
  17. I'm slowing falling off of the Facebook bandwagon, and I think that's a great accomplishment!
  18. I reallllyyyyy want a Yorkie Poo. Like real bad :-) If you know any cheap breeders, holla at me!
  19. My first dream job was to be a stripper (too many X-rated movies) lmao! I can't believe that I just admitted to that.
  20. I hate when people use to/two/too, your/you're, hear/here, their/they're interchangeably. They're spelled differently for a reason.
  21. I always tell people that I'm broke even when I'm really not. I guess that's from being broke all of the time. I'm just used to it!
  22. I hate friends that use you for their benefit. If you can't call on a regular day, don't call when you need something.
  23. I love hard, sometimes too hard.
  24. I bottle up my emotions because I feel like few people can relate. Eventually I cry and am not ashamed of that.
  25. Before I started college, I could lock my bedroom door and read a 500-page novel in one sitting. Hence my passion to write a series of books. I haven't read any novels since 2005!
  26. When I was younger, I was a mall rat! Now I hate to shop at the mall and would rather window shop and buy online.
  27. I am a cupcake connoisseur. Ask me to bake you some!
  28. I have a love/hate relationship with the seasons. They know why.
  29. I desperately want to go on a cruise... to like, anywhere!
  30. It amazes me when my out-of-state family comes to visit and I show them where Canada is located, right across the Detroit River and they get super excited.
  31. I love Detroit. Period.
  32. I took a creative writing course a year ago, and realized that most of my writing was filled with anger and pain. Go figure...
  33. I still write checks, probably only because I can order cute checks!
  34. Certified lipgloss fanatic! At any given moment, you can find 5 in my purse.
  35. I love to laugh and smile :-)
  36. Volunteering makes me happy, but I haven't been able to do so in a long while.
  37. I visited a prison for the first time in my life this past Sunday. I was petrified!
  38. I have a mild intolerance to cheese and milk, but I continue to eat/drink them. Watch out!
  39. I could eat breakfast foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
  40. I love my black hair. I wish it was naturally black.
  41. I hate chipped nail polish with a passion. Take it off or repolish it please!
  42. I used to keep a daily journal. That's when I actually felt like the things I was going through was significant. I laugh at them now.
  43. I love being in the water, but I can't swim to save my life!
  44. Nothing makes me feel as good as a girls day with my chickees! Movies, gossip and virgin daquiris :-)
  45. Life without my Blackberry... what would that be like?
  46. I'm somewhat of a pack rat, I usually have a ton of stuff that I don't/won't use. Eventually I'll do a random cleaning, but it's definitely consuming my life.
  47. When I'm home alone, I turn my TV up extra loud because I get scared sometimes.
  48. I watch Taking the Stage, The Hills, 16 & Pregnant, Teen Mom, and Bad Girls Club religiously... shame on me!
  49. I've been actively looking for a non-denominational church to attend, but have been unsuccessful in my search. If you know of any in the Metro Detroit area, please let me know.
  50. I've never been skiing or snowboarding, but would really love to go.
  51. I'm beginning the 'character development' process of my book next week... wish me luck!
  52. I took Calculus 3 times during college... sad story. Don't ask!
  53. I just bought an Ice Tea Maker from Walmart... I'm in love :-)
  54. I love to go fishing, and have picnics.
  55. In 2000, I had 2 'female' hamsters given to me by my moms coworker. When I came home from a week long vacation, I had 4 hamsters. I wonder how that happened!
  56. I'm allergic to citric acid... yes, that includes lemons, oranges, orange juice, lemonade, grapefruit... My lips explode if any of the aforementioned come into contact with my lips.
  57. I'd really love to live in the heart of Chicago one day... anything outside of downtown would be just like living in Detroit.
  58. I'm a certified shopaholic, but I bargain shop. So it really doesn't count.
  59. I would love to teach the basic principles of accounting to college students. I think those are the most beneficial courses a person could take.
  60. I want to become a tax professional so that I can rape Uncle Sam... just kidding!
  61. 39 more to go...... Whoa!
  62. I have the hardest time sticking to a budget, only because I believe in rewarding myself with unnecessary purchases.
  63. I've carried the same Coach handbag for over 2 years now. No joke, it's time for an upgrade.
  64. I struggle to move past the shooting death of my uncle 4 years ago. I'm assuming since no one has been arrested yet or ever will. That story will come soon...
  65. I recently cut naps out of my diet, and am struggling with sleep deprivation. At least I don't have a problem falling asleep at night anymore.
  66. I have a low tolerance for bullshit. Don't feed it to me.
  67. Most free days, you can find me in a nail or hair salon... followed by me dancing in the mirror in my unmentionables with remote in hand to feel good music.
  68. I'm a huge fan of computer games, particularly Wedding Dash and Diner Dash. Can't get enough...
  69. I'm convinced that when I was younger (8th grade), in an attempt to grow boobies I ate an entire pot of spaghetti which caused me to develop this puggy little belly that I now have. I'm sick of people believing that I have a 'bun in the oven'!
  70. I wish this whole Credit CARD ordeal would have existed 4 years ago before I got myself in CC debt.
  71. I used to run a kids magazine- all white paper, scribbled with tidbits of how to be a better kid and crossword puzzles for the little ones. I believe I was 10.
  72. I am an Avon Sales Rep... purchase your goodies from me!
  73. I bought an iPod Touch last year and used it for everything but music!
  74. I've had 3 cars since I was 17, which I guess is a good thing. 2 of which were lemons!
  75. The farther down this list I go, the more I realize how random life can be!
  76. I miss the days when my mommy and daddy would bring me lunch to school and make all the other kids jealous!
  77. I'm most content when I'm asleep, believe it or not. It's the best place to be... however, we all have lives to live- hence the elimination of naps.
  78. I make a new to-do-list almost everyday. It's always something popping up!
  79. My rainy day fund consists of nothing but coins... A LOT of coins! But hey, we gotta start somewhere!
  80. I want to have a Platinum wedding, but I don't want to be a Bridezilla!
  81. I have a mild case of road rage...
  82. My favorite color is pink.. pink bed set, pink trash can, pink bookbag, pencil case, folders and binders. Everything pink is a must have. It's not just a color, it's an attitude!
  83. I think my hair is falling out in the front :-(
  84. I hate when things sit on my desk unfinished due to another person's incompetence.
  85. Sometimes I don't know where to properly place apostrophe's in my words... sad, I know.
  86. I loved dancing so much that I joined our school's dance team the same year that I was President of our sorority. Needless to say, I had to leave the dance team due to a lack of time. To make up for that though, I'm signing up for an Adult Hip Hop class at a local school. Hope it's fun!
  87. When I was 14, my grandfather passed away. Since then, I haven't had a stable relationship with my fraternal grandmother.
  88. I love opening up mail... even if it's a bill... The excitement that I feel when I see a balance slowly dwindling down to $0. Whew!
  89. I don't plan to stop going to school anytime soon. Next up Masters, Doctorate... then we'll see!
  90. I'm pretty much blind and cannot function AT ALL without my glasses or contacts.
  91. I enjoy cuddling up with one of the following... little sissy (2 years old), boyfriend, mommy or bestfriend.
  92. I love fried food... my favorite meal is fried whiting filets with white rice.
  93. I will only buy my books online... bookstores will rape your pockets!
  94. Spring is almost here!
  95. I'm a certified photographer... ok, not really. But that's another one of my dreams!
  96. I went through a phase when I thought I wanted to be a model. Keyword: phase.
  97. I live by this quote: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened!"
  98. I'm in love.
  99. Unethical people make my insides itch. Please stay away from me!
  100. I'm a firm believer in 'you get out what you put in'. I refrain from taking the easy way out!
  101. 101 Just for my readers!!! I love you all, and am so appreciative for the fact that you actually read what I have to say on a somewhat daily basis and leave comments. I LOVE COMMENTS, they're the best thing that could ever happen to a blogger! And for all of you who actually made it down here... my 100th post will feature an amazing giveaway. I know some of you hate giveaways and think they are super cheesy, but it's free and all you have to do is love the GAB Life to win! Of course, you should send all of your blogosphere friends over here and have them follow me too! 100 posts is a definite milestone for me.. so look out for it!

Mar 3, 2010

Coworker Confessions: Mrs. Did You Just Say Something?

Introducing Mrs. Did You Just Say Something?

Where do I start with this woman? When I started at this particular job, she wasn't a member of our team although she had been before. Soon after, she switched positions with someone else and became my new coworker. Everyone in the office was very ecstatic about her return. She was always the "sweetest person to work with", and not saying that she isn't... but for goodness sake. This woman has more brain farts than any other person that I've ever encountered! If she turns her head and you are looking toward her, out her mouth comes the infamous question "did you just say something?" HELL NO! I didn't say anything the last time you asked that question. The number of times I hear the words "oh" and "um" come out of her mouth are countless. It's like she has a small person in her head telling her to ask another dumb question! It's simply pathetic... She is a very nice person I must say, but her ditzyness outweighs her ability to WOW me. I had to learn to turn her volume all the way down.

Am I the only person whose had to deal with a coworker that acts clueless or ditzy?

Mar 2, 2010

Coworker Confessions: The Lunch Hour Bandit

Welcome to my new series of laugh-your-ass-off stories about people that I've come across in professional environments, be it school or work. Every so often I'll post my personal synopsis of a selected individual, attempt to give you a visual and a few chuckles here and there. Please note that some of these people have multiple personalities, so there may be more than one post per person. Introducing... The Lunch Hour Bandit!

Upon starting my internship at CC, the rules and office protocol wasn't really explained to me. I spent much of my first 2 weeks figuring out how things worked around here. I never knew that something as simple as a lunch schedule would cause so much commotion.

The Lunch Hour Bandit apparently felt (and still does) that her lunch hour should be 1p every single day. Regardless of whether she came in at 8a or 10a. Regardless of whether someone else came in before her that hasn't taken their lunch yet. The LHB whines when others leave for lunch and she's left to tame these wild students alone, but closes her window at 12:59:59, long line, short line... doesn't matter. She'll even go as far as to come to your workstation to remind you that you should go to lunch at a certain time because she HAS to go at 1p. One time while our other intern was helping out a student, she walked up to her window, flipped over her 'closed' sign and walked back to her cubicle. If you can imagine, the clock struck 12:01p and the LHB was furious that she had to go to lunch 1 minute late. I always wondered what the big deal was, and then I figured it out. She takes her lunch break with her friend who works in our back office every single day, and since her friend has a set work schedule, she has to go at 1p. How childish??? Seriously, you can't always have your way. Unfortunately, if your supervisor baby's you because she feels sorry for you, then I guess you can manipulate others.

Well, let me tell you... one day she didn't take her lunch break until 1:30p because of me. I'm sorry, but if I work from 9a-5:30p, I should not be forced to take my lunch break at 11 or 11:30a and starve for the remainder of the day. I'm not even that hungry at that time. So when she asked me what time I was going to lunch... I told her my regular time- 12:30p. She repeated 12:30p several times while lingering around my workstation before she finally returned to her desk to mumble rude shit under her breath. Before the day was over, another coworker approached me about the situation. The next morning, our supervisor sent out a mass email stating that we should stick to our scheduled lunch times. That works for me considering I was never given one... oh well. And since my adorable intern friend works in the back now, I'd like to have lunch with her from time to time.

Have you ever dealt with a coworker that thought they ran everything, but was only really running their mouth?

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