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I Hate Spoilers December 18, 2013

Posted by blith3 in Ramblings.
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I hate spoilers – I really do!

I know it’s crazy to believe that in this day and age of super speed electronic connectivity that I can escape from finding out about the result of one of the biggest TV reality shows for 36 hours. But a girl can try…honestly, earnestly try to avoid any mainstream media outlets and social media like Twitter and Facebook. I agree sometimes these efforts are futile – last year, my mother accidentally let it slip as I was driving home to watch the delayed telecast.

But then, I absolutely froth at the mouth when people who I know knows how much I don’t like spoilers “accidentally” drop the bomb.

I MEAN, SERIOUSLY?!! I see you almost every day for lunch. You have seen me through 5 seasons of The Voice where I do this every other time. And you conveniently announce who wins while the rest of us are dissecting the show on Whatsapp whilst watching the delayed telecast on Malaysian TV?

Regardless of whether it’s true or not, tells me two things – either:

1) you are worse an attention
seeker than I thought; or
2) you are lesser of a “friend” than I thought.

Either way, I’m done entertaining you.

Distractions December 18, 2013

Posted by blith3 in Ramblings.
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I had originally meant to put this out as a simple tweet. But the 140 characters didn’t seem enough to adequately convey that conundrum that I was in.

Ever since I began working nine years ago, I look forward to the end of the year when the pace at the office slows and I can tidy up my workstation whilst enjoying tunes blaring from my computer…perhaps even get a head start on things for the following year.

This year though…well, this year has been different.

Instead of enjoying the quiet, these past few days have been killing me because I’d rather be elsewhere doing something, than idly whiling away the time at the office.

Of course, I had been expecting this slow down – of work piling up with the bosses as everyone else in the Department gunned to complete things as much as possible before calling it a wrap for the year and of much younger and more social subordinates getting into the festive mood early and taking a little longer than usual to complete tasks. In other words, the office place is working as it usually does…and which means, it is me who is out of sorts.

May be it’s due to the fact that this year I have become more invested in the quality of my life out of the office or that I have become more adept at using my leave allocation or maybe, just maybe, I am becoming more human again and have realised that I no longer want to be a hermit who recharges in the quiet comfort of the office. Whatever it is, this reaffirms my earlier sense that the rose – coloured tint of the glasses I have been looking through is beginning to fade.

The tough part in all of this though? It would be resisting the urge to snatch those glasses off my face entirely. Thus, my immediate challenge as I go through this metamorphosis of sorts is just to let it be. Things will work out in due course, of that I am sure. I just have to keep my head down, be patient and when all else fails, take time out to recalibrate my tolerance levels again….and NOT implode at things that suddenly seem unacceptable…like what has happened today. Patience and self-restraint, perhaps these will be my biggest lessons for 2014.

In the meantime, I need to devise more distractions to keep myself fairly occupied for the next 4 working days. For the record, the distractions today have been:

1)     Drafting a blog entry in office;

2)     Making lunch plans with my friend from another Department; and

3)     Planning when to take my leave.