So this week was a bit of a rough one, and I am glad it is over. At the staff picnic on Monday, I got told about my tank top being too low. Yes, I should have worn a tank top under neath it, and I forgot. I won’t wear it again, please don’t let this be something that holds me back from being in this position. When Linda said that four people came up to her and told her about it, I was shocked 4 people! Nancy told me about my tank top just to let me know as a heads up, when we went up to the conference room in Political Science to check out the eclipse. I felt like shit.
This morning, I brought in bagels for me, Nancy, and Nicollete. Nancy is always bringing in pastries from Panera left and right. She took me and Nicollete out to lunch this past week, so I wanted to return the favor. Well Linda didn’t want a bagel, so I asked Lindsay if she wanted the bagel? She said, No, so I said, okay no problem. I took the bag of bagels in the office with me, and eventually gave it to one of the IT guys, so I didn’t think anything of it. I went about my morning, toasted my bagel, cream cheesed it, and enjoyed the hell out of it. At one point, Nicollette and Nancy came into the office and toasted their bagel, and we chatted for a bit, nothing major right?
In the afternoon, I went to the bathroom did my business, opened the stall and say Patty washing her hands at the sink, so I smiled and washed my hands. Then she looked at me and said, I heard you offer Lindsay bagel this morning. I looked at her and didn’t say anything. I went over to the towel dispenser and dried my hands. She said, I don’t think I ever did anything wrong to you. I hope no one ever makes you feel that way. If they do, just take it in stride.” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I wanted to laugh so bad. I was trying to hold back the laughter. Is this woman really pissed off about a bagel? I should have offered her it, after I spoke with Lindsay, but I didn’t. I know I should have, but I only had one bagel left. Nicollette didn’t even get hers yet. I said, “Well Nancy always is bringing things in and I wanted to return the favor. I never intentionally wanted to make you feel left out.” We walked out of the bathroom together. We walked down the hall back to our offices. I was trying not to laugh. She didn’t really say anything back to me, but she did say again. “Just take it in stride.” I was smiling. I know I was. I was trying so hard to not bust out laughing. I went into our offices.
Then I saw my supervisor, she was back in her temporary office on our floor. Her floor was getting remodeled and a board had fallen down and hit someone in the head, so they had to evacuate the floor, so Linda our division admin was already having a hell of a day and she was going to eventually hear about this. So I approached my supervisor, and told her what happened in the bathroom. Well Patty was in the door way, watching me talk to Phyllis. It was so creepy. I had to tell my supervisor. It is what it is lady you cornered me.
After I spoke with Phyllis, she told me not to worry about it. I told my supervisor it is over. Patty eventually walked away. Phyllis told Nancy, and she said, are you serious? I said, “Yes.” She said, “Alright don’t worry about it, just don’t go back there anymore.”
In the afternoon, Linda and Nancy were talking about the issue behind closed doors in Nancy’s office. I thought this is it. All over a bagel. When Linda, came out she asked if we wanted to order pizza. I put $5 down for it. She said, “let me go ask the people in the back, if they want any.” Nancy and I just looked at each other smiled. She knew I was okay, and I did too.
While we were eating Pizza, Nancy, Linda, and myself sat a table in the kitchen. Linda said, “Just be careful back there. Don’t even bother with them.” I nodded my head and smiled. I was glad that she was okay with it and I think she kind of knew that it was bullshit and petty. I was so ready for this day to end.
When I got home, Drew had the laundry done, but we had to still make dinner. I was just glad to be home. I was so worn out this week. I can’t imagine handing the people I work with, my job, grad school, and home duties, but I guess we will see.