I had some dreams ... they were klowns in my koffee.

(With apologies to Carly Simon)

This is my journey through job transition from a toxic environment to a better life. Join me for a few thoughts and a few laughs along the way.
What are "klowns in my koffee"? They are the factors large and small that make you less than you are. A "klown" can be a grossly incompetent boss,
a short-sighted policy or a moronic coworker. They won't kill you, at least not immediately, but they abrade the soul
as you scrape past them to get through the day. Sometimes it's best to dump them out of the cup.


Day 342 - Win Button

Daily Kup (My Life on the Winning Team)
It was one of those mommy-bloggy days. I stayed up all night working on yesterday's stubborn blog that would not publish correctly and making a felt board out of the World Association symbol for today's Daisy meeting.

If you are ever throwing a party with all your Girl Scout and Girl Guide friends and want to impress them by displaying an assemble-it-yourself 16" x 22" World Association Pin, please let me know. I think I can fix you up.

From the Daisy meeting, we went to the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby where the car we made was not an embarrassment and actually won a design trophy. Since "not an embarrassment" was my success metric, we came away winners.

Mr. T and Princess Poatohead schlepped Girl Scout cookies around the neighborhood again. They are a successful sales team - a big one and a little one, both with sad puppy eyes. Thanks to them, we have 3 boxes left to sell to meet the goal and 6 to sell to get rid of what we physically have in possession. I'm told that the Cookie Mom has three cases that we are going to have to pay for if they don't get sold. Got a yen for Girl Scout cookies? Again, I think I can fix you up.

College Kid returned home in time to share a movie and a pizza with us to celebrate Attila the Son's birthday. As a special treat, we went to the New Hope Cinema Grill, a family-friendly and fun movie and meal place that fulfills the innate human need (?) to have a pizza and beer in a roomy chair in front of a really big screen. The chairs are comfy enough to sleep in, a fact to which I can attest since I stayed up all night making strange and odd things from felt and will now have to assume that Rapunzel lived happily ever after.

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!
Attila the Son proudly displays the trophy for the Most Humorous Car. My design may not have been the fastest, but it was judged the most funny. Yeah, I can live with that.

Deep Thoughts Over Steaming Mugs
It's a short hop from whining to winning. What do the great and nearly great say about winning? Most of the quotes on this topic not surprisingly are from athletes, with military figures and politicians a distant second.

If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?
~Vince Lombardi

Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning.
~Erwin Rommel

The problem with winning the rat race is you're still a rat.
~Lily Tomlin

There's always something suspect about an intellectual on the winning side.
~Vaclav Havel

Never change a winning game; always change a losing one.
~Bill Tilden

Hot Kup of Charlie
Across the country, late night comedy writers are erecting shrines to Charlie Sheen for breathing new life into a job function too long treading water with Lindsay and Paris. Not since the glory days of 1992 when the Vice-President couldn't spell potato and tried to make political hay by berating a fictional character has an public figure been so willing to play Whac-A-Mole with himself in front of the media day after day after day to provide amusement and a certain creepiness for all to enjoy.

Perhaps I should declare a moratorium on Charlie jokes. Well, I will when he does. Epic!

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