Saturday, August 05, 2006

My week from hell is over...

Busiest work week of the entire year has now ended. I can breathe a sigh of relief. *SIGH!*

Things I have learned from this experience, but are not so specific as to be an actual post about work:

1. I must find shoes that are stylish, yet comfortable enough in which to stand and walk considerable distances... for 10 to 12 hours at a time. My shoes suck, but they're cute. I still can't feel my toes today.

2. Do not refer to recently graduated college students as "kids" in your anecodotal references... because several people in your audience have also just graduated from college 3 months ago. Bad form.

3. After a 14 hour workday, do not, under any circumstances allow yourself to parent. In this one case, ask the Farm Boy to step in and make decisions. This will prevent you from screaming on the phone at your child over a simple request. It will also prevent the resulting guilt over said screaming incident.

4. Do not assume that other presenters you have recruited will know that they should dress professionally. Even though it should be a well-founded assumption, it is no longer something you CAN assume.

5. When casual-guy presenter arrives in an old t-shirt and shorts, do not allow your mouth to hang open in surprise and shock... thus rendering you speechless. It's not a good look for you.

6. When people ask you "How are things going today?"... it might be better to do something rather than groan, roll your eyes, or fall down in front of them to communicate your worn-outedness. Next time, just say, "Great!"

7. Invest in super-duper strength eye concealer, because yours failed miserably, thus producing a meth-head, crack whore look for you on your biggest day of the year.

8. Don't waste another second worrying about how bad your hair looked yesterday. It's a lost cause.

9. When the Farm Boy suggests going out to dinner after your biggest work day of the year... to celebrate it being over... take a rain check. Falling asleep in your cheese fondue ALSO is not a good look for you.

10. Don't cry (publicly) when you remember you're going to go through this all over again next year.

GG- my next post will be your TAG. :-)


goldennib said...

You poor thing. So glad your torture is over. Wipe the cheese from your face and dry your eyes. Tomorrow will be better.

Stinkypaw said...

Read like a rough week, but console yourself, you have another year to re-build your energy before re-doing it all over again!

Margus said...

recent college grads are such babies, and should be addressed as so.

chin up.

-R- said...

I have called people "kids" who are actually older than me.

Low heels = cute but still comfy. That is the lesson I have learned but do not always follow.

don't call me MA'AM said...

goldennib: thanks... and that cheese was sticky! ;-)

stinkypaw: It also means that I have a whole year to put pieces in place to avoid the unnecessary stress we go through every year. Cross your fingers for that!

margus: yeah.... YEAH! They are! okay, just kidding.

-r-: Well, I've never done that, so I guess I'm okay then, right? Oh... and the shoes I had on WERE low heels.

Jill Davies said...

I may be a little slow but... what is it that you do?

MiMaw said...

HooYah! You made it through so the rest of the year should be stressfree and full of nuthin but fun and excitement?

Gabrielle said...

Thank God that's over, huh? And as for shoes: I live in Birkenstocks in the summer, the colorful ones, and I'm going to find some cool ones for winter, too--everything else kills my feet.

Julie_Gong said...

But you're done for a whole year! You should be proud of yourself rather than thinking about all the bullshit you'll have to endure the next time. Live up the moment because it sounds like you deserve it!

don't call me MA'AM said...

jill_davies: without being too specific, I'm in staff development. :-)

mimaw: not quite. This past week was my peak stress time... there are hills and valleys in my job, so let's pray for more valleys. haha

gabrielle: I WISH I could wear Birks to work! Sounds like I need a new job, eh?

julie_gong: no, I'm not done. I'm done with this piece, and there are other things throughout the year, too. This one is just the biggest and the worst. But I am SOOOOO happy it's done. :-) YAY! Party at my house!

Guinness_Girl said...

Oh, poor you! GAH. As for the shoes - I recently (randomly) bought a pair of Hush Puppies that are sandals with a wedge heel. Even I (a girl who RARELY wears heels) find them pretty comfy!

Julie_Gong said...

Ok forget what I said. I'm a jack ass. Still... party at your house though!

Paisley said...

Oi. Sounds fun! haha

I just forgot what I was going to say...


don't call me MA'AM said...

gg: I have a few cute wedges, too, but alas. None are comfy. Must find some.

julie_gong: you are so not a jackass. AND... you're the party girl, so you'd be the first one on the invitation list. So, let's PARTYYYYY!

paisley: I do that all the time. For me, it's the getting older thing. For you, you're pregnant. Memory goes in and out. You have a good excuse. I don't. ;-)

Ludicrousity said...

I think that falling asleep in your cheese fondue is more definitely a great look! We should all do it more often!