Tuesday, December 2, 2008


I have spent most of the morning giggling to myself. You know how sometimes stuff happens and the irony is so intense that you just can’t help but laugh? Welcome to my day.

First, I will tell you that back in September, there was a big, dramatic blowout at work. My co-worker friend and I got blindsided by some senior employees for our “talking to one another” and were told it was both “distracting” and “demotivating.” These were employees who have been here for over 10 years each. Senior employees who could do their job in their sleep, yet our “talking” was distracting. Some in our department (the boss) spends A LOT of time punching his boy toy (another employee) and wrestling and, I kid you not, BARKING. Like a dog. This is a true story. (And for those of you who have read previous blogs, yes, I’m aware I’ve barked also, but I did it to establish my alpha dog status as pack leader, and also I was not in a professional work environment so shush). So there is barking and wrestling and punching and yelling and laughing and dancing and FINGERNAIL CLIPPING, but my talking is “demotivating.” I’m sure.

Fast forward to yesterday…the boss brings me a piece of paper that says “GET MOTIVATED!” across the top, and says “use this to get in.” Um, what? “This is for that thing tomorrow that you asked to go to.” Um, what? “That thing. You don’t know about it?” Considering you are the one responsible for making sure I have the information I need, and you have not said a word, then no, I do not know a thing about it. Turns out they signed a bunch of us up for this GET MOTIVATED seminar that has all these big name speakers. Hey, I’m cool with that. These are people I would be interested to hear speak (Zig Ziglar, Suze Orman, Colin Powell…), but I don’t think a little heads up would be too much to ask for.

Anyway, Shelley (co-worker friend who was secretly signed up too) and I planned to meet at my place this morning and ride in together. This has me somewhat excited, because not only do I have fun with her, but we were also planning on stopping on the way for breakfast tacos. Potato, egg, and cheese please! I woke up to a text from her saying she wasn’t going to make it because her grandpa was in the hospital. That’s a little demotivating. (Please pray for her grandpa. He had surgery yesterday and had to go to the ER last night for blood pressure problems. Get better fast Popo!). No way am I driving downtown by myself to a seminar with thousands of people to sit by myself for who knows how long. No thank you. So I texted for backup. Another girl in my office (Holly) was going to the seminar late after finishing up some payroll stuff and did not want to have to drive down alone either. She was planning going with another co-worker, who now can’t go because her spouse’s grandmother died. Anybody else getting the vibe that this seminar is on the unlucky side? So So Holly and I are driving down there in a little bit which is great, but it also means I actually had to come into the office today after I was totally set on not doing, so slightly demotivating. But because I don’t have to be here all day, I will leave it in the motivating column.

And for the big, fat finale of demotivators for the morning...I have a cold. A Nyquil poster child kind of cold. I can’t stop sneezing and coughing, and I just want to lie in bed and be completely pitiful (Hill, I think this explains the whiny mood yesterday. I swear I’m a 5 year old). On the plus side, I will be with Holly who is completely laid back and sarcastic so I won’t have to be “on” all day with the screaming, cheering, motivated people. AND considering the plague I’m carrying, I managed to pull off a completely put together look together. Whaaaat??? Not only is hair and makeup done, but my socks actually match my shirt. You guys, I can never fully express to you how amazing and motivating this act alone is. My socks NEVER match my outfit. Getting them to match each other is a feat of its own, but to get them to match each other AND my outfit? Well, we’re on a whole new playing field now. Wow, how about that for a tangent huh? I started with Suze Orman and ended with matching socks. Not even Oprah could do that.

So anyway, in conclusion, I actually am looking forward to going to this thing even if I sound all complainy about it. I think it’ll be a good change of pace, and I’m sure I’ll get something out of it even if it’s not the way I planned it.

Also, I totally stopped for breakfast tacos on the way to the office. Some things are non-negotiable.

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