||[Sep. 26th, 2003|10:26 pm]
Welcome to the new bug going around.
I work a whopping 1.5 hours today. Why? Well, I was hit with a severe (severe for me anyway) headache and chest pains on Thursday at work. After work, I headed home. There, the headache continued despite some Advil. I slept for 4 hours, woke up with the headache intact and went back to sleep. Woke up 4 or 5 times in the next 4 hours with severe chills until I eventually woke up and went to work...where I could only tolerate the pointlessness so long (1.5 hours) before I left. I guess this means that my tolerance for idiocy correlates to my physiological well-being. Makes sense.
No one said anything to me until I went to a co-worker and told him I needed him to do some jobs for me after 7pm or so. He said I looked awful and I told him I likely had this seasons's flu.
I am one of those people who gets a virus and feels like ass for 12-24 hours and then somehow walks away ok after that (just some post-nasal drip, etc). Then, all the people who were around me get the same virus and have worse symptoms for 3 times longer. Made going to work SO worth it. Normally, the headache and chills would have been minor but they were pretty bad this time around. I will wait and see if this kicks everyone's ass or not.
In other news, my boss asked me if a person at work had asked me to go to a fundraising event. I looked at her like she was insane since I am sure this person at work doesn't like me at all. Apparently, a committee both my boss and this person are on (and my boss 'chairs' (so to speak)) found out about a fundraiser and wanted to have some spies attend to get some ideas on an identical one we plan to have in the late spring - the spies being me and this person at work. Until that conversation with my boss, no one had ever told me anything. So I was told I would be asked about it later that day (my boss was leaving and it was lunchtime). No one ever asked even though this person walked by my area 3 or 4 times (in fact, a printer she uses at work is located in my area). Same on Friday for the 1.5 hours I was there. So, on Monday, I am just going to tell my boss it is obvious I would damage the imaginary reputation of this person to even be seen speaking to them much less at some fund-raising event so they can find someone else to be their 'red shirt(1)'...I have other things to do (which may include finding other work if the issue is pressed. This is NOT in my job description in any way, shape or form) such as keeping that place operational and going home to study. Events like that restrict my study time and work is not coughing up the money to send me to training elsewhere (nor will they). And what horrible things did I do to this person to warrant such a reaction? Hmm, let me think. She was on the verge of termination and I offered to listen to her and give her a place to vent. Tried to help when there were things to be done last spring by this committee (that ended up being a 'wipe other's butts deal but that is another story), made absolutely sure she was cced on an email about inventory items so she WOULDN'T be out of them in the supply room (which might have resulted in her being terminated). Provided glowsticks (at my cost) for a 'Bring Your Kids to Work' event (despite not bringing my kids since I am sure they would be treated as shittily (is that a word) as I typically am at work). Offered to help her study for some college classes she wanted to take. You know, shitty stuff like that. Things you SHOULD hate other people for doing.
I present this as an example of the level people behave around me at my work. Ask people I know outside of work and they tend to like me. People at work avoid me. I don't know why there is a difference.
(1) Star Trek reference. Think about it.