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All In A Day's Work / Re: How to "Fake it 'till you make it"
« Last post by PlainJane on Today at 08:12:34 AM »
Can you "sow some seed" as to why you don't appear to be having a rousing good time?  Mention very early on that...you're feeling under the weather and you think your allergies may be acting up or...you have this low-grade headache you've been fighting all day and just can't seem to shake...

In other words, some modest but annoying circumstance (non-contagious!) that is not enough to keep you from going but might keep you from thoroughly enjoying the experience.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Phrases/sayings you hate
« Last post by cabbageweevil on Today at 08:10:28 AM »
"Gift" as a verb has been mentioned here before, but I feel like I've seen it a lot recently. "Give" is perfectly suited to these situations and is actually a verb.

Like the man said, "verbing nouns weirds language". 

I'm not hyper-annoyed by "to gift" as a verb, but it does strike me as -- well -- as you observe, unnecessary.

On the "blog" section of eHell not hugely long ago, an "offshoot" of the above showed up, which made me smile. (If the poster concerned, sees this: my comment is intended in all affection, with no snideness meant.) Poster mentioned that they "sometimes cooked with gifted wine".  It was so tempting to respond, asking whether the ordinary untalented wine ever got jealous about not being used for cooking...
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Phrases/sayings you hate
« Last post by ladyknight1 on Today at 08:06:04 AM »
When I make a decision regarding me, no one else and I mention it, there is no way she knew it before!
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Phrases/sayings you hate
« Last post by Luci on Today at 08:01:04 AM »
"I know that" when it is a subject never before breached between you and the other person. Particularly if it is something you just decided to do, and have never mentioned to this person. Sheesh.

What is the alternative? How else do you tell someone without running around Robin's barn?

A smile and that I knew that, thanks is all I can think of.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Phrases/sayings you hate
« Last post by scotcat60 on Today at 07:44:42 AM »
If, like me, you live in trousers and rarely wear skirts/dresses, or maybe someone who randomly wears shorts instead of long trousers, it somehow invites people to comment.

That comment is, "Oooh, you've got legs!"

   Sounds like the story of the teaching nun whose order dressed its sisters in full gear, long habit coat, scapular , veil and wimple etc, until Vatican 2, when they reformed their clothing to short(ish) dresses and veils.  The pupils in her class stared dumbfounded at her legs, on show for the first time in years, and she asked "What did you expect? Wheels?"
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I like the earlier suggestion of correcting her, "Oh no, it wasn't that the boss didn't want ME left alone; she didn't want ANYONE left alone." And then (said sweetly) "Why don't you go ask her about it if you need clarification?"

Did MM have some kind of standing arrangement that she gets the last two weeks of August off every year? Most workplaces, I think, you have to put in your vacation requests anew every year and they are either approved or not approved.

I like this.

People can get very entitled over holidays. We recently sent a memo round to all staff to let them know about a new on-line process for booking leave. The reminder included details of how to check, using the new system, for clashes, and reminded staff that all leave requests are considered taking into account business needs and may be refused where they would result in too many people from  the same department being off at once.

We had 2 members of staff who complained that our practice manager (who sent the memo) was threatening them that they would not be allowed to take any holidays...

We did point out, very politely, that the rules and requirements have not been changed *at all*, the only thing which has changed is the mechanism for requesting leave.

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I htink I would like the Branston Pickle in mashed potato.  I like sauerkraut mixed into mashers.

Many people who are descendants of the "Pennsylvania Dutch" (i.e. German immigrants to PA a couple of centuries ago) eat their mashed potatoes with a layer of sauerkraut on top. My mom learned it from them when she grew up in central PA. Her friend Paul would always then make his into neat little squares and then eat each one by lifting it up with a knife.
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Family and Children / Re: Making a Mistake as a Tween Is Mortifying
« Last post by m2kbug on Today at 07:36:11 AM »
Where this kid's parents even there?  I would have called his parents to come pick him up.  If they were there, they weren't dealing with it.  They probably should have taken him home, rather than leave him like that at the table.  You could have suggested it, "Maybe you need to take him home."  You can try to engage him in conversation (ask what his favorite subject is at school or if he's looking forward to spring break), and see if that makes him feel more comfortable, but if he completely shut down like that, just let him be.  There isn't much you can do at this point besides try to ignore the discomfort.  If his parents weren't dealing with it, I don't know what more you could do.  I think his parents should have taken him home.

I'm wondering the appeal of the tween to attend a 4-year-old party at a bouncy house.  It sounds like he had fun and made the best of it, but he was really not connecting with anyone.  He wasn't part of the adults and he wasn't part of the kids, and he was ready to go home.  He spilled his drink, was embarrassed, and was pretty much topped off at this point.  As far as what you can do?  I don't know.  Maybe when you plan something like this again, plan something that has a greater appeal to the older kids and that they have something to do to entertain themselves.  You can limit your guest list to children your child's age and his friends, and have an adult get-together another time.  You seemed to try to engage this young man and appease him, and beyond that, just leave him alone.  Call his parents to come pick him up, but if his parents were there, and they were leaving him alone, leave him alone too.  As parents, there are many times we have to leave early, even when we don't want to, and I think this is one of those situations that they should have left early and taken him home. 

And I agree with:

Two options, depending on the boy (and I realize you may not know him well enough to decide which one is the "right" one).

1) Ignore - lest said, soonest mended.
2) Share a story of when you did something equally mortifying.
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I worked at the high school library in high school for extra credit- several of us students did.

One week we were all assigned shelves to do fine-tooth cleaning and straightening and yo make sure all bokks belonged there and that they were all filed correctly.

I was busy doing that and found, behind some books, a Playboy.

The librarians almost died laughing- some guys were going to be disappointed!

On an almost weekly basis, we'd either have to remove mags like that from the men's bathroom or from where they'd been stashed on a back shelf.  :-X
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My husband came home with a doozy yesterday.  He was called on the carpet by his boss because a report he administers wasn't putting out the "right" numbers, it was all wrong!  His boss and a person from finance were very upset and would not believe him that .63 was the same as 63%!  He is desperately searching for a new job, because it's like this every day.
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