Yesterday I was lamenting about the difficulty of making new friends at work (among other things). Here's a perfect example. I have a coworker who I've often thought should be friends with me. So I followed what I think to be normal make-a-friend protocol: I introduced myself first, I have since chatted with her from time to time, sometimes at great length, I've IM'd her, and discovered tons that we have in common. We're both from the South, she used to work in the same field as My Better Half … [Read more...] about Good friends are hard to find
There is an issue at work. A bathroom issue. The first time I encountered it, I decided to just hold my breath and deal with it because I really, really had to pee. I thought, Yikes! Someone isn't feeling well today. Unfortunately, time has proven it's not just a "today" thing. It's become a recurring issue. To say it's foul is not nearly strong enough. In fact, it's as if an aged gorilla from the zoo ate some bad cabbage. When I really have to pee, I think, "Well, I could just rush & … [Read more...] about As If I Needed Another Reason to Work for Myself
Starting my new job has been an exercise in juxtapositions. I feel really good about having been chosen for a good job, nevermind having been chosen when I was 7 months pregnant. And I came in with the usual first-day jitters, but I wasn’t as nervous as I was for my last (very recent) new job because I felt so much more secure knowing that my boss (and her boss, and HR, etc.) all knew from the outset that I was very pregnant and that my maternity leave was all arranged before I even set foot in … [Read more...] about Spreading the Good News
I just started my new job a few days ago, and unlike at the interview, now I am obviously showing. I've made the switch to maternity clothes and I definitely look pregnant. My new coworkers seem to be really quiet and maybe even shy, so I've been keeping to myself, using my lunch hour for a walk since it seems like everyone here just kind of eats at their desks by themselves. Today, one of my coworkers approached me and said, "So....when are you....uh...." and then made a motion of 'pregnant' … [Read more...] about Unfiltered Thoughts: Advice for Working With a Pregnant Lady
I started my new job today, 29 weeks pregnant. Last I saw them, I was not obviously pregnant. Maybe I’m deluding myself, but at the final interview, I was still fitting into my regular clothes without any problem. Now that I’m fully third-trimester, I've all of sudden had to replace my wardrobe overnight. I had to rush out over the weekend & get one workweek’s worth of maternity clothes - 2 dresses, 3 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, and one pair of jeans. There’s no doubt now that I’ve got a … [Read more...] about Welcome?
Note to Self: If I'm pretending not to eavesdrop on the conversation one cube away at work, I also don't get to LOL at what was just said. Oops! … [Read more...] about Awkward
Today was possibly my best, and most unfortunate, day at work. I found out Twitwit had done something "for" me, as in taken the initiative a) to determine I wanted it done (by her freakishly inaccurate powers of mind-reading) and b) doing it, followed by c) neglecting to mention to me steps a and b. When I told her I was pissed, she became really defensive. Hit a nerve, did I? Guess so, because only five hours later I watched Twitwit be escorted by the Boss from the building. Evidently, she … [Read more...] about Twitwit: Quitwit?!
Today was the museum’s first special event that I had to work. Special event is code for fundraiser, by the way. And also “special” in that, ahem, special sense. My sole responsibility was to pull together a mini-exhibit. Just an exhibit case or two with some things that Twitwit had arranged to borrow for the event. Except it was like pulling teeth with her. I couldn’t get a list of what objects were coming, any photos of the loaned items, forms to document the loans, what the objects’ … [Read more...] about Did Twitwit Set me Up?