Yesterday, Bossman #1 was in and out of the office. A collective sigh was released every time he announced he was leaving for a bit.
Nothing personal, but we all had a ton to do and uninterrupted time is very precious when you are in customer service.
I got to work a bit early in hope of cranking out some neglected data entry. I was quite pleased with how much I was able to get completed before lunch yesterday. I looked at my clock, saw it was the designated lunch time and gathered my stuff to go run my errands. I walked out of my office and had turned to say "have a good lunch," to my office mate and ran into Bossman #1. Not physically, but he did stop and not let me pass.
With a scowl on his face, he asked "What are you smiling for?" "Did you think I was gone again?"
In the space between my breathes, I swallowed down an entire single spaced, nine hundred and ninety-nine word essay on how to be a great leader, how to motivate your "team", what the definition of the fucking word "team" means, historical reference of how great leaders inspire, sexual-harassment policy since 1988, verbal abuse, and studies on the death of companies where Micro Management was the backbone of leadership.
I am certain my smile grew even wider as I replied, "Nope, I am just happy I am allowed to leave for lunch!"
I walked around him and exited the cave of despair and walked towards the light of freedom.
I ran my errands which consisted of getting a cashier's check for $500.00 to pay off 75% of what I owe the State Mandated Parenting Coordinator for all of her assistance in my co-parenting with my ex. That felt powerful and fabulous! Then I went to my favorite little hole in the wall, where I was the only person there and had control of the big screen tv. I found a monster fishing show where they try to catch huge tuna that they sell for more than I owe my parenting coordinator and I ate my spring rolls.
A full hour lunch break (escape) is necessary for me to make it through my work day. I am grateful that The State of Colorado has mandatory guidelines about work breaks for anyone who works a certain amount of hours in a row.
Thank you Colorado!