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French Toast has returned!


French Toast is one of my favorite breakfasts, but I haven’t made it in a long time.


My favorite way to make it is to add ground flax to the egg mixture… flax just adds such a great, nutty flavor, especially when it’s heated up on the griddle.


I added Maple Syrup to the top after taking pictures.  :)  Soggy French Toast is no good!


Plus, an orange:


Today is a pretty intense work day for me. I have a huge deadline looming, and I have to sit in on FIVE conference calls.  I actually don’t mind conference calls, but five calls in one afternoon is a lot!


When I worked in an office, the thing I hated to do the most was write memos, especially memos that my boss wanted to proofread before I could send out.  No matter how hard I tried, I could never get it “right.”  Memos SCURRED me!


I also hated clocking my time.  I had to account for every 15 minutes of my day!


Out of the following office tasks, which is your least favorite? 


  • Conference Calls
  • Memorandums
  • Note-taking during meetings
  • Presentations
  • Report preparation
  • Filing
  • Cold calling clients
  • Billing/Timesheets


On a more positive note, what tasks do you like to do at your job?



  • Freya @ January 19, 2010, 8:57 am

    Billing/timesheets looks the worst to me! I don’t actually have a job, I’m a student..but I hate doing references on essays, it’s so tedious 🙁
    Love how you presented your orange, so pretty! Have a good day 🙂

  • Erin January 19, 2010, 9:00 am

    I hate timesheets! i’m an engineer and we have to bill every second. Ha! my boss does the same thing with memos.

  • megan January 19, 2010, 9:05 am

    I don’t have to do a lot of that stuff since I’m a programmer. But what I don’t like is all the deadline pressure to get things done. I do like the presentations though. It’s fun to see something you created make someone else’s life a little easier (hopefully!)

  • Emily Eats and Exercises January 19, 2010, 9:07 am

    As a classical musician, I’ve never worked in an office! The part of my job I love? Performing, and watching my students perform after so much hard work.

  • Melissa January 19, 2010, 9:13 am

    billing and timesheets suck the most…hands down

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) January 19, 2010, 9:13 am

    I really dislike phone calls in general — conference calls and client chats — that was much more of a problem at my old job than my new one, thankfully!

    I love data work and number crunching, but I need to balance it with human interaction and some mindless work or I go nuts!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet January 19, 2010, 9:20 am

    I hate talking on the phone. Cold calling? Ugh! I don’t even call my friends and family back, let alone listen to voicemails. I am really bad with the phone.

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete January 19, 2010, 9:21 am

    I’m an engineer too, and we had to account for every minute to bill to the clients. I didn’t mind that part though. The office had free starbucks coffee and teas though. I miss that!

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) January 19, 2010, 9:22 am

    email. all of it. especially all the snarky little tricks like blind copying a supervisor, forwarding non-funny things to the entire office, ignoring a timely email, sending 15 emails in 10 minutes, etc.

    what do i like? i like that i met my boyfriend at the office. 🙂

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) January 19, 2010, 9:23 am

    i HATE billing and timesheets HATE HATE HATE! Luckily I have many aspects of my job that allow me to be creative and those are my favorites 😉

    p.s. also avoid the phone at all costs – HATE IT!

  • Sara January 19, 2010, 9:29 am

    Luckily for me I don’t have to cold call but the few that I have done I HATE. My next would be conference calls, mainly because I have so much to do and they often interupt my day when I am trying to be productive 🙂

  • Laura Georgina January 19, 2010, 9:30 am

    I hate taking notes–some weeks, it’s all I seem to do! And memos are pretty loathsome too, I know exactly what you mean–at my current job it takes three people a week to OK a memo, by which time the issue has been resolved!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 19, 2010, 9:38 am

    I hate cold-calling — I used to have to do it all the time and would just freeze before every call. I’m not shy in person but somehow on the phone, I just clam up!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) January 19, 2010, 9:38 am

    Report prep! My job is ALL about the reports. It’s not just the hour long meeting during which the reports are presented – it’s the prep-work and the action-items from that meeting that’s the work!

  • Whit January 19, 2010, 9:42 am

    Filing. 🙁 blahhhhhh. Fortunately I do not have to do a lot of it, not compared to my last job. On the other hand, I do enjoy spreadsheets. I am a nerd, no?

  • ashleigh January 19, 2010, 9:48 am

    I hate presentations… they are the worst!! I actually don’t mind meetings and conference calls because I feel like they break up the day. however 5 in one day is a lot to handle! you’ll do great i’m sure!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 19, 2010, 9:49 am

    Cold calling cold calling!! I don’t really like conference calls either because I always have a hard time hearing. I’m weird and love taking notes though 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 19, 2010, 9:50 am

    I’ve never worked in an office…but I think giving presentations would make me a nervous wreck!

    Good luck with all your conference calls!

  • Haleigh January 19, 2010, 9:50 am

    I have never worked in an office but that french toast looks fantastic!

  • Jaime January 19, 2010, 9:52 am

    Cold calling. Blech. It’s tantamount to telemarketing in that calling people that don’t know you is intrusive and usually met with indignation.

    Yay for the return of french toast!!

  • Cassie January 19, 2010, 9:53 am

    i hate hate hate making phone calls at my job! luckily as i move up with the firm, i dont have to make as many phone calls 🙂

    i’m with whit – i love using excel to make awesome spreadsheets!! nerds unite 🙂

  • RhodeyGirl January 19, 2010, 9:54 am

    I don’t mind any of the above, but I always get a little bit nervous before conference calls, especially since I take them on behalf of the president of the company (my dad) and sometimes have to deal with big issues or orders.

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place January 19, 2010, 9:57 am

    I’m very happy I don’t have a typical office job. Tasks like writing memos would drive me up a wall!!

    I basically watch the news and gather video from various CBS affiliates all day long. I like staying informed about what is going on across my region

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 19, 2010, 9:59 am

    I really like conference calls, since it let’s me connect with my peers, I have one at least every Monday. I despise counting tills – really I’m always thinking isn’t there something WAY more important to do.

  • RhodeyGirl January 19, 2010, 10:00 am

    I just jinxed myself. Found something I hate. Adding new customers to the database. We have to add them in three places and it is annoying as hell.

  • katherine January 19, 2010, 10:08 am

    I’m SO glad I don’t have to cold call. I don’t think I’d survive!

    I love interacting with the attorneys in my firm. While some are a little frustrating, most are very nice, intelligent and personable colleagues.

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health January 19, 2010, 10:10 am

    Thankfully my job is pretty laid back (small business) so those things listed are pretty informal. I still hate cold calling clients though, ahh! The thought of it makes me shudder :X

    My favorite thing to do is answer emails. We have a steady stream coming in all day, and I like fixing little problems and answering questions like bing-bang-boom. Makes me feel accomplished =) In fact, maybe I should be getting back to that right now, haha!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner January 19, 2010, 10:12 am

    I hate being on the phone, just not a phone person!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite January 19, 2010, 10:17 am

    I would have to say cold calling would be the worst for me.

  • Leah @ L4L January 19, 2010, 10:23 am

    Cold calling is the worst! I don’t mind calling our existing clients to set appointments or things like that but I despise cold calling.

  • Heather (The Single Dish) January 19, 2010, 10:24 am

    I don’t have to cold call but if I did that would be the worst for me! I like to plan events at my job.

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self January 19, 2010, 10:24 am

    I just wanted to say that your idea of adding ground flax to french toast is a great one! I’m definitely trying that! Good luck with your conference calls 🙂

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 19, 2010, 10:30 am

    what the french, toast? 🙂

    cold calls are the worst; they’re so awkward! i do love building relationships with our clients though 🙂

  • Crystal @ chipped nails and all January 19, 2010, 10:34 am

    ugh, I absolutely loathed cold calling clients! If I was lucky I’d get to leave a voicemail, but I always dreaded calling people for fear that I’d have to give my spiel to someone who had no interest whatsoever in what I HAD to say!

    glad those days are over 🙂

  • Amber K January 19, 2010, 10:34 am

    I’m so glad that I work in child care and never have to do those things. But when I worked in an office my least favorite thing was cold calls and presentations. I have some social anxiety and even thinking about those two things make me extremely anxious!!

  • Jenny @ nutmegger January 19, 2010, 10:39 am

    Cold-calling clients! I have a phoebia about using the phone in my cube and having other people hear me not good!

  • Kelly January 19, 2010, 10:39 am

    Cold calling clients is the WORST!!! As a Nutritionist out of a gym, I have to do that a lot…ugh…hate it!

  • Jenna January 19, 2010, 10:46 am

    Have a great day at work!!

  • Nicci@NiftyEats January 19, 2010, 10:50 am

    Least fav thing: delivering Board packets around town to Board members. Why can’t they pick them up? or mail them out…it’s annoying.

  • Deirdre January 19, 2010, 10:51 am

    I work at a law firm as a paralegal so I have to account for EVERY minute of my day. I HATE that. I also don’t like talking to clients that don’t want to pay their bills. My favorite thing is when a lawyer or client calls and I can answer his/her question right away and they seem happy at the response.

  • Erica January 19, 2010, 11:02 am

    I hate conference calls, especially because I often have to lead them. There is nothing like talking for 3 minutes about something, asking a question, and hearing crickets.

  • Cinemarie January 19, 2010, 11:06 am

    I’m a TV editor – I play around with videos and edit them together, all day… So I have never done anything from your list! 🙂
    What I like to do the most in my job is importing or digitizing footage – digitizing to get familiar with the material I have and see all the bloopers and watch the actors do their thing, and importing because that’s when the computer does the work by itself and I can have a small break 🙂
    The part I don’t like – tight deadlines that are often unreasonable… Never having a break, except for the 5 minute trip to and from the microwave to heat up my lunch, and the importing time 🙂 Also the fact that I have to look for a new job at the end of each project… Which is pretty much once a year…

    From your list, if I worked in an office, I think the phone would be what I liked the least – I hate not seeing the person I am talking to – it’s awkward 🙂

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. January 19, 2010, 11:07 am

    I refuse to write down what I dislike. It’ll just get me all riled up. I’m a horticulturist and I love the early mornings in the garden, when the sun is at that perfect golden angle and there is still dew on the grass. I start the day by watering all the containers and hanging baskets. Moving slowly around the garden with my watering wand. There is so much ritual to it.

  • Shelly January 19, 2010, 11:08 am

    If I had to do it, I would hate cold calling the most, but fortunately my job doesn’t involve that. My least favorite part of my job is conference calls. I swear some of the people I conference call sound like bumble bees eating sandwiches when I hear them through the phone!

    • Shelly January 19, 2010, 11:10 am

      I missed the second questions! I really like almost everything about my job. I think my favorite tasks are writing and editing reports and doing system modeling because I get to use a cool computer program. (I’m an engineer.)

  • Joanne January 19, 2010, 11:14 am

    I really like french toast as well. Makes me wonder why I don’t include it in my diet? hmmmmm???

    My most favorite is talking to customers or negotiating pricing. Love it on a business level but hate it in my personal life.

    Least favorite … it depends on my mood and the day. It varies.

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) January 19, 2010, 11:15 am

    OMG clocking my time was the WORST! I hated it. So glad I’m outta that job now.

  • *Andrea* January 19, 2010, 11:21 am

    i hate clockin in time! at my work i have to account for every second with specific codes for each project…such a hassle.

    your french toast looks delicious 🙂

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 19, 2010, 11:21 am

    Report writing is ok in small amounts, but it is a huge part of my job, and it gets really really tedious after awhile.

    The best part of being a psychologist is definitely working with the clients! 🙂

  • Megan January 19, 2010, 11:23 am

    Uggggg. Billing/Timesheets are the WORST. Conference calls and meetings can get pretty frustrating too, though. My favorite thing is when I get a big stretch of time w/ no distractions and just KNOCK things off my to-do list.

    Maybe i’ll do that now… 😉

  • Casey @Spicy&Sweet January 19, 2010, 11:25 am

    Billing time is NO fun. We do it in 15-minute increments too, so I start to feel panicky if every second of my day isn’t filled up, like I’m not doing enough! It’s pretty darna annoying. 🙂

  • Katharine January 19, 2010, 11:27 am

    My least favorite thing would be doing a presentation of any sort. Even though I normally do FINE, I get incredibly nervous beforehand!

  • Jenny January 19, 2010, 11:27 am

    Mmm the flax addition does sound like a great idea!

    I’ve never had a “true” office job, but when I worked the front desk at my gym I HATED calling clients. We would have to go down a list of people who hadn’t been in a while, and make sure they were still interested. Blech.

  • Ashley L January 19, 2010, 11:30 am

    Well billing specialist is my job title, so I don’t mind that so much, but FILING is the worst. Especially since I’m the Queen of Papercuts!

    Hates it…

  • caronae January 19, 2010, 11:43 am

    I don’t like photocpying, because when I have to do it, it’s usually a LONG document (like, 1000+ pages)! But I do like pretty much everything else I do. I’m a research/editorial assistant in an archive. I get to read a lot of fun itnerviews with fmaous people!

  • Miriam January 19, 2010, 11:52 am

    Filling! I HATE filling…

  • Lauren (Biochemista) January 19, 2010, 11:52 am

    Oooooh, I’m totally in the mood for French toast now!! 🙂 🙂


  • Lauren (Biochemista) January 19, 2010, 11:53 am

    Ooooh, I’m totally in the mood for French toast now!!! 🙂 🙂


  • brandi January 19, 2010, 11:58 am

    wow, that’s a lot of calls!

    I hate running reports…or anything that keeps me at my desk, which is basically my entire job 🙁

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion January 19, 2010, 11:59 am

    Hum…not much, that is not a good sign, huh?

  • Julie @savvyeats January 19, 2010, 12:05 pm

    Cold calling! It feels so awkward!

  • Retta @ RunRettaRun January 19, 2010, 12:09 pm

    I hated the time billing and I have always hated filing. It’s a necessary evil but oh so tedious. I love interaction with people and big projects. Something about working under pressure?

  • Julie January 19, 2010, 12:11 pm

    I hate filing!! I don’t mind going to lunch 🙂

  • Eve @ Nutrition by Eve January 19, 2010, 12:25 pm

    Cold calling is by far my least favorite thing to do! I love counseling my clients 🙂 And doing work for them. The part that I dread is accounting. When you have your own business you have to wear all the hats!

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life January 19, 2010, 12:25 pm

    Cold calling, definitely!

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) January 19, 2010, 12:31 pm

    I’ve never worked in an office but I probably wouldn’t like giving presentations. The only thing I like about my job is the people I work with and the free coffee!

  • JayKay January 19, 2010, 12:31 pm

    I *hate* cold calling! Absolutely hate it! At my old job (I’m a full-time student again now), I had to make a LOT of phone calls, and I was totally fine with calling and placing orders, talking to professors, whatever–but when I had to do a cold call to try & convince someone to do something? HATE!

    But that aside, I admit it, I loved my old job (only stopped because we moved/I went back to school). I really loved the people there, and it was a great experience. Also, I love jobs that have a nice, clear end–for instance, I enjoyed the challenge of organizing and filing huge piles of paper, because when it was done my desk was lovely and clear and I felt accomplished! (And like a nerd.)

  • Ashley January 19, 2010, 12:48 pm

    I hate recapping meetings at work. I like the people I work with at work…..

  • Erin January 19, 2010, 12:50 pm

    I almost made myself French toast on Sunday morning but I always either burn it or overcook it. What’s your secret?

    As for office work, I’m a very task oriented person so I like things that have a very clear beginning and end. Things you can easily cross off a to-do list. Such as writing reports or filing. I hate on-going projects that require ton of meetings and working with multiple departments. So frustrating!

    • Caitlin January 19, 2010, 12:51 pm

      i think you have to set the burner on low-medium. if its too high, its destined for burning.

  • Ashley @ Good Taste. Healthy Me January 19, 2010, 12:54 pm

    Definitely cold-calling….I just won’t do it.

    I love french toast. It’s my fave breakfast!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 19, 2010, 12:55 pm

    I’ve never had an office job but I would hate the presentations the most as I HATE public speaking.

    But I love my job. I work at an afterschool program and I have kindergaten and 1st graders and I love them to death (most of them haha). Who wouldn’t love getting to play dodgeball with kids and getting paid for it?!

    Sorry about your 5 conference calls 🙁 that’s a LOT!!

  • Allison January 19, 2010, 1:23 pm

    I hardly do ANY of those office tasks – I am a teacher! Any filing I do is for my own purposes, likewise with taking notes in meetings. Occasionally, I sit in on conference calls, but I love my charter school organization and think conference calls are fun!

    The best part of my job, obviously, is teaching middle schoolers to love reading and writing.

  • Kayla January 19, 2010, 1:24 pm

    I hate cold calling, although in my last job it was actually cold walking-into-a-business, lol.

  • Jessie January 19, 2010, 1:31 pm

    I hate answering phones and general customer service and usually conference call.

  • Alison January 19, 2010, 2:13 pm

    I’m a stay at home mom, so my least favorite job task is probably sweeping the floor and picking up scattered Legos! However, if I had a “real” job, I’d HATE cold calling. I’m not a phone person and I’m pretty timid; I don’t like calling to bother/ask people for things.

  • PRT January 19, 2010, 3:13 pm

    I really hate timesheets! I can’t find the way to find a way to count the minutes spend on each project when you multitask.

  • Jayce January 19, 2010, 4:38 pm

    I am an RN. I work night shift, so my least favorite part of my job is when I have to call doctors at night – they can be sooo cranky! My favorite parts are getting to know my patients and doing certain skills, like IVs and blood draws – I am getting pretty good. 😉

  • Jolene ( January 19, 2010, 6:34 pm

    I don’t do any of those things at my job!!!!

    I teach grade 7/8 students (all subjects except French and Phys. Ed). I love working with that age group – they are hilarious!

  • AM January 19, 2010, 8:21 pm

    I am a lawyer and hate almost every single aspect of my job, but the most obnoxious:
    If you ask for some advise on how to do an assignment, you’re belittled: “You’re asking for help? You want me to spoonfeed it to you? You can’t figure it out?!”

    And if, instead, you take initiative and go ahead and try something yourself?
    “This is so wrong. So wrong. Why would you do this? This is NOT how you do it.”

    Story of my life. You cannot win.

    • AM January 19, 2010, 8:21 pm

      advise = advice

  • Kim January 19, 2010, 8:26 pm

    I work as a copywriter in healthcare advertising and my biggest nemesis is MEETINGS. I feel like they are such time sucks. I also don’t like phone calls. At my current agency, we don’t have timesheets, which is a relief. I used to stress so much, trying to account for every .25 hour of ever day. I still fantasize about a non-desk job…

  • Karin January 20, 2010, 8:16 am

    Ugh cold calling clients…

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat January 20, 2010, 10:19 am

    We have a buzzer to get into our department and when my co-worker is away from her desk, I have to answer it and I can never get it to work right!

    But I like my flexibility. And not having to answer a phone 🙂

  • Hanni January 20, 2010, 4:44 pm

    I’m lucky enough to work from home, or, anywhere with a decent internet connection. I’ve become thoroughly spoiled and rue the day I’ll have to return to an office..

    Ps. Oh no! I’m going to have to have maple syrup tomorrow morning 🙂

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