(Are these at all amusing to you, or am I just embarrassing myself for no reason?)
In my pre-twin career life, about 5 years ago I suppose, I once attended a meeting. Well, I attended a lot of meetings, but most of them are pretty useless when it comes to funny and/or charming anecdotes. If you want detailed analysis of test results for new trust banking systems, though, boy do I have some great stories for you!
In this particular meeting we were supposed to fill out questionnaires about ourselves, turn them in, and then try to guess who gave which answer when the teacher read them out. (Why? I do not remember. I’m sure it strengthened our team in some fundamental and important way. And it was kinda fun. Nobody guessed that I was the one who wanted to be a taxi driver when I grew up.)
So, one of the questions was, “What is your biggest pet peeve,” and someone answered, “People who leave time on microwave timers.” When the instructor read that one, I blurted out, “That is a GOOD one,” because it had never occurred to me before to be bothered by that, but somewhere in my subconscious mind it struck a spark, like it really had always bugged me but I hadn’t realized it until now.
Here is the weird part (I think. Maybe I am not a very good judge of these things.): I am grateful to that coworker. Adding a pet peeve to my list doesn’t seem, on the surface, to be a very productive or comfortable use of time, but I don’t see it that way. Every time I encounter unused minutes on a microwave (which is pretty much every day now that I am working in an office and sharing a microwave with dozens of people again), I think fondly of that person, and silently thank them for helping me to realize this about myself.
And then I push the “clear” button and wonder what would’ve been so hard about that.