"We're all just walking each other home." - - Ram Dass

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

M-I-C"ee you real soon!" k-e-y M-o-u-s-e

I think we are pretty much in order to go on our trip. We planned ahead and are really trying to leave the house clean so that when we get back, and are depressed enough, we don't have to walk into a pile of stank that we have to clean.

This is not my style. I usually leave the place a walking disaster. Just ask my parents, they lived with it for 18 years. I'm talking funky undies in a heaping pile and crunchy dishes in the sink. This is me trying out my not be so messy goal for 2010, I feel so accomplished - ha. :)

I think mentally I need some time away as well. This may seem odd since I just had Christmas and even a day off for New Years, but a scenario today at work made me pause, laugh at myself, and say "I think it's good I'm going away!" Here's the scene.

We had a departmental meeting today at 10:00 (On FaceBook and Twitter of all things...this in itself made me in a shnarky mood knowing that I would be chuckling at all of the [older] generation of coworkers looking dumbfounded about tweets, FarmVille etc. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed.)

Ok, so I saw someone headed to the meeting at 9:50 - - 9:50?!? I was shocked. Then I asked myself, was ten minutes early that unreasonable, but in our culture, it is. Here's the thinking that is never spoken but strictly adhered to:
10 minutes is too early, this sends the message that you don't have enough to do. Plus I have to add that it can be awkward because no one else except the meeting organizer is there.
Coming exactly on time or after is just considered disrespectful or rude.
5 minutes is ok, but it's still pushing the too early mark.
That leave 3-2 minutes the ideal arrival at a meeting time. This way you can pleasantly chat to the coworker next to you, and with that, the meeting starts.

This is when I decided that I needed to get away for awhile. Every work environment has it's social norms, but I think I need to chill out from mine for a week. The Pohlkotte norm is much less structured, even down right weird, and I love it.

I'm sure when we get back I'll have plenty of pictures and stories to share. I can't wait!

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