Like most people this time of year, I've been busy with holiday preparations. I won't bore you with my Thanksgiving story...you can hear that when Bob and Brian start reading their Holiday Horror Stories.
No, today I want to share with you the wisdom of Noelle C. You see, she just got back from vacation where she took a three day painting class and now believes she not only is a master painter (and wants to sell her paintings of flowers and pumpkins for anywhere between $25 and $5000 dollars...and I'm not saying she's a bad artist, I'm saying I've seen similar work emerge from a 6th grade school art class) but that she now holds the key to happiness and peace.
Oh yeah, this is going to be good.
Lets' start with the painting class. I'm not an elitist. Not even a little bit. But she informed me yesterday that since she's taken this three day class, and since the teacher of this class (I don't use the word "pyramid scheme" all that often, but boy howdy, does this smack of it) is trying to get make the class a college credit...somewhere...that now she, Noelle C, is a college student.
I hate to tell her it sounds more like she's the victim of a traveling snake oil salesperson, but hey, we all have to find that out for ourselves. Besides, if it makes her happy and gives her something else to talk about other than how miserable her entire life was to this point and how much she loves Lumbergh (and you can hear that whole story, too, every day, if you say something to her like, "How was your weekend?" or "Good morning.") then I'm perfectly fine listening to how she's going to be able to retire on the sales of her paintings and on the money people are going to pay her to teach them how to paint now that she's a Level One instructor in this painting method. (Three days...and she's an instructor. Does anyone else see this for what it is?)
Anyway, that's not why I'm blogging today. No, today I have to share with you the wisdom Noelle C gleaned from a Life Coach she met in Florida. Well, really, she heard about this woman from the guy who picked her up in an airport shuttle the last day of her vacation. See, he used to be married to the woman who is now a life coach and shares her secrets to a happier life online.
And people think I'm gullible.
So yesterday, after a 45 minute profanity laden diatribe against everything from the temperature in the office (which is always cold) to her new computer monitor (which Lumbergh bought while she was on vacation and now she feels she doesn't deserve it) to her career in the medical field to her former co workers to the fact that she, and I'm quoting here, "has never worked in a setting where she had to interact with people" (I'll let you digest how someone who used to work in the medical field as a nursing assistant AND was a model AND worked at Initech for a year has never had to interact with people.) she shared with me her new found secret to life.
Don't blame me...all I said was "good morning" when I was on my way to the bathroom...and apparently that turned on the launch sequence.
See, the guy who picked her up in the airport shuttle apparently picked up on the vibe that Noelle C isn't completely happy with her life. Probably because he said "hello" and she spent the next hour listing all the things that were wrong with her past and how she's now all alone, having declared her siblings "dead to her" recently. (She says they were ignoring her at a recent family gathering. Realistically, she probably couldn't hear them talking since she's so deaf and won't do anything about it.)
Being a woman willing to try...and believe, pretty much anything except that Lumbergh is not going to fire her...Noelle C checked out the woman's online affirmations. And now Noelle C's decided this will also be the key to my personal life happiness.
"You have to do a daily affirmation with this woman," she cheered while I was doing the "potty dance" in her doorway. (Why did I not just leave? Because I'm super polite and was trained well to show my elders respect no matter what.)
"You go online...and I don't remember the woman's name, but she's wonderful. She says life is three pronged and you have to get in touch with all three sides to life. You have to tune in to your spiritual side, your creative side, and your practical side and make everything work in harmony by doing these daily affirmations."
All I can picture is Stuart Smalley from "Saturday Night Live."
So that's the secret to life. I have to find this woman, who's name I do not know, and listen to her daily affirmations because her ex husband picked up Noelle C and told her to do it.
No, you know what the secret to my happiness is? The idea that one day, when I've completed the books about the whackadoos I have to work with, I can quit my job and all this will be a faint memory.
But I couldn't tell her that. I didn't have time for another diatribe. After all, I did have to hit the bathroom.
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