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Bad Day at the Office

Was in a HIDEOUS mood today.  Came precariously close to negatively gender stereotyping myself in my boss’ office today by having a mini-tantrum about — oh, who knows what — that almost but not quite ended in tears (tears of rage, which is my specialty, versus tears of sorrow) before I caught myself, apologized, and swiftly got my s**t together so I could have a rational conversation with the man who signs my paycheck.

Good times.

And then…an email from my wildly cool sister Sofia who I miss so much it makes my brain hurt — she’s the one who lives in Hawaii which is WAY too far away.  And this blog post and video which I am about to share with you completely…well, almost…reversed my evil reptilian misanthropic mood.

What do you get when you cross musical theater with a mall food court?  Nirvana, my friends, nirvana.  Check out the attached from improveverywhere and try not to laugh.  And of course Professional Me — now that she’s over her psychotic break — is trying to figure out how to co-opt this idea for a client.  I have no shame.

Thank you little sister.  You saved my damned day.

Oh, and P.S. to everyone else…thoughts on expressing shall we say intense emotion at the office — ever appropriate? Would love to know especially from my working sisters if those pesky tear ducts have ever gotten you in trouble.

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  1. Sofia
    August 14, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Word up from cool little sister in Hawaii. I’m so glad that you not only enjoyed it but that it literally lifted your spirits. I actually hadn’t had a chance to watch it but sent it to you because I just knew you needed this. I just watched it, btw. I love and miss you too!

    H

  2. Bigbaby
    August 14, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    I’m a weeper and past the point of apologizing for being one. It’s ok for guys to slam their fists on tables, scream and curse in the workplace — not only just ok but often viewed as a sign of power, authority or conviction–so what’s the harm in a tear or two for gals?

    Grown women who cry in the workplace generally only do it b/c they care so damned much. Or at least that’s been my experience.

  3. KathyC
    August 22, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Stephanie I’ve never read your blog before but love it! Anyway, I have definitely cried at the office before. Can’t say I was proud of it, but I think everyone loses a bit of control now and again….it just manifests itself in different ways with different people. I think it just makes us caring and human….can you argue with that?

  4. ssmirnov
    August 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Hey, Kathy, thx for dropping by! So if I bust out the waterworks in our next fabric care brainstorm, you’ll forgive me? ;

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