Coffee klatsch
April 16th, 2012
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  1. Kat Kinsman

    There are some days I'd like to hug you all. Today is one of those days. Thank you for being here and saving my sanity in the midst of homophobic trolls.

    April 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • MicheleG™

      Awww, sweet thang! (((HUGS! HUGS! HUGS!)))

      "See" you tomorrow!

      April 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • JBJingles_from the casa@Kat

      *like, like, like* ((((hugs back atcha)))

      April 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
  2. ™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™

    Just ordered 13,000 Russian Rubles, 1,000 Denmark Kroner, 1,300 Swedish Kronor, and 300 Euro. Shopping anyone??

    April 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • MicheleG™

      I just looked all three up on Virtual Tourist. YOU are going to have some fine times!

      Denmark: The Stroget is the longest pedestrianised street in the World. It is bound to the west by Radhus Plasden square and to the east by the Kings New Square(Kongens). Many of the city's most famous and expensive stores are here such as IIIums Boligus, Magasin Du Nord and Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory.There are also a multitude of fashion stores, electrical outlets, fast food and souvenir shops.

      Russia: The GUM department store takes up most of one side of Red Square, but you may not realise it, as it's simply a big building with no huge signs, neon lights.

      Sweden: One of the most famous shopping streets of Stockholm is the pedestrianised Drottninggatan. It is packed with all kinds of shops, stores, restaurants and cafes.

      April 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
      • JBJingles_from the casa@MicheleG

        Denmark – Already been making my wishlist at the Royal Porcelain.

        Russia – We have a private Shopping Tour booked, which includes this store, sounds like Harrods in London, if so, we will be happy as two pigs in a blanket. Most excited the Fabrege style jewelry and accessories, and nesting dolls for the granddaughters and friends! :)

        Sweden – Not sure how much shopping time we have, booked a trip to an Ice Bar...but I'm sure we'll find something.

        April 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
        • MicheleG™

          AB so LOOT ly TOO KOOL!

          April 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
  3. Mildred

    Hello everyone... I'm indulging in a craving today... lunch is a cinnamon raisin bread with cream cheese sandwich!

    April 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • MicheleG™

      that DOES sound delicious! Then again I like cream cheese on nearly anything! SAVOR every bite!

      April 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • DJChilllyPhil, Jukebox King & Cold Stone God@Mildred

      If you have a Panera in town and have a craving for sweet combos, go in and ask for a Cinnamon Crunch bagel with Honey Walnut cream cheese. DELICIOUS~

      April 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  4. Evil Grin

    Tabik, Chums. Hope everyone has gotten their taxes done, and is well.

    April 16, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • MicheleG™

      Indonesia either Javanese or perhaps Malay......

      April 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • AleeD®@Evil Grin

      Hi E! How ya been? What's gnu with you? Taxes were done & filed a few weeks ago. I haven't checked yet to see if our refund is in.

      April 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  5. MicheleG™

    Howdee ho from the left coast. Apologies to the birthday people! Happy (late) BDay greets!

    After our huge rain we are now enjoying what will probably the first day of a looooooong hot summer, though it IS a bee you tee full morning!

    April 16, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  6. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Get out the shovels. Snow here. Melting as soon as it hits the ground though. =)

    April 16, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  7. Truth™

    Interesting article here...I'd love to hear what my fellow corporate types feel about this...

    April 16, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Sir Biddle@Truth

      I'm all about having a strong work ethic, but no one on their deathbed will say they wished they were in the office more.

      If you can get it done, get it done, but there needs to be some core hours that all parties are available as well as the undersatnding of being available after standard work hours if your job entails it.

      I do think the standard 9 to 5 40-hour work week at an office setting is going by the by with the advances of technology.

      April 16, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • Mary Shannon

      Being a work from home person for the past 8 years, I can attest that the work day is 24/7 in this global culture. The problem is that to make it work, you have to be flexible, and in a dog-eat-dog workplace, with presence awareness (instant messaging status indicators), there is pressure to be green all day and also when you're doing off-hours meetings.

      April 16, 2012 at 10:59 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        I'm out the door when I'm scheduled to leave. And I don't work for free. Any place that would have me be present and not get paid is a place I don't work for.

        April 16, 2012 at 11:04 am |
      • Sir Biddle@MS

        Very valid point as to "being green" all day. I can't stand these little things that are supposed to make our life easier, but are just one more way to track us. Not a government conspiracy theory guy, but its on reason I make myself "invisible" on IM/chat and turn the GPS off on my cell phone.

        April 16, 2012 at 11:04 am |
        • Mary Shannon

          Unfortunately I don't have the option to be invisible on my company's IM, sometimes I turn it to do-not-distub to get some quiet time for heads down work.

          April 16, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • Truth™@Shannon, Biddle, JDizz...

      I get the compet!tive workplace thing, but I think boundaries should definitely exist, otherwise, the temporary overload, will quickly become permanent. Ten years ago, I worked for a guy, who was the quintessential type A, who told me with a straight face, that "You need to join the gym, and work out around two in the afternoon, then after a shower, you'll have no problem being recharged, so you can stay until nine or ten each night"...

      That really stayed with me, since this guy was divorced, had no contact with his kids and lived for the job. He was also fired ten months into the reorg. Eat right, exercise, die anyway. One thing I have learned from this, is that if you are willing to sacrifice your weekends and evenings, the company will soon learn to expect it, even demand it.

      April 16, 2012 at 11:32 am |
      • MicheleG™

        I devoutly agree.....then once they expect it you'll be laid off like so much trash as soon as someone "better" comes along. I't's depressing.

        April 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • The Witty One@Truth

      When the work is there, I will work 60-70 hours a week. If work is slow, I may only work 30. I get my job done super efficiently. I don't mind being plugged in all day. I always tell my clients, "You can call me any time, but I may not answer." If I happen to be up at 2:00AM on a Saturday night and a client shoots me an email, I don't mind responding. I always set the expectation that I am available in normal business hours provided i'm not with a client and anything else is just a bonus for them. If a client asks me to be available for questions over the weekend, I will usually just say sure and answer the questions.

      April 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • AleeD®@Truth™, Sir Bid, Mary S & Jdizz

      We're usually booted outta here just before the buildings have all been secured at 6pm. The max I could work on weekdays would be 6 to 6. We are privately owned and have a family-first culture. That and having the flexibility to work from 7 to 4, are why I just celebrated 8 years with this company. Like Sir Biddle said, no one on their death bed ever wished they had put a few more hours in at the office. I wish I could convince Hubby that that's a life lesson worth practicing.

      April 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  8. DJChilllyPhil, Jukebox King & Cold Stone God

    Morning all. Had a bit of a busy weekend, so I'm kinda worn at the moment... There any hot chocolate around?

    April 16, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • DJChilllyPhil, Jukebox King & Cold Stone God

      Oh, and a happy birthday to Lil' Biddle and a belated one to JBJ!

      April 16, 2012 at 9:46 am |
      • Lil Biddle@DJ

        Thank DJCP, can you spin me something funky this morning?

        April 16, 2012 at 10:27 am |
        • DJChilllyPhil, Jukebox King & Cold Stone God@Lil Biddle, JUKEBOX

          Ya can't handle the FUNK!


          April 16, 2012 at 10:54 am |
        • Sir Biddle

          LOVE IT!!!

          April 16, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • AleeD®@DJCP

      As a matter of fact there is. I brought some in this morning to restock – along with two bags of M&M's: dark chocolate w/peanuts and a bag of the peanut butter kind. Dig in!

      April 16, 2012 at 10:12 am |
      • DJChilllyPhil, Jukebox King & Cold Stone God@AleeD

        Wait. An entire bag of peanut bu-OM NOM NOM OHM NOM

        April 16, 2012 at 10:18 am |
        • AleeD®@DJCP

          @ 2-4-1, I couldn't resist getting the 18.4 oz size for everyone to ... oh .... ok .... well .... I'm glad you liked them.

          April 16, 2012 at 10:24 am |
        • DJChilllyPhil, Jukebox King & Cold Stone God@AleeD


          ...Excuse me~...

          April 16, 2012 at 10:56 am |
  9. Mary Shannon

    Good morning everyone. Seems I missed some birthdays, so happy, happy to JBJ and Lil Biddle. Wish I had me some eggs benedict today, but alas, none in sight. Its going to hit 86 degrees here today, nice, but way too soon in the year. I'll be spending part of today with my head stuck in a big noisy cylinder trying to not get claustrophobic.

    April 16, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • AleeD®@Mary Shannon

      Are you going into the big noisy cylinder to find the last of the corned beef hash for your St. Paddy's Eggs Benedict?

      April 16, 2012 at 9:50 am |
      • Mary Shannon

        No, but I've planned a pedicure reward for myself afterward :-)

        April 16, 2012 at 10:03 am |
      • AleeD®@Mary Shannon

        Is that going to be your "happy place" while you're in the noisy cylinder? Pedicure land? ;)

        April 16, 2012 at 10:13 am |
        • Mary Shannon

          Nope, the happy land will be a specific beach in Aruba.

          April 16, 2012 at 10:19 am |
        • AleeD®@Mary Shannon

          Do tell, which beach. After the weekend we had, a beach in Aruba sounds like a great target.

          Good luck with the test, Milady. I have my fingers crossed that it turns out the way you want it to.

          April 16, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  10. JBJingles_from the casa

    Time to get ready for my chauffeur to take me to work. cya later

    April 16, 2012 at 8:51 am |
  11. Truth™

    Good morning all, and all the best to Thing 1...I am thinking that Mom needs to do some positive bribery, err, reinforcement later today. Ice cream is definitely in order for this.

    How was the weekend folks?

    April 16, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • AleeD®@Truth™

      G'mornin'! Our 4-day weekend became conquer the list of honey-doo's. I'm glad we got 'em done but now we need a vacation. ;) How was your weekend?

      April 16, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  12. JainaJade

    Good morning! 6 days until I become Mrs Jagged Fel :-D Excited, thrilled, nervous, and all those other emotions all rolled together!
    I have some Strawberry Scones for the group and will have some cherry ones tomorrow so please enjoy!!!

    April 16, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • AleeD®@The Future Mrs. Jagged Fel

      He's a quite the handsome knight, Miss Solo (I just checked y'all out on Wookieepedia). ;)
      Try not to be too nervous. Keep chanting WHY you're doing all this: to marry the man you love. Everything else becomes icing to a very 'tasty cake.'

      April 16, 2012 at 8:54 am |
      • JainaJade@AleeD

        I am a BIG fan of the chanting...when the stress of it all gets to me I just start my lil mantra and all gets better! That or I start cooking...

        April 16, 2012 at 9:26 am |
      • Princess Leia

        The endowed lightsaber has to be one reason for marriage too.

        April 16, 2012 at 9:31 am |
        • AleeD®@PL

          It's not how the lightsaber is endowed – it's how you use it.

          April 16, 2012 at 9:56 am |
        • Sir Biddle@AD

          Isn't both even better?

          April 16, 2012 at 10:13 am |
        • AleeD®@Sir Bid

          Sure. Not many are that lucky. Lightsabers come in so many variations with so many levels of education & experience, it's hard to know what's getting into you without trying it out first.

          I mean, what you're getting into without ...

          April 16, 2012 at 10:16 am |
        • Yoda

          No try. Only do.

          April 16, 2012 at 10:26 am |
        • Sir Biddle@AD

          Valid point, very valid point.

          April 16, 2012 at 10:27 am |
        • AleeD®@Yoda

          Trust me Great Yoda, I did and got done .... wait ... we're talking about lightsabers, right?

          April 16, 2012 at 10:32 am |
        • Sir Biddle@AD

          Sounds like someone enjoyed their 4-day weekend!

          April 16, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  13. Sir Biddle

    Morning Crew!

    Today is Lil Biddle big day so its not belated.

    April 16, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • RichardHead

      Happy Birthday Lil' Biddle. You DA Lil' Man....have a good Day.

      April 16, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • AleeD®@Sir Bid

      Well dingbusted. I'll have to take a refresher course in remedial reading.
      Did the aerial SWAT team buss in on Li'l Bid's party to break up any shenanigans?

      April 16, 2012 at 8:31 am |
      • Sir Biddle@AD & RH

        Plenty of Shenanigans but no SWAT team. We have a ton of helicopters that fly over our area (military & police) so he goes nuts anytime he sees a helicopter. Hanging in the backyard all day, yesterday was a good day.

        April 16, 2012 at 8:40 am |

      Happy Birthday !

      April 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  14. RichardHead

    Thanks for the coffee Everyone.....Thing 1 should be out of surgery very soon and on his way home by 10:00 a.m. Queenie sent me a picture of him and I think he was holding a Kentucky Rabbit. Take that IU-

    April 16, 2012 at 8:07 am |
    • RichardHead

      I stand corrected-It is a Kentucky Koala Bear. He is out of surgery. :))

      April 16, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Everything crossed for you and loved ones!

      April 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  15. AleeD®

    Good morning. Tx for the coffee, Birthday Lady. Speaking of birthdays, happy belateds to Li'l Bids & SeaBee.


    April 16, 2012 at 7:31 am |
  16. JBJingles_from the casa

    Welcome to Monday morning! Heading into a beeutiful 77 degrees. Coffee and homemade tiramisu is ready.

    April 16, 2012 at 6:58 am |
    • JainaJade@JBJ

      you really don't want my dressing fitting now do you?!?! What recipe did you use for the amazing tiramisu??

      April 16, 2012 at 8:41 am |
      • JBJingles_from the casa@JJ

        Guy Fieri off Foodnetwork....amazing! :)

        April 16, 2012 at 8:48 am |

    Morning everybody – 4 more nights. It's really windy but , all is Well !!! Take it Easy everyone :-)

    April 16, 2012 at 5:12 am |
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