Wednesday, September 15, 2010


I have this co-worker who is great to work with in many ways. One, if I happen to sit next to her during a meeting or presentation, she is constantly whispering side comments to me. Now, one or two is reasonable, but sometimes I feel like I can't concentrate on what the main discussion is because she keeps whispering something to me. It has gotten to the point where I try to sit by someone else, even though one on one she is normally great to talk to.

There is one topic that she brings up one on one that I don't like. My reproductive status. Those who have been following me from the beginning may remember our airport encounter when she suggested I get busy on the babymaking front now since my husband works at home and it would be oh-so-convenient. During our staff meeting today, there were announcements about major new projects going on, one of which I have a major role on. It is a five year project. This co-worker (who came in after me and took the seat next to mine) leans over and whispers that if I had a baby now, it would be 4 when the project was over. WTF? No one was even talking about babies or children, but she just decides to bring up this topic now!?


  1. Wow you have some really forward co-workers!

  2. If she can be that bold to you, why don't you be just as bold to her? With a smile on your face your answer should have been, "Well, if it weren't for our major battle with infertility, we would have 5 kids by now. So if you know something my RE doesn't, I'll give you his email and maybe you two can come up with a cure/fix for us? That would be great." And if her response is something like, "Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't know." I would say, "Yeah, I figured that out a long time ago, sure wished you would have."
    Can you tell this really strikes a nerve in me?!

  3. I am with Rachell! She sounds like she can dish, but can she take it? I would also just tell her before the staff meeting, look, less of the whispering, okay, it's unprofessional. And does she have kids and do you inquire about her baby making status? urgh! She sounds like a PIA! You don't need that kind of stuff to deal with!


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