Amanda Cade

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National Cat Herders Day is actually tomorrow, but I have something else planned for tomorrow’s post, so I’m saluting chaos coordinators a day early. I’ve loved the expression “like herding cats” since the first time I heard it, and there are so many situations where it applies (my nieces’ birthday parties, my friends on a road trip, sometimes my team at work). So tomorrow we should all give a shout out and a thank you to the people we know who keep moving forward, and moving the rest of us along.

For your viewing pleasure, the Super Bowl 2000 commercial that gave us a visual for the simile:

Come to think of it, that commercial reminds me way too much of my job on a busy day.

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Are you a “cat herder”? Do you have one in your life? Tell me all about it.

13 thoughts on “National Cat Herders Day (Blogmas Day 14)

  1. dansantosbookreviews says:

    That’s one of those expressions that make conversation interesting. You can’t help smiling about the thought and it’s application to the subject at hand.

    Like many other expressions I first heard it in the Army while training soldiers. Drill instructors were a tremendous source of them; as if they’d stayed up all night thinking of them.

    One of the DIs had told a trainee to turn left, and he turned right. “Your other left, Smith,” he told him. Turning to another instructor he said out loud “It’s like herding cats.” It was a fun moment appreciated by all!
    Thanks for reminding me!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      My boss says it frequently. It’s such a perfectly evocative expression.

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    2. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

      Lol!! Nothings as lost as a private… or maybe lieutenants….

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  2. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    There’s so many “cats” at my job, I give up… lol!!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      When I’m in charge of a project, I sometimes think, “I am their leader… Which way did they go?”

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      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        Lol!! You’re “in charge of the project” not them! Been there many times lol!

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      2. Amanda Cade says:

        They’re great people and very hard workers, and I’m happy to work with them. However, we do get a little distracted sometimes. And sometimes a little punch drunk. Lol

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      3. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        Oh… you work with the opposite of mine lol

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  3. I’ve not heard that saying before, nor have I had to herd cats. I’m usually the one going in different directions. 😀

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I’ve been know to be one of the “cats” at times, too. Lol

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  4. Aha cat herding day. I love it lol

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  5. JoAnn says:

    Aww… cute cat pixies

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  6. Abbi Grasso says:

    Whenever I stage manage a show I call it herding cats. Lol

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