We had a potluck at work today, which pretty much means I over-ate. After that one plate, I found myself wishing for the champagne from the capitol of Panem..you know, the kind that makes you less full?

The shamrock shake didn’t help ūüėõ

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After work, I spent a few hours shopping so that I could walk off some of the guilt. It helps that I found cute clothes and earrings on sale ūüėČ

I got the grocery shopping done, too. I used some of the goodies to make pesto shrimp pasta.

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While I was browsing, I made a conscious effort to actually meet people’s gazes. In doing so, I was able to visit with some of the people working and shopping there. I can’t tell if I’m just lonely, or if I just like people that much, but when it was time to leave, I felt almost misty.

I texted my encounters to Jeff so that I could remember them:

Tonight, I met Oleg from Belarus, who works two jobs (target and home depot). Since his accent reminded me of my brother-in-law, it made me think of my sister and I missed her and her family so much. 

I also met Bob, who retired five years ago and came back to work because he missed people. He worked for the airline and loves the Caribbean islands. His wife is from Hawaii but his favorite place to visit is Nova Scotia. 

I also met a 41 year old mother of three, Joe, Claudia, and Clara. Clara is just a baby, but Claudia is 8 and Joe is 13.  Joe has high functioning autism, but Clara lights up his life. She gave up caffeine for lent and keeps calling Claudia “Clara.”

I’m really glad I got the opportunity to talk with these folks. I come from a “heads down” generation, so I guess it’s nice to know we can still connect.  I told Bob that I would look for him next time. I introduced the mom to cinnamon in her chai latte. Oleg told me I could come listen to him talk whenever I was missing my family.

I think I’ll keep talking to strangers. I really enjoyed the ones I met tonight.

Talking to strangers

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Just tooling around..

I’m such a putz. ¬†Aileen over at Army Pants and Flip Flops posted an entry all about how she used Pinterest as inspiration and organization for her wedding day.¬† The way that I relate to people is to share something about myself that is similar to what they’re sharing. ¬†On paper it sounds find, but in practice it might come off as a bit self-centered. ¬†So what do I do? ¬†I just keep commenting. ¬†No really–like after-thoughts.. I think she ended up with 4 comments from me? Oi oi oi..¬†

In other news… the only thing exciting going on is that work has been crazy as per usual. ¬†We’ve got another batch of new hires and thankfully they’re all showing promise. ¬†There’s a couple of snags that snowballed but we’re working through those. ¬†Learning week is coming up and I’ve got a couple of really promising training classes that I was able to sign up for. ¬†The first is ‘Inclusiveness,’ ¬†which helps to break down the difference between tolerance and acceptance and make it easier to communicate and work with people from varied and diverse backgrounds. ¬†The second is a communications course about inter-generational communication. ¬†There are 4 cohort groups that we work with right now and one of the issues that was a snag and snowball is because one of the older members of my team didn’t take me seriously when I provided guidance. ¬†I’m really looking forward to that class and hope that it’s more up to date. ¬†My god, if they talk down to me as a member of the young-and-entitled cohort, I’m going to walk out. ¬†Because that doesn’t help me to understand the other generations, that just tells me I’m a spoiled brat. ¬†It might be true, but WORK WITH ME, PEOPLE!

Lastly, school is great, but it’s MEA week. ¬†No school tomorrow, so I’m going to take the time to get some of my work out of the way that I’ve been falling behind on… at work. Overtime just isn’t enough time to finish what I need to do.