This morning I returned to work after a fabulous week in South Beach Miami.  The weather there was warm and balmy.  Ray and I were splashing in the water on the beach, riding bicycles all over town, donning t-shirts, shorts and flip-flops while eating at outdoor cafés and to top it all off, went sailing on my cousin’s fantastic sailboat.

I noticed that the rest of the country was having terrible weather — especially back home in Bisbee.  I found myself posting more and more updates and photos on Facebook about how much fun I was having in the warm weather.  Yes, I admit I was being a little bit, “Ha Ha” about my good weather experience — OK, I was being a lot “Ha Ha” — as evidenced by what I found in my office when I got in to work this morning…

My office filled with packing peanuts or, “snow”.

The email confirmation for 18 cubic feet of packing peanuts.

A printout of the past week’s weather report (including the blizzard warning — BLIZZARD warning in Bisbee). There were also printouts of  my myriad “Ha ha, I’m having such a great time!!” Facebook updates and photos.

The random peanuts in the ceiling tile over my office door indicating that my co-workers had indeed filled up my entire office with “snow”.

Fortunately, they had only taped up the window and filled that up with packing peanuts. (Kudos to my coworker, ‘topher for his great freakout effect with the peanuts lodged in the ceiling tile.  For a split second, I really thought I was going to be cleaning packing peanuts out of my office all day.)  Actually, my friends did such a good job that the Facilities director had a fit when he saw it.  He really thought they crawled over the ceiling and filled the whole office.

But the pièce de résistance was the fact that my coworkers rigged a device over the inside of the door that popped a bag of packing peanuts when the door opened so it “snowed” in my office upon my return.  This is what happens when you work in IT with technical people.

I had such a wonderful vacation and was dreading going back to work today.  To be honest, this little stunt is a nice reminder of how lucky I am to work with such a great bunch of people.  I feel loved.

9 Thoughts on “OK, I Deserved That

  1. That’s pretty funny. I probably would have crapped in my pants, believing the office is actually filled up to the ceiling with “snow.” The little yellow shovel is a nice touch.

    Glad to hear you and Ray had such a good time in Miami. Welcome home. Now get back to work!!! LOL

  2. Charlene on 25/01/2010 at 9:45 AM said:

    That’s hilarious! (By the way, welcome back! Freezing, isn’t it?)

  3. Maura on 25/01/2010 at 10:05 AM said:

    You *are* loved Cobban. This proves it!

  4. I wanted to start teasing you about it while you were gone, but they wouldn’t let me say anything about it til you got into the office this morning! 🙂

  5. Diana on 25/01/2010 at 10:13 AM said:

    I used to work with people like this. I sure do miss them!

  6. Tamar Lively on 25/01/2010 at 6:10 PM said:

    That is FANTASTIC! Kudos to you, for having a sense of humor, and kudos to your co-workers for being so incredibly inventive! That’s sounds like a fun office to work in.

  7. HA!

  8. I want to work in your place! You have wonderful colleagues. I’m very jealous. Brilliant post!

  9. Schmetterling on 26/01/2010 at 10:24 PM said:

    That frozen hearts set to thaw can boil over with laughter.

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