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18
Apr

Don’t Be a Dull Person!

We all know how to finish that sentence. Even though its been around a long time, most of us equate it with a smirking Jack Nicholson with crazy eyes, and frankly that’s not a look I’m going for. Its been proven that a little bit of “play” during the work day makes for a more productive employee. You get some break away time, take a fifteen minute break and put a puzzle together, or surf the internet for a new pair of shoes (a woman’s way of playing, for the most part). No matter what it is, outside of illegal activities, people need some play.

Even if you love your job, you reach a point where you need a non-work related distraction. Something to clear the mind, turn your focus to something besides the spreadsheet or document that you’ve been staring at for two hours. A lot of companies have a no Internet policy, so you can’t do that, but you can have a desk toy!

For the longest time, I have wanted a desk toy. A mini billiards table, that obnoxious ball clacker thingy, even a zen garden would work! But I keep procrastinating, and still haven’t bought one. Seeing as though I don’t want the Jack Torrence look of insanity, I decided to finally look for something, and I came across tons of toys I can use at my desk. Now I just have to choose one…

15
Oct

Duracell – the Good Ol’ Coppertop

It’s the start of the holiday season, folks. Shopping in earnest will commence as soon as the last Jack o’ Lantern is extinguished, and stores will become madhouses. Money will be tithed to the retail houses of worship, and consumers everywhere will drag, pull, shove, and curse bags of merchandise home and stuff them in hiding places until it comes time to wrap them and/or assemble them.  In a lot of those cases, you’re going to need…batteries.

Batteries are ubiquitous in our lives. Almost everything we use runs on batteries. Phones, cars, remote controls, toys, toothbrushes, laptops…the list goes on and on. There is nothing more frustrating than the batteries dying in your remote and you don’t have replacements. You actually have to get up and use the controls on the TV!

I stock up on batteries, and Duracell is the brand that we run to. Not just because I can still remember the old Duracell commercials on TV (Dur   ∙ A ∙ Cell, the Coppertop battery!) with the snazzy little jingle, but because they just always seem to last the longest and not leak. They last FOREVER! They have batteries for everything, from a professional series to portable phone chargers!

I have huge packs of AA and AAA batteries, and smaller ones of C (because really, not much takes a C) and D’s. A small package of 9V hides in the back corner of the linen closet because nothing in my house takes a 9V anymore, but SOMETHING might be purchased at some point and we’ll need them. I also have a small Tupperware container filled with watch and camera batteries, even though no one in my house owns a watch OR a camera. But, you know, it could happen. I’ve even got a small pack of AA in my fridge.

Batteries are a way of our lives nowadays, and you definitely want one with a great track record and can’t go wrong with Duracell. Always keep spares on hand, and you can’t go wrong. How do you keep your spares?

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5
Sep

All work and no play…

We all know how to finish that sentence. Even though its been around a long time, most of us equate it with a smirking Jack Nicholson with crazy eyes, and frankly that’s not a look I’m going for. Its been proven that a little bit of “play” during the work day makes for a more productive employee. You get some break away time, take a fifteen minute break and put a puzzle together, or surf the internet for a new pair of shoes (a woman’s way of playing, for the most part). No matter what it is, outside of illegal activities, people need some play.

Even if you love your job, you reach a point where you need a non-work related distraction. Something to clear the mind, turn your focus to something besides the spreadsheet or document that you’ve been staring at for two hours. A lot of companies have a no Internet policy, so you can’t do that, but you can have a desk toy!

For the longest time, I have wanted a desk toy. A mini billiards table, that obnoxious ball clacker thingy, even a zen garden would work! But I keep procrastinating (like I did with my hurricane preparedness kit), and still haven’t bought one. Seeing as though I don’t want the Jack Torrence look of insanity, I decided on Friday to finally look for something, and I came across tons of toys I can use at my desk. Now I just have to choose one…

7
Aug

The good ol’ days…recess!

I was on the phone the other day with a teacher, and she was asking about one of our products that we carry.

She was getting her classroom ready for the coming year, and needed some supplies from us. So we were talking and laughing about being in school during the late 70’s and through the 80’s, and what our favorite time was. Hint: it was not 7th grade. We loved elementary school recess. Oh wow, all the fun games that kids nowadays would probably think were lame, but that we just had so much fun with! Who doesn’t remember being beaned in the back by a dodge ball? Or being beaned in the head by a tether ball? Oh. Wait, that was probably just me. Well, injuries aside, I loved other things as well, like the parachute game, and Red Rover, jumping rope and bean bag tosses…not too fond of the three-legged race, though. That was a bummer. Come to think of it, maybe I liked 8th grade better.  I was more athletic then and less likely to be injured by a flying bean bag

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