It has been a minute since I last blogged. This one might be a long one, but I will try to keep it short.
Earlier in the week (Monday), I was chatting with my coworker about what we need to complete and when they need to be done. I mentioned to her the major project I was working on for her was nearly completed, and the minor one is also near completion. She was delighted of course. I then proceed to mention that I know she has a few projects coming down the pipeline and several more that need to be completed. Thus, I told her that I will help her with those projects once I am done since I will be project less come the end of the week.
My coworker laughs and says well I don’t think that is going to happened because I mention to our boss that once you finished up with those two projects, I will have you help me with my other ones. Guess what, my boss told her “ No, she won’t be able to help you with your projects because I need her for X project”. I looked at my coworker and said X project is bs I thought I was booted off if after the fit our boss threw, and also because she had someone else from another team helping her on it. My coworker looked at me and said, “ I don’t know what she is going to have you do on that project, all I know is you can’t help me with me because she needs you working on that project with her”.
Now, I am all for helping my boss complete projects, but there is something that is irking me about her. She is currently in limbo between being an ass and being “nice” to me. She has taken up not responding to the majority of my emails, and they are all important items but of course she picks and chooses which one to respond to; this leads to about 25% of my emails being answered. Those she doesn’t answer I have to speak with her face-to-face and well she likes to play dumb or some form of dumb which I have to say is irritating and if she doesn’t play dumb or some form of it, she plays the I am too busy to help you so say what you have to say quick and get out of my office game. So, why am I irked about her and her being in limbo, well it is because of the fact she is in limbo and when she is in limbo it is not pretty for me. Her limbo is like an office version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
So, I told my coworker screw our boss I will help her with her project as my boss has never once mentioned to me that she needed me to work on that project, and plus she had that other person helping her. Also, if I recall my meeting with my boss correctly, I can’t write and she needs someone who is specialized in writing; so, I am basically out the door once she finds my replacement. My coworker was jazzed about the fact I still wanted to help her. I want to help her because she has had my back since day one along with the secretaries, and I consider her to be my “office friend”. So, if my buddy needs help of course I will help her. Thus, I am working on her projects in secret.
So, now I wait for my boss to pull me aside and talk to me about this project component she wants me to work on.
Yesterday (Tuesday), was rather eventful in that I needed my boss’ approval for a document so I can mass produce it and well she found errors in it. I fixed the errors and when I brought it back she still said it needed to be fixed, and I responded sort of like an ass.
Boss: You need to fix this footnote, it isn’t right.
Me: It is right, I copied it exactly from your document.
Boss: Okay, well that’s good but you need to water it down.
Me: Okay, fine then. Why don’t I leave the title and tell people to have at it.
Boss ( Rolling her eyes): Really?
Me: Yes, but I will water it down for them.
Boss (smiling and laughing): Thank you. You know this is what we have to do, watering things down for people so they can understand what our results are saying. It is the nature of the beast.
I have to say in that moment we were having a disagreement, it felt great because normally I would go and make the changes without a peep and tell my coworker who would go and literally fight the battle for me if it was deemed necessary by the both of us. But since I “fought” her on my own it was like she gave me a little bit of respect in that she knows I can deal with her on my own if need be. Lol, my coworker was stoked with what I did, she literally said “ Good throw it back in her face that you got the formatting from her documents! If she doesn’t water it down in her documents why should you?” My coworker is starting to think something is fishy with our boss when it comes to me because it seems like she is always knit-picking or criticizing me to other people. Maybe she feels threatened by me because I possess certain qualities she wish she has, that isn’t my fault. I worked hard on those qualities, and instead of feeling threatened and treating me like a doormat she should be helping me grow professionally. But that is not happening.
Oh! I forgot to mention yesterday, one of the secretaries from another team called me “itty bitty” because I was wearing form fitting clothes. She also said “ keep it classy, you are representing, and if I see you in baggy pants I am calling you out”. She then asked who I worked with, and I told her. She said, “ I should have known since you guys are standing next to each other in this picture. You work with smart people so you have to be smart”. She made my day.