Opinionated and Loving It!

I am a 40-something professional woman with a loving husband and a wonderful college-aged daughter. I am opinionated and always have been. Some things I have strong feelings on and others will be all fluff. You don't have to agree with me, but I appreciate this forum with which to express my opinions. So, those who don't like my opinions can find another blog to read - it won't hurt my feelings....really.

Holiday Driving Season is Upon Us...


Yesterday, I was returning to work from having lunch with my daughter. I was behind a very "careful" driver. The reason I say "careful" is because she had stuffed animals in her rear window. I'm sure that she drove slowly so that when she had to stop suddenly (which she did - in front of me), the precious cargo would like fly out of the back window. Oh, one point of note: this woman was not a teenager...I believe she was older than me.

Then, on the winding road to work, I met a Mercedes - STATION WAGON! If you are spending $60,000 to $80,000 (or more!) on a vehicle, why would you get a station wagon?!? It looks like a European Paddy Wagon, for crying out loud! Maybe its just me and my aversion to mini-vans and station wagons, but if I were going to get a Mercedes to drive in public? - yeah, it would be sporty edition, okay?

*sigh* Okay, I feel better.

Oh...see what I mean???

posted by Lori @ 8:19 AM 0 comments

'Tis the Season

FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: October 01, 2005
RE: Christmas Party

I'm happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on December 23, starting at noon in the private function room at the Grill House. There will be a cash bar and plenty of drinks! We'll have a small band playing traditional carols...feel free to sing along.
And don't be surprised if our CEO shows up dressed as Santa Claus! A Christmas tree will be lit at 1:00 pm. Exchange of gifts among employees can be done at that time; however, no gift should be over $10.00 to make the giving of gifts easy for everyone's pockets. This gathering is only for employees! Our CEO will make a special announcement at that time!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.


FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: October 02, 2005
RE: Holiday Party

In no way was yesterday's memo intended to exclude our Jewish employees. We recognize that Chanukah is an important holiday, which often coincides with Christmas, though unfortunately not this year. However, from now on we're calling it our "Holiday Party." The same policy applies to any other employees who are not Christians or those still celebrating Reconciliation Day. There will be no Christmas tree present. No, Christmas carols sung. We will have other types of music for your enjoyment.

Happy now?

Happy Holidays to you and your family.


FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: October 03, 2005
RE: Holiday Party

Regarding the note I received from a member of Alcoholics Anonymous requesting a non-drinking table ... you didn't sign your name. I'm happy to accommodate this request, but if I put a sign on a table that reads, "AA Only"; you wouldn't be anonymous anymore. How am I supposed to handle this?


Forget about the gifts exchange, no gifts exchange are allowed since the union members feel that $10.00 is too much money and executives believe $10.00 is a little chintzy.



FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: October 04, 2005
RE: Holiday Party

What a diverse group we are! I had no idea that December 20 begins the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which forbids eating and drinking during daylight hours. There goes the party! Seriously, we can appreciate how a luncheon at this time of year does not accommodate our Muslim employees' beliefs. Perhaps the Grill House can hold off on serving your meal until the end of the party-or else package everything for you to take it home in little foil doggy baggy. Will that work?
Meanwhile, I've arranged for members of Weight Watchers to sit farthest from
the dessert buffet and pregnant women will get the table closest to the restrooms.
Gays are allowed to sit with each other. Lesbians do not have to sit with Gay men, each will have their own table. Yes, there will be flower arrangement for the Gay men's table.
To the person asking permission to cross dress, no cross-dressing allowed, though. We will have booster seats for short people. Low-fat food will be available for those on a diet. We cannot control the salt used in the food we suggest for those people with high blood pressure to taste first. There will be fresh fruits as dessert for Diabetics, the restaurant cannot supply "No Sugar" desserts. Sorry!

Did I miss anything?!?!?


FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All F**king Employees
DATE: October 05, 2005
RE: The F**king Holiday Party

Vegetarian pricks I've had it with you people!!! We're going to keep this party at the Grill House whether you like it or not, so you can sit quietly at the table furthest from the "grill of death," as you so quaintly put it, and you'll get your f**king salad bar, including organic tomatoes. But you know, tomatoes have feelings, too. They scream when you slice them. I've heard them scream. I'm hearing them scream right NOW! I hope you all have a rotten holiday! Drive drunk and die,

The Bitch from HELL!!!!!!!!

FROM: Joan Bishop, Acting Human Resources Director
DATE: October 06, 2005
RE: Patty Lewis and Holiday Party

I'm sure I speak for all of us in wishing Patty Lewis a speedy recovery and I'll continue to forward your cards to her. In the meantime, management has decided to cancel our Holiday Party.

posted by Lori @ 10:11 AM 0 comments

Christmas Movies

I LOVE Christmas movies...we try to watch one a day (or every other day) during the holidays to help get in the spirit. We recently watched Elf with Will Ferrell. Oh my gosh, it is hilarious. This is one of my favorite dialogues in the movie:

Buddy: "I didn't know you had elves working here."
Miles Finch: "Oh, well, you're hilarious, my friend."
Walter: "He doesn't uh... Get back to the story, please."
Miles Finch: "So, on the cover, above the title..."
Buddy: "Does Santa know that you left the workshop?"
Miles Finch: "You know, we're all laughing our asses off..."
Buddy: "Did you have to borrow a reindeer to get down here?"
Walter: "Buddy, go back to the basement."
Miles Finch: "Hey, jackweed, I get more action in a week than you've had your entire life. I've got houses in LA, Paris, and Vail..."
Buddy: "Oh."
Miles Finch: "...each one of them with a 70-inch plasma screen. So I suggest you wipe that stupid smile off your face before I come over there and smack it off! You feelin' strong, my friend? Call me elf one more time."
Buddy: "He's an angry elf."

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