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Archive for December, 2011

You are the weakest link.

Posted by Lissa on December 29, 2011


… or, “How I have trouble hanging up the phone.”

How do you hang up the phone?  (Not with family or close friends, but in a professional-yet-friendly setting.) “Thank you, bye!” is my usual, but sometimes I’ve done something for THEM, and a thank-you is a little weird.

The other people in the office say “buh-bye”, and it seems to work for them, but me?  I say “buh-bye” and I hear “bubbeh.” Or maybe “Popeye.” And sometimes “bye-bye!!!” like it would be squealed by a three-year-old with blond pigtails.

And, every once in a while, I hear “awww, whosa cute kitty? cutie want some num-nums?” but perhaps that’s just me.

Damn that wanker Anne Robinson for ruining “Goodbye!”  It used to work perfectly well and now it just makes me sound like I’m calling the clients stupid.  Grrrrr.

Seriously. What is your closer for phone calls that you need to end on friendly-but-professional terms?

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Meet my new love

Posted by Lissa on December 28, 2011


So pretty! So shiny!!

So far I’ve made cheddar cheese muffins and spaghetti. I think it’ll be awesome in kneading chicken burgers and making cakes. I pet it on a daily basis and I might give it a name.

Who wants to come over for noms? 🙂

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The flash mob that wasn’t

Posted by Lissa on December 27, 2011

It was tons of fun but it was NOT a flash mob. There were people gathered in the middle, there was obvious musical equipment and there was a sign listing the different holiday events for the day. So it doesn’t count as a flash mob. Yours truly makes a brief appearance at 2:30 and again at 2:55 – and no, the rather screechy soprano you hear isn’t me. 🙂

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It’s surprisingly hard to sing in that large a space. Even in concert halls there are walls to bounce the sound back to you. This was like singing into a vacuum.

In other musical news, I went Christmas caroling at the Westminster Towers nursing home in Orlando the day before the flash mob (Friday the 16th). It was . . . interesting. I’ve been caroling at banks and neighborhood gatherings but only as part of a formal choir or chorale. This was a group of people who belonged to a number of different choirs – the Messiah choir, the Bach Festival Choir, or just the local church choir – and who had been caroling at this nursing home for about 11 years. They were also all older than me, ranging from about 40 to about 65. Perhaps because of that we started each song in a much lower key than scored. I don’t have perfect pitch but I do have pretty good pitch memory so that was a little screwy. Regardless, the residents loved us and we brought a little Christmas cheer to both the folks who lived there and the folks who took care of them.

And then to top off my musical weekend we went to the Candlelight ceremony in Epcot. The fun part is that as long as you’re not too loud you can sing along from the audience 😉

I hope all of you had a lovely holiday!

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Merry Christmas!!

Posted by Lissa on December 25, 2011

May you and your loved ones have plenty of happiness and joy!

And cake!


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I want a panda puppy!!!!

Posted by Lissa on December 20, 2011


Normally I wouldn’t really be into dyeing animals, but look!  LOOK!!!!!


That is all 🙂

(Hat tip to Mike!)

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Happy Caturday: Heartbreak edition

Posted by Lissa on December 10, 2011

It would be pitiful if it weren’t so freaking funny!!!! (I don’t know why the screen is all narrow and letterboxed; I guess I should have held the phone horizontally?)

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Happy birthday!!

Posted by Lissa on December 1, 2011

It’s Shoothouse Barbie‘s @& birthday today. Go wish her a good one! 🙂

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