Friday, 14 September 2012

Office dares

I thought I'd share with you a few things to do in the office should you be bored/ the mood takes you/ you have colleagues with a decent sense of humour/ you're looking to be fired. Can't claim credit for them, you'll find a load more on t'internet - just thought they were amusing!

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Thumbs up!
1. Walk into a very busy person’s office and while they watch you with growing irritation, turn the light switch on/off 5 times.
2. Take donuts to the morning meeting, and poke your finger into each one “testing for freshness”.
3. At the end of a meeting, suggest that, for once, it would be nice to conclude with the signing of your national anthem
4. While an office mate is out, move their chair into the elevator.
5. Put those hole-reinforcing circles on the center of your specs.
6. In a colleague’s diary, write in the 10am slot: “See how I look in tights.” (better if the colleague is male)
7. Carry your keyboard over to your colleague and ask, “You wanna trade?”
8. Repeat the following conversation 10 times to the same person: “Do you hear that?” “What?” “Never mind, it’s gone now.”
9. During the course of a meeting, slowly edge your chair towards the door.
10. Send e-mail to the rest of the company telling them what you’re doing. For example, “If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the bathroom.”


Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No - it's Supermum!

This post is a slight detour from the usual ramblings of my blog.

One of my friends had to make a heroic canal rescue on the weekend when her son forgot to stop peddling his bike and ended up in the drink! It made me think of all the other amazing things that my working mum friends do for their children that are pretty much overlooked as they're seen as just "part of the job". (Not that my friends who aren't working Mum's are anything less than brilliant!!).

Every day these women have to balance a challenging career with ensuring they're doing the best for their family - and most of them do this on very little sleep! They also rarely complain and are always great fun to go out with.

So I thought I'd share just a few examples with you (out of hundreds!) and hopefully you'll share some back.

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AS - did a round-trip of 140 miles every Friday, having worked Monday to Thursday, in order to take her son to therapy

ES - commutes a couple of hundred miles each week, leaving at a ridiculous times in the morning because she wants her children to be brought up in a place that offers them the best possible start in life

CA - manages to provide a stable home life for her son even though she's on her own for a couple of months at a time

GG - makes it home for her children's bath and bedtime almost every day (and then works till the wee small hours!)