Nadya’s Season Greetings

Note from May: Nadya is my funny colleague and I have been working with her since last year. The days of mission together, far away from home and the convenient of our thanks-God-is-not-a-cubicle-yet desk, have bound us to have the same destiny–lack of sleep but still have to keep on smiling. Today, I decided to clean up my office inbox and found her funny e-mail stuck beneath tons of e-mails and I think it’s just too funny to be missed.

Dearest All,

Well, it’s that time of the year (again). Time for sharing (again) with you, delightful people, which I normally do every year.

As the holidays approach and we look to 2010 for a new start and new goals in life and work, I personally have the opportunity to review the past year to re-evaluate and re-energize for upcoming challenges.  One thing the past year has shown me is that I have to be ready for the unforeseeable and prepared for the unthinkable.

As the year comes to a close, I can learn from the recent past that there is good reason for caution and there is also good reason to be optimistic.

Here’s wishing you a happy and hopeful holiday season! Plus wishing you and your loved ones a Blessed Christmas and a Fulfilling 2010.

Here are a few things I have learned for sure:

1. Too much hair gel is a crime
Robert Pattinson, the actor from the movie, Twilight sequel: New Moon has a hair style that looks as though he just rolled out of bed after being sick with the flu for three days. We’re talking about the hair most men would commit murder for. Really, his pictures are giving me nightmares of being bludgeoned by his hair.

2. Some things are just plain hard to eat
They are too messy, are too big to bite, easily fall apart, or require intense concentration. I always have this problem with food, not every bite of a delicious feast reaches its intended destination, hence I should get bibs (you know that small piece of material fastened under a child’s chin to protect the clothing while eating) for myself.

3.   I forgot what number 3 is.

4.   Sometimes I forget things.
I guess older people forget things more frequently than younger people. The memory part of my brain is weakening.

5.   Men are just holiday-shopping challenged
I
learned know that men can’t shop. Some men are man enough to admit that many guy gifting errors spring from within. Their misfires, while well-intentioned, are usually a result of their poor listening skills or a general lack of knowledge of women’s vocabularies. They think a gift certificate to the nearest chain store will settle everything. So long darling!

6.   No such thing as free lunch
Our colleagues love to come by at our office to get 5-10 minute amusement so as to temporarily distract them from reality. They find my colleague and I very entertaining. Having taken up our time during office hours, we decided to apply entertainment fees.  We have been trying to explain to them that entertainment fees vary show to show and are often negotiable depending upon a variety of factors. But these people just don’t follow and refuse to pay. I just don’t get it.

Targets in 2010

1.   Not to have irrational fear of being crushed by the ticket barriers at the train station.

2.   Re-decorate my office room (the room that I share with my colleague) by the second week of January. She said she doesn’t mind if I re-decorate the whole room. That’s very kind of her. I am not sure if that meant she’s really accommodating or she just wanted me to clean up her office space.

3.   Not to be placed in cubicles. Jesus … prison cells are not only bigger… they also have beds.

4.   Need to find a decent place for Newsweek Special Edition on Michael Jackson. Right now it is still being displayed next to my birthday card “10 Reasons Why Fishing Is Better Than Sex”. What was I thinking? Bless your soul in heaven, Michael.

5.   Read a chapter of “How to Sew a Button: and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew”, a breezily useful guide to timeless home-ec skills: fruit canning, sock darning, bread making, cocktail mixing and much more. The funny thing is, I am only interested in cocktail mixing.

Cheers,

Nadya

Sent: Thursday 24 December 2009 at 4.24PM

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