In 5th grade I missed the memo for spirit week. Monday was costume day and everyone came to school in fun outfits and I was left to mope in a corner with my uniform. Apparently I didn’t quite grasp the concept of spirit week from the previous four years of elementary school, and I thought every day of the week was costume day. Tuesday I showed up in my favorite dalmatian costume (the one that I wore for 8 consecutive Halloweens). It was twin day. So not only did I come to school in a full-body hairy jumpsuit with ears and tail, no one asked to be my twin on twin day! And as I’m sure you guessed from the title, I didn’t wear any pants underneath. I had polka-dotted legs until lunch when my life-saving grandma brought me overalls. Yep.
I made (what I thought was) a fantastic Christmas party flyer at the request of one of my bosses. He didn’t like it. But instead of just telling me he didn’t like it, he made a (pretty bad) flyer to show me the “feel” he was going for. So instead of taking the time to redesign a new flyer from scratch, I turned my nose up as high in the air as possible used a premade flyer from word. He totally loved it and asked me to email it to everyone in the office. Still put out by the rejection of my initial invitation, at the bottom of the email below my signature I wrote in white (so no one could see), “Made with reluctance,” just to vent my frustration… My other boss got the email on her phone and the way Gmail works on a mobile device is that it shows a little preview of the first few lines of text from the body of the email. Well everything else in the body of the email was image so you can guess what she saw. I explained what I did to both of my bosses expecting some serious backfire and all they did was laugh! Now every time they pass by my desk they announce what they are doing…with reluctance.