Gripe# 1 - Okay, so I got a bit pissed the other day. I was talking to a friend who is going on a week long vacation to the beach and I mentioned (jokingly) that I wanted to go too. Then she precedes to tell me that I'll be going on a long vacation soon. Huh? Since when is a mandatory trip to a foreign country to bring home a child we've waited for for 6 years a "vacation". I told her that the trip we HAVE to make is definitely NOT going to be a vacation...that we'll be learning to take care of a baby...one that has been abandoned nevertheless. On that note, I walked away. I haven't had week off from work since June 2005! I've been saving my PTO time so that I can be paid while off on FMLA. My large company offers NOTHING for adoptive parents...I've been trying since 2004 to get our HR department to consider doing something for adoptive parents, but my last 2 e-mails to them were deleted without being read (we have that option on our e-mail system at work, so I was able to see that exact message). I'm over the whole "vacation" thing now, but it stung at the time.
Gripe# 2 - This one still stings and I still want to punch this guy! He can be jerk sometimes, but I over-all get along with him. The other day, this person came to me and told me the "chink" girl down the hall was in with her "chink" baby, if I wanted to see her. Then he sang "chink chink chink...". WTF????? I asked what he was talking about and he repeated it the same freaking way. Then I told him to stop. I also said the girl down the hall was Vietnamese and I turned to continue what I was doing. Why on Earth would he freaking say this to ME of all people?? For those who don't know what that means (first off, are you living in a box?)...according to the dictionary, the actual definition is:
Chink is a derogatory ethnic slur for someone of Chinese descent, now used as an epithet against East Asians
All I can say...what an ass he was!