June 01, 2012

Funny Work Stuff

It's been a long week. Work is starting to ramp up and get ugly. You know it's bad when at the end of the day your boss's phone rings and you can tell he doesn't want to pick it up and when he finally does, and hears his wife's voice you hear a whispered, "Thank God it's you..."

To me... it shows just how bad it's getting where we are, massive stress, to how good a relationship he has with his mate. When things are seriously sh!tty at work, I enjoy when she calls so I can hear the change of his voice and I can hear him relax.

It's a good sound sometimes amidst the chaos. Of which we have much as of late...

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I will forever laugh at this conversation between my boss and I today at work.

It is very casual where I work. I wear sandals and jeans every day. I'll get out of the shower, towel dry my hair, throw on quick make up, and slide into work with my hair still damp.

At company X? No. I was always in hose, heels and a suit. When I was out at Tyndall? I may have been in jeans (I was in the shop), but I always had a collared shirt, tucked in shirt, belt... and of course my steel toed shoes.

And so that was our conversation later this afternoon... my saying how much I had to think about what I was going to wear when out in the field.

I walked into work today and I noticed that my boss looked really nice. The khaki pants he was wearing fit better. Sometimes he looks too thin. (Big stress at work... Big.) But these khakis had a flat front and hung better. He looked fuller and I thought it was a nice look.

Boss: I don't think I wore jeans the entire time I was there.

Me: d'oh. I wore jeans or khakis, but I don't own that many pairs of non-jeans and I wasn't going to buy more khakis. I'd already had to spring for steel toed shoes...

Boss: Yeah. Well... I sure as hell didn't wear THESE khakis.

Me: They're new...

Boss: I picked up a size 10 this morning.

Me: But... they fit. You don't wear a 10?

Boss:

Me:

Boss: Let me repeat that. I picked up a size TEN this morning...

Me: OH! Crap! Those are your wife's pants!

Boss: YES. *shaking his head*

Me: OMG. You cannot tell her. You cannot.

Boss: Are you freaking kidding me? I'm just slipping into the house and quietly putting them in the laundry. Nobody will know...

Me: Holy crap. It's a peeve of mine when I think I'm getting bigger than my man. I've always been a small person, so if I'm bigger than my man, I suddenly feel this need to starve myself. It makes me feel bad...

Boss: I hear you. That's why I'm saying NOTHING.

Me: Holy crap. I can't quit laughing.

Boss: not... a dang... word.

So this is what I find humorous. HE isn't telling her that not only did he fit into her pants, and he had room to spare, and he didn't realize it until he was well into work, but *I* am not telling him that he looked better in woman's pants than the man's...

Heh.

Posted by Boudicca at June 1, 2012 09:52 PM
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You do know that Dockers makes Men's Khakis that have pleats on the front by the pockets. It helps to make the front flat for those of us with a gut.

Mine got kind of weird over the winter as I lost 30 pounds and the two sets of pleats met under the belt buckle.

Never the less I now wearing pants that are 4 inches smaller on the waist. It was either that or have them falling off.

Posted by: The Thomas at June 1, 2012 11:11 PM

We have a friend/colleague from Texas who was out here in L.A. recently for a biz meeting. He had some extra time, so we and a group of friends planned to spend some time at the beach.

This guy is a BIG guy...like almost 7 feet tall, and is newly married to a girl who, I swear, is almost 7 feet tall as well. Alas, she was not along on this trip...so I couldn't measure her!

Anyway, as we were walking to the beach, our friend confided in us: Don't tell anyone, but I'm wearing my wife's sandals!

Apparently, he had packed for the trip in the dark, and inadvertently grabbed her shoes! But they seemed to fit just fine.

Two big people, four big feet...a match made in heaven! I guess?

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at June 2, 2012 01:43 AM

Thomas- I wasn't aware. My husband buys all his clothes. He's kind of a fashion kind o' guy and being I'm not so good with it, I stay out of buying him clothes.

My boss is not a big guy. He's an athlete and he really watches what he eats, so he's always been lean in a athletic kind of way. But he got sick a couple years ago, really scary sick, like "in the hospital, what is wrong with you, doctors didn't get it right' kind of sick and he lost weight he couldn't really afford to lose. I think he lost 30 lbs and at 5'10 was down to about 120? He's back up probably 15 of it, so the fact he look liked he wasn't so thin was a good thing.

It's been difficult for me to bite my tongue. I'm not his wife, I'm not his mother, so I never say anything about how emaciated he has looked.

DDP- OK, that is funny. Evidently they weren't pink with bling! And I can't even imagine what it's like to be tall like that. I imagine finding clothes that fit is considerably complicated!

Posted by: Bou at June 2, 2012 11:47 AM

My MIL used to put her husband's clothes for work on a special peg in the closet each day. One day she inadvertently hung one of her blouses there in front of the clothes she put there for him. She woke up the next morning to find him struggling to put the blouse on and not quite figuring out why "his shirt" didn't fit... LOL.

Posted by: Teresa at June 2, 2012 07:37 PM

Teresa- When I worked at Company X, many people worked out at a gym on site. The plant was in the middle of a swamp, for a reason, so to work out, you just went running or to their gym and then showered and came in.

One of the women I worked with was married to a fellow engineer. They'd go running in the morning, having packed their clothes to change into after.

One morning he came to her desk and he had on this pink oxford shirt, stretched across his chest buttoned on the wrong side, and an inch too short in the limbs. He'd picked up her shirt instead of his when getting his clothes in the morning. The fact he got it over his man shoulders, and considering she's so tiny, is a vision we still laugh at...

Posted by: Bou at June 2, 2012 10:21 PM

I have the same "shirt" problem, just that its between my son's and my shirts. He is shaped like I was at his age, tall and thin like your boss.

My son wears "M"edium shirts where I wear XL sized ones ... the shoulders got larger from swimming and lifting.

I regularly find his shirts mixed with mine when I try to fit into one at whatever hour in the morning. Its quite annoying when I like the color and my version isn't ironed yet.

On your boss' weight loss. I saw this happen to one of my friends at work when he got his electrolytes unbalanced. Mike was in the hospital for a couple weeks and dropped a whole bunch of weight. It was startling to see, but did not appear to affect his health (after the electrolytes got fixed), so I wouldn't worry about it too much.

Posted by: The Thomas at June 2, 2012 11:25 PM

Odd you should say that... that's what did cause the massive weight loss, an electrolyte imbalance. Unfortunately, it was caused by gross incompetence from a doctor who didn't know how to fix a heart issue he was exhibiting. The massive weight loss was fascinating to watch from a scientific standpoint... I had no idea that an imbalance of electrolytes could do what it did. It was scary as hell from a humanistic standpoint.

And as I said... he's not gained it all back. I'm not sure he ever will.

My first son's jeans have ended up in my pile a number of times. He'd be horrified... so I quietly just put them in his room and if I'm missing jeans, when he's not home, I look through his closet and quietly take them out.

No teenage boy wants to think he wears the same size as his Mom. ;-)

Posted by: Bou at June 3, 2012 12:31 PM

My friend, Mike, never regained the weight.

Before the incident he had that robust Norwegian bachelor farmer look.

I suspect his doctor said: you've got it off, now keep it off, you were carrying too much for someone with a desk job anyway.

Posted by: The Thomas at June 3, 2012 07:33 PM

My God ... I actually had a NIGHTMARE that went like that! I couldn't find my favorite jeans and my husband was wearing them and they were LOOSE on him!

FYI, I just found him the coolest pair of Dockers at Kohl's. They are flat fronted, very dark midnight blue, and have grey pinstripes. Very nice looking!

Posted by: PeggyU at June 4, 2012 02:19 PM