Stupidity…

9 11 2011

In this glorious state of existence known as life, it is an irrefutable fact that each and every individual will suffer from bouts of stupidity from time to time.

Some individuals, however, are more susceptible than others… and cannot refrain from doing the same stupid things/ making the same (incredibly) stupid mistakes over and over again.

It is not my place to point an accusing finger (or shake my head in disappointment, for that matter) at particular repeat offenders, yet I shall make use of this occasion to express my emotions through the wonderful medium of LOLcats 🙂

Like Einstein said: “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

Hope you’re all having a marvellous Whensday/ Hump-Day!

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Anger Management

2 11 2011

What do people mean with ‘anger management’, anyway?

Is it about getting yourself to calm down; finding a sort of inner peace with the world and centring your chi; learning to accept that everyone gets angry but not allowing it to get the better of you?

Screw that.

I don’t want to manage my anger (it’s enough that I’m a Project Manager at work!)

I want to harness that anger, to let it stew and mould it and then tap into it when the time is right and use it as a driving force in my day-to-day life. Instead of getting an irate outburst, I want to use all my frustration and ‘hatred’ to fuel my productiveness. Sometimes the best work is done when you’re angry/ brooding…

Okay, so perhaps the above sounds like managing my anger, since I don’t let it get the better of me and cause me to make a scene. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not angry. I’ll just be channelling the anger into a more dynamic state.

I don’t get angry often. It takes a lot to get me angry/ frustrated to the point that I start ‘scaring’ people – to the point, in fact, that I post a short ranting status on Facebook, using stars to replace letters in offensive words. After all, I’m supposed to be sophisticated and proper, daaahling 😉

But perhaps we’ve all got it wrong. Perhaps ‘anger management’ isn’t about managing your anger – it’s about managing to get angry! Some people never seem to get angry, almost as if they are emotionless, so in that sense, the fact that you as an individual actually have the capacity to get angry makes you more normal, more human (if there is such a thing)… Am I making sense? Who cares; it’s Whensday/ Hump-Day, and I’m so tired that I simply cannot wait for the working week to be over.

One thing about me being incredibly angry: I tend to want to tell people how I feel about them and their behaviour (cue many ‘Oh snap’ moments), though I never do. I just get a sort of sick satisfaction thinking the things that won’t pass my lips. Some people deserve to be brought down to earth and given a proverbial b*tch-slap, yet it’s not my place to do so (no matter how tempting it is).

If I’m still angry/ get angry again by the time I go home tonight, I’ll just have to start obsessively cleaning *laugh* Though I’ll try being faux positive today. It’s the best you’re going to get out of me.

So, how do YOU deal with anger?

[NOTE: the way I deal with anger is not limited to the blog entry above… though this is how I felt after my utterly crappy, infuriatingly vexing, rage-filled Tuesday.]





Coffee and LOLcats

19 10 2011

Goooooood morning, blog readers!!!

I hope that each and every one of you will have a wonderful, caffeine-rich (even if only by looking at the pictures I’m adding below), get-up-and-go Wednesday. At least we’re halfway through the working week! 🙂

I myself am not a coffee drinker, haven’t had a cup for nearly two years, but I do still love the way it smells. Fresh, strong, black coffee… aaaaah *sigh*

I know what you’re thinking: “you don’t drink coffee? What madness is this??” Yeah, I get that a lot. Drinking tea probably seems very ‘boring’…

So: almost two years without coffee. Doesn’t feel like much of a ‘loss’. Two years ago around this time, I had just gotten engaged, was busy working on my final assignment for my Honours degree, would move in with my Significant Other and his brother just after my graduation… oh, and that I’d have my hair cut short for the first time in a bazillion years. What excitement. It’s hard to believe how much has happened since then, and how truly long ago that feels. C’est la vie.

Okay, enough rambling. Enjoy the LOLcat pics, have some tea/ coffee/ water/ whatever you need to keep you going (it’s important to stay hydrated!), and make the most of the day.





It’s madness – madness, I tell you!!!

12 10 2011

I know I’m always willing to lend a helping hand, but this is getting ridiculous…

Have I recently lamented over the fact that it gets on my nerves when I’m busy doing things at work that technically aren’t my responsibility and they end up becoming a real pain in the you-know-where? Well, it’s that very thing that’s making me slip into madness…

(“Haha,” you say, “we know you’re already crazy, don’t try to deny it!”)

Although you wouldn’t say it by walking around the office, things actually are going up the creek without a paddle. I have two words for you: Price Fixing.

I. HATE. price fixing.

First we’re told to do it one way, then another… and then, again, yet another way – and the whole time, like a fool, you actually try to achieve something while everyone else is busy making up their minds and, in the process, making your life hell. You constantly communicate with and check up on the people that are slowing things down… and that also gets on my nerves. Seriously: I’m not that person’s mother or manager, so it’s not my job to check up on him/ her and ensure that he/ she is doing his/ her job. It feels like the rest of us constantly have to spoon-feed them… in essence, we’re doing their work for them. We’re held responsible and told to oversee things, and when you complain, what are you told? That that specific department is under-staffed.

Really? R-e-a-l-l-y?? Is that MY problem? If so many jobs are being advertised, why don’t you try and get them another staff member or two? Why do I have to do work that isn’t stipulated in my contract and run around and still do my job but the real problem (and this specific department is always the problem) isn’t addressed?

It’s madness… madness I tell you!!!!

*inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale*

Okay, rant over. Back to  being a mature, professional adult 😉

[But if you work in publishing, or – more specifically – in the same building as yours truly, then you know what I mean and will agree that this small rant is justified.]

I’ll just make myself feel better with the following sayings: 

“Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence” – Edgar Allan Poe

“No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness” – Aristotle

“Sanity is very rare: every man almost, and every woman, has a dash of madness” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There is no great genius without some touch of madness” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Madness need not be all breakdown.  It may also be break-through” – R.D. Laing





Smudgy the cat loves… (Part 1)

5 10 2011

Smudgy really seems to take after her human mommy – she LOVES books.

Perhaps not in the same way that I love them, since kitties cannot read, but it’s the thought that counts.

Ever since she was a tiny 7-week-old fur baby, she’s been fascinated with books. Hardcover, paperback, magazines, recipe books, e-books (on my NOOK)… none of these are too good for her to have a sniff (or gnaw!) at. Probably ties in with the whole curiosity cat thing.

And, of course, she does love sleeping on my bookshelves (her being a cat and all). I’ll even admit to feeling sleep tugging at my eyelids and making them droop while immersed in my reading late at night – just shows you the kind of example I’m setting for Smudgy *laugh*

Or, perhaps, she’s the one setting the example for me…?

Either way, books play an important role in both our lives, forming part of our personalities and bringing us closer together *awww*

We might not share genes or the same species, but she’s my little fur baby, part of our little family, and I wouldn’t have her any other way…

Here are a few photos of Smudgy ‘enjoying’ some books.

Have a happy Meh-day/ Whensday, everyone!

Filling in a sudo-x-word. She was sooo tiny!!

Delving into poetry and Shakespeare at an early age

Helping me fill in a number crossword

Selecting a book she can sink her teeth into... literally!

Proud kitty protecting 'her' Stephen King collection. She's really into horror/ mystery/ suspense (i.e. all things King)

Breathing in that 'real' book smell

Immersed in the magical world of Harry Potter

Smudgy gets tired while reading "The cat who turned on and off" - seems fitting

Smudgy in one of my bookcases (bottom shelf) - she's quite partial to napping in front of Chelsea Cain & Dan Brown novels

Sleeping on the middle row of a different bookcase. She's working her way to the top 😉





Back to work

21 09 2011

So I’m back in the office today *Non-committal, unenthusiastic hurray*

It doesn’t feel like I was away for two days (though I suppose it did me good, anyway). I’m still pretty much on top of things, and I’ve responded to all my e-mails. Now the wait for responses and further duties.

The joys of being a Project Manager.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my job. Or… at least, I think I do. I’m not really sure. Sometimes it’s a love-hate relationship. (“That’s life” – sing it with me! “That’s what all the people say…”) I’ll talk to you again when we’ve reached the end of December and I’m able to take a few days off for the holidays.

It’s not that I cannot cope with the amount of work I have or with all the extra duties you have to assume along the way. I just hate working with things I don’t feel should be MY responsibilities. Like price fixing. And raising purchase orders. And couriering things. None of these are particularly my cup of tea. It’s not like they are editorial in nature – they’re tedious and make me stress about whether or not I’m doing the bloody things correctly *sigh*

Again, the joys of being a Project Manager.

Have a good Hump-Day/ Whensday everyone – two more sleeps, then it’s the weekend!

*jumps up doing little Snoopy dances* [even if only in spirit!]





Keep smiling

7 09 2011

To tie in with my previous post about finding at least one thing to be happy about today, I’ve decided that it is my ‘duty’ as a good, caring blogger to try and put a smile on your face…

…so I hope that you’ll enjoy (and LOL at) the pictures below! I’ve tried to bring in a bit of humour of my own through the ordering of the pictures.