Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The stew of annoyance

"There are many ingredients in the stew of annoyance."--Bucky Katt

Ah, that Bucky Katt, dropping pearls of wisdom over at "Get Fuzzy." Today started out just fine. Boss in a good mood, getting things done, pot luck lunch courtesy of the Activities department--then, someone did something to annoy the bejeebus out of me. Someone poked her head in where it doesn't belong and made a decision that isn't hers to make, a decision which may potentially cost more money and definitely creates extra work. It took all of my inner strength not to fire back an email asking, "What the hell are you doing? That's not how it goes! That's just creating more work and extra cost!!" But I didn't. I stewed a bit. Then I ranted to my friend. Then I ranted to my sister. Finally, I calmly, and perhaps a bit tersely, wrote an email saying that I appreciate her trying to help but FYI, it doesn't help. It just creates an unnecessary task in a process that is time tested to be just fine without her helpful tactics.

Why do I let her annoy me so much? I mean, in the grand scheme of things, does it matter? If extra costs are incurred, it will come back to her, not me. I don't have to do the task on her timeline. Since it's my responsibility, I'll fit it into my schedule on my terms. But, dang, I was peeved today. I'm fine now. I'll do what I do the way I do and everything will be just fine.

In other news, I've (perhaps foolishly) joined the NaBloPoMo for December. The theme is "Mitzvah." Wikipedia tells me it has come to mean an act of human kindness. My kind act today was to give all the Immunity Activate water (with 250% of the RDA of Vitamin C) to my friend, Toy, (even though it's my favorite) who is tall and lanky and needs all the immunity she can get.


San Diego Momma said...

Make that skinny Toy get her own water.

Proud of you for the NaBloPoMo. You are a much better person than I.

Lookin' forward to the Mitzvahs!

MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

YAY for NaBloPoMo. I look forward to reading an entry EVERY DAY, and being thoroughly entertained.

As for meddlesome co-worker (Ms. Kravitz of the workplace?), you're a better person than I. It would have taken way more than a day to be "fine" about it.