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Why I Don’t Cook

This past week I decided to make my own lunch on the big fire box in the kitchen (some call it a stove) – using individual ingredients as opposed to a prepackaged dinner heated in the microwave. I’m not a cook, never have been and rarely use any of the strange appliances in the kitchen because I don’t want to destroy anything. Years ago I started a fire on the stove when I tried to boil oil – an experience I hope to never repeat.

In addition to my fear of fires and explosions, I don’t like to cook because recipes are difficult for me to follow. In need of a simple and easy recipe, I chose to make a grilled cheese sandwich. The recipe called for cream cheese, mustard and shredded cheese. Well, and bread – you needed that, too.

In following the instructions, I got stuck. I couldn’t understand what I was supposed to do. Here was the problem (the recipe was for four servings).

In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and mustard; spread about 1 TBSP cream cheese mixture on one side of each piece of bread. Top 4 slices of bread with 3 TBSP cheese each; cover remaining bread slices, cream cheese side down.

I had several problems with these instructions. First, I didn’t know which pieces of bread were the top four. Frankly, I wasn’t sure why that was important but thought it must be since they were specifically listed.  Second, was the 3 TBSP of cheese – shredded or cream mixture? Since the cream cheese was already listed, it stood to reason the second reference was for the shredded variety. Third, it said to cover the remaining bread slices – with what? And how could I tell which were remaining when I didn’t know which were the top 4? Finally, why cream cheese down? Wouldn’t it be hard to cook with the cream cheese directly on the pan? It didn’t make any sense at all.

Of course I figured it out and made the sandwich correctly but the instructions could have been much clearer. This is the perfect example of why I hate to cook.

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,




Personality Inventory

I thought this week I would tell you a little bit more about myself as we continue my journey of saying goodbye to Human Resources and hello to writing.

My talents lie in my brain. I can’t cook, I can’t build things, but I can think – really good, too. 🙂 I have a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (yawn), but I’m not an egghead. I also can’t read your mind (like a lot of psychologists) but I think that would be a really cool super power. I figure since I’m a psychologist who loves science fiction – even the bad stuff – it only makes sense that I declare myself a Psy-Ficologist. As you might guess, I have a lot of time to think.

My family is unconventional. My kids have feathers or four legs, which is why I refer to my home as a petropolis. I live with a parrot, two parakeets, society and zebra finches, and two Italian Greyhounds (miniatures who look like big ones you left in the dryer too long). Oh yeah – Stephen (my husband) lives here too.

Some days I feel like have two personalities.  I’m not quite fully in my new world of writing and I haven’t completely let go of practicing Human Resources. I think that’s partly because I have been successful in Human Resources but I don’t yet have a track record of success in writing.  It takes courage to move into the unknown and I hope by sharing my experience it will help you try something new that you want to do.  Following is a quote that has and continues to inspire me and I hope it will inspire you, too.

“The object in life is first to recognize opportunities and second to act on them. You’ll always be lucky if you keep taking chances. The unlucky don’t grasp opportunities. The lucky do. It’s that simple.”  Ernie Howell, Retired President of St. Regis/WPM

Your IFF,


What new opportunity would you like to take a chance on and what are you going to do to get there?

Ariel's Search For Intelligent Life

Will You Be My Neighbor?

I am an incurable optimist. It is this optimism (some say insanity) that has propelled me to leave a successful career in Human Resources to pursue a career in writing. This blog is about me and my “Write Choice”. My goal is to both entertain and amuse, and if I can help you with some of your Human Resource issues along the way – all the better.

So, who am I? I am a domestically challenged Psy-Ficologist living in a petropolitan home who has survived an alien implant. I won’t get into all of it now, we’ve got time. However, let’s start with domestically challenged.

I can’t cook and no one wants me to. Stephen (my husband) is afraid that our homeowner’s insurance would double if I started to cook on a regular basis. In 2009, I lost my job along with a million of my closest friends. Fortunately, Stephen still works and even though I’m home, he still cooks. He’s a chemist and is accustomed to blowing things up at work and finds no need to do so at home.

Over the course of the next few months (or longer) I hope we become IFFs (Internet Friends Forever). I’m new to this whole Facebook, blogging, Twitter thing so to speed my learning curve I’ve created this, my Flogitter – a combination of all three!! I decided to think inside the box (of my own creation).

Expect to see postings every week rotating through the themes. Next week I will move on to “How Tweet It Is” followed by “About Face” and then back to the blog. Just as you see at the end of this post, I will include a picture every now and then.

If you have HR questions, I will do my best to answer them and if there’s enough interest, I will periodically feature some of them on the blog.

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,


Have you changed careers or do you want to?  Tell me about it.

Life In The Burbs

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