Monday, August 13, 2007

Random Weekend Notes

**New air conditioning unit was installed on Sunday morning. I am now back to wearing sweaters around the house because Mr. Random likes the temperature to be on “meat locker.” We are going to be so broke, but at least we will not be passed out from heat exhaustion . . .

***For Friday’s office potluck, I made rice pudding to go with the Asian food theme of the party. No, it was a Brazilian recipe, but at least I brought something. They had a karaoke machine – luckily I had work I had to get finished before the end of the day, or else I would have been drafted into the “We Are the World” sing-a-long. I could hear the singing from my office down the hall - it was horrible/hilarious . . . if forced, I guess I would have wanted to sing the Kim Carnes part – it was only two words solo . . .

***Saturday was a busy day, hanging out with good friends. First thing in the morning, I went to the Farmer’s Market and bought a lot of stuff – freshly baked Italian breadsticks, a Brazilian lemon pound cake, some tea cookies, a pint of cherry tomatoes, a dozen small, new potatoes, two ears of sweet corn, 4 red and green bell peppers and two cucumbers. All of the vegetables together cost about $10. I need to get to the Market more often! Later, we went to IHOP and had the stuffed french toast with hash browns and bacon. They serve huge amounts of food for ridiculously cheap, but you definitely have to be in the mood for it. Also went for a drive up and down the full GW Parkway, which always has a very lovely view. Mr. Random finished his final class of the summer and I picked him up and we went out to dinner and then I went to the local bookstore where I bought a new address book . . . very much needed . . .

***There is more but I’ve been kind of down on myself today – I had lunch with a group of coworkers and they started talking about some subjects that are relevant to the area in which we work. Someone asked my opinion about something. I gave my answer – which is an answer I’ve been thinking about quite a bit for a long while – and we were starting to discuss the deeper implications of the various viewpoints when this one woman, who admittedly loves to be the center of attention, totally and rudely started talking over me and tried to change to subject to something a bit more banal. I was beyond annoyed, but we kept talking. Then she was fairly shouting for attention and then the others sort of followed along with what she wanted. I know she was a wench, but that also feeds into my fears that what I have to say really isn’t that interesting to folks. I’m not a “small talker” at all, I don’t do a lot of the popular sorts of things, so when I do speak up it’s usually a subject I’m quite invested and interested in. I need to learn to shake these things off better and know how to diffuse those sorts of situations . . .

Anyway . . . did you all have good weekends?

4 comments:

mommanator said...

congrats on the air and what sounded like a great weekend!
Now on to the subject of those who need too much attention! We had one of those where I worked before retirement. They never could understand how I could handle her so well.Basically I just let her talk, shook my head peroidically and when she ran out of steam I chatted on like she wasn't even there. Now getting rid of her was a trick. I'd usually say- well kiddo- I can't talk all day like you can, I have to move on BYE BYE and would just leave her with her mouth hanging!. It worked for the last couple of yrs I worked. I could never let someone like her get on my nerves! She was such a fluff, no substance like you and me!

CS said...

Thereare people who are by-God going ot be the center of attention and there us no fighting it. It had nothing to do with how interesting you are. And otherwise, sounds like a good weekend.

virginia gal said...

How rude, talking over you! Was it about immigration by any chance (I'm trying to guess the local hot topic you mention).

My weekend was decent, busy - went to see Phantom at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, its last showing. Next year they bring the Lion King..I'm not to keen on seeing that though.

Random Kath said...

Thanks, everyone! I just needed a reminder that what other people do is not necessarily a reflection on me . . .

VA Gal - no, it wans't immigration, but it is a justice-type issue . . . and actually the argument was about in what way it is a justice type issue and/or if it SHOULD be considered a justice issue. Yes, that is pretty vague . . . :-)