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Grumble Whine Pity Pity

I did not have a good day today.

When I opened my office door the background paper for my decorations snagged and came loose so that my Winterland came toppling down on my head. I couldn’t get to the only non-wheeled chair near my office right away because of the Toys-for-Tots bicycle currently residing in my office, so it took some finagling and moving things around before I could repair the damage to my door. Immediately after fixing the door, I picked up my bags and attempted to move them to my desk whereupon I dropped my (empty) coffee cup. It skittered across my entire desk before whacking into the printer. I almost caught it, but the trajectory change sent it to the floor, where the handle broke off into several pieces. The distraction of the door and coffee cup made me forget to take my keys out of my doorknob, so about an hour later I got reprimanded by a coworker and lectured about the dangers of leaving your keys out for students to steal. She also questioned me in a what felt like at the time an accusatory tone as to why I didn’t have the Jabberwocky doll hanging from the door like I had originally planned on doing. Unfortunately, I was on the phone, so when I didn’t answer her questions she left. After I got off the phone I tracked her down to explain the morning’s events, and she was perfectly normal and not at all huffy, so I don’t know what was happening earlier. The Toys-for-Tots frustrations continued today, to the point where I actually gave what felt like a “I cannot believe this” expression to someone and walked out on the conversation. I am never volunteering to help with Toys-for-Tots again. Next year I'm just going to donate $$ and stay out of it. ((If I go to each team member and ask for a preference/opinion and everyone in the group says "Whatever the group wants." then it means THE GROUP DOESN'T WANT ANYTHING and either NOTHING WILL BE DONE or else the other team members are unfairly forcing one person to have to make the decision instead of doing a democratic vote. This is especially unfair if said person IS NOT THE GROUP LEADER and EXPRESSLY SAID in an earlier email "I would like to help with the wrapping" and "I do not want to be in charge.")) Grrrrr. Also, it was just plain busy today. I had several “I cannot believe you are actually asking these questions” moments, where people honestly do not seem to realize they are asking something off the wall or impossible and get upset when it can't be done. And I had another student who instead of reading the letter sent to him calls in to have me read the letter to him over the phone. I swear, that is all I did. He had the letter in his hand. I read the copy we have on file. I did not explain it, he didn’t ask for an explanation. That was it. Does that make any sense? No. The weather seemed to be working in concert with the day's events. It was foggy and rainy, so the drive in and the drive home was unpleasant and at times scary. Our parking lot has bad drainage which, when coupled with the construction of the new community center, led to a GIANT mud puddle covering 90% of the lower parking lot. I had to go to my car to pick up some Christmas bags for the Toys-for-Tots gifts, so I had to make a wide detour to start at the high ground and walk back down the lot between the car hoods using my umbrella as a brace to pole vault from cement blocker to cement blocker in front of each parking space in an effort to get to my car w/o soaking my new shoes. When I returned to my office after loading up the gifts I left my umbrella and my keys in my coworker's office. My back hurts. My stomach hurts. I accidently stayed 45 minutes late, forgetting Sears was coming by tonight to discuss a new A/C. Dealing with them actually lifted my mood because they joked around a lot. Doesn't change the fact I just spent a bunch of money and delayed dinner two hours (my fish was dry & my broccoli soggy), but I did laugh a lot, which means I'm smiling as I'm typing this whine.

I recognize it could be worse - my door decorations could have been destroyed when it fell, my coffee cup could have been full of hot coffee, someone could have stolen my keys, my coworker could have not noticed my keys and umbrellas and not returned them to me leaving me frantic when it came time to leave work, I could have soaked my shoes, and I could have gotten into an accident/trapped in traffic due to the inclimate weather. Even though I got frustrating questions, I've certainly had worse. I'm still irritable over the Toys-for-Tots, but the cause is good, so I just need to get over it. Plus, I'm sure the other group members are probably thinking "That MLR is demanding, why does she keep asking me the same question over and over." or "Darn it all, why can't MLR just make a decision." w/o realizing 1) how incredibly hampered I feel by the fact that I'm not the team leader so I don't feel justified in making a decision and 2) how when the times earlier that I expressed my opinions were questioned it destroyed my confidence in my opinions, so as much as I'm feeling taken advantage of I also recognize they may be feeling the same thoughts. My back hurts, but it's certainly hurt worse. And my stomach is feeling much better now that I've eaten.

So I wouldn't call today a Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day. It just kinda sucks a little.

And we're under a tornado warning right now.
And they keep cutting into the show I'm watching.

But if the news reports are to be believed, people in the areas just above me have it a lot worse, so once again I should shut up with the whinging.

And even with the tv cutting out for weather notifications, I still got to see the party where Felecia Day was singing "White Lie", which was adorable.

I sullenly declare the glass half full. (Possibly due to all the rain.)



( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 15th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
*delicate hug, whilst being prepared to be punched vigorously in the stomach*
Dec. 15th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
thank you :)
*hugs back gratefully*
::does not punch in stomach::
but makes no promises about what the fates do since they seem to be going crazy today...

Edited at 2009-12-15 04:27 am (UTC)
Dec. 15th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Poor girl! You have a right to vent about today! I don't think that it would be so bad if these things were to happen independently... but when they all happen together and build on each other, it really does make the day miserable gosh darn it!

It says a lot about you though... that you could have a very irritating, horrible, stupid day, then go home and laugh with strangers from Sears. =o) Go you!!!

(You really are one of my favoritest people in the yoo-nee-verse.)
<3 <3 <3

Edited at 2009-12-15 04:37 am (UTC)
Dec. 15th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
Plus, now someone can get you a new, really-excellently-cool, coffee mug for christmas.
Or something like that.
If someone were so inclined.
Dec. 15th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
Until then, just use the gas mask and a zip-lock bag. You'd be astonished how quickly they get you a new mug. ;)
Dec. 15th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Dec. 15th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
I guess this does open the door to a kickbutt new coffee mug, maybe one with narwhals on it!
Dec. 15th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
Dang! Sorry to hear it sweets. Just think, tomorrow is another day!
Dec. 15th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
thanks :)
When I walked through my office door today and nothing fell on me I thought to myself, "Well, it's *already* a better day." :)
Dec. 15th, 2009 06:19 am (UTC)
you know what would really help lighten up your mood? .... a good massage
and you still have a coupon so i'm not sure what's holding you back here :P
Dec. 15th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
I need one!!! I want one. I imagine I'll want one even more after registration.
Dec. 17th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
check out my new icon!

hey sorry I missed you earlier on Facebook - I left the computer to watch the finale of So You Think You Can Dance. :) I love love love that show. :)

anyway, monkeys said he spoke to you, so is everything okay?
Dec. 16th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
You are allowed to have a bad day AND feel bad about it. Seriously.

That's why I almost never volunteer for crap... it's just a pain and mostly not worth the effort.
Dec. 17th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
I could rant and rant and rant about the Toys for Tots thing. Argh. There were parts that were fun, but I got my feelings hurt several times, I felt put in the middle several times, I felt out of control several times, and I felt like I was trying to reconcile everyone else into being happy w/o letting me be happy. I like my coworkers - seriously - but this was kind of frustrating because I kept feeling like nothing I did was right and that I was being forced into overstepping what I perceived as my bounds. *sigh* But I think the girls got some cool gifts, and I hope they have a happy Christmas. :) :) :)
Dec. 17th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
It's a good cause.... but you shouldn't have to be so stressed and unhappy over it.

Next year I'd stick with money.
Dec. 19th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
Well, that was a miserable day! Hugs! Would you like me and TYG to jump some of your team members in a dark alley and beat them senseless ("Don't be such a wimp! Make a decision! Seize the day, punk!")!
Dec. 20th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
LOL! Yeah!!
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