There are four of us who work in the same room at our office. These ladies are very hard-working, clever, intelligent, savvy ladies.

So… it makes it tough to explain the bizarre exchanges that happen daily.


Yesterday afternoon we were silently working at our computers and out of NOWHERE:

Lauren: Did you guys hear that robin yesterday?

Marilyn Jean: Where, here?

Lauren: No, it was at my house.

Insert big guffaw errupting from the group.

Lauren lives 14-19 miles from any of us. Fourteen to nineteen miles.

Daisy: I work with some strange birds.

Marilyn Jean: What am I?

Daisy: You’re a crow, I’m a do-do, Lauren is a cuckoo and Elise is a turkey.

Elise: Oh great! Thanks Daisy!

Peggy Le Sew: (the poor, unfortunate co-worker who wandered into this conversation) Oh my heavens above!

This has been passed around our office and it’s so true!


“Friends In an evening class at Stanford the last lecture was on the mind-body connection – the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first everyone laughed, but he was serious. Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences. Physically this quality “girlfriend time” helps us to create more serotonin – a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well being. Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. They rarely sit down with a buddy and talk about how they feel about certain things or how their personal lives are going. Jobs? Yes. Sports? Yes. Cars? Yes. Fishing, hunting, golf? Yes. But their feelings? Rarely. Women do it all of the time. We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers, and evidently that is very good for our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym. There’s a tendency to think that when we are “exercising” we are doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged-not true. In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking! So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health! We are indeed very, very lucky. Sooooo… let’s toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it’s very good for our health. Forward this to all your girlfriends – and stay in touch! Thanks to all the girls in my life who have helped me stay healthy, happy, and feeling very loved.”

Sidenote: Is it normal when the office is closed due to snow our group missed being together for the day?

Is it normal that although I’ve banked enough hours I don’t have to come in until noon, I come on time anyway, I’d rather be in the office with these nuts?

I’m grateful every day for these women.

I think our office is pretty healthy!