The day started off on the wrong foot. I wanted to beat the shit out of my alarm clock the minute it starting playing that happy little tune to alert me that 7:00 am had reared its ugly head. Who chose that damn song anyway? oh, right, I did!
I walked into my office and remembered I had forgotten to buy coffee. Great, just great! So I marched myself to the office across the hall to steal some coffee from them. The coffee they use must be cheap, because it’s not very good, but it’s still coffee, and I needed it.
I gulped down my bad coffee and started working on submitting our client’s federal and state income returns. I’m the only one who can electronically submit them, so this often eats up a lot of my time.
Anyway, I was working right along when my boss called me into her office. You may recall a month or two ago when I was complaining about the way I was being mistreated, and a lot of drama was happening, well, this meeting was to apologize for all of that. Finally! After a month I received an apology. We had a heart to heart, she and I laid everything out on the table, she confessed how she had been feeling and what she was dealing with, and I expressed that her words cut deeply and I was extremely hurt by them. I also told her that if she had just come to me from the beginning and explained the situation, I would have understood what she was going through. And while I may understand the situation, there are still consequences for our actions, and she needs to keep that in mind the next time something like this comes up. It was actually very informative, but as I have learned her true colors, I also know to still always keep an eye over my shoulder, because while I do believe she means well, I still think she’s a narcissist and when push comes to shove, she will always do what is best for her, even if that means pointing the blame to her own staff.
I felt like a weight had been lifted, finally the tension was gone and I could actually focus on the task at hand, which now was VITA. Electronic filing would have to be put on hold, yet again. Another long, exasperated sigh.
I walked down to my VITA site to make sure that my volunteers had everything they needed, helped them set up, and ensured that the client’s didn’t need anything before I returned to my office. As it turned out, one of my volunteers was in an uproar because she had to sit at a different table.
I never knew I could make someone so incredibly angry by sitting them at a different table than they were used to. She threw a temper tantrum, people say toddlers are bad, well I can’t speak to that, but I can tell you hell hath no fury like a 70-year-old woman who was sat at the wrong table!!
She admitted that she doesn’t like change, and I assured her that normally she would have been sat at her usual table, but we had to change rooms around to accommodate a group of manager’s who needed to use the room for a mandatory meeting. We came to an agreement, and as long as we are still serving the public, so they can get their taxes done for free, that’s all that really matters. That’s what we’re here for after all. She didn’t like that answer very well, but she’s not getting paid or anything, so if she really doesn’t like it, she doesn’t have to come back! (I’m secretly hoping she doesn’t.)
This all happened last week. and it’s looking like another week of Monday’s. The boss lady is back to piling my plate up with work that should be her responsibility, (saw that one coming from a mile away,) I have reports coming due next month I really need to start working on, but it’s hard when I have to run an entire income tax site by myself. I also have to write up an advertisement to hire a new employee. One of my staff members is leaving, and I’m a little saddened by it. He was a great employee and friend, and to be completely honest, I’m going to miss him. We’ve worked together for 6 years now, but he’s bettering his life, and I’m also happy for him. It’s a double edged sword.
Ugh!! I am so stressed, and I have to deal with the finance monsters all this week, it’s how my Monday started. I’m just counting down the days till April 17th, the day I leave on vacation!!!
How are all of you beautiful souls? I hope your week has started off better than mine!
Love & life lessons,