Friday, February 20, 2009

Does Anybody Even Bother to Read My Out Of Office Message?

A few weeks ago I sent around an email to the Partners and Associates with whom I work (not all 600 of them - just my daily coworkers):

I will be out of the office on February 20. I will not have access to
email or cell phone and will be completely unavailable for the day.

I thought that should cover it. Over the past 5 days I have reminded certain partners, "I am not here Friday." And my BossMan partner, close friend, and introducer of the Captain knew why I wouldn't be there. Although he kept referring to stuff we'd finish "tomorrow." [as in Friday]

And when I left at 430 Thursday to go get Son from practice I put the following out of office message up on my email, "I will be out of the office through Friday Feb 20 with no access to email or voicemail for the entire day. If you need emergency assistance please contact Ms. X My assistant. Otherwise, I will respond Monday upon my return."

It is midnight Thursday as I type. [through the magic of blogging this will post Friday night after my day] I have spent the night on emergency client calls and fielding new projects and things that people want me to handle and conference in on and email tomorrow, having completely disregarded the message that they all got b/c they contacted me by email first.

I should've been in bed hours ago, as I have to get up at 5am for surgery. Surgery people. No I don't think I'll take that conference call Friday, thank you very much. OR answer that email. Or do any legal analysis. Or maybe I will all drugged up on valium. See how good my legal advice is then...(wait my advice might be better if drug induced, huh! darn....)

EDITED TO ADD: IT's friday afternoonand i'm answering emails like an idiot so i guess I'm feeling ok. Tired but ok. but i refuse to talk to clients...

And I think I'm not tired from the "procedure" [really it doesn't count as surgery, just a little housecleaning] so much as I'm tired from crying. See in my blissful day off and for some reason can't sleep, I have been streaming netflix to the home theater all day. Last night it was Victor Victoria, so today I decided to watch steel magnolias. And have cried hysterically for pretty much 2 hours. I don't know why but that movie does it for me. OK so my sister and niece and cousin are all pump wearing diabetics so this does hit a little close to home, although so far all are fairly healthy. But still, I think it's time to switch to a comedy. Or take a nap. Or both.

Any suggestions for some good netflix instant play movies? My eyes are blurry from scanning them....


Myra said...

I'm glad to hear you're doing well after your surgery. What is it with some people anyway? I hope you're back to yourself and ready to knock 'em dead again in record time.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

It sounds as though you could use some sleep. Put down the remote!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Yeah, you need to rest. I had this housecleaning a few years back and I was fine for a few hours, maybe a day, then I was hit by a mack truck carrying small cars.
Put down the remote and sleep while you can. :)
Steel magnolias is one of my most favorite movies, but I CRY like it is my sister there....I don't know why I torture myself.
ps. heads up. you are getting an award from me...I post it on Saturday. Between now and then, SLEEP!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

I hope you feel better and get all sleepy and then actually sleep.


hulagirlatheart said...

Claree, you are too twisted for color TV. I love that movie. Seriously, I think you need to switch to something completely off the wall that's always good for laughs. I'm thinking Animal House or a Kat Williams marathon.

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

I'm so sorry about all the work crap... isn't that irritating?!

Take care of yourself, and SLEEP. As far as NetFlix vids, I recommend COMEDY. Best In Show, and Dazed and Confused are 2 great ones.... they will make you LAUGH and not cry. Laughter is an excellent nurse! :-)

J.G. said...

How about "My Cousin Vinny"?

And I'd say they read your e-mail, they just don't think it applies to them.

Take a break and feel better soon!

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Fleur de Bee said...

OMG I have to be your blog friend I decided! You are cracking me up and I have been laughing hysterically at your blog! Oh wow, thanks for the good start to my evening! I sure hope surgery went well and you are able to take an extra day off just to "show em" that without you, your clients would surely die! LOL! Delightful blog! You need a book deal!