Tuesday, January 13, 2015

It's okay if you don't like coffee, really. Just don't volunteer to make the coffee.

I opened my draft posts file recently and saw the above title.  No text, just the title.  I wrote the title three years ago, but I'm guessing I know who the post referred to. I have a co-worker (a few co-workers, actually) who insists on using a measly three scoops -- three scoops! -- for an entire pot of coffee.  That is coffee-flavored water, not coffee.  How do people stand drinking it?

Doesn't matter. I bought my own mini coffee pot for the office so I don't have to drink the excuse-for-coffee they make at work. I try not to let it bother me, but I have to admit that sometimes it still does. I think what bothers me about it is that they won't admit they like really weak coffee. They think I like really strong coffee. And I do like strong coffee, but I also like regular, non-extra-potent coffee.  I like coffee. They like flavored water. Why are they too embarrassed to admit it?

Other People's Incidents

I thought I'd had a rough end of the year (on a #FirstWorldProblems level). The day after Thanksgiving, I came down with a stomach bug and was sick for a few days.  A week or two later, I caught a cold that lingered and lingered and lingered on past Christmas. Then in mid-December, I injured one of my toes pretty badly and spent the next week limping.  *And* then my car had to go into the shop for some minor repairs.

I felt a wee bit sorry for myself.

But then I realized what had been happening to other people I knew.  Impatientchicken caught the same post-Thanksgiving stomach bug, then got strep throat right before Christmas...followed by my cold. And she's got a heavy workload at the office right now, so no time off for taking it easy. Another friend injured his foot, but he injured it badly enough to need to see an orthopedic doctor. And his car just got a flat tire.

So I suppose things could be worse, but I'm still going to complain about having to work on Martin Luther King, Jr Day and President's Day when most of our organization has the day off. After all, I don't have anything more interesting to talk about.

How about you?

In other news...I've killed another rosemary plant. That's the second one since early December. I don't know what I'm doing wrong! Any ideas?  It gets brown on one side--well, I guess, it's dead on that side. Then the brownness/death spreads to the other side until it's all dead. Helpful suggestions would be appreciated.