Sometimes that paper trail …

… is from a ticker tape parade!

Tuesday, I wrote about an unpleasant colleague, someone I cannot trust but with whom I have no option but to work. At the end of my workday, it was clear that I was needed to prepare for one of our ugly interactions.

So I prepared. I made a plan. I was going to go into work this morning so I’d have time to download our emails as backup for my telling of events. I was going to review the notes I’d taken in meetings to be sure I had all the necessary information I needed to feel confident of my position.

In the end, none of my preparation was necessary. The nonsense never materialized … and I have no idea why.

Okay, not entirely true. I have a suspicion of why. The late-Tuesday email that hinted at foolishness to come on Wednesday wasn’t addressed only to me. My colleague’s boss, my boss, and a couple of other senior staff were included. It was a bold move on my colleague’s part, but I think it backfired. Two of the women on that email have shown themselves to have no kind of time for that kind of mess. I’m thinking one or both of them shut the whole business down. And for this I am grateful.

Maybe this will mark a turning point in this relationship. Maybe my colleague will finally straighten up and fly right!

Hey, a girl can dream!


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Paper Trail

This morning I had a lengthy email exchange with someone I neither like nor trust but with whom I must work often. Because this person has shown themselves to be untrustworthy, I avoid phone calls with them whenever I can and conduct our conversations through email. I want a written record of everything we do so that when this person claims never to have said something or agreed to something or taken responsibility for something, I have the email chain as evidence.

This isn’t a way I like to work, and it’s annoying to me that I’m put in a position to have no choice but to work like this. I am grateful to have my email archive, however, and grateful to be able to come with receipts when I need them.

As I left work this afternoon, I saw an email that made it clear that I will be needing those receipts tomorrow. This is pretty fast turnaround between our initial conversation and the denial of said conversation, but sometimes that’s the way it happens. So I’ll go in a little early and download the necessary evidence and be ready for the mess when it spills into my space.

I really don’t like working like this, but that doesn’t mean I can’t. If folks want to be foolish, I’m ready for them.


It’s March, so it’s the Slice of Life Story Challenge over at Two Writing Teachers! Twelve years and going stronger than ever. Click over to read a few slices, see what that eclectic group of bloggers is up to. And maybe write some slices of your own this month!

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Time to lighten up …

In May, I ran into this new way to rate myself, so of course I did …

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

At first I was a little happy. This feels vaguely better than finding that I don’t even rank on the Cuss-o-meter. But then I scrolled down to see how I had earned this status.

Yeah. I’m PG because I used the word ‘ass’ once. I’m not kidding. One time:

This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:

  • ass (1x)

So all the swearing in my tags has gotten me exactly nowhere, clearly. Maybe the fact that I have used the word ‘ass’ three times in this post alone will help me to at least achieve the cussin’ skills of the average second grader!

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Well, that was in May when I was clearly a much nicer, more socially-acceptable girl. I ran it again in June:

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

And how did I go from PG to R in less than a fortnight?

This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:

  • pain (4x)
  • hurt (3x)
  • dangerous (2x)
  • piss (1x)

So ‘pain’ is a word that kids under 17 shouldn’t hear unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian? And ‘hurt’ and ‘dangerous’ … ? How weird is this? And how strange that the famous ‘ass’ that got me into trouble in the first place doesn’t even show up now. Clearly this is a rating system I’ll need to visit again, see if I can do best two out of three!

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So that pretty, blood-red “R” was from early June. Things have gone from bad to foolish in the week since. Here’s tonight’s take:

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

My mother will be so proud … well, maybe if I don’t show her the next bit.

This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:

  • steal (2x)
  • sex (1x)

I give up.

Something’s *%#!&^ wrong!

Ok, check this out:

The Blog-O-Cuss Meter - Do you cuss a lot in your blog or website?
Created by OnePlusYou

Um … not that I think I spend much time with the swearing or anything. But I do swear.  I swear I do!  This is funny to me.  People are always apologizing to me when they swear in front of me (ok, not my students so much, but other people), and I always wonder what that’s about.  I mean, talk to my friends (back me up on this one, Mopsy!), talk to my sister.  I mean, I’m no stevedore, but I’m no Laura Ingalls Wilder over here, either.

And you’re thinking, “She could prove this easily enough by just letting fly a stream of off-color bon mots.”  Yes.  I could … but that would be so forced, wouldn’t it?  And why am I upset that my blog is so not full-o-the-cussin’?

Wait!  When I wrote about the fall of The Spitzer, I tagged the post with ‘dumb-ass crap.’ Surely that counts for something