Thursday, 5 February 2009


Regular readers may remember I hinted at how much I hate my boss. Well for the last twelve months she has left me alone to get on with my job in an office I share with two wonderful ladies – I’ve been very happy indeed.

However, the boss and her team of cronies decided that they need the tiny space I occupy for another purpose and today I have had to move lock, stock and barrel back to my previous office, working with the very same people I worked with twelve months ago, where I was desperately unhappy and had a knot in my stomach every morning when I pulled onto the car park.

I will still be doing the same job, which I love, but I am dreading the bitchy backbiting which goes on in the office I’m moving to but I have to put up with it for the next 11 months.

For the past six months I have taken on the extra responsibility of supervising the pupils (I work in a school for those of you who didn’t already know) in the morning, at break and at lunchtime which takes 1 ½ hours a day and I will carry on doing this, so that’s 1 ½ hours a day I don’t have to spend at my desk and another 45 mins will be taken up with a break in the morning and lunch break, so that only leaves 4 hours 15 minutes a day that I will actually have to spend in my worst nightmare!

Now then, bearing in mind I only actually work 38 weeks a year because I get all school holidays, I have calculated I will only have to work for 19 weeks, that’s 95 days, in there, then we finish for the summer holidays of six weeks! Then come September when we go back to school I will only work for 14 weeks, that’s 70 days, until I retire! Now I’ve broken it down into manageable days I think I might just be able to cope. I’ll keep you posted!


I just read at Daryl's, who heard it from Fat, Frumpy & Fifty, who got it from  Don Mills Diva that some journalist at The Times wrote this article in which it quoted Don Mills Diva without her knowledge and went on to belittle the writing of bloggers.     Don Mills Diva is asking that all us bloggers stand up and be counted by flying the flag above.
Well I don't claim to be a writer but a lot of you seem to like what I write so
to The Times!


Dumdad said...
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Dumdad said...

Sorry to hear about your tales of woe at work but that's a very positive way to deal with it! So it's a big raspberry to your boss!

ciara said...

well when you break it down like that, i guess that makes it a 'little' more bearable, eh? i know you can make it through...and when you retire you can tell all those backbiting people just where to go lol :)

cheshire wife said...

I am sure that you will cope with work. You know that it is only for a limited time and you have the cruise to look forward to.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm sorry. That's not a pleasant way to have to end your career there - but Yay for you for counting it down.

Elaine said...

Well done for being so positive! I'm not sure I would be in that situation. I hope it all goes ok for you.


Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

very positive attitude! good for you!

smiles, bee

buffalodick said...

I couldn't wait until a retirement date- I had to get out now! Hang in there, get a calendar and start x ing off the days!

nitebyrd said...

That's awesome that you looked at it logically and broke it down to something you could deal with. Excellent! :D

Ron said...

Just think of how wonderful it's going to be when you FINALLY walk out that door...

...and give them the FINGER!!

You GO, girl!


Don Mills Diva said...

Thanks for your support.

And also...

*double raspberries*

Daryl said...

You are smart ... working it out this way will make it less horrific .. get a calendar and mark off the days ...


Lisa said...

raspberries indeed!

I know your pain. I worked in a cubicle for 2 years, encircled by girls who did nothing but bitch and complain the whole day long. It was so depressing. I could never figure out how there was so much to bitch about in the 6-7 hours between leaving work and going to bed?????!!!!!

lettuce said...

oh dear
i'm so sorry you're facing misery at work

but so glad for you being able to look forward to retirement not too distantly!

just a day at a time...
you'll be there before you know it

Akelamalu said...

I'll be giving her more than a raspeberry come next December Dumdad ;)

I'm saving it all up until December Ciara then they'll be sorry.

I am just keeping the cruise in my mind's eye Cheshire Wife to help me through. :)

I was hoping to stay where I was for my last year there but it wasn't meant to be Citizen, so I'll just make the best of it.

If I had more than 11 months to work I'd be looking for another job Laney. Respect the Blog - YES.

I'm trying Bee ;)

The calendar is already being marked off Buff. I wish I could leave now but money dictates!

It's the only way I can cope Nitebyrd!

Oh I am so looking forward to that day Ron!

You're welcome Don Mills Diva:)

Breaking it down it sounds so much a shorter time than 11 months Daryl :)

Some people aren't happy unless they're bitching are they Lisa?

Yes that's exactly how I'm looking at it Lettie, it will be here soon enough. :)

Mike Golch said...

retiring and getting away.hang in there.I enjoyed the day that I was able to walk away from my rotten job.I did not have a problem with the inmate it was the effing co-workers that I hated.

Lu' said...

At my old job I worked with a terrible woman. Backstaber would be kind in describing her. At one point she and I did not speak for 14 months. Suprisingly it got to her first. She confronted me, we had words and then it was over; at least that incident, there were others many others. It can be so stressful working in a catty office. I will think good thoughts for you.

I opened my comment option back up :)

People who bash blogger just don't get it and that is fine. Not everyone can have our good sense :)

Real Live Lesbian said...

I hope things turn around for you in the awful office! Wishing you positive thoughts and change in that area!

Shrinky said...

Oh sweetie (((((((hugs))))))))), why do some people go out of their way to ruin other folks days? At least you can retire and be out of it soon, these cronies are stuck with who they are forever, eh?

And as for The Times witch, bah, she's only feeling threatened 'cos her writing is being shown up by the likes of us. Sad, insecure scaredy-cat that she is. Tell you what, lets have a whip-round and buy her a whole punnet of raspberries, huh? (Wink)

Spiky Zora Jones said...

Hi go there and you fight the good fight. Just remember to bring a big stick. hehehe.

They are going to miss you when you're gone. You wait and see.

I received an email from a uiniversity asking me to precipitate in a study on bloggers...

I wrote back ...Um, No thanks, I don't have the time. I'm too busy blogging. :D

Ciao honey.

Mimi Lenox said...

Don't they know they are blessed to be in YOUR space? Oh please. Don't make me come over there.....

(You are so a writer!)

Robin said...

i know how that kind of work environment can be, so i sympathize (and i'm glad i don't have to deal with it as much anymore!) yay for you to be able to retire next year...and it's really not that bad, the way you've got it figured out. clever you!

Finding Pam said...

You are so wonderful and a truely great teacher. You know the kids will miss you and that is what really counts.

I say kill them with kindness. It really confusses them and you do not have to lower your standards or comprimise.

That is sad comment about what that reporter said about bloggers. But when it is all said and done, I would rather read you and the bloggers than some reporter with no insite to people.

thanks for being you, that is what makes you so special.


Cloudia said...

That cheeky journalist is probably 30 and insufferable! Feh-
As for your work harpies: I know you will float above them to retirement. Reiki, my dear; second degree. Nuff said! Love & Aloha-
ps: You ARE most certainly a writer!

Maggie May said...

Really sorry that you have to go back to the office that you hated. I cannot understand why there has to be this bitchiness in office work. Hope it will be better this time.

Raven said...

Sorry about your office move... have you thought about reiki-ing the space? Can't hurt. Glad you have found a way to realize that the time of endurance is finite... and who knows, maybe by the time you leave, you will have influenced them to be more positive. Ya never know.

Akelamalu said...

That must have been one of the best days of your life Mike!

It's so annoying having to work with people who have nothing better to do than to backbite Lu. I just want to go to work, do my job and come home - it's not too much to ask is it?

Thanks RLL for the kind thoughts. x

I keep reminding myself that they will all still be there whilst I'm enjoying my cruise next January Shrinky - it's a nice thought! :) As the for Times witch I'll chip in for the raspberries ;)

By the time I leave I won't care whether they'll miss me or not Spiky LOL

I'll threaten to send for you Mimi if it gets too much. :)
Thanks honey. xx

You've been through it too Robin? It sucks doesn't it?

I'm keeping out of their petty squabbling and out of the way as much as I can Pam. Thanks for your kind words. x

I am surrounding myself with Reiki every day Cloudia, hopefully they won't get through the barrier. :)

I've made up my mind not to let them get to me this time Maggie :)

Oh yes Raven I've Reikied everthing - the space the situation, myself! It will work. :)

tony said...

Funny Enough.I have retirement on my Mind Too! Maybe It's Something about Britain at the moment!!?? Yes.Not Long to go for you.Work-Politics are a pain! The sad thing is that it is usually invisible to outsiders & casual Onlookers......Your Left alone to handle it the best way you can.Good Luck! Keep Reporting!

Travis said...

At least you've been able to look at the positives. I'm sure you'll be fine.

Akelamalu said...

Britain is certainly in the doldrums at the moment Tony - Retirement seems to be the only thing to look forward to! I'll hang in there. :)

Well it's the only way I'm gonna get through it Trav. :)

CG said...

How DARE anyone be nasty to you??? I'll sort her out!!

Emmie said...

I love your attitude to working with people who you dont necesserily like working with. Good on you :) xx

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