Welcome to Life
Friday, November 11, 2011Tweet
I will warn you up front that this post is mainly a mind dump of things I need to get off my chest today, and I apologize if I reference some things you aren't familiar with. Google "Nerdfighters" or "John Green" and that should help clear some things up.
Today was a Murphy's Law kind of day.
(In case you don't know, Murphy's Law is that anything that can go wrong, will.)
I actually thought it was going to be a great day, being Friday and 11/11/11 and all that, and because I planned to attend The Beckoning of Lovely at the Bean today. I hadn't attended the gatherings on 8/8/08, 9/9/09, or 10/10/10 but had seen some of the videos online and knew there would be a lot of Nerdfighters there, which is always fun.
So I got there about 5 minutes before it started, which meant I was standing at the edge of a huge crowd of people, most of whom were sitting, thankfully, so I could see Amy when she arrived. Unfortunately the system they had for sound (some kind of weird megaphone that a little kid had to hold and wave back and forth) wasn't great, so I had to strain to hear her.
The gathering was made up of little pieces, mostly collaborative projects we could become a part of at or after the gathering. There was a song, and a marriage proposal. Then someone nudged me and I saw that my boss' boss had shown up.
I shouldn't have been surprised that someone I knew also knew about the event, but it was like my worlds had suddenly collided -- my blogging, happiness project-ing, Nerdfighting self and my normal, responsible, working self. When they announced that John Green was there, I still screamed like a fangirl and yelled "DFTBA" along with the rest of the crowd, but I felt self-conscious about it. Then I saw two other people I knew from work were also there, though standing farther back. They're the kind of people who were probably mocking how silly the whole thing was. Later, when we were supposed to do the Hokey Pokey, I didn't. I felt awkward and out of place.
Then Amy said that she'd asked people to bring white pillowcases (apparently I missed that memo) and that after the gathering she wanted people to go around and sign each other's. Apparently the girls in front of me didn't hear the "after the gathering" part because they immediately stood up and starting asking each other to sign their pillowcases, meaning it became near impossible to hear anything Amy was saying. I thought about leaving right then, but I felt like I couldn't with my coworkers watching. After it wrapped up, I walked around for a while trying to find the "community scarf" so I could add a few stitches, but I never found the girl who had it and ended up just walking back to the office, cold and stiff from standing in the freezing cold for an hour.
I ate lunch at my desk (I couldn't well take another lunch break when my boss' boss had seen where I was for the past hour) and then commenced trying to import the files for our student course evaluation process, something I'd set aside several hours for but which usually takes me about 20 minutes tops.
It took 2 1/2 hours to import a single file. I contacted tech support in the middle of trying it and didn't hear back until after I'd finally succeeded in uploading it, with a message that basically said, "I see that you got it to upload. What's the problem?" I tried for an hour with the second file and finally had to pack it up and go home because the workday was over. I'll have to finish it tomorrow because there are e-mails that have to go out tomorrow using the information uploaded to the system.
In the midst of doing this I got an e-mail from a faculty member. The backstory is that our evaluation system lets instructors choose questions to add to their evaluation, and if the question they want isn't in the bank, they submit a request to have it added. Last week, she had requested a question be added to the bank, so I added it and let her know she could go in now and add it to the evaluation for any of her courses. She wrote back and asked if I'd done it for her or if she had to do it, and I told her she had to do it because she'd already picked the maximum number of questions for her evaluation and I didn't want to guess which one she wanted to replace. She said that made sense.
Then, today, she submitted a request to have the same question added to the bank, and I wrote back and told her it was already in the bank, and she needed to add it herself to her evaluations. She then e-mailed me this afternoon and said, "Oh, but I didn't see it on my evaluations."
I seriously put my head down and almost cried right there at my desk.
So then I went back out in the cold and walked to the train station, where a single person can slow down everyone's commute by standing on the left side of the escalator, and into a "quiet car" where two people were talking loudly on their cell phones.
Dealing with other people can suck sometimes.
(Also, my trusty water bottle broke today, but that's my fault for dropping it.)
I titled this post "Welcome to Life" because... this is what life is. It sucks sometimes. Things don't always go right. Sometimes other people can be really annoying or stupid or unhelpful or ignorant. But they can also be awesome and smart and caring and attentive.
So I'm going to package up my day and write it off as part of living, and go spend my evening with my awesome, smart, caring, attentive husband.
Congratulations if you made it all the way through this post, and thanks for sticking with me in good times and in bad :) I feel better now, and hope you have an awesome weekend.