15 Reasons Why Conference Calls are Better than IRL Meetings

15 Reasons Why Conference Calls are Better than IRL Meetings

Meetings can be an endless drain on your time and will to live. Here is a comprehensive list of 15 reasons why conference calls are better than IRL meetings. Feel free to add your own.

  1. You are wearing your pajamas.
  2. You are at home and not in a conference room.
  3. You can stress eat cake and no one knows but you.
  4. The mute button allows you to say what you are really thinking and no one can hear you. You feel better, no one gets fired. Everyone wins.
  5. You can put your head down on your desk and rest your eyes while other people contribute. Then, when they are done wasting everyone’s time, you can rouse yourself and say something worth listening to. Remember to unmute  yourself before you start talking.
  6. You won’t get the stink eye for texting your friends or checking social media.
  7. You can draw pictures of whatever you would rather be doing. No one either judges your lack of drawing ability or draws attention to the fact you are drawing and not taking notes. 
  8. You can get up and make a snack.
  9. You can get up and go pee as often as you like and there won’t be any pregnancy rumors.
  10. You can engage in limitless eye rolling.
  11. You can work on other projects you procrastinated on because you knew this conference call was coming up and you could multitask.
  12. You can put your feet up on your desk, not because you are trying to look ‘man cool’ but because your ankles are swelling because you ate too much salt yesterday.
  13. You can watch The Mindy Project with the sound muted and captions on.
  14. You can use the time to clean out your desk, purse, backpack or whatever else needs decluttering.
  15. You can make a list of 15 Reasons Why Conference Calls are Better Than IRL Meetings.

 

 

 

The Annotated Pride and Prejudice

The Annotated Pride and Prejudice

When I was still following a reading challenge list, the prompt that led to The Annotated Pride and Prejudice was, “A book made into a movie you’ve already seen.” I have to admit that I have seen many, many version of Pride and Prejudice. Movies, as well as a couple of incredibly entertaining mini-series. I have never attempted to read the novel. Why? Well, I’m lazy and also, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC mini-series is pretty much the best romantic hero ever. I never felt the need to improve on my acquaintance with Jane Austen’s most famous male character. But the second I read that prompt I knew the time had come to be an adult and read the source material for a story I had watched many, many, many versions of. Read more

An Ode to Waze

An Ode to Waze

Oh Waze.

How do I love thee?

Let me count the ways.

Read more

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is ambitious. And we, as consumers of media, are the direct beneficiaries of her ambition. I have enjoyed every project she involves herself in. She’s going to be in the Ocean’s 8 film coming out this summer. She was in A Wrinkle in Time. The Mindy Project remains one of my all time favorite TV shows. I laughed all the way through her first book and I haven’t read her second one but I just ordered it from the library so I have that to look forward to.

Read more

Homemade mashed potatoes and gravy

Homemade Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Originally, I was going to make a turkey meatloaf to go with the homemade mashed potatoes and gravy. There were a few reasons why I didn’t. One, my younger son developed a horrible cold that lasted a week and a half and I never had time to go shopping for all the ingredients and make the entire meal. Two, I already have a turkey meatloaf recipe I like. I think meatloaf is a lot like love in that there is no accounting for taste. What one person adores another will think is a sociopathic jerk. Three, I wanted to make the mashed potatoes and gravy for a very personal reason so I kept that portion of the challenge and let the meatloaf portion go. Four, Contessa Garten’s version of meatloaf calls for 5 pounds of meat. It would take my little family weeks to eat that much. All that being said, we will include her recipe for meatloaf since it looks delicious and maybe you are both in need of a meatloaf recipe and you have a large group of humans that need feeding.

Read more

A kindness of thieves

A Kindness of Thieves

When I was in high school my parents splurged and bought us a brand new set of encyclopedias. In a way, it cemented my family’s move from the lower middle class into the middle middle class. Along with the central heat and air and the washer and dryer we didn’t have to put coins in to operate, the encyclopedias were part of the physical distance my parents were actively trying to put between their children and the financially precarious childhoods they had lived through.

Knowledge will keep you out of poverty. Read more

Planet Money

Planet Money

Planet Money Podcast started in September of 2008, just as Americans began to realize the breadth and depth of the global financial collapse. The collapse was not only wide ranging, it was confusing. What in the hell happened?! Planet Money wasn’t the only attempt by NPR to examine and explain what went wrong but it was remarkably popular and has remained so for the past ten years.

There is so much about money to be confused about. I welcome anything that can explain to me why so many people who deal in blockchain end up in prison. Or how Doordash impacts the future of the fast food french fry. My favorite episode of late is the one that explains how negative interest rates are possible. Yes. Money is lent out and then less than the principle is paid back. Whaaaat?!

At about 20 minutes an episode, Planet Money is an excellent listen for laundry folding sessions. I usually get through 2 episodes a week which is good, since this podcast comes out with new episodes twice a week. In my attempt to educate myself as I bundle socks, I often end up sitting on the side of the bed with my laundry unfolded avidly listening to stories about where social security numbers came from and why female employment has stagnated over the past 20 years. I apologize in advance for slowing your laundry folding regime but I promise this podcast is worth it.

Here’s a recent episode I enjoyed about women in the workforce. 

viva las vegas

Viva Las Vegas

Las Vegas is not my favorite place. I don’t gamble and I’m not much of a drinker and the less said about the way I dance the better. Why do people love Las Vegas? I think if I gambled I might understand. Or if I was a better dancer. I would say that maybe I am too old for Las Vegas, but the first time I went I was in my 20’s and I didn’t like it at all.

The second time I went, I spent most of my time looking at art. The ARIA Fine Art Collection has an outstanding array of public art. It is open 24 hours a day, there is no charge to see it and no reservations are required. Check out the brochure. I think that the fact I like to spend hours of my time in Vegas looking at art sort of lets you into my idea of Viva Las Vegas. Read more

The Steal

The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting

I wanted to be more engaged with The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting than I was. The problem was not with the author but rather with the lack of concrete information publicly available about America’s shoplifting epidemic. Retailers who pay for the research aren’t inclined to share the findings with their customers.

Available research (scant as it is) regarding shoplifting in America has two clear conclusions. Roughly 10% of Americans shoplift and there is no such thing as a typical shoplifter. Young men of color are arrested more often than any other demographic but when Americans self-reported their shoplifting habits all races and genders are represented. Read more

Venmo

Venmo

The first time my older son asked me if I had a Venmo account, I honestly replied that I had no idea what he was talking about. The second time he asked me if I had a Venmo account, I lied and said that I did not. Why would I lie to a child I love more than life itself? Read more