Name That Boss!
I've had positions before that involve only working for one attorney, but never one where there's only one other person. When you're only dealing with one other person all day, everything becomes very intense. I'm not that internally sensitive, but very sensitive to other people's moods, to the point that I have to remind myself not to absorb their feelings.
Gay Crush/Boss has been very stressed for the last couple of weeks. One of the things I really like about him is that he's so mentally stable. Not like Turkey, who craved drama to the point of creating it. GC's version of stressed is to say to you, "I'm so stressed. Okay, back to work!"
Seems easy, right? And it is. Truly. Though I could feel the stress rolling off GC in waves. I put off ordering some supplies we need. Didn't mention how close he is to bumping up against his credit limit on the company credit card. Made sure to search for promo codes before any purchases.
Then on Thursday, there was a glimmer of hope. The glimmer was supposed to arrive at 5pm. The time my workday ends. I was hanging around the office though, and told GC in no uncertain terms that I wanted to be there for this, but he shouldn't pay me overtime. What good is hiring a friend if they won't help you out sometimes, right? Besides, GC created summer hours, which means from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the firm closes at 3pm on Fridays. So if I "give back" those two hours one week, it's not a big deal.
As if Thursday wasn't enough, on Friday that glimmer turned into ... more than a glimmer. The veil of stress has distinctly lifted. I have a list of things to propose we order. This is such a relief.
You know what else is a big relief? That this is how work problems go now. It's as if we're rational adults who are capable of handling any problems that come up. I never feel like I'm working around GC, like I was with Turkey. There's no manipulation. It's beautiful.
*Whoever comes up with a good name for Gay Crush will win my appreciation, a mention on the blog, plus I'll link to any good cause you like.