Day Two (Today, Wed 23 Mar 2011): My ‘maddened’ cube-mate of nearly fifteen years continues her distracting tantrums.
Day One (Yesterday, Tue 22 Mar 2011): I returned from a sick day off Monday to a different cube-mate than I said farewell to last Friday. By lunch time, I was asking the Department Administrative Assistant to find me a conference room for the rest of the afternoon so I could work in piece and not be embarrassed to answer my phone (for fear of a Turrets-like outburst coming loudly from the next cube).
Outbursts heard over the cube wall on Wednesday ‘Day Two’:
This program is going to give me a nervous breakdown.
Who uses FoxPro as a back-end database anymore?
Crap! Dammit! (followed by multiple heavy sighs)
Mid-day Update: I was on a long conference call for about an hour or ninety minutes this morning. The cube next to me became eerily silent. I just got up from my desk and realized her body and laptop were missing … hence the blessed quietness. Sadly, as I’m typing this update, she has returned so my blissful silence will soon shatter. Thankfully, lunch beckons me to abandon my desk in a few minutes.
Mid-afternoon Update: Cube hallway conference between our boss and my cube-mate. Not disruptive, but distracting and hard to ignore and concentrate. Actually, the light at the end of the tunnel may be in sight, as I just heard her say she may have this project finished by the end of the day today. Hallelujah!
Mid to Late Afternoon Update: She’s quiet, but now she’s running her space heater (and probably wearing a throw blanket to boot).
As I was leaving, she elatedly reported completion of her frustrating project, so tomorrow should be smooth sailing (or at least less stormy than the past two days).