now I’m in the funny box

Today two of the team leaders treated seventeen of us in the engineering department to lunch at the Cracker Barrel.

I rode with two of the guys, and one of them is the engineer who checks the work of me and my officemate. The engineer mentioned that he has a project waiting for OfficeMate, who has been out sick all week. The engineer added, “It’s really pretty easy.” Knowing how angry OfficeMate got over his last “easy” assignment, I suggested that the engineer not use that phrase, opting instead to say, “Even [the boss] could do it.” I guess that caught the guys completely by surprise because they both cracked up.

Later, one of the team leaders was trying to track down some information for me from a customer about a project. During the call, the customer declares that so-and-so about the project needs to change. After hanging up, the team leader said that the customer was crazy, since we don’t have the drawings he said that he sent. I asked, “Did you tell him to put the crack pipe down?” The engineer was nearby, and he laughed and said that I’m really starting to loosen up. This prompted him to call a passerby over and repeat my quip from the ride back.

I like that they think I’m loosening up, although how loose I am depends on who is around. (Hmm, was that the best way to phrase that?) I *do* love to make people laugh; it makes me feel as if I’ve really made a connection with them.

Still, now I feel like I’ve set a new standard for myself, like people are going to expect me to say funny things more often. And that? Just might drive me back to Quiet Mode.

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mad skills

At work today my officemate commented that there are a lot of extremely moody people at work. But, you know, somehow? I don’t think he was referring to his seething rage this morning as he talked about a certain project…

Later, the Anne’s boyfriend episode was casually mentioned, and I lightly said, as the slightest hint of an apology, “I guess that was *my* day to be moody…” Looking back, I can admit I overreacted. Heck, I could admit it that day, but I really was irked. And my officemate should understand, because just today someone threatened to show a funny picture of him at a meeting tomorrow, and he declared that he doesn’t like to be the center of attention. In any case, I was told during another conversation with someone else to brace myself because the Nebraska-boyfriend thing will probably be brought up again at some point. Yes, I have realized this, and I think I’m over it. We’ll see…

The topic was brought up again today because some of the guys from Nebraska were visiting. (One of them told me I could do much better than that guy, btw. Thanks, Steve!) 

At one point, I was working with two other Nebraska guys, and I’d asked a question. One replied basically that so-and-so just does that sometimes. “Don’t ask me why,” he says. So of course, I reply, “But why?” A third guy laughed heartily – I guess you had to be there 😀 – and another guy asks him, “Oh, have you worked around Anne before?” He said it with a smile, and in a sort-of familiar way, as if he expects me to say clever (or possibly zany/goofy) things like that.

Maybe I’m not telling it well, but, given my wee-small crush on the guy who said it, it was nice.

On a side note, does anyone else find themselves thinking all of these less-than-professional thoughts at work? :blush:

done

I’m finally done with my 100 Things list, only slightly behind schedule. You can find the link in the sidebar at the right.

Now, I’m going to watch a DVD, get ready for bed, and try to stay warm on this, supposed to be the coldest night of the year so far, where I live.

ten things

I’m working on one of those 100 Things About Me lists. I’m up to about 70 so far. Hopefully, I can finish it tonight, and I’ll add the link in the sidebar.

Here’s some of what I’ve listed so far:

  • As a teenager, I was extremely shy.
  • As an adult, I’m much more self-assured, even though I consider myself an awkward dork.
  • I’m still quiet around large groups. (Large being five or more people.)
  • Most of the time, I’m not the best at making conversation.
  • I’m a really good listener.
  • I am ridiculously expressive when I talk.
  • This is why I’m more comfortable expressing myself in writing.
  • I also like that writing allows me time to compose my thoughts.
  • I tend to acknowledge that there’s another side to an issue, even if I don’t agree.
  • I hesitate to label any one thing as my favorite, since I like different aspects of similar things.

The One With The New Blog

Since my last online journal/blog/place to ramble crashed earlier this year, I’ve been writing at my forums. However, today, I checked out wordpress.com and decided that I really wanted a new blog. For a while, I’ll double-post my entries at my forums and here. (I’m telling you, that last crash has made me paranoid about these things.)

 I’ve rambled on-line for years: you can check out past entries here.