Friday, March 30, 2012

Changing Ways

I used to think I was a go-with-the-flow kind of person.

More recently, I’ve realized that nope, I’m not.

In fact, unless I have tons of time to adjust to the change, I’m not a happy camper.

I was kind of okay with the changes at Facebook. There was plenty of warning about the new Timeline. I’m not especially happy with the changes there –I think it’s harder to follow and looks messy—but it’s livable.

I wasn’t so happy about the changes to Twitter. I didn’t realize they were changing formats, and one day I signed on, and I couldn’t find my lists or mentions or anything. I’ve finally—months later—figured it out. I think.

But the worst offender recently was my local Kroger. Mr. W and I walked in last weekend ready to zip through the store as usual. We knew every aisle, the location of every item. It had been the same for years... Until last weekend.

Everything had been rearranged. Everything. The chip aisle (my fave), for goodness’ sake, was next to the furniture. After we finally found it, I (stupefied) muttered about just wanting to find a bag of pretzels, and another shopper overheard me and laughed, saying she’d been looking for her chips for ten minutes (and she even had a map of the new layout). Craziness.

What usually took us half an hour to shop took almost an hour. It was like playing hide and seek with our grocery list.

We’ll see how we do this weekend, but I’m already not looking forward to it. I wonder if a pint of ice cream would help lessen the sting—if I can find it, that is.

How well do you deal with change?


Shel said...

The grocery store I work at did a layout change over a year ago and I still can't find some things. And I WORK there! So I feel your pain.

Liz said...

So bad.

Promised a neighbor a 5-bean salad for yard work. The shelves were empty, as store reorganized. So embarrassing to substitute deli food.

Aurian said...

I hate changes. Like Shelfari, I could do what I wanted to do, and they changed the site, and it did not work for me, so I stopped going there.
Twitter keeps changing, and the strange thing is, at the office it is a very old version of Twitter.
But rearrange my store, and it takes a long time to get used to the new layout. To the powers that be: If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Susan L. said...

I concur Aurian. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I DO NOT (bolded, underlined, 85 million point font, italics, and possibly with dancing sparkles around the DO NOT) deal well with change, especially unnecessary change. My local Albertsons was the culprit. Over a year later and it's still completely random as to where everything is. My favorite recipe site that changed everything, including its NAME! I keep calling it "the-site-formerly-known-as-site name here."

Heather Blake Webber said...

LOL, Shel. I understand why they do it, but I don't like it!

Liz, the empty shelves are the worst. Esp. when you know what you're looking for is *somewhere* in the store, but you just can't find it.

Aurian, I agree!

Susan, I'm wondering if we'll find everything in the new layout! LOL. And ugh on the recipe site. Ugh.

Dru said...

I hate when stores change the brand of items.

Heather said...

Ugh, I hate it when stores rearrange, esp. as I write out my grocery list based on where items are in the store (saves time when you don't have to backtrack). My grocery store rearranged last year and it took me forever to find some items. I finally gave up on some and left. Their loss, not mine.

JC Penney did this last summer, too. I went in looking for two items, and only 20-30 min to find them. I never did find where they hid the one department and left empty handed.

Heather said...

Oh, and now blogger says it is "getting a new look in April." I'm scared of how they are going to screw things up now. I'm already unhappy with the change from simple word verification - which you could actually read - to the captcha code that is sometimes impossible to make out.

Heather Blake Webber said...

Dru Ann, I hate that, too!

Heather, we did that, too, with the list. I'm hoping it doesn't take too long to get used to the new layout.

And UGH on Blogger changing. How many times is it going to do that to us???

Kristine said...

Grocery store changes infuriate me! Anything else is debatable. And I, too, am better if I have time to accept the inevitable change first :)

ev said...

I am horrible with change. I like things to stay put.

Try this link. I have been using it since mine went to timeline and it's been great. There are some bugs that they are still working out, but nothing that has bothered me. There was just an upgrade and I think it might have taken care of everything I was having issues with. And it's fun to play with too.

Vickie said...

I'm not always good with change. I go back and forth with if I want it fast and no warning like pulling off a bandaid or ease into it.

I still don't like the c.hange of Daylight Savings Time or Standard Time.

Linda McDonald said...

Oh, I just hate it when the stores change their layouts. The closest grocery store to my house did that recently. It is not the one I do my major shopping at, but it is the one that I use to run in to grab something quick. Now, it is not so quick, since everything has moved. UGH. I feel your pain.