Ouch. Awkward.

27 Sep

Awkward, definition: difficult to manage, uncomfortable.

If the dictionary defines it thus, I don’t really stand a chance do I?

Take todays example. Let me give you some background. I used to have a work mobile. I used it for work and home and was allowed to do what I would with it (within reason). I lived in a village with ex-boyfriend that wasn’t on the radar to Orange (don’t get me started in an Orange rant) and therefore the only place I could get signal out of work hours was at the train station; a five-minute walk from the house. As if I was going to head up there to check if my mother had text every half an hour (as she is the only person that regularly does!). So when given a Vodaphone, I was excited. Contact with the outside world out of work hours! Hurrah!

So as you do, for a year, I gave out my mobile number to people I knew; friends, family members, new acquaintances and people who would need my number, like the doctor’s surgery (diabetic – a lot of medical professionals seem to feel the need to contact me directly).

And then a year later, I got a personal phone, and surrendered the work mobile. This has caused me nothing but problems. I suppose the issue is that when you get a new number you don’t realise that people are still contacting you on the old one, because you don’t have it any more. Ignorance is bliss. But with a work mobile, someone often inherits it. In my case, a bloke in the office. Oh joy.

The poor guy got a lot of Christmas text messages from people who I clearly chose not to update with my new number (I’m not a hoarder in life, and nor am I a people hoarder). He got a call from an ex asking me if I wanted to go for a drink and a call from the opticians ranting at me about the safety of my eyes (they are safe, no worries). But the worst ones were my friends who I had informed of the change, but who own evil iPhones that let you store more than one number. My friend Jess sent me an interesting text about seeing some hot guy at the gym. Went to colleague. My granddad called to speak to me and got confused. Spoke to colleague. On more than one occasion.

But the worst was this morning. I walked to my desk and found a post it note (yay!! I love post its. Its its not a crime!) with the message.

“Ann Parks. 01459 684724. Cileste Tablets.”

From my colleague. I froze. Why was a bloke at work leaving me cryptic notes about my birth control pill? Oh god what the hell? I mooched over. “Oh” he said “from the doctors. Can you call her back?”

When calling a person about birth control pills and reaching a man, oh receptionist in office, I would advise hanging up. She had carried on a full conversation with a guy in my office about my birth control pills and how I had to come in and see the midwife. So not only is my gynaecologist conversing with my colleague, but now everyone at work thinks I’m pregnant. Not that the midwife fills in when someone is sick.

Maybe they will have more faith in the idea of the immaculate conception.



24 Responses to “Ouch. Awkward.”

  1. therealsharon September 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Awkward Indeed! Yikes!

  2. lovelylici1986 September 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Crap! That IS awkward!
    Switching numbers sucks that way.

  3. Loud Mind September 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Definitely awkward and embarrassing at the most!

  4. Melissa's Meanderings September 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    Holy crap!!

  5. gabsfromeliza September 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    We have HIPAA here in the States. Does the UK not have any confidentiality laws that require all medical information to be discussed with the patient only?

    Sorry, girl! But just think… it could have been a reference to an antibiotic for an STD instead! Now THAT would have been awkward. 🙂

    • tinkerbelle86 September 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

      yes. just for clarification I DEFINATELY DONT HAVE ONE OF THOSE. many thanks 🙂 it wasnt terrible, just a little bit awkward.

  6. poetprodigy7 September 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    Loved this–and just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog! 🙂

  7. ♡ The Tale Of My Heart ♡ September 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    very much awkward….. i guess:)

  8. archiearchive FCD September 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    Thanks for dropping by my blog.

  9. LittleMissVix September 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    Hehe embarrassing!

  10. BrainRants September 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    I get calls from debt collectors trying to contact my predecessor on my BB.

    • tinkerbelle86 September 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

      i would give you sympathy, but i kinda just want your BB.

  11. hussyainy September 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    Akward like a train moving backward.. Its just a crap not a trap.

  12. kathryningrid September 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Life has endless opportunities for awkward moments, and some people seem to have a certain magnetism for them. What YOU have is a great eye for finding the awkwardness in what happens to all of us, and an even better way of telling the tale!
    The really awkward person in this is the one that fails to tell a phone caller that he is not the appropriate recipient for confidential information they’re about to spill, if you ask me, but I guess he can be forgiven if he’s new to all of this “second hand” phone business. Meanwhile, if you managed to find the humour in the situation, I’d say you were pretty well compensated for the moment of “AWK”!

    • tinkerbelle86 September 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

      hahaha. im used to an awkward moment or two. its like iron filijgs to a magnet! thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, i really appreciate it!

  13. JWo September 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    Nice. My wife and I had the awkward moment of finding a plastic bag on our kitchen table with 4 used condoms that our son had left.
    Then recently I found a pair of panties on the table with a t-shirt. I knew the shirt wasn’t my wife’s but wasn’t sure about the panties. Turns out they were our son’s girlfriend’s.
    We knew they were having sex (obviously with protection) but it appears they might be doing it on our kitchen table!!! hahaha…

    • tinkerbelle86 September 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

      i read this and i snorted tea out of my nose. in my day, kids were more subtle!!!

  14. Edward Hotspur September 27, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    You never know – he might be the coolest most nonchalant guy in the world. Or, he might be thinking “she’s cute, she’s got a job, she’s on the pill, what’s not to like?” This is why you should go over medical privacy laws with him while holding either a hunting magazine or a gun catalog.

  15. rommel September 28, 2011 at 2:28 am #

    the last two words are, for lack of a better word, immaculate.

    Awkward means overhearing personal arguments, running to an old acquaintance, being with your personality reciprocate and …elevator.

  16. leftoverrecipes September 28, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    You had me laughing out loud! Great post. It makes me slightly more resigned to the fact that I don’t have a work phone at all 🙂

  17. egills September 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Ha ha ha.. now that is why I have two mobiles… one for work and one for personal use ( not because I’m greedy honest )

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