Don't Breathe on the Cashier!

I understand that not everyone is going to make the effort to be pleasant to their cashier this Christmas. Some people like to think of cashiers and other service people as lesser beings, not quite good enough to be considered human. That’s their problem.

But, even as you rush along and stand there waiting for the cashier to bag up your crap… stuff, have the courtesy not to make her want to pound the life out of you.

Don’t breathe on her. Don’t lean on the back of the divider and elbow her in the head. Don’t nag about how she wraps and bags up your stuff. Don’t whine about the store, the prices or store policy. Don’t sit your children on the counter. Don’t touch her, at all. Don’t expect her to lift all your heavy junk. Don’t expect her to individually bag each thing you buy. Don’t bitch about how another employee treated you, don’t rant about how busy the store is or how you couldn’t find something – go to customer service to bitch about anything not directly related to the cashier and her job to bag your stuff and get you out of the store.

I don’t want to sound like a bitch, but… cashiers are people too. We don’t want to be sick of people. We don’t want to hate Christmas and every other holiday. We don’t want to get pissed off and consider how we could use your debit/ credit card information to hunt you down and do violence. It’s Christmas, we want to be happy too.

If you can’t do anything nice, at least get your face on your side of the counter, don’t breathe on us!!!!

Do you know what it’s like to be one person surrounded by endless people? To be literally hemmed in, trapped, unable to escape. Do you know how it is to feel claustrophia? I do! I don’t have any phobias, unless you count the electricity thing, but at Christmas when I worked on cash last year I was just about ready to go postal if that was the only way I could get a tiny bit of space for myself.

We don’t want your germs any more than you do. Also, we usually have cold germs from all the other customers. If you want to get into a breathing upon war, we’re going to win!!!

Let me cough in your general direction.

Merry Christmas.

I wish I…

Sometimes you get a meme that’s just too easy…

1. Finish the sentence: “I wish I …” – – Basically, pretend you had up to three wishes to change something about you. A restriction is that [you] cannot wish to change someone else. For example, you can say; “I wish I weighed 30 pounds less.” But this wish is not for this meme; “I wish my spouse weighed 30 pounds less.”

2. If you are reading this, you are “tagged” with this meme.

I Wish I…

1. …looked like a Victoria’s Secret lingerie model. I’ve seen them on the runway at what they pretend are fashion shows. I want to look like I’m about 20 with bouncing boobs of steel and a trim body. I want those long legs and even longer shiny hair. But I want to be me inside and have my same face, just thinner to suit the rest of the body. Just an adjustment to the outer casing.

2. …had buckets of money. So much money that I’d have to move to some small unknown island to hide out. I’d be famous and have fortune and pathetic men would come to me, begging to be noticed and touch my Victoria’s Secret. Of course, I’d just laugh and tell them to go away, I’ve already picked out a stud, bought and paid for.

3. …could live forever, always looking like Victoria’s Secret and having a never ending supply of money, whatever currency was necessary. No wonder people like stories of vampires, even though there is a downside to the whole thing they get to live forever, always having money from some mysterious source and forever young. I would love to be a vampire, minus the blood sucking monster part, and live on and on to see the world and the inventions that are to come. The worst part about eventually dying is to think of all I will miss out on, all the things I will never know, never learn. That bugs me!

Not Making This a Habit… Meme from Skye's Blog

‘Name 5 Weird Habits’ Meme. Blame Skye.

1. When I buy a book or magazine I never take the first one on the rack. I always have to go for the third or so magazine/ book in the pile. This started cause the first one is usually a bit dog-earred but then I just started thinking about how I wanted a really fresher one, untouched. Yet the ones at the very end of the stack are sort of unwanted, so I leave those alone too. It has to be about the third one.

2. I religiously check for my car keys before I lock the doors. You may think this is just standard, but no. I have to check at least twice and actually see them or still have them in my hand. I once locked myself out of the car, with the keys inside. I will never do that again, even if I look like a moron checking for car keys a second or third time when I know I just put them in my purse.

3. I always wash my hair first in the shower. I once read an article in Cosmo (when it was still a good magazine) about what it means if you wash your face, hair or etc first. People who was their face are self centred, people who wash their hair first are creative. That’s all I can remember, but I think that article reinforced the whole hair washing habit.

4. Not sure if it’s a habit exactly but I don’t wear typical women’s shoes unless I can’t at all avoid it. I hate high heels, they look cute on other women, not me. I wear boots, socks without shoes, bare feet and those tie up men’s shoe/ boot things that I can’t think of the name now. Men’s size seven fits great and they are sometimes on sale, I guess there aren’t a lot of men who need that size. Anyway, I like the toe room versus those foot killing pumps and heels that look so glamourous on models.

5. I never wear makeup. The odd time lip balm for my dry lips but no other cosmetics. I can touch my face, I can walk in the rain and spend the whole day not worrying about my face and what might have smudged or run or clumped. It’s just my own face, clean, clear skin.

So, as you can see I’m perfectly normal, just your average white, middle-aged woman checking for keys, picking through magazines going around with clean hair, no make up and men’s shoes 🙂

I tag HappyandBlue2 with this meme. Anyone else who reads this is tagged too. So there. :p

Horoscope for December

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December 2005 Horoscope:

Career challenges have kept you on the edge of your seat for the past couple months, making life feel like a bit of a roller coaster ride. This is all due to Mars taking an extended retrograde spell through your sixth house of work. Great news, Sagittarius! On December 9th, this phase ends, helping you feel like you have your feet planted firmly on the ground once again.

You may already have felt the beginnings of relief since November 22nd, when the Sun headed into Sagittarius. A long-standing conflict with a client or coworker is soon to be resolved. If you are a freelancer, you could score an important client this month, or renew a contract with an old one. If you work in an office, expect your job to feel a lot less monotonous. You may even be rewarded with a promotion or raise for pushing through so many grueling details over the past couple months. Get ready for a miracle, Sagittarius!

All this struggle has not been vain. There was a lesson to be learned. It’s time to stop defining yourself solely by what you do. While your career is an expression of you, it doesn’t actually make you who you are as a human being. With your ruling planet Jupiter in your twelfth house until late 2006, getting more in tune with your spiritual side could transform your entire life for the better. Put a practice into your days like short meditations or journal-writing to hear your inner voice. Like Sagittarius Tina Turner, who chanted her way to serenity and success, being grounded in your fundamental worthiness is key. You don’t have to do anything to prove that you are lovable, Sagittarius. Simply be and allow good things to come your way.

Though most people are waiting until January to kick off a fitness routine, you would actually benefit by getting an early start. After December 9th, start incorporating an exercise routine into your weeks. While there will lots of holiday sweets to snack on, don’t turn them into meal replacements. Stock your fridge with salads and healthy food. Don’t skip breakfast! Eating a bowl of oatmeal or whole grain cereal in the morning can start you off on the right foot.

If you are looking for love, the Full Moon in your partnership sign of Gemini could bring it on or near December 15th. Don’t expect this person to come in the usual package. What you consider “a little conservative” might actually be just what you need. Hey, you’ll get to be the wild and crazy one instead of the heavy, responsible one. That’s a nice change of pace for someone who craves both excitement and stability in her life as you do.

If you’re already in love, an overnight getaway to a rustic lodge could be the perfect birthday present for you. You love a road trip, so the drive should be as much fun as the destination. Pick somewhere with great scenery, an amazing country breakfast and a staff that lets you canoodle in the corner without rushing you to pay your bill.

Don’t overbook yourself on either Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve. You’ll want to make them both restful, low-key affairs. If you’re hosting a gathering, enlist people early in the month to be your party-prepping patrol. You may need to slip away for a few powernaps and let someone else take on the entertaining duties. Falling asleep in a robe and bunny slippers, surrounded by a pile of ribbons and wrapping paper, will sound like your idea of the perfect Christmas Day.

That’s not to say you can’t have a glamorous time too. A festive dinner party with rich food and deep, red wines could be an ideal way to ring in the New Year. Make reservations at a restaurant and invite your ten favorite people to be a part of the celebration. Spend the whole day in spa mode, getting your nails and hair done, and soaking in the tub. Like Sagittarius Jennifer Connelly, you’ll radiate in chic black velvet. Pick out an elegant dress and have an intimate, beautiful night!

Best Date Night: 12/16 – Attraction returns with a vengeance and lukewarm feelings heat up. Self-control won’t be easy, but who needs it?!

Best Career Day: 12/6 – Bye-bye boredom You’re appreciated by employers and work feels like a brand new experience.

Best Girl-Bonding Day: 12/27 – Go into holiday recovery mode by catching a chick flick and scooping up a couple goodies at an after-Christmas sale.

Fake Memories

Okay, I found this at The Outpost blog and thought it was interesting. The Outpost got it from Green Duckies who got it from a Blonde who got it from… Geekwif, I think.

Here’s what she had to say:

“OK, this is NOT a meme, but it is a game you get to play with me. I got it over at Geekwif’s place.

Here goes:

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don’t speak often) please post a comment here on my blog with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me. It can be anything you want – good or bad – BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you’re finished leaving your comment, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people DON’T ACTUALLY remember about you.

I think this will be fun for all; like a bowl of Skittles and M&M’s mixed; a color and a flavor for everyone! “

Fun, or dangerous? I’m afraid of what I’ll find out about myself.

Canadian Driver zine

Canadian Driver

I was thinking about road rage today. Some people really are getting out of hand about it. Last night on the news they had a short blab about it. There are two cases from this past year, just in my area (about an hour out of even the extreme edge of anything that can be called Toronto). Both cases have people who are still being treated for injuries in road rage cases, one happened in April and the other July. That’s months ago and police are still handling them, people are still healing from them. That’s crazy.

People who tend to get that angry should not be driving. They should also learn that not everything is about themselves.

“That car cut ME off.” Did they really cut you off? Or did they just goof up and try to get moved over into another lane. Was it really personal? Did they get to know you first and then cut you off. Don’t make it all about you. You just happened to be there.

The only time I get annoyed while driving is when people drive too close behind me. I drive an older car (older than any children alive as children become teenagers at the age of 13, cars just become relics). That car isn’t always happy about being on the road. Sometimes it doesn’t feel all too eager to speed up after the red light, sometimes it is quite happy to drive AT the speed limits. Usually we are both pretty happy about that part, I don’t want a ticket. Anyway, I often get people driving behind me who try to push me to go faster. Go around me people. Don’t try to make me do something I don’t want to do, don’t be a road jerk. You have options other than shining your headlights in my face or trying to read the tag on the back of my shirt. Go around and get lost.

There, all my road rage has been released now. I feel so much better. Luckily I didn’t have to go anywhere today. I didn’t even go out to uncover the car from the snow that avalanched down upon us last night. Poor car, I’m so glad I don’t live outside all year.