Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Where Bob Learns to Boil Water and My Head Hurts From Too Much Learnin'

Thank you all for the words of encouragement - and yes -Bob will be packing lunches this week and even wrangling dinner since I hadn't realized I had PTA and Book Club meetings this week. I need to let that one go now, since my fear that the children will come down with rickets if Bob subjects them to his terrible cuisine has yet to come to light.

Children - welcome to your week of hotdogs and mac-n-cheese. They will never want me to cook again.

I haven't "worked" for about eight years. Two things really struck me yesterday. One, you don't have your refrigerator right there taunting you all day - both a good and bad thing (but I think mostly good) and two, I have no idea what any of the businessy/computer jargon means. When I did work, I was a social worker - as jargon-ey as I got was throwing around terms like PTSD after asking someone how they felt. Then I got to chart by hand on the patient file.

As I was being led through part one of what looks to be a thousand hour Power Point on financial counseling, my trainer bandied about all these big words. At one point she gestured to the fields on the computer screen that had already been filled in, and the font was slightly faded. "Note how you can just bypass the dithered fields," she instructed me.

It took me a minute, but I figured out that dithered meant the faded stuff already typed in. I was sharing this info with Sarah on my way home from work and then I laughed. So did Sarah. "You have lots of experience with that word," she said. "You know, when you go to your Nordstrom.com shopping cart and get ready to check out? And your information is all saved and you can see your address already in there?"

See, I have been a business woman all these years and I never even knew it.

29 comments:

Bogart in P Towne said...

Make sure your husband leverages the power of Brinner...you know, breakfast for dinner!

Pancakes and Bacon at 6pm is fantastic.

Nancy said...

You are going to LOVE working ... after kids 24/7 ... it's not working, more like a daily field trip for yourself that you'll get paid to take!

Marie said...

"Dithered" sounds like something from a Jane Austen novel.

Jennifer H said...

Dithered? Who knew...

I agree with Marie, that it sounds like something from a Jane Austen novel. "And then Emma snuck out of the house and dithered the stable boy." Oh wait, not so much Jane Austen as Harlequin. Oops.

The children won't come down with rickets from a week of that sort of cooking. Don't ask me how I know.

Good luck with the job--they're lucky to have you.

Audubon Ron said...

When I retired I got pneumonia from hanging out in the open refrigerator door too long.

Glad first day went well. I was expecting to hear disaster struck in an “I love Lucy” kinda way.

Oh, ah, incidentally, everyone knows what dithered means, have for sometime, e-hem!!

Beck said...

French toast with some peaches on the side is a nice easy supper and will keep rickets at bay.
Yeah, the fridge is MUCH too accessible at home.

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

Yes, the no fridge at work helps immensely.
I eat healthy all day and then arrive back in the Trenches and eat like a fiend.
*sigh*

Mrs. G. said...

Go get 'em girl!

Lela said...

I love discovering my deeply hidden talents. As soon as I do though I usually fall face first into something stinky because I tripped over my pride.

katydidnot said...

oh...nordstrom. was there something before that?

power point, right, egad, death by power point.

bichonpawz said...

Heck, I'm a business woman too if all it takes is online shopping experience!!! LOL BEST of luck in your new job...eight years is a long time in the business world. So much changes technology-wise!

andi said...

Yay! I'm so happy it went relatively smoothly - I always knew you were filled with hidden talent. Heh. And I second the first suggestion of breakfast for dinner. Just last night while the husband was out working, the kids and I had pancakes. Yum!

Here's hoping for ricketless days ahead.

Joanie said...

I've seen Bob butter toast AND cut up an apple. They'll be alright.
And I have total faith that you'll nail the jargon, the acronyms, the technical speak of your new job in record time. Remember the air force?

painted maypole said...

dither? that's a new use of that word for me.

Domestically Challenged said...

Have fun, and enjoy the 'you' time!

Anna said...

Oh yes, brinner is a regular event on the days I work!

Isn't it amazing to go to the bathroom BY YOURSELF?

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I'm wishing today's post came dithered.

Maremone said...

I just found your blog through phx blog roll :) Yeah another mom in the valley of the sun.

I think I'm in love and added you to my google reader. Is that creepy? ;)

kristi said...

I eat WAY less at work too!!

BipolarLawyerCook said...

Dithered. Check.

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