When trying to save yourself a little time and think you are being clever... don't do it! Invariably whatever time saving scheme you have devised will cause trouble, snafus, confusion, and inconvenience you never would have thought of, costing you more time than the original plan would have done. New and improved isn't always better or smarter.
A little rain never hurt a soul. As it was sprinkling a little on my way to work, and I really felt like I needed a cup of heaven to help me through my evening shift (steeped tea, 2 milk, 1 sugar from Canada's favourite coffee-pouring hockey player) I decided to use the drive through (drive thru, for my American friends). I was trying to save my delicate self from melting in the rain, you see. That is how I found myself sitting behind one of those people who very thoughtfully let cars in the other lane go ahead of her, apparently oblivious to the wildly gesticulating woman in the car behind her. The moral of this story illustrates the handy tip posted above: looking for an easier/quicker way seldom works out the way you imagined. If I'd trusted my hair to survive a few raindrops, I would have had time to enjoy my cup of tea.
Ladies, I'm sorry to tell you this, but no matter how cute are the shoes, if you can't walk in them, don't wear them. There are few things as awkward as a woman tottering or clumping in her high heels. I may have mentioned this one before, but it bears repeating.
I was orginally schduled to work on the main floor tonight, with a colleague I really enjoy being teamed with. However, the assignments were shuffled and I found myself slated to work a desk I don't enjoy as much. I moaned about this (mostly inwardly) quite a lot because I'm here at this desk for four hours three days in a row. That's a tough assignment. Not as tough as three tours of duty in an active theatre of war, I understand that. It was tough enough that I pitied myself, even though only for a little while. Do you know what happened? There is a large picture window at the far end of the room up here, overlooking a rather nice view, mostly missing the rooftops of the city between me and the far distance, but framing trees and a vast expanse of horizon. We've had rather dramatic weather today, and there was a stunning display of saturated blues and greens stretching as far as I could see. Against this backdrop I was able to watch the sun go down. It was a stunningly beautiful sight, filling me up with the goodness that comes from experiencing something beautiful. The tip I offer you is this: when something isn't going the way you would like it to, be on the watch for something wonderful to result from the unexpected.
Tip number five: always have gum or breathmints in your pocket.