Sunday, July 27, 2008

Office Etiquette

So as I am sure all of you know I currently work in an office. And as such I think i would like to talk about office etiquette for a moment. When you work in an office I think it is very important to being considerate of your co-workers. Especially if you work in close quarters. For the most part my current office is pretty good and the co-workers I interact with the most are good. I do however have one beef. And it relates mainly with the kitchen space.

1) The Fridge
I'll start with the work part first. On our floor there are two fridges. Both of them are two small and neither is maintained well. My main problem is that there are people who bring food in and leave it in the fridge. My opinion is that the office fridge should basically operate the same way that lockers do at the health club. Whatever you bring in you take out at the end of the day when you are leaving. Unfortunately that is not what is happening in our fridge. People are buying long term supplies, writing there names on it an leaving it in the fridge. I can live with it if it is something like milk which finishes quickly, but that people are bringing in long term supplies. There is currently a jar of cheese whiz in our fridge. Stop for a second and consider who long it takes to finish a jar of cheese whiz. This is a product you don't eat everyday, hell probably not even every week. So why would someone bring in a product that will undoubtedly take up space in the fridge for months. And there are all kinds of shit like that in our fridges. I bring my lunch in everyday and i take my containers out every afternoon when I am leaving. I think everyone should do the same.

2) Dirty dishes

I don't really have as big a complaint here because things have improved a little bit over the last few months. In my office there is a full kitchen and a kitchenette. The kitchenette doesn't have a dishwasher. Yet there are people who like to leave there dirty dishes in the kitchenette sink instead of simply walking them over to the kitchen where there IS an actual dishwasher. I place my lunch in the kitchenette fridge because it is usually less crowded. so i have to see a pile of dirty dishes in the sink when I pass. I have carried a few over to the dishwasher myself but I refuse to make a habit out of it because it is not my job. It is actually no ones job so i don't know why we can't all take responsibility for our own messes.

I have worked in a few offices in the past few years so I know that there are issues regardless of where you work. I just hope that someday everyone will understand that we are all responsible for the environment we work in.

But it could be worse. I could be one of these guys...

Next week...
Since I am getting married soon and the post coming up 2 weeks from now will be pretty positive I think I will have next weeks post be a long and ugly rant about things that annoy me.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Dark Knight

There isn't much to say about this movie that hasn't already been said. The only thing I can really say is that I agree completely. This may very well be the best comic book movie I have ever seen. I have a soft spot for x-men but I can't really put anything above this movie. From beginning to end it is just really fantastic.

If you haven't seen it then go see it.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Resolutions check in

So as promised I think it is time to do a mid year check in on my resolutions. In case anyone has forgotten my resolutions can be found here.

1)So i will start with the easy one first. One of my goals involved my career. I has said that my goal was just basically to get progress. I think it is fair to say that that goal has been reached. I have been at my new job for 3.5 months at this point. Everything is going very well I think. My boss is pleased with my work and the things I work on are highly visible with in the company. In addition my boss has told me that my fellow co-workers trust me and are comfortable in the knowledge that if we are working on something together it will get done on time and in budget.

2) My second goal involved the very common goal of weight loss. I am proud to say that for the first time, I am actually having some success with this one. At the beginning of the year I weighed about 210 pounds. I am now tipping the scales at a somewhat lean fairly mean 188 pounds. So that is a weight loss of about 22 pounds. Which is pretty good. I had said that my goal was to be between 180-185, so I am pretty close to the high end of that range. Actually many people who have seen me notice the weight loss right away. I had signed up to a program called abs diet online. My wife was on it last year and had success. I would recommend it to anyone. A friend of mine saw my results and actually joined up also. The last time i checked with him he was having good success also. It's not really a fad diet as much as it is just a healthy lifestyle. The workouts are reasonable and it is plan that you can follow. My weight loss has slowed down in the last few weeks. It is partially because I am getting closer to my ideal weight but there have also been times when I have just been too busy to do as many workouts as I would like. On the whole though I am still averaging about 4 days a week which is pretty good in my opinion. I have lost so much weight that I have actually had to have several of my work pants adjusted to have the waist taken in.

So overall I am pretty happy with my resolutions. There is still work to do though. I want to reach my goal weight and I am going to redouble my efforts at the gym. As for work I am just going to keep working hard and see what comes of it.

Next week ... Office etiquette.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Moving and Wedding stuff & Hancock

So last week is the first week that I have ever really missed a post. It couldn't be helped. I have just been very busy the last two weeks. My future wife moved into "our" new place last week. As I have said in a previous posts I have lived in my current house my whole life. As such I have never experienced the joys of moving. To put it bluntly it sucks. I mean it really fucking sucks!!!

We hired some movers because I don't like the idea of asking my friends and family to help me move. I have no interest in trying to move heavy furniture down stairs. I don't have a problem with small stuff but when it comes time to move the bedroom furniture i would much rather just leave it to the professionals. The problem is that the professionals don't always behave very professionally. They show up late and try to charge more than they quoted. The problem is that the movers know they have you by the balls. They know you have to be out of your old place by midnight. It's the end of the month and it would be close to impossible to get another mover there in time. As such we just ended up giving the asshole his 10% fuel surcharge. My issue is that apartment we were moving to was literally across the street. They could have walked the shit over if they wanted to.

Anyways the move is over and we have spent the last two weekends getting the place together. Overall, I like it. I think the place looks pretty good. It is a two bedroom unit and the inside is actually fairly spacious. The issue over the past two weeks has really been about unpacking. Nadeene had a lot of things and it takes time to find the right place to put everything.

Of course the fun will continue in a few weeks when I move my bed and bedroom furniture into the apartment. To say that I am not looking forward to the hassle of another move would be a huge understatement.

Wedding Stuff

So this week we went to the jewelry store and picked out our wedding rings. I had briefly suggested at one time that maybe I wouldn't wear a ring. Needless to say that idea was quickly shot down. I am not a big jewelry guy. In fact the only article of jewelry I own is my university graduation ring and I would be surprised if I have worn it more than 10 times in the 5 years I've had it. Nonetheless I am pleased with the rings we chose. Mine is pretty simple. Just a fairly plain gold band. It has sort of a satin finish in the middle and a little more gloss around the ends. My wife's ring has some stones and it is the matching band to her engagement ring so she can wear them both at the same time. Apparently that is what people do. She also got some diamond stud earrings and a nice necklace for the day. We got a little deal too because the store was having a save the tax sale. The wedding bands don't usually go on sale (everything else in the store does, but i have never seen the bands on sale) so this was a good time to buy them. Overall I am pleased. We sent them out to get sized and we should have them back in about 2 weeks.


This is the new Will Smith movie. I am a fan of his and I have seen most of his movies. I think he is a very good action star and has some dramatic talent when he is given material to work with. However, I didn't really care for this move that much. It had some really good moments. The first hour was excellent but the last 40 minutes just completely fell off the rails. I can't really give this move a strong recommendation.

Here is the trailer ...

That's it for this week.

Next Week ... Resolutions check in