Survival Mode


So here we are, the last week of November, with that-holiday-that-shall-not-be-named right around the corner. Here comes the panic, and the racing around, and the fretting over money we can’t really afford to spend, and ‘To-Do’ lists growing exponentially even though time is speeding up.

Yeah, I really look forward to the holidays.

I gave up on NaNo a couple weeks back when my day-job took a nasty turn and I was too distraught and succumbing to panic attacks to even think about writing. Luckily, the panic attacks have subsided so I can sleep again, an unexpected pleasant surprise on the job front (no, not a new job) gave it an interesting wrinkle. But I’m so far behind on NaNo now there’s just no way to catch up. I can’t possibly crank out 40k words by Saturday at midnight. Oh well, no biggie. I have other things of far greater significance to which to devote my attention.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter have no doubt seen me griping about a co-worker I variously referred to as Ms. Amherst, or Ms. A, or most recently, Princess. She is a suck-up to end all suck-ups, like I have never seen. She got the two top dogs in my department so completely wrapped around her little finger, and they had no idea. People are so susceptible to flattery and schmoozing, it almost made me feel dirty to watch it happen. It still boggles my brain that they couldn’t see through her. Everyone else could. People outside our department would comment that they felt sorry for anyone who had to work with her. (I say this so you know it’s not just me. She had even bragged about how much others outside our department who had to deal with her hated her. I’m sure she assumed they were jealous of her fabulousness).

So here’s the thing: She took another job at our company, and gave notice a couple days ago. After all the cozying up to the department head and office manager, she’s bailing for what she sees as a more ‘important’ position. She just loves to feel important. I could tell our office manager was a bit shell-shocked, and was reeling trying to figure out how this could happen and how she’s going to cope with the loss of Princess. I wonder when (if ever) it will dawn on her that Princess only does what Princess wants to do to advance her own career, and all the brown-nosing and schmoozing were just to ingratiate herself while she had to? But, this is the kind of person that management always loves. Toss out enough buzzwords and jargon and spend as much time as possible hanging around chatting with the higher-ups, and you’re in like Flint. Competence plays no part in career success. And I wonder how long her new boss will put up with her showing up when she pleases, and taking 8 15-minute bathroom breaks a day, along with two trips out for food, and an hour lunch break? But, maybe like my manager, they won’t notice.

I guess going in to my boss and saying “I told you so” wouldn’t be the best strategy here.

I’m still looking for a new job. I suppose I should learn to schmooze but the idea makes my skin crawl. I guess I’m just not corporate material.  What I am doing is looking into finding work doing freelance writing, with an eye to leaving the corporate world behind for good.

In the meantime, I have a short 2-day workweek this week. THAT will be fabulous. With that, I wish you all a lovely Thanksgiving, however you choose to spend it. Enjoy your turkey, or Tofurkey. Chin up, we’ll survive the holidays yet. Click the picture below for a Thanksgiving ecard from me, to you.

Thanksgiving Jacquie Lawson

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11 thoughts on “Survival Mode

  1. Soli (@SolangeNoir) says:

    I have a friend like ‘Princess’ and no one gets what she’s doing either, until she’s done with them. It’s amazing how people can be won over with a little praise and sweet nothingness, isn’t it? Glad she’s out of your hair!
    Good for you, going for freelancing. Wishing you all the best 🙂

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    • D. D. Syrdal says:

      Thank you! Corporate America is sucking the life out of me, it’s all I can do to drag myself out of bed in the morning to face another day in that place.

      I almost burst out laughing when our office manager told us Princess was leaving. I wasn’t a bit surprised. No one defers to her, I’m sure she felt the whole arrangement was beneath her. This is like an early Yule present 🙂

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  2. Eric Syrdal says:

    You are a wonderful person, DD. And i find myself in a lot of the opinions you leave here. I think we think a like a lot.

    Here’s hoping dreams become reality for you in the near future.

    Have a great holiday, friend!

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    • D. D. Syrdal says:

      I figured you’d get it, I think we were both formed in the same mold of non-conformance before the mold shattered 😉 Thanks for the good wishes. It’s scary, but I honestly don’t think I can keep this up for much longer.

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  3. tmso says:

    Good luck with the freelance writing. I think the secret is being super organized and motivated. From the looks of your blog, you have both!

    Happy Tofurky Day! 😉

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      • Margrét Helgadóttir says:

        Indeed. When you’ve met a few and they continue to climb to positions and privilegies, in front of you, despite their lack of experience, despite all the work you’ve done, motivation drops below zero. Can’t understand either why people are so blind.

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