Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tongue clucking too!
Do you work with someone who drives you crazy? I am sure the fact that I may be PMS-ing has nothing to do with it okay maybe a little. But she drives me crazy on a daily basis, this made up *cough cough* person does.
The problem is, I like her. For the most part. But she has the attitude that - she does what she does and if other people don't like it - too bad. That goes for her work, as well as her noise level.
"Oh I'm sure I have hearing loss from working in the really loud *cough cough* room all those years."
She knows what that means - SHE'S LOUD.
Her volume makes me crazy along with her habit of narrating everything she does all day long, swearing under her breath (if you're going to swear just DO it) and praying every 20 minutes or so.
There are the burps now and then with the exagerated "EXCUSE ME" just in case anybody missed it they will know she apparently just belched and had no control over whether she did it out loud or not.
If it's cold in the office, which it often is, we hear about it.
"BR-R-R-R-r-r-r!!!!!" Long, loud and drawn out.
"AGH-H-H-h-h-h ..... !!" Which can mean general dissatisfaction, coldness, and maybe 'pay attention to ME!', I'm not sure.
Did I mention her laugh? She laughs IN, not OUT. And it's like she's one of those nervous laughers, she laughs after almost everything she says either as an exclamation, an apology or a hedge against someone being offended or confrontational.
"If it's raining too hard tomorrow I'm just not coming in (wheezelaugh)."
There are also the annoying habits like sucking her teeth, tapping her pen on her desk and singing or whistling tuneless snippets of songs, real - and made up. Oh, and lets not forget listening to her conference calls on speaker, even if she is the only one from our area on the call, and also proclaiming her inability to do anything and everything to management's satisfaction every time she is given a new task.
"Oh I won't be able to do THIS (wheezelaugh)."
"I'll NEVER remember THIS part."
"Fine. Whatever, I'll do what I can do (wheezelaugh)."
If there is free food for whatever reason, she is right there, earlier than anyone else, oohing and ahhhing over the choices, and making 'nummy' noises while she eats it. And of course she's a tiny little thing. If the fat chick (me) did that it wouldn't be the same thing, let me assure you.
People have said - you should say something. Maybe she doesn't know she bothers people. Well, that's partly true. I'm sure the noises she makes are not something she is really aware of. If I bring it to her attention she will definitely become overly self-conscious which in turn will make her mad. We have to work together in the same area. And honestly, as stupid as it sounds, I don't want to hurt her feelings.
Plus, there are so MANY things she does that drive me nuts, it would be like a laundry list and then I would feel bad. Besides, then what would I have to complain about?
Honestly, knowing how she would react stops me from saying anything. When she makes me nuts I moan to one of my other co-workers and I'm better for a while and we keep the peace. Because really when you look at the amount of things she does, it's kind of absurd.
And sometimes I think that the amount it bothers me is absurd as well because I only know one other person (who will admit it) who is bothered by even SOME of the things she does that bother ME.
Today it may be magnified due to hormonal issues, just like my feet and my ankles. But I can't blame her 'habits' on water weight EVERY day. So it's really nice to be able to come here and whine and complain and not have to apologize later.
She doesn't have a computer and doesn't use the internet. All Al Gore's work is lost on her and my annoyances are safe with you. Right?