stuff that bugs me (+ stuff that doesn't)

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crappy napkin dispensers

Napkin dispensers that force you to only take one napkin at a time or take a trillion. With the new ones, it’s one or the other; forcefully yank out a fistful or stand there with people waiting behind you in the “napkin line” while you ungracefully pull them out one by one. And they don’t fold up neatly after that. Either way you end up with an unwieldy glob of napkins. Man I hate that!


community ketchup

This is the thing that got this ball rolling. At work (to save money) they now offer a big vat of ketchup instead of packets of ketchup. So now you have to spoon ketchup into a tiny plastic container with an enormous spoon. It’s an open vat of ketchup with people’s sleeves hanging over it, and people coughing around it *shiver*. And ketchup gets all over the handle of the spoon because it’s not tall enough to stay out of the vat.

Every time I have to get ketchup now, it makes me so angry. I bitch about it all the way back to my desk. My coworkers think it’s very funny that “community ketchup” can really get my goat, but what’s funnier is that there are SO many things that affect me this way. Frozen solid bottled water. Warm bottled water. W stickers. Being practically incapable of telling a joke right. I could go on and on. Matter of fact, I will; I’ll be writing about all of these things here in the coming days.

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About Me

I wouldn’t say I’m easily aggravated, but… A lot of stuff bugs me. So much stuff that back in 2005 my co-workers insisted that I blog it all or they would, because sometimes I can be kind of funny I guess. So here I am. Sometimes it’s actually “stuff that bugs me”, sometimes it’s “stuff that doesn’t bug me”, and sometimes it’s photos or random thoughts.

AshleyYou can call me Ashley. I’m an interaction designer at the big G. When I’m not doing things related to design, I take pictures (here’s my flickr photostream), explore our neighborhood, and blog.

In September 2002, when I was 29, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I went through 4 months of chemo in 2002/2003, on a mix of Cytoxan/Fludarabine/Rituxan, and I had two years of follow-up treatments: 3 days of Rituxan every six months. In September 2007 I reached the “five-year point.” That’s a BIG milestone. A lot of people with NHL relapse, but if you haven’t in 5 years, the more likely it is that you won’t. I currently have a clean bill of health.

jr with the skeleton

My boyfriend John levitra 40 mg sale. and I moved to San Francisco (from San Antonio, Texas) in May 2006 to start our new jobs. We packed up two 1200 square foot houses that we owned, and moved to SF where we rent an adorable 900 square foot house for more than we both paid in mortgages back in San Antone. We do have the house to ourselves, it’s in a great, bustling neighborhood, and we have a sizable backyard. We recently took on the major several weekend project of upgrading the backyard. It was more like a renovation. It’s now an outdoor paradise. We’re pretty proud of ourselves.

Our little household includes our cat, Mercury, a 5 year old grey tabby of unknown provenance, and our dog, Winston, a 12 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Shih Tzu.

What else… I LOVE food, and I was raised on chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes (“with TWO sticks of butter!”), so naturally, I struggle with my weight. I have blonde hair and rather large breastesses. I have major anxiety issues. I make a mean bowl of onion-mushroom dip. I used to wear chunky black glasses, but then I got LASIK, and now I don’t look like me anymore. My mom died in 2005 and it still makes me cry. I think deep down I want to be a writer, but I’m too scared to even try. I have a short temper. I love reading, listening to music, watching movies, and sleeping. There is nothing better than a good afternoon nap. Except cheesecake.

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