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[livejournal.com profile] astralina and I had a discussion today, commiserating because we're both having shitty days at work. And I thought to myself, when you're having a shitty day, you take it out on your coworkers, and then they have a shitty day, and they take it out on other people, and it's really just a vicious cycle.

I guess my co-worker was having a bad day, because he pulled rank on me and made me do one of the things HE's supposed to do that sucks while he sat at the desk and chatted on meebo. And when I'd done 90% of it and the hour was done and I changed stations, he told me to go back and finish it, all the while leisurely chatting online.

Seriously? He complains bitterly when another department foists off the worst job - outdoor bin pickup - on us and says that it's lame to have to do something that sucks when someone else is too lazy to do his/her job. Too bad that whinging eye can't be turned inward.

But, in my bad mood, I checked up on my laptop, which, as you may remember, was brought in for the THIRD time in 6 weeks last Wednesday. Last Wednesday, I was told the repairs would take 1-2 days, that I was on the top of the queue, and that they were so sorry that the time before that I'd come in they hadn't just replaced my logic board THEN and saved me all the trouble.
When I called today, EIGHT DAYS LATER, they told me I was at the top of the queue. Which somehow implies that the queue hasn't moved for eight days, which I find hard to believe.

So, in my bad mood, I yelled at the girl for hijacking my laptop and not giving me any options and I berated her for probably 10 minutes.

And I bet now that she's having a bad day.

What do you do when you're having a bad day?

Amazingly, someone who came to the circulation desk 12 minutes ago said that it was so nice to be "serviced" by someone so friendly/perky. I think in subsequent interactions my mood has been less concealed, mostly when people ask me consistently stupid questions.

"I'm going into the stacks to find this book. Do you think I can find it in five minutes?"

Is there really any other response other than "Can you?"

Anyway, tell me something happy, or something that makes YOU happy, or something that you do to make yourself feel better on shitty days.

Date: 2008-03-13 07:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rosefox
As Pollyanna-ish as it is, I try to do nice things for other people to distract myself from bad moods. I especially like letting other people complain at me about tough times they're going through, or giving them advice; it gives me some perspective and keeps me from thinking about my own problems.

Date: 2008-03-13 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexsirkman.livejournal.com
I don't know if I have bad days often enough to have a plan... In part because I think nothing that bad ever happens to me (undeservedly, I know), and in part because I don't know if I notice that much when bad things do happen... I feel bad at times though, for different reasons, and I'm not sure if just forgetting problems really helps out ^^;; I try to think of all the things which aren't wrong in my life, usually... or if I can, I like to spend time with my family. Also, taking a bath can help... I dunno. I guess it basically comes down to trying to make yourself feel better when you feel bad. Which is easier some times than others. It's the worst when what's making you feel bad is stuff inside your own head though... ugh. Yeah, I think I try to let go of problems, mentally. Which isn't always a good thing. I'm going to end here, before I end up in some weird mental downward spiral (or any more of one).



So, want to hang out sometime soon? If you promise to eat meat, you can come to my house when I do St. Patty's Day (which may or may not be actual St. Patty's Day)

Date: 2008-03-13 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'd love to hang out! When is your St Patty's Day Meat Bonanza? You know I'm going away on Saturday for a week.

Date: 2008-03-13 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amalthya.livejournal.com
I'd love to hang out! When is your St Patty's Day Meat Bonanza? You know I'm going away on Saturday for a week.

Date: 2008-03-14 02:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purplemoonstar.livejournal.com
i pig out on food and drinks. I need to find a more healthy plan.

Date: 2008-03-14 12:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] noranac.livejournal.com
I go for a walk. It gets those endorphins pumping and lets me leave my bad day behind.

Or I watch a trashy 80s comedy that I've already seen a billion times. I recommend Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. How can you be in a bad mood with Bill S. Preston, esq. and Ted Theodore Logan? You can't!

Date: 2008-03-16 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blackiestark.livejournal.com
I picture myself holding someone I really care about. This may not be that useful in the office, but getting to sleep at night is much easier when a billion thoughts race in your head.

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