Tuesday, April 04, 2006

I’ll be seeing red

It's always something: now I get to work on the set of The Apprentice! No, not in NYC but right here, across the bridge. BZ has known for some time--well, like from the time the change in office setup was first announced that I'm not happy with the impending office move. I'll be losing my private office with a door, walls and window for a desk sitting out in the lobby. Gee, who wouldn't like a move like that! I'll have no privacy or quiet to do the accounting work, which is a new part of my job, no privacy for phone calls. I'm not talking personal calls but business calls. Maybe it's weird but I HATE people listening in to my work calls! It makes me self conscious. In fact people will be able to walk all the way around me and observe what I'm doing at any time. I'll be on display all day at work. Oh how I'm going to hate that!

BZ knows how I feel about this, so I thought. During the staff meeting today we were again talking about the choices of paint and furniture for "our" offices. That is, everyone but me. I had to try very hard not to pout, it's just so unfair and mean of them to rub it in. I have no choices of paint colors or furniture because I won't be having an office anymore once we move. Favorite co-worker noticed my lack of enthusiasm during the meeting and asked me about it later. She feels bad for me. Yeah, so do I!

Later in the day BZ eagerly came into my office, her face was slightly flushed. "I need a piece of paper to draw the NEW plans for the office!" She took the paper I proffered and began to draw the layout. "It's been redone and you"re going to love it!"

I practically had to hold my hand to my heart, dare I hope was I actually going to get an office after all? We ALL had been promised separate offices when the move was first planned, last year. I had specifically asked if I would get one too and was told, "Yes, everyone will." But those plans changed somewhere along the line and they decided that I would be sitting on display in the lobby instead of having an office like everyone else.

BZ drew some lines and circles and squares. She is quite a good drawer but I stared at the drawing with dwindling hope, it looked the same to me! She started pointing out objects in the drawing with a flourish, "Here's where the copy machines and the fax machine will be! Here's the breakroom! Heres the tiny little circle in the middle of the floor where you'll be sitting!" No, she really didn't say that last one but might as well have said it.

So what was the new wonderful plan for the office? They are going to paint the walls around me a deep, rich red! OK, out of all the pretty colors we (not me!) could choose for the office, that would be the LAST one for my workspace! It's not that I don't like red, just wouldn't want to be surrounded with it while I work. My co-workers can choose a pale lemon yellow, a nice rich tan, a dusty blue, a pale grass green, or a rich gold for their office and I get RED walls? That, and the fact that they are going to put up a huge company logo behind me were the new plans for the office. Oh, I was just so excited.

Last night I was watching The Apprentice and noticed with horror that the reception area outside of Trump's boardroom is red. And it has a huge logo behind the receptionist. It looks very nice, if a bit stagy and ostentatous. So we are copying the set of The Apprentice for our new office! Well, I do like that show but hadn't planned to go to work there. And, does that mean that one of my co-workers will get FIRED each week? ;)


Blogger Michelle said...

Oh PBS you poor pumpkin, how awful for you. How can anyone be expected to think and work in the confines of bright red walls?!! I'm like you, i don't like anyone listening to my business calls either...makes me feel inadequate or self concious or something!
Here's crossing fingers and toes for an improvement :)

6:06 AM  
Blogger deni said...

Sounds like BZ likes making you feel like crap, I'd be spittin in her coffee. No, I wouldn't really, but I would be imagining it.

8:02 AM  
Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

That REALLY sucks.

You need to play the lotto and I hope you hit it BIG TIME! Then you can tell BZ to shove her red office and huge logo right where the sun doesn't shine! ;)

8:16 AM  
Blogger Martini Love said...

Red is not good...

9:05 AM  
Blogger Grant said...

On the bright side, you can use the red as part of your insanity defense after you go on the killing spree.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Ms Mac said...

Ooooh, red! I would love that. But I have read that studies have shown that red can make you feel aggressive so maybe grab yourself some calming essential oils and an oil burner for when the red gets too much!

12:49 PM  
Blogger Fizzy said...

I hate your situation at work. I feel really frustrated for you. Really frustrated. I hope that once you are all moved They all realise what is happening to you.
Look after yourself PBS
xx Fizz xx

3:52 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

If they are going to paint your walls red you should sit at your desk clad in Black leather with your shades on and a whip in your hands to receive people.
You could start by whipping BZ

5:23 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

Red is vibrant just like you. You'll make that area your own and they'll all be jealous of it because it will shine better than theirs. The joke is on them. You can pick out a wardrobe to compliment it. You can get some really cool heels to match...there's so much you can do to fit in that area. Is there any chance that you'll be receiving natural light in that area? Because a white phalenopsis orchid with a red or black ceramic pot would be beautiful on your desk. A potted one in plastic and then just place it in the ceramic pot of choice. I had several orchids in my office and I got lots of attention. And I decorated around myself with things that made me happy...people were always stopping by to look. The administrator even brought people to tour my office and look at my stuff. BZ would just groan with envy I bet.

4:03 AM  
Blogger Magpie said...

i would love red, but for someone who doesn't like it i suppose it will be like sitting in hells waiting room...

i hope they realize there mistake and find you an office soon...


5:12 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Draw on the wals with a fat yellow crayon when no one's looking.

11:03 PM  

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