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SHOPPING PAIN

I’m not a shopper and I get really cranky when I haven’t eaten. The two combined – not so good. I can handle not eating for about 6 – 7 hours between meals if I have to, but anything beyond that, cranky pants comes out.

So, the one night that I made my way to downtown Chicago, my co-worker begged to go shopping. She was on this mission to get to Guess and see downtown. I was hungry, but I agreed. We took the El train (my first time!) and my co-worker and I got into an argument when we got off the train. I was ticked by the fact that she was insinuating I had no idea where I was going (not that I even said I was an expert – but I walked pretty much all of downtown last time I was in Chicago and then some, so I was familiar more so than her since she’s never been to the city) because I was trying to get my bearings when we came out of the train station. Usually, I wouldn’t have been so testy, or cared, but my crankiness was starting to set in.

So, I got us to Guess and it went downhill from there. I had to shop for almost 2 hours with her – hungry. She is your typical girly shopper, takes her time, looks at stuff, puts it away, looks at it again, goes around, looks again, repeat cycle. It was driving me bonkers. I have the patience of a 2 year old when it comes to shopping, but I think given the fact that I was getting crankier, I wasn’t doing too bad. No one died.

I think what did me in was when she was trying to find a t-shirt for her boyfriend. It was just a damn t-shirt, but it took her forever to find. That’s not to say I wouldn’t put care in buying something for a boyfriend, but goodness, walking around in circles and several stores to find one t-shirt?

Finally, to my utter joy she purchased a shirt, and we were on our way to eat sushi. Just the thought that I was having food lifted my mood and my co-worker realized how inconsiderate she had been because all of a sudden she was super accommodating to me.

I was given a few suggestions on sushi places and I’m glad I had these suggestions because I ended up going to Oysy on Michigan (later on a sales guy was telling us Sushi Wabi was good too – damn, not enough time to try it all!). I got lost getting to Oysy – I thought it was on N. Michigan versus S. Michigan – and I almost killed the cab driver who insisted 888 S. Michigan didn’t exist, but we got there and the night ended up heavenly – awesome food and my crankiness faded once my stomach was full ūüėČ .


Yummy sushi!

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TIRED….

I’m sitting in my hotel room, finally able to relax and take it easy.¬† I have never worked so hard, my body is aching everywhere.¬† It’s so nice to not have to be around any work people tonight.¬† I ordered myself¬†room service so my belly is full and I’m now listening to my iPod while I’m typing away.

I’m plotting my way into the city – downtown Chicago.¬† My co-worker is desperate to get away from our other co-workers.¬† I’m with her on this one, I’ve just about had it with a few of them myself.¬† Work is work, I can handle the fact that from 9 – 5 I need to be around these people, but when I have to be around them beyond that, it gets pretty tough for me.¬† And, since this is a trade show, I know I have to spend around 12 hours of my day with them.¬† I can deal, but I definitely need my own time.

Tomorrow, Friday, I’m hoping to get into the city with my co-worker after the show closes.¬† We’re going to lie and say we’re meeting up with friends in the city that I know.¬† LOL….I’m so bad at lying, I’m not sure if I can pull it off, so, we’ll see.¬† I think I’ll have to get my co-worker to do all the lying.¬† We can’t say she has friends because her co-worker knows that she doesn’t know anyone here.¬†¬† I’m not totally lying, I do know someone here, I know it doesn’t matter, but it just makes the honest girl in me feel better that I’m not completely lying. (look, Mom and Dad taught me to be honest!!)

Ahhhh…the complicated web we weave to get away from the people you work with.¬† The thing with business travel and in particular with my company is that they do a lot of things together – although it’s apparently¬†better now.¬† I plan to break that mold.¬† I’m not big on socializing with the people I work with.¬† Normally, there is probably one person I’ll get to know well,¬†someone I don’t work closely with (such as the girl who’s going into the city with me),¬†the rest I put at¬†arms length.¬†

Anyways, here’s to some fun times in Chicago.¬† ūüėõ

Damn…I’m tired.