Hi Kenneice: Welcom to SP...Hope to hear from you often. Your comment about eating lunch at your desk to avoid the gossip & bickering in the staff lunch room--that sounds like me when I was still working. I too would remove myself from the gossipers and backbiters; and the clicques. I did not want to hear their comments nor did I have anything to contribute. So I often ate at my workspace.
Where in SoCal do you live? I grew up in Inglewood (in Los Angeles County) then moved to Banning (Between Redlands & Palm Springs)--now I am in Oregon where my daughters and grandchildren live.
Welcome aboard...Chat Back when you can. You will surely find some good ideas here.
If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. i'll always be with you. - Winnie the Pooh