Workplace Bullying


On Tuesday, Andrew complained that he had to spend over an hour in a mandatory Worksafe BC seminar about workplace bullying.  Apparently, every workplace in BC has to put a workplace bullying plan in to effect. Ya know, so that when the kids all gang up on you at lunch, there’s someone to tattle to.  This involves spending billable hours (on the company’s dime!) in the aforementioned seminar.

Andrew works as a software developer. Most of the people he works with are software developers.  Do you really  think that it’s necessary to herd all the software developers into a room to tell them not to bully each other?

Apparently, Big City Church, where I work, is also mandated to hold one of these seminars at some point. Because there is such a systematic problem with Pastors bullying each other?

More importantly, since when is it necessary to herd grown adults into a room to […]

On Why I No Longer Like Grocery Shopping

Once, in the foggy, outer realms of my memory, I seem to recall that I liked grocery shopping. I could spend an hour picking up a few things, wandering the aisles, amazed at all the wonderful things we have created for ourselves.  (Who knew there were multiple sizes of melon ballers?  Fabreeze garbage bags? Can you believe it? And dryer balls!  Do those things actually work?)

Now, I sort of hate grocery shopping. Just a little bit.  Mostly, I just find it infuriating to actually get inside the store.

First, I need to get Kenzie into the stroller, squeeze us into the elevator, awkwardly lean over the stroller to push the elevator buttons, squeeze out of the elevator, and try not to look to awkward doing so.  Getting her out of the stroller exhilarates her; she can almost taste the freedom. And then, immediately putting her in the carseat incites just a little […]

By |June 5th, 2014|Adventures with Crazies, Things That I Hate|1 Comment

Thought of the day | April 22, 2014

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

By |April 22nd, 2014|Adventures with Crazies, Musings, People that Inspire Me|0 Comments

In Which I Am Rendered Speechless

Sometimes – very occasionally – I’m rendered speechless.  It doesn’t happen particularly often because I tend to form and express opinions very quickly.  When I am left speechless, with absolutely no coherent thoughts to express, it’s usually a sign that what I’ve encountered is completely mind boggling, even to someone with a wild imagination.

Today, I was speechless.

My mom and I decided to grab a bite of lunch and take Mackenzie for a walk at Crescent Beach. While we were waiting for our usual beachfront lunch spot to open, a couple from Gracepoint walked past. When everything went to hell in a hand basket at Gracepoint, this couple actually showed up at my parent’s doorstep to apologize for how wrongly we had been treated. As far as we knew, these people liked us and were on good terms with us.  They literally brought my parents honey as a token of affection […]

By |October 18th, 2013|Adventures with Crazies, Awkward Moments, Church, Things That I Hate|6 Comments

Confession: Today I Murdered a Traffic Cone

For a long time I wondered how so many traffic cones could end up crushed and flattened.  What kind of idiot hits a traffic cone?  And what kind of criminal just speeds off and leaves the cone in his or her wake?

Me.  I am that idiot.  I am that criminal.

I live in White Rock.  And White Rock is saturated with retirees.

I don’t mean retirees like my grandparents – the kind that live in Florida, have a swimming pool in their backyard, adopt second careers in their golden years, volunteer their free time in the community, remain engaged and active.  I mean the kind like The Smoker who lived, and then eventually died, down the hallway from us – the kind that use walkers; move at a snails pace; look constantly overwhelmed, lost, and terrified.  The kind that should probably have a little less independence because they just can’t make safe […]

By |May 23rd, 2013|Adventures with Crazies, Awkward Moments|3 Comments