Museum of Broken Relationships? IN MY HOUSE.

Museum of Broken Relationships in Croatia

 

If only I'd known about the Museum of Broken Relationships when I started this whole decluttering thing. Perhaps we -- me and the Museum of Broken Relationships, that is -- could have worked out some kind of arrangement. An arrangement that included the installation of a giant, trans-Atlantic, pneumatic tube where I could shove all the crap I collected during my last relationship.Or maybe we could just borrow the tube Michael Kors uses to pump all his clothing straight from the factory to TJ Maxx. Either way...in my imagination...my crap emerges from the other side of the tube as a meaningful story rather than the hand-wringing, misery inducing tale that it has become.

Because let's face it. I don't need a magic tube. I've got a Museum of Broken Relationships RIGHT HERE IN MY HOUSE, baby. There's a shirt in the bottom drawer of my dresser that reminds me of a horrible argument every time I see it. I have to get rid of it. Even though it cost me $250.

And the photos. What am I supposed to do with the photos? Especially from the relationships that evolved into peaceful friendships. You know. The I don't hate you/I enjoyed our vacation/but we're both happily married to other people/so what am I supposed to do with all those holiday snaps? That.

It's been all about Passive-Aggressive Anti Bad Mood Sprays this week. Trust me. But I'm nearly there. One more room and I'm finished. In the meantime,here's a three minute story from NPR about the Museum of Broken Relationships for you to listen to when you have a moment.

What did you do with your Ex's stuff?

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I never have been a very good Secret Santa.

 

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Anti Bad Mood Aromatherapy Sprays' - Funny Search Terms from Google.

I never really get tired of seeing the Google search terms that lead people to the anti bad mood sprays' site. 

 

What's an anti-vacuum bottle for lambs?! Oh.  I wonder if they found this site because I mention 'nipples' and 'Clarice'?

Dysfunctional mother. Check. Spray The Antidote for Ego - liberally before each family event. Leave a bottle in the bathroom. 

Plus one for 'narcissist bad mood.'

'Antidote for an aggressive customer' - depends what you mean by "aggressive." Your best spray (In that situation) may be pepper spray. But we make our own, too. Anti-aggressive aromatherapy anti-bad-mood spray.

'Obstructionist+resistance+define" - huh. Somewhat strange to see we are in the top 5 on Google in answer to that question.

'air freshner [sic] for body odor' - duh. Apathy contains pink grapefruit essential oil and the citrus cleans the air naturally. 

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Coworkers stealing food?

  

At least half of the situations documented on passiveaggressivenotes.com could be avoided if folks had a Fridge Locker.  I'm thinking Debbie should just bow out and look for a new job.


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Art Prints by inflated/deflated

Creative by nature, I surround myself at work with art that inspires me. Today, I bought four prints from inflated/deflated . Each speaks to  the character of the four anti-bad-mood sprays I manufacture. It matters to me that you've bought them, and you love them, and it matters to me that world class resorts like Four Seasons Resorts want them too. It was a tiny idea, and the idea waited nearly twenty years until I was in the right place, at the right time. Which is right now. So I'm celebrating by supporting someone else's idea

Apathy.


 

Ego. 



Passive.


 

Aggressive.


I'm going to arrange these in a row on my office wall. Who knows? Maybe someday, I will have so much bad mood art that I'll be able to tour it as a collection. Just like UBS Bank.

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Aromatherapy mood lifting sprays on DailyCandy.com

Our anti-bad-mood sprays were featured in a hilarious anti-Valentine's slideshow, "(Not So) Bitter Party of One" on DailyCandy.com  

The feature made me so happy - I love DailyCandy.


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I Hate My Boss: Advice for Miserable Job Situations



Last week's column dealt with office b.o. This week's column is about how to handle "holy rollers" in the workplace. Heidi Rettig, creator of anti- Apathymood spray gives frank advice on your job complaints. 

Got a problem at work? Send your question to antidoteforego[at]gmail.com and it may be featured in an upcoming installment of "What Would Ewe Do?" on www.thecollaredsheep.com

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When Smells Overtake the Work Place Cubicle

 


James R. Thompson wrote a great article, "When Smells Overtake the Workplace" for TheOfficeProfessional.com    Somewhat timely given yesterday's crisis in downtown D.C. And not just because he mentioned our products. 

Somewhere near 13th and H Streets, NW, an intern microwaved his leftover fish in the office kitchen. This is another common problem with interns in D.C., though not nearly as well-publicized in the media. Each semester, a well-to-do, pampered-from-childhood Ivy Leaguer joins a company. Desperately wanting to save their parents' money (since they are not being paid) decides to bring their Morton's leftovers to eat for lunch. Regular air fresheners won't cover it. The result? What one staffer called, "Mountain Breeze Flounder."  

Apathy™ ; The Antidote for Ego™; Passive™  and Aggressive™  essential oil air fresheners are formulated with citrus oils that clean the air naturally - instead of just trying to cover bad smells with artificial scents or harmful chemicals. 

There are good reasons to switch to our natural air fresheners, beyond their "mood enhancing" qualities. Perhaps the most important reason is that they don't contain phthalates, which have been linked to troubling health conditions. Read more about commercial air fresheners and phthalates in this Time Magazine article. 

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Cubicle Wars: A New YouTube Series.

 This movie-making technology from Xtranormal.com inspires me! I made a video of passive/aggressive behavior at work. If you have a boss like this one, you might benefit from one of our sprays - Passive or Aggressive - or both.  Enjoy the video!



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Minimal Packaging for Aromatherapy Room Sprays.

When I decided to produce and sell Apathy there were some difficult decisions to make about the packaging of the products. Aromatherapists usually choose a cobalt or amber glass bottle to protect the essential oils from light and heat. 

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to source a glass bottle at an affordable price and the weight of a glass bottle made the products expensive to ship. Packaging suppliers tout PET amber plastic bottles, but after watching photographer Chris Jordan's

The video is difficult to watch, I know. Since I first saw Jordan's work, I have limited my bottled soda and water purchases and switched to products that are minimally packaged. 

When it came time to produce the cubicle sprays I knew I had to do the same. Each spray comes in a recyclable and/or reusable lightweight aluminum bottle with a removable coated-paper label. 

It's easy to clean and reuse your bottle! Disassemble the spray top and soak the bottle and the spray top pieces in two tablespoons of baking soda, a crushed vitamin C tablet, and 1/4 c. of white vinegar and a bowl full of hot water overnight. You might also use denture cleaning tablets or those specially made for aluminum water bottles. 

Heidi.

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