Potty Talk

I work in a professional office environment.

OK… I technically work in a professional office environment, but the building I work in is like the Red Headed Stepchild of our corporate offices.  Since we are over here in the building time forgot, we take certain liberties with our behavior and dress.

Anyway, we have had some issues with the restrooms in this building since… forever.  Our building was built when I was a wee lass, and you can tell.  The water pressure is either super low or super high, things leak and stop working all the time, people think smearing poo in various places is funny, and some people hide in the restrooms to talk on the phone and/or nap.

Sometime last year we got these fancy dancy automatic flush things added to the toilets.  They are a little… excessive?

  1. Sit down – flush
  2. Wiggle a bit – flush
  3. Lean forward to get the TP – flush
  4. Use the TP – flush
  5. (repeat 3 and 4 as necessary)
  6. Stand up – flush
  7. Pull up pants / arrange clothing – flush
  8. Open bathroom stall door – flush
  9. Walk out of stall – flush
  10. Stall door swings shut – flush

This is only a slight exaggeration.  I don’t think I’ve peed without having the toilet flush fewer than 3 times since these things got installed.  I mean I guess it is better than people ‘forgetting’ to flush or leaving those weird poo crumbs behind… but really?  We can’t get that shit fixed?

Flush.

photo credit: “Do Nothing” by Jeremy Brooks licensed under CC BY 4.0

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Pink

You might have noticed my blog is was pink.

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Once upon I time I was this…

Oddly enough, I don’t really consider myself a pink person and I’m not sure how this happened.

I think that when I designed my blog, I found and image that I liked, and went with it.  This image, no matter how much I like it, just isn’t me.  So I decided I needed a makeover.  In real life I tend to be darker… more muted.  Don’t get me wrong, I still appreciate a little splash of color here and there… but I gravitate toward grey.

So here I am… a little darker, a little more grey.

Welcome to the start of a new look.  I’m still wandering around without any real sense of direction… but I am starting to find areas where I can edit.  I know there are some things I’m not going to talk about, and other things I am going to talk about a lot.  A work in progress, but progress nonetheless.

New Goals

Welcome January.

This is the time of year when we all make those handy-dandy New Year’s resolutions, work really hard for a couple weeks, and go back to the norm because we were super gung ho and burned ourselves out in a few weeks.  I did 30 seconds of Google research on this one guys…. only 8% of New Year’s resolutions happen.

January is a time for self imposed failure rituals.  How fun.

(I realize it is essentially a week in, and I’m just now talking to you about resolutions, diets, getting organized, and the rest of that self improvement bullshit.  I am willing to move past that.)

At this point we are a week into our resolutions and a lot of us have already screwed up.  We already feel like failures.  We already gave up.  I might be included in that list… I’m not for sure.

Anywhoo….. I have a few goals for 2015 that I’m going to share here publicly.  I’m picking super easy goals because I’m still pumped about those Mini-Habits I told you about a month or so ago.

  1. Tell people I know in real life that I have a blog.
  2. Make my blog more me.  I do occasionally like pink… but in general I’m just not a pink person.  I need to turn this into something more me.
  3. Read 25 books (kid’s books don’t count, young adult books do)
  4. Do something active every day.  It doesn’t matter what it is… doing a couple crunches, walking on the treadmill, going to a yoga class… as long as I’m doing it for the purpose of being active.  (Things that have to get done anyway don’t count)
  5. Commit to one blog a week.  The content doesn’t matter, it just has to be a published post.
  6. Find one item every day that I don’t want, don’t need, or will never use and get rid of it.  It can be thrown out, given away, donated, sacrificed to the gods, repurposed, whatever.

If you yourself made some sort of resolution or attempt at self improvement at the start of the new year… don’t give up.  Maybe you picked something that was not reasonable for you.  Maybe you went into it without a plan.  Maybe it isn’t that important to you.  It doesn’t really matter.  If you find that you are struggling, take a moment to reassess what your goal is, come up with a gameplan, and move forward.  Maybe this new plan will be better for you.  Maybe you will need to re-assess again and again until you find a goal that is attainable and a plan to make it happen.

photo credit: “after the rain viii” by Dayna Bateman licensed under CC BY 4.0