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I kind of lost it at work today.

The day started well. My birthday, for one thing. Sunshine, for another. A pre-planned late morning--coffee at home, an hour of robe time.

Then I got to work.

I won't bore you with the details. Except this one, which took place in a meeting that I was required to attend even though I have four times as many trouble tickets to clear and four times as many users to support as any other team member, and the meeting was about how many trouble tickets we have and how important it is to get through them all every day:

Droning Boss of Haiku Inspiration (via conference phone from a remote location): [Charlie Brown grownup talk sounds] We have 83 trouble tickets in the system this morning [wah-wah-wah-wah] and we have a high priority on [issue that actually concerns me.]

Me: *feels blood pressure palpably rising*: There are some problems with that priority [explainy].

Droning Man: [interrupty] Wah-wah-wah-wah

Me: *tries again* *starts to see red* *looks at clock* *thinks about all the work*

Droning Man: What was that, Em? I can't hear you over this conference phone.

Me: *steam comes out ears* You can't hear me when we're both in the same room.

Twenty other people in the meeting: *stunned*

So, for the next two hours nobody talks to me--and can we blame them, really?--but one coworker tiptoes over and sets a jasmine pearls green teabag on my desk with a note about hoping my day gets better.

Pretty soon my actual boss comes to my desk and says she'd like to see me in her office when I have a minute. I am actually glad to be SO FUCKING BUSY that I don't have a minute all day long, so I won't have to hear the attitude lecture.

Then around 4:00 she comes to my desk and kind of sheepishly hands me a birthday card, and I realize, Oh! That was why she wanted me to stop by her office. She hates Droning Man of Haiku Inspiration too. I was just the Cordelia who said what everyone else was thinking.

No prizes for that, but I got through the day. Was home before 9:00 p.m., and I have two whole days off. The fact that that feels special to me goes a long way toward explaining my intemperate outburst. Excuse it, too? Maybe.

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owzers
Dec. 6th, 2008 07:23 am (UTC)
I always loved Cordelia's lack of tact filter! She was my hero, as are you! Happy Birthday babycakes! Present for you tomorrow honey! *huggles*
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2008 07:25 am (UTC)
I am totally excited about my present! Thank you.
lamentables
Dec. 6th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
Belated Happy Birthday!

Enjoy the two whole days of freedom.

(I am highly amused by the description of your meeting/outburst.)
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
Thank you, ma'am. I believe I'm going to celebrate (birthday, outburst, narrow escape from lecture about attitude--you decide) with a nice red-toenail pedicure!
altariel
Dec. 6th, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
Well done you and happy birthday.
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
Thank you. Twenty minutes left to go, and I've only lost my temper once. Maturity has its benefits.
communicator
Dec. 6th, 2008 08:01 am (UTC)
Yay for saying what you think, it will do him good, and it may well have been a safety valve that was needed, if everyone has been working that hard. I thought it was going to get a bit better at work, with fewer long days? I hope it shapes up soon.

Happy birthday Cordelia (here's a binary birthday cake)

Edited at 2008-12-06 08:09 am (UTC)
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)
That binary birthday candle thing is cool! And it looks a little like vampire teeth besides. Cordelia on my mind, I guess. I am, apparently, 110101 years old today.
vampirefan
Dec. 6th, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
sorry to hear that this happening...and today of all days!

happy birthday though :) enjoy the weekend!
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)
I'm loving the discs you sent! Thank you!
roxymissrose
Dec. 6th, 2008 08:15 am (UTC)
Just when I think you can't get any cooler. Oh wait--am I supposed to be seized with admiration for you? Yes, I think I am. Definitely. :)

*HUGS*
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2008 08:21 am (UTC)
I dunno. I spent the better part of the day dying inside, thinking, God, I'm way too old to behave this way, and everyone must be really embarrassed to know me!

And yet...

And yet...

Droning Boss of Haiku Inspiration just got up my left nostril.

So, I dunno. Admire? Pity? Cringe? You decide. Hee! I'm actually fairly impressed at the unfiltered creativity this guy brings out in me.
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emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC)
Well, then, I can take myself off to bed in a good frame of mind! I was fairly appalled at myself. And yet there was that little spark of "damn! That felt good!"
wedjateye
Dec. 6th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
Eeep! That was some meeting.

Happy Birthday. (All my birthday greetings are belated these days - sorry!)

I hope your boss gets a nasty fungal nail rash for your birthday. ;-)
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2008 10:54 am (UTC)
Well, I wouldn't wish a fungal infection even on the Droner, but I appreciate the general sentiment. Thanks for the birthday greetings! Rather greetings than meetings!
vchrusch
Dec. 6th, 2008 10:02 am (UTC)
Happy Belated Birthday!

Enjoy your weekend because it certainly sounds like you deserve it. And that was a beautiful way to lose it on the droner in my humble opinion. :)
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2008 10:52 am (UTC)
I think it works slightly better as a story than as an experience--which is of course why I told it. But yeah, it's been a hellish few months in he workplace, and some people just make it harder.

Thanks for the birthday greetings. It's been an...interesting birthday!
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emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
"Pissant" is the term I find most apt. He's difficult.

Thank you for the birthday greeting. Simon's candles never grow old.
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emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you, dear! I was wondering yesterday whether being a December child means being dark, or being merry, and that made me think of you and your dark icon with your merry name.
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emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure he didn't hear me. As usual.

Thanks for the birthday greetings! Your icon *strains brain* means something about kneading dough...?
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prime_meridian
Dec. 6th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
Sorry I missed the chance to wish you greetings on your birthday proper. As someone who occasionally has to gnaw on her fist to keep from saying things in the "out loud voice", I applaud you for your momentary Cordy moment. Enjoy your weekend!
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you, ma'am.

The rewards of society really do go to those who gnaw on their fist the longest. Unless they look like Charisma Carpenter. Which...even Charisma Carpenter doesn't do for long.

So yeah, in turning 53, I guess I'm getting to that "When I Am An Old Woman" phase where I speak the truth. When I get to the Estelle Getty phase, someone should put me out of my misery.
sparky77
Dec. 6th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Happy slightly belated birthday! *hugs*
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
You know, I feel like you and I have been back in more regular touch because vampirefan and I have been hanging out online quite a bit, and she mentions you often. We've been having loads of fun.

Thanks for the birthday greetings.
silk_knickers
Dec. 6th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
It seems it is too late (in several senses of the phrase) to wish you a happy birthday, but... happy unbirthday, at least!

*shakes fist in general direction of middle-management types*
emeraldsedai
Dec. 6th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
*points at icon in glee* Cordy!

Thanks, hon. it wound up being a pretty good day after all, thanks in large part to LJ.
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