The Bossy Bar-Wife


Location: United States

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


I don't know about you, but I hate going back to work after a nice holiday weekend. The weekend was great; a busy schedule but all things I wanted to do. Plus, I got some quality niece time, so that's always a bonus.

Plus, last week I got to go out of town to visit my sister and brother-in-law, and their three kids, so I've been in full on aunt mode.

So, I was pretty happy... until I got to work. You know how things just sort of bug you and you can't really explain why it pisses you off so much, you just get mad?

Well, this morning, I got to work, turned on my computer, and went down the hall to get some coffee. Now, I buy fat free French Vanilla Coffeemate. As far as I know, I have only one co-worker who also uses it. She will buy a bottle occasionally too, so it's not that big a deal. I take it out of the fridge this morning, give it a nice shake... and there it is, exploding all over my shirt.

So, apparently, my co-worker who also uses the coffeemate didn't close the cap tightly. I realize this is not a federal offense, and nothing to get truly bent out of shape over, but MAN did it make me mad.

I went stomping back to my office, where my computer had completely frozen and wouldn't load. So, while I scrubbed at my shirt, I tried to restart my ridiculously slow computer and get my email from the weekend.

A few minutes later, one of my other co-workers comes down the hall. Now, for some reason, he has this nickname for me. You don't know my name, so let's just pretend it's Melinda. A lot of people call me "MeMe" (not really, but the first syllable of my name repeated). But for whatever reason, he calls me "MelMel" instead. I truly don't mind my actual nickname-- in fact, I really like it. My brother calls me that, as do all my nieces and nephews, plus a bunch of other folks. I like it.

I do not like MEL MEL. But, I haven't been able to just say "DON'T CALL ME THAT", because when he calls me by my actual nickname, he usually sings it, which is equally annoying.

So, I was already in a bad mood because of the creamer and the computer, so him bouncing in and calling me the annoying nickname was just the last straw.

Fortunately, my shirt dried, my computer loaded, and I managed not to be called that name the rest of the day. All in all, it wasn't such a bad day back after the weekend. Hopefully tomorrow will start off right.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Proud Moment

Tuesday night, the living room. Mr. and Mrs. Bossy sit on the couch, reading and watching TV.

Bossy: Do you want to take a walk?

Mr. Bossy: Hmmm, I guess we could. Yes, let's do that. I guess.

Neither person moves.

Several minutes later...

Bossy: Or, we could go get some ice cream.

Mr. Bossy: Get in the car.

Impressive, no?

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

All's Right With the World

Good news:

Last night, Mr. Bossy and I went to Target. We wanted to get an oscillating fan for our backyard, now that we have our little canopy up, and like sitting out there. So, I knew that I wouldn't be leaving Target completely empty-handed, like I did last week.

Well, we found the fan we wanted, and we also managed to buy a new clock radio. I like to wake up to the radio, but our old one was so bad that it was never on the station when it came on in the morning, and I'd have to hold it up in the air or put it on the bed with me and hold it just so in order to hear the station. This seemed like a lot of work, so I finally remembered to look for another one.

The clock radio we got is called a "Smart Clock" or something like that-- and it is totally smart! It sets itself! All I did was plug it in, and it went right to the time. Amazing. And this morning when I woke up, the radio was on my favorite station, no movement from me required. Ah, technology.

So, never fear, I left with a fan, a radio, a totally cute clutch, and about ten other things I really needed, including two books. Clearly, last week was just an aberration, a temporary lapse in sanity, and I have returned to full health and Target-shopping abilities.

Thank you all for your concern during this turbulent time.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Under My Skin, Part 2

I thoroughly enjoyed your comments on my post about phrases that should be dropped. They stirred up many emotions in me, so I thought I'd just respond en masse.

I totally say "Dude" all the time. I don't know why. It's a sickness.

I also say "anyhoo", but I got that from Mayor.

I do not care for most things Wayne's World, although I believe I saw it in the theatre in tenth grade with someone who reads this blog regularly. You know who you are.
(I especially hate in Wayne's World when they do that "doolee doo" thing with their hands.

I have never heard "totes" for totally, but that is hideous and also cracked me up at the same time.

I also say "my bad".

This didn't come up, but I also do a lot of "initial speaking", like KIT, etc. I really can't stop that.

Based on all this information, I have learned that speaking to me would probably irritate many of you, but hopefully we could work through it.

Feel free to continue to add phrases/words that you'd like to ban. I love hearing from you!

Friday, May 11, 2007

I think I need help

Something very weird happened today.

I went to Target, and came out with...


NOTHING. And I was in the mood to purchase! I didn't even get gum! Or something striped that I didn't really need, but it was too cute.

I don't understand what has happened to me. I wasn't in my normal Target, maybe I just felt out of place or something. Granted, it's nice not to spend over $100 on a bunch of "stuff", but I had high hopes for some new Target stuff.

I plan to try again as soon as possible. I will not give up without a fight.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Under My Skin

I'd like to propose that the following phrases be dropped from the English Language immediately:

-- It's ON!

-- Don't even go there

-- Been there, done that (with or without "bought the T-shirt")

-- You go, girl

-- Step up (particularly in the reality show context)

-- Let's talk about that offline

--- Cool beans

--- Homey don't play dat (I mean, seriously. What year is it?)

Your turn...

Monday, May 07, 2007

Memory Loss

I used to pride myself on having an excellent memory. I can still remember a lot of stuff, but I'm not quite as sharp as I used to be. I guess I'm aging or something, or maybe my brain is just too full of all my knowledge...

Anyhoo, today Mayor and I had to go to an all-morning meeting, so afterwards we went out to lunch. At our meeting, she was sitting by this girl who introduced herself to us as Catherine. We chatted with her a little, and she had several comments to make during the meeting.

Over lunch, Mayor and I were discussing the meeting (gossiping) and talking about the different comments that people made. Over the course of our conversation, she asked me what Catherine's name was at least three times. The third time she asked me, I said snidely, "I only learned her name when she introduced herself to us today". We laughed about that a little and continued eating.

On our way out, we saw two men that she knew. She had seen them come in, and couldn't remember their names. As we passed by, one of them greeted her by name, and she introduced me to them. Both men said their full names to me as I shook hands with them.

Fifteen seconds later, when we got outside, I said, "What was that guy's name again?" She told me, and ,"I only learned it when he introduced himself JUST NOW".

What goes around comes around.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

A Milestone

Well, well, well... my 100th post. Better make it a good one...

Don't hold your breath.

I've been pretty busy lately, as has the rest of the world, but I did get two new things that I am absolutely loving right now.

One is... a new car! My old Jimmy finally outlived his usefulness, aka was costing more in frequent repairs than it was worth. So last week I traded Jimmy in for a new car. Well, new to me. I got myself a totally different kind of car, a Saab. I am totally loving it-- the gas mileage alone is unbelievable! I'm not even used to having a car in which the gas gauge works, much less tells me how many miles I have until I run out. Anyway, I'm having fun thinking of places I should drive.

Secondly, and most importantly, I got a new niece! My brother and his wife had a baby last week, and I have been spending most of my free time at his house, staring at this baby. This isn't my first niece or nephew, I have three others, but they live far from me. I'm just not used to having a "local". She is, as you can imagine, precious.

So anyway, that's what's mainly been going on with me. I'm running a Silent Auction tomorrow, and all the donations are in my office, making it impossible for me to move my chair or get out of the room without major effort. I'll be glad when that's over.

Thank you for hanging in with me, I think I'll do better about posting now that the auction will be behind me!