Monday, February 06, 2012

Bizzy Season, or stuck in Groundhog Day

Argh.  Busy season is upon me.  There are obstacles.  There are pools of sharks.  There are friends that come by with pats on the back just when you need them.  Sometimes they give you a hug.  And then there are those who leave the office thinking that surely this woman has lost her mind. 

People want to hand you things.  No matter if you have one hand on a keyboard and the other holding a phone receiver, they want to hand you their sheet of paper.  Lay it there, I say.  By the end of the day, I am snapping ... Lay. It. There!

Work phones.  Why aren't there cordless ones yet?  Why am I unwinding a knotted up phone cord in this day and age?  I do have the hands-free Lily Tomlin Operator set.  One ringy-dingy.  Two ringy-dingy.  But why is that main phone still on a cord? 

I've been on edge.  Don't know why.  Things are the same as they've always been.  Maybe that is the problem.  

Am self-reducing some of the thyroid meds, maybe that will help the on-edge feeling. 

Ever want to really look forward to something, but all that is on the horizon is same-ol, same-ol? 

I'm Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.  Maybe I should take piano lessons.

15 comments:

moi said...

The last time I worked outside my home, I had one of those phones. I used to stand on top of the filing cabinet at least once a day to dangle the thing so it would unwind itself in preparation for the next day's tangled mess.

This time of year always makes me feel on edge, too. I think the transition from winter to spring is my problem. I'm only ever fully relaxed in the summer and fall.

Hang in there.

Buzz Kill said...

We just got a new microsoft system that works through our network. You can IM, call and receive/view voicemails through your computer. The system also will interpret the voicemails and put them in text form - which is pretty damn funny. It also comes with a hands-free headset, which I refuse to use. I still have the handset because I'm old-fashioned that way. I feel more like the Dunkin Donuts Guy - Time to make the donuts.

Boxer said...

I'm not hands free yet either and we just bought new phones to replace the 15 year old ones we had been using. Being in sales, I've always resisted the headset.... especially when I worked at my previous job in a pit of phones. Buzz's comment made me laugh. Dunkin Donuts guy!

I was feeling very Ground Hogs day earlier in the year and then Henry dropped from the sky and now? There are days when I think I've been sitting at my desk doing the same thing for over 18 years (and I have) and others when I'm excited about getting out of bed.

*sigh* Hang in there.

troll said...

Hang in there. It's obnoxious to hand someone something when they're working. Especially if they're not even in their office. Or in their office with the door shut.

SEE THAT BOXERISH PLEXIGLASS THING OUTSIDE THE OFFICE! THAT IS WHERE YOU PUT STUFF YOU WANT ME TO READ!

chickory said...

i use my computer like buzz was talking about...and If i had a phone job i would definitely use the head set. If someone tries to give you paper when you are busy refuse to make eye contact. it might work. there is no way not to be on edge if you are paying attention. hang in there, baby!

Karl said...

Good afternoon Pam,

Be a shark yourself. If someone comes into your office and starts to hand you something while you're otherwise engaged. Chew off a piece of they're ass. It's simple common courtesy. If you wait patiently, and allow me to finish what I'm doing. So that I can direct my full attention too you. I will treat you courteously. But if you barge in and interrupt. You will be hating life by the time you walk out. Just set some ground rules, it works.

I have a wireless setup that works with my phone, however the phone system has to be bluetooth enabled. I find it very convenient to use. My biggest problem is remembering to plug it in at the end of the day. If you look on Amazon or other office equipment sites you can find add on wireless equipment that will likely work with your phone system.

Regarding the thyroid meds. Please be careful. You may want to consider more frequent blood tests.

You command your own horizons. If you don't like what you see, change it. If you want piano lessons, take them.

carmar76 said...

it's that ennui that gets us about this time of year, pam. you will make it thru! : )

pam said...

Moi: I can picture you on top of the cabinet unwinding the phone cord somehow. In your heels!

Buzzy: We have a guy who comes through once in a while saying that very quote ... time to make the donuts ... time to make the donuts ....

Boxie: The head-set isn't too bad and it is a neck saver. But peopl who come in don't recognize that you are on the phone.

Trolly: If only I could sit in my office with the door shut, if only I could ....

Chicky: The nature of the job is to greet people as they come through, especially if they are from a certain area, we have to be REALLY nice to them. It is exhausting.

Karl: It was home-school day today. My ability to be nice-to-people limit was hit at about noon. But thanks for the warning about the thy-meds. You are right, of course.

Carmy: Thanks! Must be a tough time of year for everyone.

moi said...

Many folks have made fun of my attachment to high heels over the years. As a result, however, I could, if necessary, balance myself on the head of a pin. Not dance, mind you, just balance.

Oh, and I use a headset today :o)

Karl said...

Good morning Pam.

Pardon me, I didn't realize it was a meet and greet with the public situation. You're a braver soul than I.

@ Moi: Please don't tell me you're a wallflower. By some flats, get out on the floor and have some fun.

moi said...

Wallflower? Uh, no :o) I was a club kid for many years, and if the music is right, I'll still get up and dance. Flats do give me hives, though.

Karl said...

How about we compromise. 2 inch broad heels. And if you're going to dance with me, Kevlar reinforced toes;)

pam said...

Somehow I don't see Moi in sensible shoes. Do they make steel-toe stilettos? If not, they should!!!!

Dance Party at Karl's place! I can see it now! The boat all decked out in nostalgic B&W film set style; Moi with Lauren Bacall hair searching for her Bogie; the moment interrupted by Boxie's chihuahua puppies or K9's chickens ...

moi said...

@Karl: Hmmm . . . 3-inch stacked and you have a deal.

@Pam: Dance party!?! I so there. Who's doing the food?

pam said...

Troll and anyone else who participates in the food smackdown challenges!

BTW, everyone go wish MRM a happy birthday ... it was yesterday (Wednesday) ...