I have a government job. You know...the kind where the President froze wages for the next 2 years. Honestly, while some may complain about that, I could NOT care less. I really don't care. I have a job...I'm thankful for that! Plus, I'm in a job where on a daily basis, I impact several peoples' lives for the positive...well, sometimes it's not so positive since there are rules I have to follow but the majority of the time, I can put a smile on their face and send them on their way happier than when they showed up. Sometimes, though, I need to focus on ME. I need to put a smile on MY face. Too many gray hairs have appeared magically over the last 3 years since Uncle Sam became my full time employer. Incredible workload, a desk that is never clear, and a pace in a job like none I had ever seen before.
We don't have a dress code in our office. I'm not sure why that is, but I'm guessing it has something to do with a union being in place and employee rights. Who knows...and who cares! I'm not a union-kind-of-employee and just follow the rules, do my job to the best of my ability, and go home. That being said, I decided to have some fun. In an office of about 35 people, the rumor mill, etc. is always churned up and ready to roll. So last Thursday, I put a suit on. Yea, not a big deal. But, when I normally wear slacks and a sweater and hardly anyone ever wears a tie, it drew attention. I didn't explain my reasoning and just grinned all day and by the time lunch rolled around, people were asking me privately about my interview after work! Now THAT was fun! I just kept grinning, doing my job, and even left an hour early. After all, I did have important things to tend to after work. We were heading to Amish Country and my girls were dyin' to get into that pool! Remember that illustration where you say one thing to someone then ask the 10th person later what the original statement was and how that never matches the original message? It felt kinda like that on Thursday.
Monday came along and before 8am even showed up, I was being asked "So how did it go?", referencing my "interview" on Thursday after work. "Great!", I replied. Pizza on Thursday night, the pool, and the Carlisle Inn was great, after all. No lyin' here! I decided that a shirt and tie was enough for Monday, too. Not too casual but not dressed in "interview attire," either. I also decided it was time to introduce kiwi's to my desktop screensaver. I eat at least one every day for my afternoon snack...slice in half and gut 'em out with a spoon...the best way to eat them!
Tuesday, I had no real plans for apparel but after walking into my closet post-shower, I noticed that vest in the corner...the 3rd piece to my only 3-piece suit. I'd worn that suit, before, but never the 3rd piece. Ahhh, heck, why not?! On the suit went and Marjie nearly hit the floor in laughter when I walked out into the kitchen, saying goodbye before work. "Oh yea," I thought, this will take the cake today...and it did. It was a ton of fun. Comments all day long from co-workers and from the public citizens visiting our office. It didn't stop! The icing on the cake was my 2nd to last client for the day. A little old lady, tiny...maybe 5' 1". I finished helping her and as she rose (after suspiciously grinning from ear to ear throughout our meeting), and she bashfully said "you're so gorgeous!". I'm sure I got red in an instant...no doubt. Head turned down, whispering, and a big 'ol grin...she got me. For sure, she made my day. Often, people are mean and sometimes even yell at me. This was a nice switch.
Wednesday: I'm all about the extremes...full speed one direction only to turn around and go the other way even faster. No dress code, right? OK. Jeans, The North Face 1/4 pullover, and none other than my trusty, new Vibram FiveFingers...the new Bikila model. I've been hiking and running on the treadmill with them. Again, the comments and questions about what in the world was on my feet were the topic of the day. One co-worker even took a picture to prove to their spouse that I wore them. Two folks even wanted to know where they could go get a pair...well, maybe four people did. Not sure who is serious and who is not. Of course, they'll be routed to Vertical Runner in Hudson ...where else?! I wore them all day and truth be told, I was ready to take them off when I got home at 5:30pm after having them on for 11 hours. It definitely changes what muscles are used when simply walking around the office all day. Screen saver today turned to me shooting my buddy's M4. Love that weapon!
Thursday: well, that's today! Not sure what today will hold. We'll just wait and see what I'm feelin' like when I head into the closet. It won't be the Vibrams, I'm sure. Perhaps my running tie? Yea, it's got about a 100 runners running on it. It's pretty cool, actually.