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The Monday Morning Haiku #13

Too much work to do:
Good for job security –
Bad for sanity!

Between having Friday off last week and the seminar I’m attending tomorrow, I’m trying to shoehorn two weeks worth of work into less than two weeks worth of time. Just the thought of trying to getting all of this done is stressing me out.  Therefore I’m taking a few minutes out of my busy day to write this post, and I’ll take half-hour at lunch to get in a run.

Of course, Dee’s in the same boat this week, as it’s Spring Break and both of the little ones are home all week, so she’s trying to work out how to take care of teaching her classes, prevent the kids from spending their entire week with eyeballs glued to the television, and still retain her sanity.  If we can both manage to finish out the week without becoming twitching, gibbering apes that need a pair of comfy straitjackets and padded cells, it’ll be a miracle.

Anyone else got too much on your plate right now?  How are you dealing with it all? (Response in the form of a haiku is optional here!)

Come On, Blue Cross, Get Your Story Straight!

We had a health fair at work the other day, and I won a pair of ankle socks in a raffle.  Woo!

But that's not what this post is about.  I went down to the fair to grab the freebies and sign up for the drawings (which was obviously so worth it), and felt guilty for taking the tchotchkes they had to offer without taking any of the pamphlets and information.  So I grabbed a stack of those, planning to give them a once-over and then toss in the recycling.  I came across a "Stress Management" pamphlet published by BlueCross BlueShield, and just wanted to share a couple choice items for reducing stress:

Good Night's Sleep

  • Relax before bed with a hot bath, book or other relaxing activity

Time Management

  • Identify and avoid time wasters like the phone, TV, or the Internet.


  • Treat yourself to a daily laugh to help lighten your mood.  The comics or a radio morning show should do the trick.
  • Watch comedy movies or TV shows on a regular basis.
  • Use the Internet to share jokes with friends, family, and co-workers.  This not only spreads joy but creates a social community.

It's obvious you're not intended to do everything they recommend on this pamphlet (there's about 65 things on the list, total), but at the very least, the people writing this should have avoided contradictory statements in their own literature!

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