My Biggest Office Pet Peeve

If you work in an office chances are you have a number of pet peeves; things your co-workers do that annoy you.  I could probably come up with a long list but for today I’ll narrow it down to the one that annoys me the most.

I’m fortunate enough to have my own office.  That means I have a door I can close when I need to cut down on distractions and focus on my work.  My biggest office pet peeve is when someone opens the door and walks right in without knocking.  Or they knock but proceed to enter before I can respond.

It’s not that I’m ever doing anything behind a closed door that I wouldn’t want anyone to see.  To me, knocking is a sign of respect.  I’d never dream of just walking right into my General Manager’s office without knocking and waiting for him to acknowledge.

Sometimes I’ll just let it go.  Other times I’ll say something like, “Geez… it’s a good thing I had my pants on.  You might want to knock next time!”   Some laugh and take the hint.  Others are simply clueless.

What’s your biggest office pet peeve… and do you say anything or just continue to let it annoy you?

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OK Meal. Great Conversation

I’ve written before about cooking with your kids.  Well, tonight my oldest and I set out to try a new recipe.  I guess there really wasn’t a recipe.  It was more of an idea, really.  That’s my favorite way to cook. Just wing it and see what happens.  Our goal was to create our own version of taco lasagna.

We had some browned hamburger, refried beans, whole wheat tortillas, enchilada sauce, and shredded cheese.  We layered it all into a seven layer creation.  On top of the last tortilla we spread some enchilada sauce and topped with cheese.  Then it was into a 400 degree oven for a half hour.

So how did it turn out?  Just OK.  The top got a little overdone but everyone ate it.

Taco LasagnaTaco Lasagna Layers

The best part about this particular meal wasn’t the cooking or the eating.  It was the discussion it brought to the dinner table.

We all spent time throwing out ideas on how we could make it better next time.  Yes.  We all liked it well enough to try again.

Our take away was next time we’d use a 9 x 13 pan and make fewer layers.  We’d also not add the cheese on top until the last five minutes of cooking.  Might even drop the oven temperature down by by 50 degrees.

Tonight proved to me that cooking with your kids and eating together as a family are things every family should do as much as possible.

Got a good taco lasagna recipe or suggestions we didn’t think of?  Leave a comment and let us know.

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Thank You, Prom Parents!

As a Dad of two girls prom weekend always makes me nervous. That’s when our Facebook friends post pictures of their kids all dressed up for prom.  It’s also when my daughter’s will see all those pics;  one sitting beside her Mom on the coach and the other in her own Facebook news feed.

When I look at prom pictures the first thing I think is, “Would I want my daughters to wear that dress?”  Can’t help it.  I’m a protective Dad.   In years past there have been a few dresses that wouldn’t make it past my radar.  They might have been cut too low or too high or with cut outs that (in my opinion) revealed too much.

This year has been different.  Not a single one would make me say, “Sorry, honey, Dad doesn’t approve of that dress.”  For that, I say, “Thank you!  Thank you, prom parents.  Thank you for helping your daughters choose appropriate dresses!”

I appreciate the elegant, conservative look.  Hopefully, this is a trend that will continue.  My fear is, that given fashion cycles, the “reveal too much” look will come around again just as my oldest will be ready for her first prom.

At least I’ll have pictures from this year of former babysitter’s and teen girls they look up to.   I’ll be able to pull up these pictures as proof you can be covered up and still look beautiful.

I do realize that as my daughters’ proms become closer to reality I’ll have more to worry about like boys, booze, and hormones… but I’d rather not think about that right now.  It’ll just give me a headache.

Have you ever had to tell your kids “NO” on clothing they wanted to wear?

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