The Good Kind of Dorky


Monday, August 27, 2007

Monday Vent

Perhaps I was a little distraught over Owen Wilson's supposed suicide attempt or the fact that Hulk Hogan's son totally could have died in that car wreck (did you see the car?) Maybe I was just a little on edge because I didn't get a lot of sleep last night, it's Monday, I have a ton to do at work and my fifty-something male co-worker handed me his dirty cup (okay, it's not how it sounds. I mean mug) and asked me to get him coffee, but in a larger mug than the one I used the last time I got him coffee. That would be the aforementioned dirty mug. I got him coffee before because I was being nice and offered. Let me point out that I do not work for him, with him and I am not a secretary. Yes, secretary. Administrative Assistants don't get people coffee, at least not in my world. I am not an Administrative Assistant either. The only thing we have in common is that we work for the same company and share an office. Maybe I am overreacting, but it really pissed me off.

I wasn't even having a bad day though. Overall, it was a decent day and at the end of it I came home to my embarrassingly, overgrown jungle of a yard as I have for the past few weeks. Clearly, the neighbors are getting sick of looking at the monstrosity (I'm positive even the black family next door is considering a move) because my redneck neighbor sent over his redneck grandson to offer to mow our lawn for $20. Yes, folks, that's $20. And Edgar said yes. Edgar, who has been promising me for two weeks that he would get OUR lawn mower out from the tool shed and mow the lawn, paid a kid to do his dirty work. I don't know what made me more heated, the fact that he wasted $20 when we have a perfectly good lawn mower of our own or the fact that he paid someone so he wouldn't have to get off of his booty to do what he promised me he would do. I am leaning toward the latter, although they both make me breathe fire.

So, what do you think? Am I overreacting? Do you have something you want to vent about? Here is your forum. Let it out.


  • At 12:13 AM, Blogger Aimee said…

    LOL Take a breath. Boys are lazy. Have you comingled your finances? If not, it's his money - and at least you yard looks better. :)

    I'd probably be annoyed too - but yeah, at least you got what you wanted. :)

  • At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Ross said…

    Not mowing the lawn is so entirely worth 20$.

  • At 10:07 AM, Blogger Elise said…

    Hmm. After being married to someone who often seems to refuse to do the things I ask, I've kinda gotten to the point where I'll just take the desired result, however he gets it.

    So I guess what I'm saying is that for me, at least in Honey-Do's, the end justifies the means.

  • At 10:15 AM, Blogger Mrs. Higrens said…

    I have to agree with Ross - with the weather we've been having, $20 is a great deal; if I could spend that little to get out of myself doing something that needed to be done outside in this weather I'd be all over it. But I can also very much understand your frustration with Edgar not doing it himself after 2 weeks of your asking him to do so. I'm guessing your yard isn't that large so it shouldn't take him more than an hour or so, provided your mower works.

    On top of the co-worker issue it really does sound like a last straw on your nerves type of situation.

  • At 10:26 AM, Blogger L Sass said…

    So how did you react when coworker requested coffee in a bigger mug?

    Did you spit in it? I would have.

  • At 11:19 AM, Blogger Beej said…

    We don't even own a lawn mower. We pay the guy $48 to do it whenever it needs it. Best money I've ever spent.

    Monday was weird for me too. I witnessed a car hitting a man on a bike on the way to work. Scary stuff.

  • At 12:22 PM, Blogger Chiada said…

    Oi. I hate being pushed over by coworkers. But, now that I've "grown up" a little more, I think that I would have tried to make a point to the coworker in a humorous way. Like, if he was trying to hand the mug to me, I'd look at him and say something like, "what, are you so low on caffiene that you can't get it yourself?" (well, maybe that's a bit harsh). Or you could try "you know where the coffee machine is, don't ya?".

    I'd be pissed about the lawn mowing thing to. It's the principle of the promise he made you that he didn't keep. Mowing lawns aren't that hard, I even do ours from time to time.

  • At 12:29 PM, Anonymous audrey said…

    I would have been hella pissed about the dirty cup incident. I mean, mug.

    And if your yard is anywhere near the jungle that my yard was until this weekend (weeds taller than the dog! Everywhere!) then, well, it still isn't worth wasting $20 when you could mow it yourself. If I could get my ass outside and spend 2 freaking hours mowing my jungle yard (did I mention that it's on a hill? That i had to go UP with the heavy lawn mower? And everything had to be gone over twice because it was so bad? And maybe there was 3 feet of snow that I had to trudge through barefoot?) (Okay maybe that last one was a bit of an exaggeration), then Edgar definitely can, too. Especially because that $20 could have been used for an order-in-chinese and rent-a-movie date night!

    I hope your Tuesday is better!

  • At 1:02 PM, Blogger *~*Cece*~* said…

    Betcha it was the full moon that got your panties all twisted over $20! lol

    And the coffee mug thing is just wrong and gross. Get your own damn coffee!

  • At 1:34 PM, Blogger Marriage-101 said…

    Oh I would've been SO PISSED if a co-worker had me go get his coffee. Even if I was a secretary or administrative assistant. We don't even make our interns get coffee for people. ugh!

    And $20 for a lawn mowing? Well, it depends on the size of the yard, but even still I probably would've at least made some sort of snide remark about it. But then again, mowing the grass, taking out the trash, and bathing the dog are my husband's ONLY chores.

  • At 2:22 PM, Blogger Julie said…

    I would so pay someone else to mow my lawn.. If I had a lawn.

    But I don't.

    Yes Boys are lazy.
    I will be writing all about how lazy they are in a few minutes.
    So Stay Tuned.

  • At 4:01 PM, Blogger alana said…

    I once worked as a receptionist for a real jackass who not only expected me to make his coffee, but also to watch his dishes from lunch, vacuum his office, and clean his bathroom. Then he tried to cheat me out of my pay. Needless to say, I didn't stick it out very long.

    As for venting, my freaking apartment has freaking mold, omg. I considered blogging about it, but now you've given me an outlet to share this with the world, so thank you, Lindsey, I feel much better (so long as the maintenance guy shows up, that is).

  • At 5:42 PM, Blogger Sarah said…

    I am on your side. Because I am the #1 bridesmaid and because you, like me, ARE ALWAYS RIGHT!! How dare some of the internets question this. Don't they know who we are???

  • At 10:29 PM, Blogger Angela said…

    Tough day, isn't it? I'd say that $20 was pretty well spent though. We hate mowing our yard and it seems to grow a few inches every time I merely glance at it. Our neighbors probably hate us too.

  • At 1:45 AM, Anonymous Kelly said…

    Well, I really am an Administration Assistant. And I don't do coffee. Even the boss makes his own coffee around here. I hope you spat in the dirty mug when he held it out to you.
    As for the lawn... well, if it were me, I'd do the grocery shopping, and ya know, either forget something he's pining for that's worth roughly $20... or buy something hot for yourself, then flaunt it.
    At least your man didn't spend $800 on a pool table, when you don't have a house of your own to put it in. Who does that? My man!

  • At 9:45 AM, Blogger J in Ric said…

    can you have edgar send the kid over to our house?? I'd gladly pay the twenty bucks. Does he do hedges too?

  • At 11:40 AM, Blogger The "Mind" said…

    I don't know how big your lawn is, but I can mow our back yard in like 20 mins. So, that $20 would be a buck a minute and has the potential to be $60 an hour. Dude!

    Anyhow, there are way too many things lately that have been driving me absolutely apeshit. There's no way to possibly list them so I won't even try.

  • At 11:55 AM, Blogger 3carnations said…

    Ugh. I hate the idea of paying someone to do something I can do myself for free. Sure, my time has value, but so does my money!

    We have a client who walked in one time and said "I'll have a coffee with two sugars." I am not a receptionist - We have no receptionist; I happen to sit closest to the door. But still...It felt like he was ordering at the Dunkin Donuts counter!

  • At 8:47 AM, Anonymous cady said…

    it's been so hot down here, i gladly would pay someone to mow our lawn so joe doesn't have to. then again, it's been so hot down here, we have more dirt than grass. :)

  • At 10:50 AM, Blogger Frema said…

    Both of those scenarios would piss me off, but especially the first one. Can we say sexist?!

  • At 10:51 AM, Blogger Frema said…

    P.S. I didn't take the lawn thing to mean you thought $20 was too expensive, but that you have a perfectly good lawn mower that would've gotten the job done for free. Is that rigth?

  • At 11:48 AM, Blogger Carrie said…

    I am bad, just like Edgar. I would totally throw away $20 to not have to mow. I already pay someone $120 a month to do it. lol

    So I can vent here? Really?

    Okay. Today is Adam's last day. I also brought in our niece to work because I need to tie up loose ends before my new people take over on Tuesday. I had a webcast to schedule at 10:00, madatory by my new boss. Guess what? That ass didn't get here until 10:10 and Kyla still isn't here and it is 10:45! I missed my webcast but luckily there is another at 1:30. I can't stand lazy late people and am not speaking to Adam right now.

  • At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Operation Pink Herring said…

    oh HELLS no. he did not ask you to get him coffee... IN A DIFFERENT CUP THAN LAST TIME. I used to be an Executive Assistant, and the one time that my boss asked me to get him coffee I almost flipped a shit. I did not go to college to fetch someone else's coffee. I also did not go to college to do the job that I currently do, but you know what I mean.


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