I don't mean that people didn't go on vacation. If there was twenty people in the office (out of close to a hundred), that was a lot! Unfortunately, later this afternoon I went to my project manager's desk to coordinate with him on a major project. We spent nearly two hours going room by room, discussing architectural details and conflicts that needed to be worked out and from the moment we started, halfway across the room I could hear one of the principals whistling VERY loudly while in the printing area. I am not exaggerating when I say he was whistling loud. I put in my best earplugs at the first hint of him whistling, at times I couldn't even hear my project manager sitting next to me, yet I could hear the principal's whistle loud and clear fifty feet away. It was REALLY getting on my nerves and considering I am 99% certain that it was that particular principal who gave me a scathing, biased, and inaccurate performance review, a part of me kept feeling like he was deliberately doing it to dig that dagger into my body even further.
To be clear, this is the same principal that I've posted about multiple times who whistles while reading a menu every time we'd be on a business trip and he'd sit across from me during our team dinners (along with other occasions such as while the team prepped for team meetings). He knows about my misophonia, I've discussed it with him on more than one occasion, and yet here I was having to put my fingers on top of my earplugs to stop him from making me feel like I had two ice-picks boring through my ears. AAargh!!! I was so grateful when we finished our meeting so I could escape back to my desk. (Unfortunately, we're having a follow-up meeting tomorrow afternoon. I hope to heaven that the principal decides to take tomorrow off, or at least leave early!)
On a happier note though, as a follow-up to yesterday's post: I got an email back from the moderator of the misophonia.com website. He put the full letter of positive misophonia thoughts and helpful holiday suggestions on the website. (Thanks Richard!!!) I highly recommend reading it, especially if this time of the year seems to get that much more stressful for you.
Wow! It just hit me. Is it really less than six days until 2014?!?!?!?