Tuesday, April 01, 2008

April Fools is for amateurs....

I am sure you would expect that April Fool's day is one of my favorite holidays, but you're wrong. You see, it's the ONLY day of the year I don't usually pull pranks, just because they are expected. Now don't get me wrong, I do enjoy all the other pranks going on today. So far my favorite is the person who posted an escaped animal warning for the neighborhood near a zoo. It stated that a Loof Lirpa had escaped and was very dangerous and everyone should take cover if they see it. The local police got in on the act and claimed that they were 'on the case' and felt they would successfully have the animal taken care of by tomorrow. (Note: Loof Lirpa is April Fool backwards) Nope, today is just a boring day in my book. Then again, I may or may not have stolen the balls out of the computer mice in the office...

There is a food thief striking here at work. It started small. First we noticed that candy was disappearing when we weren't here. Then someone ate an orange a co-worker left on his desk overnight, leaving the peel in his garbage can. Now lunches are going missing out of the communal fridge. Someone ate half of my friend's pizza he brought for lunch. (But only half, like he would then eat the rest. Yuck!) This same thing happened to me a long time ago at my first real job. The company was way out in the country and there was nothing close by to get lunch from. You either brought your lunch, drove a long way to eat an expensive meal or went hungry. I was a very young, very cash-strapped employee. I had student loans to pay back, was trying to furnish an apartment, pay for a car and get my feet under me. The fact that someone would consistently eat my lunch at least once a week meant I went hungry. Mine wasn't the only lunch to disappear, but it seemed like I got hit most often. Maybe it was because I was bringing things like left-over pizza and not the rice & chicken feet one chinese fellow routinely brought. I finally got so fed up I decided it was time to take a stand. I went to the store and bought a frozen pizza and extra cheese. I added dish soap, cayenne pepper, baking soda and salt, layered cheese on top and baked it. (Note: adding dish soap to a pizza results in the most beautiful bubbles forming in the cheese that browned so nicely!) I didn't want to hurt the person or even make them ill, just give them a very nasty surprise when they bit into their stolen lunch. I figured one bite would do it. I brought it in the next day in my usual lunch bag and placed it into the communal refrigerator. I could hardy wait for lunchtime to check on it. Sure enough the two slices of pizza I had brought were gone. Amazingly, no other lunches disappeared after that. I never found out who was doing it, but I wish I could have seen their face when they took that bite.

Katie is full of BIG plans. Before she heads out to LA she 'needs' to go shopping, she 'needs' to get tan, she 'needs' to lose weight (not going to happen missy) etc etc etc. I think her excitement is natural but there is no way I will allow her to try and lose weight. She just had her tonsils out and I'm sure she lost some weight while she couldn't eat. Luckily, she is pretty grounded so we talked about how she can still eat but try and be a little healthier about it. Eat fruit and not french fries. Eat chicken not burgers. You know, just a healthy lifestyle. Goofy kid. She has always been a healthy eater. She doesn't like sweets very much, prefers salads, and is very active. When she was little she would choose carrots over candy any day. Still does. Maybe that's why she is so tall and thin! Her father is going to go with her to LA. He is super excited about that. I'm glad he can share this experience with her. He misses so much!

2 comments:

dana said...

OK, so if anyone does not believe that you are a true blue practical joker, tell them to talk to me. I still have the scars to prove that I was the one you cut your practical joking teeth upon!!! I am late for my therapist...

I am soo bummed that you will not be in LA with Katie!!! When does she go?

angieshaffer said...

I loved your pizza story. You are a genius! Now I know who to come to if I ever need a creative way to fix a problem. I would have NEVER thought of that, but i love it!