Day One Down

November 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

And I’m exhausted.

This is your head at work

I’m overwhelmed, intimidated and just plain tired, so  I guess that means my first day of work went exactly how it was supposed to.  I know it’s only been about three weeks since I became unemployed, but I still managed to forget how much I dislike going to bed late (too nervous; couldn’t sleep) and waking up early.  I also managed not to get completely lost while navigating the two separate elevators and escalator that take me to the floor I now work on, so that was a plus.  An added bonus was the super dorky looking photo ID that now allows me to enter the building without having to sweet talk security or go through a bag check.

You know what sucks, though?  I still have one very red eye.  And yes, I know it’s been a while and it should be clear by now.  It made my first day of work slightly awkward too, since I looked like I’d been crying out of one eye and/or poking it with a pen.  I even put the dreaded Visine in multiple times to no avail.  However, in a very nice gift from the First Week of Work Gods and Goddesses, I don’t have to be back at work til Monday.  The girl who’s training me is out the next two days and since no one else knows how to do what she (and soon I) do, I don’t have to come in.  Which I suppose will allow me to break down and go get my blasted eye looked at.

Stupid eye.  Though I do want to make sure I have the clearest vision possible when I check out the view from the 51st floor of my new building next week!

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You Look Tired

September 8, 2010 at 1:21 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

I really, really hate hearing this.

Sometimes life just tuckers you out

As I walked up the steps to the train platform this morning, one of the gals I usually stop and chat with looked me up and down.  I’m wearing a fun scarf today (to try to mask the depression I feel over the impending winter) and I figured she was going to comment on that.  No such luck.  The very first words out of her mouth were, and I quote, “Wow, you look really tired today.”

I feel like this expression allows people to get in an insult without officially sounding like a jerk.  When someone tells me I look tired, my brain understands their words to mean “Hey you look like shit today.  What’s up with that?”  Because, really, I’m a little tired almost every morning.  This is usually because I stay up way too late doing nothing important, mostly on the internet.  Last night, however, I was a good girl and actually went to bed early enough to get in a full eight hours of sleep.  I woke up with my usual semi-ease and was no more tired than usual.   And the very first words spoken to me were comments on my lack of vitality.  Thanks.

What’s the appropriate response in this kind of situation?  I did say that her telling me that made me feel like I was looking extra craptastic…and she didn’t deny it, so that kind of blew up in my face.  Should I have told her I had plenty of sleep and what she was noticing was my natural aging process?  Or perhaps I could’ve said that the dark circles under my eyes were a result of a late night fist fight over a burrito.  Maybe I should’ve just gone along with it and spun a wild tale of insomnia, depravity and way too much booze.

Or maybe I should just go home and take a nap.

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