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Christine! That's Me! And best coworkers ever.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

I knew tonight's CrossFit would be good and it was only several hours AFTER I saw the WOD and got excited, did I find out it's a benchmark girl WOD... and it's CHRISTINE! That's ME! I was destined to kick some butt tonight.

3 rounds for time

Row 500m
12 bodyweight deadlifts
21 box jumps

I pushed HARD tonight and finished in 15:27, somewhere in the middle of everyone else. Times tended to range from 13 to 18 minutes. The only thing is that I only used 65# for the deadlifts and it turned out to be way too easy. I definitely could have done 85# no problem, maybe more. But I am still learning what I am capable of.

So I work with these two really great people... let's call them Gertie and Alex. They have to work together a lot so they are pretty much known as one person, i.e., "Gertie&Alex". So I was talking to them today- they tend to work under a hood right next to my bench so we chat a lot. We were talking about fingernails and I mentioned, oh yeah, I used to bite my nails a lot. I stopped when I was about 20, but since I had a rough week I chewed on them a few days ago.

I didn't realize what I said until it was too late and of course they latched onto the detail I didn't want to share with anyone yet.

Alex: You had a bad week? What happened?
Gertie: Are you okay?
Me: Yes, yes. I was just, you know, a little stressed out and bit my nails, it's no big deal.
Alex: You were really quiet on Tuesday... when I asked you what was wrong you said you were fine! Did you lie to me?!
Gertie: What's wrong? You can tell us.
Me: I just... um... *checks around the lab* OK, the thing is, I got rejected from grad school.

The looks on their faces might have been worse than the actual letter. They looked heartbroken and immediately started trying to help.

Gertie: What can we do to help? Can we do anything to make you feel better?!
Alex: Can we take you out to lunch?
Gertie: Or buy you a present?

Basically at this point, if I felt physically capable of shedding any more tears, I probably would have cried. But since I pretty much did not stop crying for 72 hours, I think I am all dried up.

Just because people are your coworkers, doesn't necessarily mean they can't be your friends. I learned this today.

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    I've never done Christine before, nice job! I wish there was one named after me!

    Your co-workers sound really nice!
    1810 days ago
    I only have one boss/co-worker. I am going to his home tomorrow to celebrate his wife's birthday. I agree, co-workers can care and be friends.

    Sorry about grad school. Hope your week has improved!
    1810 days ago
    The WOD named Christine was made has to be your benchmark! That's pretty funny :)

    I'm not very good at maintaining professional distance. There's no way I could spend two or three days around people that I see and talk to all the time and NOT tell them everything in my life.

    Maybe learning that you have coworkers who are also friends balances out the grad school thing, just a little? Have a good weekend Chrissy! Try not to dwell too much on the bad stuff.
    1810 days ago
    1810 days ago
    A little ray of sun at the end of a crap week...gotta give you a bit of hope the next one will be better, right? Sorry you got lost in your mental swamp on your birthday. Did you meet Shrek while you were in there?

    Glad your coworkers were there to lend a crutch when you needed one.
    1810 days ago
    aww chrissy thats nice, i know its taken some time to warm up to them (baked goods) it nice to know you work with nice people, makes going to work more bearable. even better when you have a great job like you do emoticon
    1810 days ago
    What great friends/coworkers you have! That was nice of them to reach out to you.

    Good job on crossfit!

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    1810 days ago
    Some of my best friends I met at work, even after us all going to different places, we still stay in touch. :)

    Glad you get to meet ones too!
    1810 days ago
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