Monday, 5 October 2009

Never give parents your work number

The first Monday since Jim finished. Sigh. Ted is officially in charge now and so far so bad

I arrive in the office (9:20am) and sneak inconspicuously towards my desk. If I tiptoe no one will notice I am late. Jamie rolls his eyes when he sees me.

Still I don't think Ted noticed. In fact he doesn't appear to be here, nor does Andi. "They are in a meeting with Jay." Rob says guessing what I was thinking. I hate it when he does that.
"What is the meeting about?" I ask
"Timekeeping." Rob says and then bursts out laughing.
"I hate you." I say blushing.

I go up and make tea for the group. It's my penance for being late.

When I get back to me desk Jack Ethan and Rob are crowded around it playing with me phone. It is now on loudspeaker and no one can seem to change this. Great.

At that point my phone rings - I shush the guys so I can sound professional on my call.

"Good Morning Small Anonymous Publishing company, Kate speaking" I say in my best posh voice
"Cactus! Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy Birthday dear Katie happy birthday to you!" Sings my dad down the phone.
Oh God I think I might die.
"Er thanks Dad." I say, "But it’s not my birthday today it's Emma's" (my sister)

Note to self - giving parents your work number is a bad idea.


  1. Giving parents any number is a bad idea. My Mum has a PO Box number in the Cayman Islands if she really needs to contact me, and I check it quarterly... :)

  2. LOL!!!! So this means you'll be getting another call on your birthday? hee hee!

  3. Ouch! Not a good start to the week ... Hope it gets better (but stays funny).

  4. hahhaha the title says enough, so true!

  5. Haha! I can't believe he called the wrong daughter. But you have to forgive him because he sang to you. =/

  6. Ha, he is a dad after all, but at least he tried. That's about as bad as my husband saying he missed his daughter, ole Marnie, whoose name is Mattie. We still tease him about that.

    Thanks for the laugh!

  7. Thanks for the comments. I am just hoping people will forget the Cactus nickname soon. Why do parents still call you by embarassing names?

  8. That's very funny. I love the Happy Birthday story. We had 'un-birthdays' until our kids left home - everyone whose birthday it wasn't got a little present anyway. It all got a bit complicated in that if the little present the un-birthday people got was (in the birthday person's eyes) better than what they got, there was trouble. Sigh. You try, you try, but you don't always get it right.

  9. Just tell people Cactus is actually Emma's nickname (sort of like it was actually Emma's birthday lol).