Whining Thread #2

Er...guilty as charged. Well, not so much email, because I can set the dates on that to be active. But I'm really bad with voicemail. (To be fair, I change it as soon as I've been notified of the problem. But, given that I get a call maybe once a month, it's likely to be a long time.)

Look I'm Procrastinating. okay? ;)
also guilty as charged....
 

Purr

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Minor whine...and really, I admit, rather small and petty...my office is having a Secret Santa gift exchange, where we draw co-worker's name...of course, I drew the one person in the office that I'm not that fond of...heavy sigh...I'll be a big person and get a thoughtful gift and do a good job wrapping it...no one will know the difference...did I say I admit this is rather small and petty??? :rolleyes:
 

samina

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Minor whine...and really, I admit, rather small and petty...my office is having a Secret Santa gift exchange, where we draw co-worker's name...of course, I drew the one person in the office that I'm not that fond of...heavy sigh...I'll be a big person and get a thoughtful gift and do a good job wrapping it...no one will know the difference...did I say I admit this is rather small and petty??? :rolleyes:
Sometimes doing something thoughtful like that for someone I don't resonate with has changed the way I feel about the person, and eased the relationship a bit...at least from my perspective.

Funny you should mention Secret Santa, as that came up for me today -- gave me a chuckle. I've put together a holiday party for my own team, including both Secret Santa and White Elephant gifting, and we already drew the SS names. However, today I learned that there is someone new now reporting to me. What to do, what to do, without having to re-draw for SS again...?

Ah-ha! The solution: I took the name I drew, duplicated it a couple times, put them all in the grab bag and let the new guy pick from those three names. He picks the name I drew, I give myself his name...et voila, pressing critical business-stopping issue resolved. :)
 

mindputtee

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Minor whine...and really, I admit, rather small and petty...my office is having a Secret Santa gift exchange, where we draw co-worker's name...of course, I drew the one person in the office that I'm not that fond of...heavy sigh...I'll be a big person and get a thoughtful gift and do a good job wrapping it...no one will know the difference...did I say I admit this is rather small and petty??? :rolleyes:
Same happened to me, but funnily enough, the person I drew I know EXACTLY what to get him and I know he'll love it.
 

cornutt

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Clothes dryer won't heat up and now I have wet clothes hanging all over the house. AND, appliance guy can't come to fix it until next Tuesday.
Does your place have fuses or circuit breakers? If it has fuses, check them. Blowing a fuse on one half of the circuit can cause this.
 

Purr

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Sometimes doing something thoughtful like that for someone I don't resonate with has changed the way I feel about the person, and eased the relationship a bit...at least from my perspective.
Anything is possible.

Ah-ha! The solution: I took the name I drew, duplicated it a couple times, put them all in the grab bag and let the new guy pick from those three names. He picks the name I drew, I give myself his name...et voila, pressing critical business-stopping issue resolved. :)
Great solution!
 

Purr

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Same happened to me, but funnily enough, the person I drew I know EXACTLY what to get him and I know he'll love it.
I understand. ;)

Co-worker likes Earl Grey tea, so I was thinking along the lines of getting a big Christmas mug with a box or two of Earl Grey tea. Then I might add holiday chocolates, a small peppermint bark candle, or some other small items. Put the whole thing in a fancy gift bag with tissue paper and a decoration of curling ribbon, and presto, Secret Santa gift. I'm sure co-worker will love it. :D
 
I understand. ;)

Co-worker likes Earl Grey tea, so I was thinking along the lines of getting a big Christmas mug with a box or two of Earl Grey tea. Then I might add holiday chocolates, a small peppermint bark candle, or some other small items. Put the whole thing in a fancy gift bag with tissue paper and a decoration of curling ribbon, and presto, Secret Santa gift. I'm sure co-worker will love it. :D
if it helps, Earl Grey is mildly toxic;)

reported in the journal Lancet, even tea can cause health problems if flavoured with bergamot essence (Earl Grey tea) and consumed in large quantities. It may induce muscle cramps, involuntary twitches (fasciculations), burning or prickling feelings (paraesthesias), and blurred vision. A man aged 44 years went to his doctor with muscle cramps. He had consumed up to four litres of black tea daily for 25 years and had recently switched to Earl Grey tea, believing it would be less harmful to his stomach. Within a week, he developed muscle cramps in his right foot. Over the next few weeks they had spread to his left foot, right calf and towards his hands. Other symptoms included involuntary twitches of the right adductor pollicis and gastrocnemius muscles, burning or prickling in the end regions of all limbs, and a feeling of pressure in his eyes. This was associated with blurred vision, particularly in darkness. Appropriate tests excluded motor neurone disease, polyneuropathy, myopathy, neuromyotonia, stiff-man syndrome and Machado-Joseph disease. After five months, the patient switched from Earl Grey to pure black tea and his symptoms completely disappeared within a week. They remained absent when he stopped drinking all tea for a week. He also found they did not recur as long as he consumed no more than one litre of Earl Grey daily. Essence of bergamot oil is used to flavour Earl Grey tea. Bergamot oil contains bergapten (5-methoxypsoralen), bergamottin (5-geranyloxypsoralen), and citropten (5,7-dimethoxycoumarin). It is a well known UVA-induced photosensitiser (making the skin abnormally sensitive to sunlight), has a toxic effect on the liver and can also cause contact allergy. The side effects observed in this case can be explained by bergapten, which has effects on electrical conduction in membranes of peripheral nerves (it is a largely selective axolemmal potassium channel blocker and reduces potassium permeability at the nodes of Ranvier). The resulting hyperexcitability of the nerve axon membrane and timing alterations of nerve potassium currents can cause the twitching and muscle cramps.
Finsterer J. Lancet 359:1484, 27 Apr 2002
 

Purr

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I didn't know that about Earl Grey tea. I drink tea, buut I prefer English Breakfast tea or something similiar. He said he likes Earl Grey tea, which I don't like because the taste is too strong for me.

He can drink the tea at his own risk. :p
 

mindputtee

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When did people stop being able to use critical thinking/problem solving skills?? I'm not going to sit here and spoon feed the answers to this assignment to you, figure it out yourself!
 

pygmalion

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Whine: People on my work team take 15 seconds to complain. I spend fifteen hours following up on the thing they complained about.

And nobody ever says thank you. Ever. Ever.
 

Lioness

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Company has employed one of the senior manager's daughters. Aaaaand now he's trying to be all "my daughter isn't getting paid enough. Her hours keep changing"

It's a retail job. Retail doesn't pay well. And hours need to be flexible. These conditions are the same for everyone. If you get your 15 year old daughter a job, you should probably expect to have to drive her to it, so don't be complaining about the length of her shifts not being worth the petrol time.
 

Peaches

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Did not get the promotion. Trying not to be bitter or resentful of one of the people who got it. Luckily have vacation coming up to get over myself. Decision, though: my workload is going to change. Promoted slacker coworker is going to start shouldering more of his share of the workload, and I'll be the one to hold his feet to the fire this time around.
 

Peaches

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Thanks, guys. I appreciate it.

I do still have a good job, with work I (mostly) enjoy doing, with good benefits...which is why this was only a whine.

...but, yeah. Today I'm...well, not having fun, but...having my little pity party. I will let myself be like this for today. Tomorrow = vacation. Next week = vacation. Week after that...I will get my head on straight and fly right and go back to doing the best I can do, because that is upholding my values.

Question for the Void: would it be inappropriate to ask my branch chief (who was on the interview panel) what I need to be doing differently to get the promotion next time? Not, why didn't I get it this time (although that's going to be implied, on way or the other), but what can I do differently? I can't see pitfalls with that...but I've learned by now that I don't always come across as intended.
 
would it be inappropriate to ask my branch chief (who was on the interview panel) what I need to be doing differently to get the promotion next time
as a business owner i tell you that shows incentive!! i would encourage you to do that and keep it positive and growth oriented
 

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