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New Earrings

November 21st, 2014 at 02:15 pm

This morning, when I got to the downtown station, I realized I wasn't wearing earrings. Now, ordinarily, I would not let that bother me, but today we are having a very important meeting with the new interim president. I dressed very carefully today and I didn't want to spoil it with bald earlobes!

So I went to Hudson News, where they had a 2 pair for $20 sale. I picked out two, since I could really use new earrings anyway -- or the second pair may be a gift; I haven't decided. Anyway, when the price rang up, the 2 for $20 price was not in the cash register. I pointed out the sign to the cashier, and she gave me the employee discount. So they were only $18! So at least I can feel good about getting a deal.

I will have to buy lunch today, too. I did have some cranberry bread in the freezer to bring for breakfast, but there was nothing ready for lunch. I would say I'm slipping, but I can tell you exactly what happened -- my unit is so cold, I am going to bed almost as soon as I get home, just so I can get under the covers. (A comforter and two quilts!) I am going to call maintenance today. This is ridiculous. The trouble is, I know the radiators are working. I think they have set the thermostat low to save money. But I will call and see what I find out. At least the temperature will climb this weekend, so I may have a few days of comfort. But what's going to happen when the polar vortex hits?

Anyway, I am getting nothing at all done in the evenings because I am too cold to function. I can't even read in bed because my hands are too cold outside of the covers!

So, back to the meeting today. Our new interim president is scheduling meetings with all the various departments, but the boss of each department is not invited, so that everyone can be open about their thoughts on the college, the workplace, the future, etc. A smart move, I think, but it's not going to work for our department, because our boss WILL STILL BE THERE! Not the VP, who is the figurehead, but the exec director who actually runs the place, and runs the VP. I have referred to her in earlier posts as "mean girl." Yep, she's planning to be there, so everyone will be zip-lipped as usual. A shame.

All this will be easier to bear knowing that I only have to put in one more year. Then I'm done with office politics forever! Hurray!

8 Responses to “New Earrings”

  1. snafu Says:

    When we work in China, we've learned from experience and observing our Chinese colleagues that it's often colder inside the buildings than outdoors. Wear some type of headgear, add a sweater atop your pjs and fingerless, knit gloves to offer the warmth you need to continue your activities indoors. Sounds weird I know and takes a bit to get used to but it truly works!

    Depending on what mean girl says at the meeting with interim Pres., can you ask her to comment on whatever issue and anonymously drop it off at his office?

  2. snafu Says:

    Depending on what mean girl says at the meeting with interim Pres., can you ask her to comment on whatever issue and anonymously drop it off at his office?

  3. snafu Says:

    sorry...I don't understand why this machine drops sentences and not permit me to edit

  4. Carol Says:

    Re the cold apartment:absolutely have them check; but think about getting a little electric heater to aim at you while you work around or especially while you sit. We had to do this in a winter rental one time; I do it still to keep from pushing thermostat too high.Good luck!

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I have a little space heater in my bedroom. I find just a few minutes with it on every hour allows for me to read in bed for a while without being too cold. Another choice is to run a hot air vaporizer in your room. It will warm the room and have the added benefit of countering dry winter air.

  6. Kiki Says:

    I use a little heater too instead of the large one - cheaper and quieter. I just turn it on and off as needed. Usually not more than an hour in the evenings and weekends it varies depending on what I am doing around the apartment. And I keep my bedroom door closed so I am only heating the one room (living, dining, kitchen). I like a cooler bedroom as I sleep with an electric blanket and with down covers when no power.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I spend a lot of time at my computer in the evenings - so an electric throw, sweat pants, sweat shirt, warm socks all keep me pretty nice and toasty. I have fingerless gloves too if it got that cold in here.

    As someone who grew up NOT wearing jewelry it really sounds funny to me when people talk about not feeling right without earrings, etc. Smile I do sometimes wear jewelry now ... but quite rarely - because I rarely even remember I have any! Smile

  8. patientsaver Says:

    I love jewelery but i do consider it mostly wasteful spending since most of it sits hidden in a jewelery box much of the time. It bothers me to leave rings on my fingers when not at work, so I don't. Although today I'm wearing a thick braided gold ring on my middle finger and it's not bothering me, probably becus of the wider band.

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