October 15, 2019

Is It Just a Coincidence that Bosses, Fossils & Hagfish Share the Same Day?

It's time for the Wednesday Medley...even though it's Tuesday evening. I have to be at work by 8 tomorrow so no time in the morning to play. Thanks to Katsumi for taking over the Medley and coming up with the questions!

1. Today is Bosses' Day. Workplace politics at the highest level of competition. Is this a day for employees to thank their bosses for being unfailingly kind and understanding throughout the year? A meaningless holiday pressuring backstabbing co-workers to kowtow to tyrannic managers? Or just another way for the groveling sycophants to max out their credit cards in a piteous attempt to curry favor?  I'm sure the answer to this depends on what kind of boss you have. Me? I have a boss I suspect is bi-polar. She can be very nice, but more often than not she isn't. In fact, most of the time she is far from it. Very, very far. So right now Bosses' Day feels like something I'd only do because I'm obligated, because it's expected, or because everyone else is going in on something. I'm sorry for the circumstances (something happened to my boss's husband and she is off on family medical leave) but I it does mean I don't have to pitch in on a gift and say things I don't mean. 

Bonus question for those of us who've retired: On the One-To-Ten Scale, how incomprehensibly ecstatic are you about not having to put up with this kind of malarkey anymore? Or any words of encouragement to those of us who still have forty years to go before Social Security kicks in?
  I'm not anywhere near retiring, but I will say that I worry about Social Security being there when I'm ready for it. 

2. October 16 is also National Fossil Day! Just as new living species are discovered, new fossilized animals are found.

A type of trilobite was named Aegrotocatellus jaggeri after Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones. Believe it or not, there are plenty of people who feel Mick Jagger is a fossil.
Noooo, really?  ;) 

If someone was to name something after you, what would you like it to be?  I don't have a preference. If you feel like calling anything "Stacy," you go right ahead. 

3. Today is Hagfish Day! What is a hagfish? Well I wouldn't rush to look it up. Those things should come with a warning. All the cuteness of a viper and the cuddliness of an eel. Allegedly very delicious and plentiful, though, if you can get them to stop slithering around long enough to cook them. Which is why we celebrate Hagfish Day!

Which member(s) of The Animal Kingdom gives you the creeps? Or is it a slimy co-worker from Question #1?
  Snakes and sharks. The creeps, nothing, I am scared to death of both. 

4. Cheers! We also celebrate Drink Local Wine Week and National Liqueur Day! Is there a winery in your locale? Do you have a favorite cordial or a mixed drink made with a liqueur? A non-potent potable such as a refreshing smoothie?
  There are several wineries in the area and quite a few micro breweries. I prefer a glass of wine to any other alcohol.

5. Happy Birthday, Angela Lansbury! Her first two roles were as the maid in Gaslight and Sibyl Vane in The Picture Of Dorian Gray. Truly a star of stage, screen and television, Angela played on Broadway and as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote. One of her most respected film roles was that of Laurence Harvey's mother in The Manchurian Candidate, an often overlooked political thriller. She was believable despite being only three years older than Laurence Harvey.

Can you think of any out-of-the-ordinary casting? Or the type of casting in which Hollywood expects us to suspend all logic?
  No, but in my defense, I seem to be a lot more tired than I thought I was and I don't think my brain is running on all cylinders at the moment. I keep nodding off.

6. Please share something about your week.
  There isn't much going on this week, since Tim's truck is at the garage getting some work done. He has my car and I am depending on our daughter and my mom for rides to and from work. I was off today and work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and then I have the weekend off. I hope the truck will be done by then. Tim will most likely work Saturday since he was off all of this past weekend. At this point I don't have any plans. There is an auction on Saturday that looks promising, but I should be good and get some things done here.  

And now I'm going to drag myself off to bed. I'll catch up with everyone tomorrow after work.


  1. If I wasn't still recuperating from the football game on Monday night, I would be teasing you unmercifully.

    We are partypoopers.

    Have a lovely day!

  2. I hate when we're out a car - it throws everything off. You forget how nice the freedom is with cars for everyone in the family.

    1. For real. So many times I think, oh, I'll just stop and.... yeah.

  3. Yup they need to leave SS alone! People worked and put that money aside.
    Its hard without a vehicle. Hope its done soon.

    1. The worst of it is that we don't even have a choice about putting it aside, then they tax us on it, and then use it out from under us. Grrrr.

  4. We have trouble now and then with having just one car and we are retired. It is an adjustment and would have been awful when we were both working. I'm sorry for your boss's family troubles but I am happy you don't have to deal with her while she is out. I enjoyed your answers!

    1. Yes, I'm sorry for her troubles, too, but really enjoying the lack of stress that comes from not having her around.

  5. Hi Stacy, I saw your face on a comment you left on Terri's blog. I remember you from when I blogged a couple years ago! I am just returning to blogging after a very long break. Are you still driving a school bus?

    I love me a nice glass of red wine (malbec, especially). I am currently on Weight Watchers, and I plan for a 5 ounce glass of wine several nights a week. It's a very worth-it 4 points.

    Right there with you on snakes. I am terrified of them. Rats too.


    1. Hi, Patti and welcome back to blogging! No, not driving a school bus any longer. I quit a little over a year ago and am now working as an activities aide at a nursing home, mostly in the dementia unit.

  6. Hope the truck is soon fixed and you got a good night's sleep. With you on the snakes. Don't have much experience of sharks thankfully.

    1. No actual shark experience here, either, and I hope to keep it that way!


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