So, I have been observing the behaviour of the women in my work team over the last few months and it has been interesting to say the least.
We have had quite a few personnel changes, with three great colleagues leaving us, which I would like to highlight on before I start this post.
Our wonderful Chair's PA, 'PJ', left us for another role. When she left, we felt the pressure. She was the 'Oracle' and a fountain of all knowledge. Whenever we had a problem or needed an answer, we would always ask PJ. That proves beyond any doubt how vital she was to the setup of the office. The Admin team will never be the same again, seriously!
'Leads' was next to leave us. She was the life and soul of the secretariat. Despite not officially being placed within our team on the hierarchy, Leads was definitely considered to be a main cog in our working machine. She was bubbly, fun and showed us all how to make a 'real' salad at lunch time - Sainsbury's iceberg lettuce sales were up during her secondment period.
'Roondog' departed from our team and the glue that held us together seemed to lose it adhesiveness. Her wedding checklist and housekeeping emails have been sorely missed and our team has struggled to get to grips with not having the benefit of a kick ass Office Manager around to look after our interests.
Ladies although you have gone, you will forever remain honourary members of the admin team. (I need a few minutes - ).
So, now I've dried my eyes, it's time to get on with the official first post.
I have updated you on the changes in my office but now it is time to move on to my observations, and my reasoning for why I am 'The Odd One Out'.
So this week's topic: the bizarre statements they come out with.
I have come across a series of strange and bizarre statements in my time with these women. I present my evidence for your judgement: (I have included the initials of my colleagues for their own amusement)
Does the lump on the back of my neck look big? (SK)
Believe me, I had to keep a straight face for this one because she was deadly serious.
Wedding shoes are expensive but can still be worth every penny. You just dye them black to get 'wear out of them' (KR)
Or you could purchase a cheaper pair of shoes and not have the guilt of the huge cost spent on them & the additional cost incurred to dye them black!
My friend is trying to lose weight. She is on the Pre Heart Op diet! (SK) - yes, someone actually said this to me.
***Speechless with a grin***
I'm going to take a cheeky trip to Wilkinson. Does anyone want anything? (RL)
I'm still trying to work out what a 'cheeky trip' is but it sounds amusing whatever it is.
I just sometimes do not know how to react. It takes me off guard and I have to just think of the first thing that comes to mind. e.g. 'What are you talking about?', 'Are you nuts?' 'Jess is exactly the same!'.
Don't get me wrong, they provide me with 5 day a week amusement but sometimes I am absolutely stunned at the information being portrayed to me. I also sometimes think that because I am the only man in our team that they forget I am pumped full of testosterone and not oestrogen. The things they say to me may fall on deaf ears because I am not a woman and do not have the working of a female brain.
Sometimes this can be a hindrance more than a help but most of time I seem to get away with it and we quickly move on.
Well I will give you a while to digest the last 3 minutes of your life that you have spent reading this blog that you will never get back!
Keep checking in on my blog, I still have plenty more to talk about.
"I AM THE ODD ONE OUT!"