Tuesday, day of her announcement:
Purple Dino-SOUR: It's time for me to retire so that I may enjoy the last few years of my life.
Glynda: Now we can fill the position with someone who really wants to work!
Me: Yay! Hopefully the next person to sit in her desk will have at least half a brain!
Milton: It's about time!
Cowardly Lion: Took her long enough!
Wednesday, it begins to sink in.
PD: ::sniff:: I will really miss the people.
Glynda: It won't affect you too much, Bee.
Me [stops dancing]: Wait, what? Why would it affect me at all?
Milton: Uh, now we'll have to do treat day more often because she threw off the ratio!
CL: I hope I'm promoted to her position!
Toto: Boohoo waaaaah!
SC: ::sniff sniff::: ::sob sob::
Thursday, her last day. Or 'day of reckoning', if you will.
PD: I am being FORCED OUT! OZ cut my hours to make my life miserable! He is an evil evil man!
Glynda: OZ said the work can be done by you in the amount of hours you work, Bee.
Me: What? He's not going to replace her position? I have to take over her work? ::Waaaaaah!::
Milton: . . . because when I first started working here I was doing treats 1 in 8 weeks now it'll be down to 1 in 5!
CL: Okay, I will not be promoted to her position but I will pretend I am now the queen of the asylum by bossing everybody around!
Toto: Who will help me fix the copy machine? ::sniff sniff::
SC: Now who will believe all of my outrageous lies?
Friday, the day after.
Glynda: Look at it this way, job security.
Me [sorting through the piles of unfinished work inherited from PD and thinking *job security* could go fuck itself]: I'm effed. I am so effed.
Milton: ... and now it will be almost every month! I don't know how I'll manage!
CL: And I will be queen of cabbage patch land too!
Toto: The shiny object!
SC: I met Obama at the mall last Saturday. He's shorter than I thought!
Monday, after everything has sunk in.
Glynda: OZ said he is going to give Purple Dino-SOUR's position to his son.
Me: Of course he is because my work life isn't miserable enough!
Milton: I know it's petty but I don't know how I'll manage if he doesn't hire someone else and I have to do treat day more often!
Me [looking up from a stack of papers, messages and charts I inherited from PD's desk because it turn out she never did any work and just decided to shove everything on my desk before she left while I was in the bathroom]: That's what you're focusing on? Treat day? I don't give a rat's ass about freaking treats right now!
Moral of this story:
Be careful what you wish for because an empty bobble head who at least does the minimum is better than paper cuts on your eyeballs.
I feel partly responsible for her retirement because the last time she worked before she retired I may have said something along the lines of "If you're unhappy here, maybe you should retire. He'll replace you with someone for half of what he pays you and life will go on." In my defense, I really didn't think she had the balls. I guess I was wrong.