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    Urgh. Another virus. I have felt it come on since this morning. Sore throat, very tired, back is sore. I left work an hour early, then stopped by Costco for their chicken noodle soup. I have been almost vegetarian these days, but this sounded good to me so I got it. I added some spinach to it, more garlic, and black pepper.

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    Yesterday I came home from work and the house was dark. I said hi to my cat, thinking he was nearby (he is black, so I wanted to make sure I didn't step on him in the dark ).

    He didn't answer me, but I heard a "crunch" sound and boy did I run to turn on the light, because I know that sound means he brought a dead animal in! And he did! Yuck! It was a dead squirrel! So tired of cleaning that rug.

    I may buy a Ruggable brand rug, as they are supposedly washable in your washing machine.

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    Yesterday I ran a meeting all afternoon. A few major people couldn't come, because they were at a conference. No matter, I held it anyway. I have to schedule them months ahead of time, due to people's schedules. And reserving facilities.

    Anyhow, there is a new participant in the meeting. She is a replacement for the contract employee we had last year - the one that was so bad and incompetent. The replacement is a professional and while she has some learning to do with regard to our position, she is organized and competent.

    I am so happy to have her working with us and so relieved that she knows her stuff (for the most part).

    When she first started, she came to me for support and advice, and I was glad to give it to her. I have respect for her training and knowledge, knowing that she will learn what she needs to learn for our unique position.

    However, now that she is more comfortable in her position, I have begun to see a catty side to her. My first indication was the day after some scheduled days off for me. My administration scheduled some contract days off while others were scheduled to work. It was during a time that the others might need to consult with me about some data. I emailed everyone ahead of time to let them know I would be gone, and to consult with me ahead of time.

    As it turned out, one person had questions about my data while I was gone, so they asked the contract employee to interpret it. I got the sense that it was a session where the contract employee convinced my colleague that I was doing things all wrong, because when I returned, my colleague practically accused me of this with a strong tone.

    I explained my approach and urged my colleague not to panic. She was looking at one data point and that was what they were basing their panic on. I showed the trends through time, and reassured my colleague that I was on the right track. And my colleague relaxed and acknowledged that I was correct. She didn't outright say that it was a criticism fest, but the tone and panic tell me it was.

    And since that week, the new contract employee has been flippant and almost rude to me. She was at the meeting yesterday and when we were waiting for a participant, she and another employee were making fun of someone that they work with at another building. They were Googling him, and saying how he talks like a robot, and laughing.

    So high schoolish and cliquish. Sigh. I really don't need that kind of drama, especially after last year's disasters.

    I am trying to be unflappable, and not take it personally. Essentially, when someone is like that, it tells me they are very insecure. I'm not perfect, by any means. But honestly, I prefer someone to come talk with me rather than talk behind my back to stir up things against me.

    Given the above, it is still way way better than the incompetence of last year.

    Hope it works out in the long run, though.

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    I just hate "office politics".

    I had such a great run until last year - my former boss was great. Until last year.

    I used to love getting up and coming to my job - it was so much joy for me.

    It is better this year than last. My new boss is figuring out her new position, and I do like her.

    She is likely unaware of the cattiness happening.

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    Originally Posted by luminousone
    And since that week, the new contract employee has been flippant and almost rude to me. She was at the meeting yesterday and when we were waiting for a participant, she and another employee were making fun of someone that they work with at another building. They were Googling him, and saying how he talks like a robot, and laughing.
    That's the worst, a passive aggressive, immature coworker. I say passive aggressive because she's never going to admit that she is the one with a problem. And with a new boss, I can see how this situation could be extra stressful.

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    Originally Posted by Jibralta
    That's the worst, a passive aggressive, immature coworker. I say passive aggressive because she's never going to admit that she is the one with a problem. And with a new boss, I can see how this situation could be extra stressful.
    I know. Sigh. I was so hopeful.

    At least she is competent. Last year was such a disaster.

    We don't have to keep her on after the contract ends. But it could be so much worse - we know that, first-hand. So we will probably keep her. We were so spoiled by the guy that retired. He is enjoying his grandson and fishing, I hear.

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    My friend C cancelled for our walk tomorrow. Her dog is sick and they're going to the vet.

    I obviously would have cancelled anyway, since I'm sick.

    Had another task scheduled for tonight and tomorrow night, but I asked someone to cover for me and she will. Otherwise I would have had to go help a friend after 9 tonight. Fortunately some one else will help her.

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    Had a quiet Christmas in Michigan with various family members. My oldest son popped in for 4 days, but worked remotely for 2 of those days, so I really didnít get to see him much.

    Younger son and I had a nice visit, and I was able to spend time with my nephew too.

    Crazy mild weather in Michigan - in the 50s F during the day! So strange.

    Glad to be home now with another week off.

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    Originally Posted by luminousone
    Had a quiet Christmas in Michigan with various family members. My oldest son popped in for 4 days, but worked remotely for 2 of those days, so I really didnít get to see him much.

    Younger son and I had a nice visit, and I was able to spend time with my nephew too.

    Crazy mild weather in Michigan - in the 50s F during the day! So strange.

    Glad to be home now with another week off.
    Hey, at least you got to see our Son and Nephew - right? I hope you don't mind me posting in your thread!

    I like a quiet Holiday, and I had my Son (16) for the week. He went skiing with his friends because I hurt my back, but typically we do all sort s of activities together. I'm happy as long as he is happy!

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    Originally Posted by luminousone
    Had a quiet Christmas in Michigan with various family members. My oldest son popped in for 4 days, but worked remotely for 2 of those days, so I really didnít get to see him much.

    Younger son and I had a nice visit, and I was able to spend time with my nephew too.

    Crazy mild weather in Michigan - in the 50s F during the day! So strange.

    Glad to be home now with another week off.
    Christmas Day was super warm here too.

    Glad you go to spend time with your family. 😊

    I have another week off too.


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