So, I think I’ve got a bit of a problem, and I’m laying it all at Maslow’s doorstep. Well, him and every motivational speaker who’s ever given a seminar (I’m looking at you Tony Robbins!) on how to ‘MAKE HAPPY EMPLOYEES!’ Okay, wait, some background would be helpful here.
I used to be one of those really driven people who would take on any task at work and git ‘er done! Almost always under time and well under budget. It’s what I did, I was proud of it, I was young and stupid. This included things like staying at work until 3:00 am with a sick server and an IT person, cancelling one week of my holidays during my honeymoon because of staff shortages,, getting to work 2 hours before the rest of the staff to run backups – for three years – and on and on. After 16 years of being ‘that person’ I stopped it. Found a new job and decided to be a new me.
Turns out, I did a super bang up job and got myself all kinds of praise and so far it’s been working out great. I was cruising along under the radar, doing my job, being helpful, etc. etc. But now, and here’s where the Maslow comes in, my bosses decided that if they want to keep me happy and therefore keep me with them, (seriously, throw a cider and some yarn at me and I’m happy. Put cheese on that baby and I’m yours!), they needed to ‘challenge’ me. With new (who thought of this crap?) and interesting (impossible) tasks/projects/blech. See, damn Maslow, they think I need my Self Actualization Needs met. Umm, yeah, I don’t, really. I can completely take care of my own self actualization needs. That’s what the cider, yarn, and cheese are about. And books, always with the books.
Anyway, not sure how I’m going to deal with this. I’m pretty sure it’s in bad corporate form to say to your bosses “Yeah, hi, I really don’t want to be a better/smarter/more useful person. I’m actually really happy doing exactly what I’ve been doing for the last year for the next few years so I can finance my stash.” Then you’re labelled slacker. Huh, maybe that’s it? Maybe I’m just a 40 year old slacker!?!?!?!?! LOL. Hey mom, you must be so proud!
Anyway, in far less self absorbed navel gazing news (okay, slightly less self absorbed), I finally signed up for the fall semester. Decided to fulfill my Humanities credit requirements and signed up for Classical Mythology. I put in a request at the local library for Homer’s Odyssey so I could have a little sneak peak before my books get here. Seen here with a half eaten cheesy bacony biscuit. Hey, Mrs. Quimby, when you coming for breakfast girl?
I also took Thursday and Friday off work this week. Gonna knit and read and knit and read and then go watch Harry Potter on Imax and then eat some Olive Garden and then knit and read some more. Hmmm, that sentence probably could have used a comma or two.
Hubby also booked those days off. He says he wants to go on a mini cruise. He means take the ferry to Victoria and have the breakfast buffet. Oh yeah, we’re very high end. At least you don’t need a passport.