Thursday, June 07, 2007

How??? Please!!! Tell-me-how!!

I'm getting ready to loose any and all male readers that may come to Kisses of Sunshine, but I promise, this kind of talk doesn't happen often -- so if you really don't care to ... you know ... KNOW ... then, please ... move along now.

AGAIN -- LAST WARNING that we are getting ready to talk about private girlie stuff, 'kay?

Mkay. My company is hiring so many people -- we're stacked pretty much on top of each other. The majority of us share cubes ... as in two people in one, tiny, teeeny cube. I share a cube with a man. For the most part, it's nice. We talk. We help each other. We are considerate of each other. Did I mention he's a man? Yes, I think I did...

Now, I ask ... what's a conservative, shy about personal affairs, stay-outta-my-business kind of woman to do when that time of month occurs? Because, reaching into my purse that is in the overhead bin where all can see, and coming down with a noisy handful of "products" is not .. PERSONAL. It's public. And, I don't like public. Especially in-my-business-public.

And don't even suggest taking my purse to the ladies room with me. I work on the other end of the building, and if that's not a "look at me going into the bathroom with my purse because I'm menstruating" sign, I don't know WHAT is. And ... I have waited for him to leave (which, seriously is not all that convenient, ya know!), but I have two men right across from me that can see everything. Joy to the world, and all that is flowing freely.

It's bad enough that I have to reach into my noisy stash of emergency choco-salt-relief in front of them numerous times a day. Gaahhh!!

So, again ... I ask ... what's a woman to do for a little privacy at work?

Seriously. This is not rhetorical.

10 comments:

Debby said...

Are you able to keep you supplies in the restroom? That's what we do in my office.

aggiejenn said...

Keep them in an eyeglass case or cosmetic looking bag. That way it's not so obvious. And maybe you could put the bag in a drawer (do you have one???) when you get to work and then you wouldn't have to reach above his head to get it. Just a thought.

BooMama said...

Get you an envelope of some sort. Keep it in your purse. When it's time to go to the restroom, pull the envelope out of your bag. Pretend you are mailing something. :-)

OR - ask if y'all can have a little storage cabinet in the women's restroom. That's what they used to do in hubby's old workplace.

Kelli said...

DO you have a "friend" you could stash stuff with who is housed closer to the restroom? I mean, a woman friend. At one job early on, I was the closest -- so I ended up with a "special drawer" for every stinkin' woman in the office. Everyone just came and got what they needed, when they needed.

I did, however, keep MY choco-salt-relief staff in an inaccessible drawer.

I mean, boundaries people, boundaries.

Give me your tampon,s your maxipads, your Midol and Pamprin. But stay the heck away from my Snickers.

Rocks In My Dryer said...

Can you sneak a couple of "supplies" into your pocket?

BethC said...

I had this same problem except I was dealing with 20 2nd graders who never took their eyes off of me. So since I taught with mainly women we just created this crate thingy in the restroom and we all brought our little make-up bag things that we received with all the bonus days at Clinique and we put our girl items in them. God love the few men that did use the restroom because they could see a crate with several little bags. You know they knew exactly what they contained, but a girl has to do what she has to do!

Tara said...

I was going to ask if you're in a small enough office that you could just leave some supplies in the bathroom. That's been asked. I like boomamma's idea of putting some in a manilla envelope and just carry it with you very important like! I like the glasses case idea too.

Shalee said...

Now I'm appreciating greatly the fact that my boss is gon most the time... I don't have this problem for the most part.

I really like the eyeglass case idea; however, I would make sure that that case does not match the one you already have and for heaven's sake, dont let them get into the Hunter's hands when you're letting him "play" with your purse. He'll fling those tampons just when you don't want him to do so because they're embarrassing that way! Just ask Shannon...

Carey said...

I would just take my purse, who cares what the men think, if they have a problem with it, maybe they can get you a female office mate. Good luck.

jackie said...

Use one of those small make-up pouches (the freebies from Estee Lauder, Clinique work well), and put your supplies and a lipstick and maybe a small powder in there. It just looks like you're going to touch up your make-up (which you are!).