Monday, August 22, 2011
We have a regular meeting called Committee of the Whole - or as we call it COW for short. The staff member who usually puts together the information package is on vacation. So last night around 10:30pm I had a message from my boss with a heads up that I needed to prepare the documents this morning for distribution by the end of the day.
Its always been an inside joke at the office that you need to take cover on the day the COW package is being prepared. It is stressful and not a fun job. And whoever is doing it is NOT in a good mood that day.
So this morning I decided to get it over with first thing. I went to the shared folder to retrieve the documents and begin to edit them. Guess what?? The folder was empty. And the symptoms of my Mad Cow began to surface.
The next couple of hours involve a lot of calling, emailing, nagging, begging, muttering bad words and eventually getting everything ready. I had it approved by the boss before 2pm.
But the funniest part of the day was around 3pm when one of the staff stuck her head in my office and said "I know you are busy, but when you are over your Mad Cow thing, I have a story" I had to bust out laughing. She was holding it in all day but sometimes you just gotta get a story off your chest, even if you have to encounter a Mad Cow.