There's a First April Fool's Prank for Everyone

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


No one had ever pulled an April Fool's prank on me... until today. And my co-workers got me (and the big boss) so good! Today at work, I got a call from one of our associates who said that two managers were in a huge argument and that things were going to "go down."

(phone rings)
 
ME: 
Hi! This is Lindsay.

ASSOCIATE: 
Lindsay, you guys need to get to Building 1 right now. 
The managers are fighting, and it's about to go down!

ME: 
What?

ASSOCIATE: 
They're arguing in the office, and they're really loud, and something's going to happen soon. 
Get over here now!

I should note that this particular building houses residents with Dementia and Alzheimer's, so any change or disruption to their environment could get them worked up and really throw off the rest of the day. My Executive Director overheard my end of the conversation and was soon standing at my desk with a puzzled look.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
(with utter confusion)
Janelle and Mallory?!

ME
(grabbing cell phone and keys off the desk, semi-shouting)
I don't know! That's what she said!

Wondering why in the world two great managers were even arguing in the first place, we sprinted out of our office, across the community, and into Building 1. She knocked on the office door slightly muffling voices, and they came running out yelling, "April Fool's!"

Those pranksters watched us through a window as we ran. They giggled and patted themselves on the backs as we ran across the street. Oh, they got us good! The best part? One of our sweet residents in his 90s was in the living room with us as we laughed hysterically, and he said to the pranksters, "No pay raises for you this month!"

Lesson #1: Never question how quickly I will run if there is an emergency.
Lesson #2: I better watch my back. My co-workers are GOOD.
Lesson #3: Even people with Dementia can have impeccable timing and get the last laugh.

*Names were changed for the purpose of confidentiality.

That's A Wrap

Friday, March 28, 2014




I think I've eaten more tortillas in the last two months than I did in the last two years. Wraps, wraps, wraps. All I want to eat are wraps. I'm like a toddler who has discovered popsicles for the first time. Whenever my husband goes out of town, I revert back to the college days of making whatever is easiest. He's back for weeks, but I haven't shaken the habit. Can one go to rehab for Wrap Addiction?

Throw in whatever combination of stuff you like, and roll that baby up! Some of my favorite wrap ingredients (in no particular order or combination) are:

Spinach
Hummus
Black beans
Cucumber
Tomato
Guacamole
Orzo
Red Onion
Feta
Mushroom

On the topic of "that's a wrap"... Hallelujah! It's Friday. It has been a bizarre week at work, but thus is the life of assisted living communities. As they say, every day is an adventure. Just call me Columbus!

Cheers, and Happy Friday!

Saving Money Isn't Just For Undergrads

Tuesday, March 25, 2014



Remember that thing I used to go called grad school? Well, I'm still at it! It was put on hold in the fall due to our move and my new job. Since things were still changing and settling at work after the holidays, I decided to ease back into school with one class. I'm so glad I made that choice, because I started a new position in January, and work has been craaaaazyyyyy.

So here I am buying my books for spring term already. Where does the time go?! Per usual, I've turned to CampusBookRentals.com. Saving money isn't just for undergrads! CampusBookRentals.com gets me:

Free shipping both ways
Flexible rental period
Ability to highlight books
40-90% off of college bookstore price
Click HERE for an extra 10% off!

Because I've been renting my books, I haven't been able to take advantage of their new Rent Back program, but it is equally awesome (and a great way to get 2-4 times the amount of cash out of a purchased textbook). Check it out:

 
As I bridge from winter term to spring term this week and mourn the tuition money evaporating from my wallet, I count my lucky stars that CampusBookRentals.com has saved me hundreds of dollars. Hundreds!

Are you in school?
Have you gotten your books yet?
Why not save money and rent them?
 
*This post is sponsored by Campus Book Rentals. All opinions are my own. I have used, and will continue to use, this service, because I think it is great.

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