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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday Thoughts

Kathy, PI (that's her real mustache)
This week is the last week my coworker and friend, Kathy, is going to be working at our company. She's moving on to greener pastures starting next Monday. I've been super bummed about it so I'm pretending it's not going to happen. On Monday, I'll just chat with the card board cut-out I've had made of Kathy and act like nothing has changed. She doesn't know about this plan yet, but I'm pretty sure she'll be ok with it. Especially since she's had card board cut-outs of all of us made to bring with her to her new job. That's normal, right?

Last night I got thinking about the good times we've had with Kathy in our office - some of which I've shared with you here. Adventures such as:

The Kix cereal debate - this was the time Kathy brought a box of Kix cereal in which unexpectedly stirred up a lot of bad memories in Ann. Ann always hated the "Kid-tested, mother-approved" motto Kix cereal uses in its advertisements, claiming that it proves nothing and there is no evidence that the kids like it simply because they tested it. A lot of you weighed in. This was one of the more heated debates this blog has experienced.

Laffy Taffy joke readings - Kathy keeps a jar of candy on her desk which often has Laffy Taffy in it. For awhile there, we were all pretty into reading the jokes and trying to guess the answers, which was always an exercise in frustration. I still laugh when I read that post! Those jokes are the worst. And by the worst, I of course, mean the best.

Craigslists postings - the free table at work provides us with no end of entertainment. Somehow Kathy and I lucked out and ended up the proud owners of a toy version of the bug from A Bug's Life and a nursery clock (which is missing). Kathy tried to sell both of these things on Craiglist and shockingly, failed. Click on the link to read her craigslist posting.

The cheese challenge - this was the time Justin declared that cheese tastes good with everything. I challenged this of course, because I'm like that, and said, "what about in brownies!?" And he said it would still be good. So I made some brownies with cheese, and he ate them. Kathy hated the whole thing and says she's going to go gag whenever we talk about it. Which is why I'm bringing it up now. One last gag for old times sake.

There are so many other funny and good memories too, like the time we all went to town on the crunchy Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, devouring every last one in the vending machine during the peanut butter recall (throwing all caution to the wind). Or the time Justin and Kathy went through painful Volcano Taco withdrawals when Taco Bell stopped serving them for a time. Or the time Kathy became temporarily obsessed with Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers (or was that me?).

It is certainly not going to be the same in the office without Kathy. But every time I think of her, I'll slap on the Hannah Montana slap bracelet she gave me and eat a cheesy brownie in her honor. (That last part will never happen, but the first part will.) 

What are some things you do with your coworkers to pass the time?

Good luck, Kathy! If you come visit, we might let you in the building.

Happy Wednesday, all!

11 comments:

Heather said...

Awww.
Ya'll sound like you have a lot of fun at work.
Lately a couple of other teachers and I have been making up hate filled lyrics to Christmas carols.
(Moral is currently low here.)

I can't wait to go back and read those posts. I think they were before I "met" you.

Kathy said...

So many good times! I'm going to miss laughing with you guys everyday!!! Volcano taco's, navels (sorry Ann) and cheesy brownies. And that clock! That clock was where Vernice was born. I'm going to look back on my MR staff pic with so many good memories. Even though Justin is trying not to cry in it, due to the fact that the slapper took her anger out on him the second before that picture was snapped.

If only someone would accept your Farmville invites.....

Elizabeth Downie said...

Hey, I slapped Justin on accident (or at least, that's my official story). Now that you mentioned navals, Ann is never going to come back to the comment section - you know that, right?

Don't worry though, we'll stay in touch and give you the scoop on the new guys. :) I hope they like volcano tacos and laffy taffy...

justin said...

trying not to cry? I'm pretty sure I WAS crying. It was a really brutal slap and I can't think about it without getting emotional. I think that was probably one of my ugliest facial expressions ever.

I'm so glad Vernice is playing Farmville. hopefully her crops don't wither....

Elizabeth Downie said...

justin, did your lip betray you? (that's my favorite Justin expression: "my lip betrayed me")

Kathy said...

Vernice is ready to shut down her farm already. That sheep bah-ing in her ear is too much.

Justin, you're lip wouldn't have been as noticeable if you had kept that red beard that you had grown over the winter.

Melissa C said...

Your work does sound fun. I hope you can be Ok without Kathy, she sounds like a great person.

Oh, and I don't see what is wrong with cheese in brownies. you just have to use the right kind of cheese, like cream cheese for cheescake brownies. Bobby Flay made some awesome (looking, we haven't tried the recipe yet) goat cheese brownies that seemed very chocolate cheesecake-esque. Now, if you use cheddar in brownies, or bleu cheese (which always grosses me out) that would be bad. Cheddar does go well with apple pie, though.

Katherine said...

Aww, I feel all sad to have Kathy leave, too! I feel like I know her through your talking/blogging about her, and it'll be sad not to have her in the stories anymore! Good luck, Kathy!!

Kathy said...

I feel like I know you too, Katherine! Maybe it's because our name is AWESOME. :)-

Elizabeth, I forgot to tell you that I appreciate the fact that you're not referring to me as though I'm dying. I don't know if I can take one more person saying, "So is today the last day we'll ever see you again?"

Elizabeth Downie said...

Ever again. Maybe they know something that you don't...

Linda said...

Good luck on your new job, Kathy. I know you will do great!