Work – some people hear that word and cringe. Others might laugh and ask what’s that. While still others might just look at you wondering why you would say such a four-letter word.

At my place of business, we try to break up the time by having fun with our coworkers. Different departments have various ways of keeping up morale. Be it eating lunch or dinner together or participating in a group outing, they help us disconnect from the serious side and allow us to relax and let go of the stress. My department takes an extra step…we go that extra mile to bring laughter to our co-workers. Our secret? Practical jokes. After all, if the opportunity arises, why not make the most of it, right?


There is one particular co-worker who is a pro at practical jokes. She can bring the entire floor a few moments of laughter simply by performing a joke on someone. They aren’t harmful jokes. Nothing rude or inappropriate, but they serve their purpose. Laughter. Especially after a grizzly quiet morning.

One lady noticed an orange sitting on a co-workers desk for a few days. She took the orange and switched it for a tangerine, just to see how long before the other noticed. When the lady came into work that morning, she noticed right away and said something about oranges not shrinking over night and turning into tangerines.


Another day a co-worker wasn’t happy to hear I was taking vacation days. As she passed my office, she threw a paper ball at me, declaring how unhappy she was to hear that I was abandoning them.


This is the kind of things we do. It passes time and makes working interesting…because you never know what you might walk into next.

This past week, the orange-toting coworker passed my office several times before stating she lost her marbles. I thought it would be helpful if I “found” her marbles for her. So I placed some around her desk. My favorite part was she didn’t think it was me until after she blamed the tangerine swapping coworker.


The point is, you need to have fun while at work. Can work be stressful? Yes. Can work be challenging? Yes. Is work demanding of your time and energy? Yes and Yes! But what you must remember is if you get lost in the stressful demands of your job, you allow other stuff to creep into your life. Like depression or anger. So before anything bad comes your way, find the fun. It might not be in the actual work you do, but the fun does exist.

Mary Poppins said it best “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!”



Five Question Friday: 11/25/2011

Another week for 5 Question Friday! Join the fun – click the picture and add your link. 

1. Is there a special dish you prepare that you are famous for?

Famous? Probably not. But I do make lasagna on those special occasions.

I bake cookies and brownies – but that occurs on a monthly or weekly basis. Seems the
colder it is outside, the more the oven is on inside.


2. Are you (did you) go Black Friday shopping?

I did go shopping on Black Friday but not before we were good and ready.

My husband took the boys and me to breakfast before heading to the malls. Once we were at the mall, it took about ten minutes for us to find a spot where the vehicles next to the spot weren’t over the lines or parked so close you couldn’t open the doors. We went to a couple of stores, waited in a few lines – but nothing too awful.

I must note how surprised I was with how empty Wal-Mart’s parking lot was when we made it over there. Of course, the store didn’t have what we wanted, but it was one of many my husband was comparing prices at.

Despite the insane images Black Friday conger up, it was a relatively calm shopping experience.

3. What are your strangest holiday traditions?

Strangest? Well, they aren’t strange to me but maybe they seem odd to you.

We have a birthday cake for Jesus and give Him our gifts. Sometimes the kids will draw pictures or they will write something about what He means to us.

We open presents from out-of-state family on Christmas Eve.

We read “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens the week before Christmas. We take turns reading aloud, changing our voices to coincide with the character.

The kids tell us the story of Christ – in their own words, referring to the Bible when one of them tries to correct another. They will also move around the pieces of the Nativity Scene during this re-telling.

4. Pecan or pumpkin pie? (She actually asked “Apple or pumpkin?” I just T-giving’ed it!)

Pass me the pumpkin pie, thanks! Please have plenty of cool whip! 

5. When will you put up your Christmas tree?

Ummm…it’s been up since the third week in October. If you read this post here, you will learn all about my craziness. 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder

Ahh..a good old-fashioned corn maze right before sunset.

A couple of weeks ago we took the kids to a corn maze. Due to work schedules, we ended up arriving just as the sun was setting. Talk about a great time to freak out the children.

Don’t worry, we didn’t do anything scary. Just got them a little mixed up.

Armed with flashlights, warm coats, and a map of the maze – you know, to get us more lost – we headed for the paths shaped to be a football player holding a football and an Indianapolis Colts football helmet.

Where was I? Oh yes. My husband and teenage son led us through this adventure of corn stalks. The 9-year-old boy and I followed with the girlie girl and boy friend close behind.

The sky was dark. With cloud coverage, the stars and moon were playing peek-a-boo with us.

The only lights we saw were glimpses of flashlights from other maze goers and the occasional beam of lights from the barns.

If only we could get back there.

After about an hour of going in what felt like circles, every intersection became like a game of chance.  Heads we go left, tails we go right.

Of course, we just came from that way. Didn’t we?

We met several others along the paths. Each believing they were going the correct direction. It was as if we were the only ones wondering which way to go.


5 Question Friday

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1. Shoes in the house – yay or nay?

Nay! Say it ain’t so!!

We haven’t worn shoes in our house for years. I don’t think we wore them back when we were first married, even. I like to feel the air on my toes and the coolness of the floor on my feet. But then again, I’m not much of a shoe person as I would rather be barefoot than have to shove my toes into some closed shoe. 

2. What do you call them- flip flops, slippers, thongs, etc?

I call them annoying toe-divider shoes! Ugh!! I don’t wear any type of shoe that has the thingy between the toes. I do not like the feeling of someone holding my toes. I’m just too sensitive in that area, I guess. ~ shiver ~

I’ll wear sandals or slippers, but I avoid those division shoes at all costs!

Not to sound like a broken record, because I said this in the earlier answer…but I would rather be barefoot than to be in some enclosed thing around my feet. Socks are the exception, if I was wearing sneakers outside.

3. What song are you almost embarrassed to admit you know all the lyrics to?

Dancing Queen by Abba. HA! I have too many hilarious memories attached to that song. But I know every word and can hit (almost) every pitch. Thanks to my brother, who sang it over and over and over and over.

4. What is the best quality to have in a friend?


 I like knowing that regardless of what may come, my pal will stick by my side and not turn on me. I really don’t like the smile to your face, while placing a dagger in your back, type of people. Not cool. Not cool at all.

Of course, knowing how to be silly and have fun is also a great quality to have in a friend.

5. Do you know what you want for Christmas?

 Ahh…Christmas! It’s coming quick!  There are only 112 days at the time of this posting.

 Yes, I know I’m a sick puppy. I really love Christmas and we decorate big for the Lord’s birthday bash. And by “we” I mean me. I normally would be decorating slowly by now – as in ornaments on my dinning room tree – but with the upcoming move, I’m not sure when we will be moving in.

But back to the question: do I know what I want for Christmas?

Yes, I sure do. I want to be able to celebrate Christmas in my new home. That’s what I want for Christmas.

If we move in before Christmas, it will mean my siblings in Texas will be able to travel up to us and celebrate the holidays with us. My other sibling in Jersey might even drive out. You never know with him, but I do know I want to be in my new home.

Five Question Friday

1. Do you think cursive writing is overrated? (Schools in Indiana have now voted to take teaching cursive writing out of their curriculum.)

Oh, this question hits me personally. I heard about this vote a few weeks ago and having children in the Indiana school districts, it is bothersome to me. I think cursive should continue to be taught to our lovely children. I’m not in favor of beating them over the head to learn it with all the curls and swirls. But I do feel it is important to learn for legal documents. Some people write better than printing, while others may feel cursive writing takes less time when dictating notes. Though it’s not true for all people, how will a person know if never given the opportunity? It’s just a thought.

As for the style of cursive taught, I think that should be left up to the person. I think some of the letters are just too swirly and squirrely. I remember being told over and over to rewrite certain letters, such as a capital S or lower case k. The point is: I don’t write in the same way I was taught. I have adopted my style of cursive. Depending on what I’m writing, sometimes the word is a mix of cursive and print.  For the most part, I do write in capital print, but when I’m in a business meeting or listening to a lecture, I will write in cursive as it’s faster than printing letters.

So the short answer is: cursive is not overrated.

2. Do you still use a pocket calendar or notepad or do you keep your info on your smart phone?

Yes, to all the above. I am an organization freak. Though I know life can not really fit into little neat compartments, I use calendars, notebooks, and my smart phone to stay as organized as possible. My husband bought me a smart phone a few months ago and I absolutely love it! It has reduced the use of my day runner type calendar. My smart phone has a calendar I use and update daily, as well as a note pad and a document writer which also get daily use.

My calendar has the typical reminders in it – birthdays, anniversaries, and other such parties. It also has my daughter’s work schedule, memo’s regarding my son’s plans with friends, appointments, work due dates, and even my vacation time. I really like the “to do” list on the calendar. That’s been fun to use as it saves the item on my phone’s home screen, enabling me to see it every time I look at the phone. So I don’t have to worry about forgetting to drop off a catalog to a customer or to pick up some milk on the way home from work.3. What 3 things would you save if your house was burning down? (family & pets are already safe)

My camera, my memory cards, and as many books as possible. I would take my computer, but odds are my husband would already have that with him and the kids. Hehehe

Besides, I can replace my computer but not the memory cards. The camera and books might seem replaceable, but I’ve had the camera for over 5 years and am still learning new things about it. As for the books, well, I’m afraid I won’t get any with that smell. It’s not a new book smell, nor is it musty, but some books just smell too good to let burn.

4. Country Mouse or City Mouse, err Person?

I’ve lived in the city and in the country and I love both places. The country holds my heart but the city holds my sanity. I’m not a shopper or anything, but I do enjoy going to places like museums, galleries, zoos, shows and other places of interest. At the end of the day, though, I prefer to sit outside, watching the stars and listening to the sounds of nature. So Country Mouse it is.

5. If you could pick ANY reality show to go on, which would you pick?

I am not a fan of reality shows, however, to play along with the questions, I choose the Amazing Race. I had watched the first two seasons and thought it was interesting where the teams traveled and the challenges they faced. I don’t think my husband and I would get much television time as we don’t argue or fight or throw hissy fits when things don’t go our way. However, we might receive the attention for our sarcasm and off-the-wall humor.