All Shook Up

Yesterday I toiled over my PC and came up with a new layout for Lazily. This is the first that I’ve made in a long, long time. To the point where I don’t know enough any more.
I had some assistance though. I used‘s template Clean and editted and moved and this and that until I was happy with it. I still don’t know how everything works, it’s true, but I do have a better understanding. Let me know what you think.

Also, I joined a few weeks ago. It’s an awesome reviewing community. I haven’t received anything but honest feedback. There doesn’t seem to be any meanness around. It just feels like people who want to help other people improve their website. I wish there was more of a community though. Even just a forum would be nice. Maybe that is to come.

Also, lastly on the Lazily front, I will be creating ‘About’ pages in the near future. I had a suggestion that it could improve my blog and you know what? It probably will so keep an eye out for that.

All Grown Up

If you have been following my 210 of Twenty Ten you’ll know I’ve been indulging in a bit of Kate Brian’s Private series. A few weeks ago I noticed that my local library’s collection of Private was coming to an end and I would have to sort something out. This is when I found Kate Brian’s other series Privilege. It’s a spin off of Private based on Ariana Osgood (I didn’t know books did spin offs!) and my has she grown up! And gone a little bit wacky in the mean time.
I’m not even sure I like the idea. By the end of it I kind of felt like it was Private all over again just with a different (but just as annoying) main character. Which is sad, because I quite liked Ariana in Private.

Inside, I wonder whether this is what Kate Brian had been wanting to write. It is like a trashy soapie when they run out of ‘normal’ ideas. Murder, blackmail, switched identities! It has it all.

In fact, if I’m honest, it was a bit disappointing. I just want run of the mill stuff at this point. Private has so much chaos and drama things never calm down. I wanted the rehab of Ariana and new views but it wasn’t to be. It seemed like Private’s target audience has grown up and Brian is moving with them. They even say ‘fuck’ in this book! *gasp* What will she think of next?

Desperate, pathetic or both?

What makes people stoop to the lows they end up at? Ever seen someone have a melt down because they couldn’t have their morning coffee? Or when their last cigarette falls in a puddle? Or more importantly, ever seen what happens next? The attempted dry out of the cigarette or the quest for powdered milk.

Are these measure of desperation? Or are they the pathetic moves of an addict? I’m sure in the above scenarios many would be more sympathetic to the coffee drinker than the smoker but why? What makes one addiction more acceptable than another? and do our reactions differ based on the substance?

The reason I ponder this is a few days back a friend of mine didn’t have any cigarettes or any money. They had been cigarette free for 2 days and were on edge. It was pay day but the money wasn’t going in. They were getting more and more desperate for a cigarette as the minutes ticked by. For me, this makes me laugh. The idea that anyone could be addicted to a smelly stick that could give me cancer is crazy and yet, there are people that can’t imagine a world without them.

So what happened to my desperate friend? They found themself some rolling papers and old, discarded cigarette butts…. yuck.
And the fun part of the story? They smoked this grossness and their money went into the bank about 5 minutes later. HA!

Another addiction I don’t get is the WoW (World of Warcraft) fiends. My last housemate would claim she wasn’t really keen on WoW but spent most of her free minutes playing the game. She would wake up at about midday on a Sunday and I swear she didn’t move from her seat until midnight. I never knew a person that could sit in one spot for so long. So what could go so drastically wrong for this gamer that they would have a meltdown? We met our internet cap one month – which is a feat in itself. We had 200GB a month at the time – which meant dial up speeds for us. Uh Oh! What could be done? I suggested nothing be done because, although we were capped, it was the last day of the billing cycle. We would had 5 hours on dial up so who cares? She cares, that’s who! So she topped up our account with an additional 5GB just so that the WoW adventures wouldn’t end!

So now, I’m sure you’re asking, what is it that I am addicted too? What would make me have a tantrum if I didn’t have it? It is kind of embarrassing really, however many women around the world suffer my fate. Lipgloss. Yes, if I were free of lipgloss for more than 10 hours I might cry. The dry, cracking lips that hurt and yearn for some gloss! I don’t know what breaking point would be for me. Let me know readers. If I had lost my last lip gloss what could I do to ease the pain?

What’s so special about water?

Today I needed a new bottle of water. I liked my old bottle but I left it on a shelf somewhere at work and can’t quite work out where that shelf was. So, alas, my water bottle is dead to me (good thing I only paid $1AUD for it).

So I’m walking down the drinks aisle at my local Coles and there is a HUGE section dedicated to bottled water ranging from $0.69 (which I bought but the check out chick charged me $0.99 for!) to something like $3 a bottle. Is there something that makes one bottle more special than another? Am I losing something for spending less? And what about when I start using tap water again?? *gasp*

As I trudged down this somewhat endless aisle I saw 600ml Mount Franklin water for $2.00 (if not more) and kept on walking. I then ended up seeing 1.25L of Mount Franklin Sparkling water for $1… huh? Does that make sense? Is sparkling water worth less than normal everyday water? It boggled my mind.

While I was there looking at my Sparkling Water I also considered the other ‘types’ of water on the shelves. Soda Water, Tonic Water, light Tonic Water, Mineral Water and Sparkling Water. Now, I’ve tried most of these and well, I just don’t get it. What, exactly, is the difference? They all taste like slightly salty, fizzy water. Is there a difference? Please, someone elighten me! All I want is something to mix with my Lemon, Lime & Bitters Cordial.

May I remind you that you are a jerk?

What makes people do the things they do? Why do some people have endless patience when others have none?

At work the last 2 weeks we have had out busiest days of the year, both on the phone and in the shop and people just aren’t pleasant. Yes, I know they have to wait on hold or wait in line but that is just how it is. If they had pre-ordered like the smart people they wouldn’t need to do either of those things.
It just boggles my mind how some people think that yelling or abusing staff members is going to fix a problem and that they also think it is the staff members fault.

You didn’t order on time? You ordered 2 days after school went back? Oh and now it is my fault your kid doesn’t have any glue?

In the last 2 weeks staff have been sworn at, hung up on and threatened. And that is just the slightly unpleasant things. Other people have been hit (yes a customer HIT a staff member!) and had items thrown at them. Do these people just not think? What would they do if the situation was reversed? I’m sure they’d be wondering why some wanker is making their day even harder!

Have you after sworn at or abused someone at a shop? Or yelled at and hung up on on sales or tech support? How have you felt when you did that?

As someone that worked in a call centre as a supervisor for 5 years I’ve had my share of hang ups and abuse hurlers. The thing I found most amusing about these situations was that these people really expected that they’d get more help if they treated me that way. Just to let everyone out there know:
The ruder you are the less help you’ll get! In fact, when I’ve been in those situations I went out of my way just to make things worse… why? Because I could.

And the outcome? The customer was in the same predicament and I was left with a little smile.