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25 February 2013 @ 10:17 pm
An unexpected journey  
And not a hobbit in sight. Traffic was bad this morning so bus driver decided to try a different route. Traffic wasn't much better on the alternative, due to traffic signals being out of order, and his proposed short cut was flooded so we had to come back to the main road. Driver's next attempt had us on the Logan Motorway heading towards the Gold Coast; I still can't work that one out, especially as he then took us up another road which led to the city but instead of continuing along it, he did a huge loop and as a result we ended up right back where we started from, only an hour and fifteen minutes later.
By that time the traffic had eased somewhat and we set out again along our original route. The result? I arrived at work an hour and a half past my usual arrival time. It really threw me out for the rest of the day.

Called into a surprise meeting at 11.30, hosted by my new boss and our regional exec. I didn't get the email about it so was totally unprepared :-( . I'd been gloating to my colleague that I wasn't required to attend - I think he had the final laugh.

I know I've whinged here before about my dislike of my work uniform. I'd been waiting for the last couple of pieces from this year's allocation to arrive, and they finally turned up today. And they're both going back. Trousers are too big, but the size below is too small. Not only that, but they're not lined, which can be a blessing in our climate but they're wool - I only put them on for a minute to see if a belt would help but my legs were screaming from the contact. I'll see if I can swap them for another skirt, at least they're lined so the wool only touches my body in a couple of spots.

The other article that arrived was a red cardigan. Oh dear. Leaving aside the frankly appalling colour and the fact that it looks like something Uncle Bruce might go out to feed the chooks in, it's also pure wool. No way can I wear that! Slipped one arm into a sleeve and I felt like I needed to scrub my skin off.
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on February 25th, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)

Sorry your week got off to such a dodgy start.

I really don't understand the uniform stuff. While most people don't have a wool allergy they still don't enjoy wearing it next to their skin much.
miwahni: Pros Ray frownmiwahni on February 26th, 2013 10:30 am (UTC)
The only people who don't mind wool next to their skin are sheep *g* .It also doesn't make much sense giving us uniforms that need dry cleaning, or hand washing at the least.
nerthusnerthus on February 25th, 2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, that LONG bus ride plus getting in to work so late would have had me so so stressed! I guess at some point you'd just have to sit back and watch it unfold, not much to be done at that point; but I felt anxious just reading about it!

At my job we have to wear these cotton/polyester smocks over our shirts, they're dark blue and have the logo (in white) of our preschool on the left breast. They have two big pockets in front, convenient for storing extra kleenexes for little snotty noses, reward stickers, a bandaid or two, hair ties, whatever might come in handy when working with 4 year olds, ha. When they first became required wear none of us were too thrilled about being forced to put them on daily, but now we're all just used to it; they're easy to wash, and we each get 5 smocks at the start of each school year; then midway through the year our director usually doles out a couple more as repeated washings tend to fade the color and they start to look a bit tattered, ha. I guess we're lucky our director furnishes them to us free of charge; I know several prek schools and daycares in our area require their employees to purchase their smocks with their own money. I feel for you, being forced to wear wool; I would go INSANE if I had to wear that horribly scratcy stuff! (Plus it's Texas, we'd die of heat stroke in that material!)
miwahni: Sherlock Facemiwahni on February 26th, 2013 10:36 am (UTC)
I actually wasn't stressed too much, as I usually get into work half an hour early anyway - it just meant that I'd miss our morning meeting and also that my Monday report would be late. I texted both my branch and my boss so no-one would think I'd been stolen by owls, then sat back to enjoy the trip.

The smocks are a really good idea, easy to wash and care for, and they would protect your clothes.

As for the heat - well, my branch is really cold, to the point where I have a heater under my desk, but as soon as you walk outside the heat hits you, making the trip to and from work really unpleasant in parts. At the moment it's not so hot, only high 20s, but the humidity smacks you in the face when you venture outside. In this weather the uniform just sticks to your skin, it's awful. Shirts are plastic-y too and don't breathe. Definitely not designed with our climate in mind.
Newsynewsy891 on February 26th, 2013 01:23 am (UTC)
What's the state of reasonable accommodation laws in Australia? Wool allergy would fall under accommodation laws here - if, in the States, you have a doctor's statement that you are allergic to wool, you cannot be required to wear a wool uniform, they have to allow you to wear something that fits the uniform as closely as possible that you're not allergic to.
miwahni: Pros Ray frownmiwahni on February 26th, 2013 10:40 am (UTC)
To be honest, I've never heard of "reasonable accommodation" but it must exist here, surely. I was wondering about this myself last night, whether an allergic person would be forced to wear the uniform still. Closely matching grey trousers and skirts aren't that hard to find, they just wouldn't have the company logo on the hip.
Newsynewsy891 on February 26th, 2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
Solution! Have them send you a company logo patch, and sew that on to trousers that won't make you ill!
miwahni: Cats Meezermiwahni on February 27th, 2013 08:34 am (UTC)
Smart thinking 99!
sunray45: 141 DR Raysunray45 on February 26th, 2013 02:54 am (UTC)
Your driver must have been a failed Tour Bus driver. *g* Talk about 'around the world for sixpence'! He could have kept going down here and taken you on a tour of our ravaged beaches, what's left of them.

Wool is not suitable for Queensland weather! Just the thought of putting on something woolly brings me out in a sweat. The uniforms must have been designed by someone way down south where they need the extra warmth and it's not so humid.

Oh dear! Oh dear! *HUGS*
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on February 26th, 2013 10:44 am (UTC)
I saw pictures of some of the Gold Coast beaches the other day - what a shame! Southport looked like it had disappeared completely, with just shallow cliffs above the water. I was planning a weekend away with a friend next month, he suggested we head down the Goldie but after seeing the way the beaches have eroded we might head further south.
Mind you I won't be swimming or anything, I don't want to have Greenpeace trying to throw me back....

Uniform designers are way down south in Melbourne (google Dowd!) but all the same, Melbourne has really hot summers so you'd think they'd know better!
Merlin Pendragon: Hiver - are we there yet?mrlnpndrgn on February 26th, 2013 05:49 am (UTC)
How come you have to wear wool? Unless it's because all the offices are ACed to Antarctic level?

I've never worn anything in wool (mainly because I carry my own insulation). I usually wear short-sleeved blouses or t-shirts...
Yes, even in winter :-)

I hope you can find a wearable compromise!

And boo to that driver!
miwahni: Dr Who Snow TARDISmiwahni on February 26th, 2013 10:50 am (UTC)
Our office is freezing, you're right there, but the trip to and from is not. So while I often have a jacket on at work while it's 40 degrees outside, it gets ditched at lunchtime when I go for a walk, and again as soon as I knock off. But one can't remove one's trousers for the trip home, it's not the done thing *g* and I don't particularly want to get changed in and out of my uniform at work.
No, some daft designer has decided that it makes perfect sense for uniforms in a hot climate to be based on wool and wool blends, and to require dry cleaning or hand washing. Sounds perfectly sensible, yes? *g*

I hate winter and I hate being cold, and I have a lot of jumpers and cardigans but they're none of them wool as I can't abide the feel of it. I do have a big wool coat but it's lined, and the wool is really soft, so it's not a problem. I can't imagine wearing short sleeves or t-shirts in winter here! Once it gets below 20 I need long sleeves.
Merlin Pendragon: Avatar hivernalmrlnpndrgn on February 26th, 2013 01:14 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine wearing short sleeves or t-shirts in winter here! Once it gets below 20 I need long sleeves.


I think I've mentioned before that below 20, here, is a nice spring day? As long as it's over 10?
And that we don't consider it's cold as long as it's above minus 15?

I think we already agreed that we both are where we're meant to be!

miwahni: Random Snowflakemiwahni on February 27th, 2013 08:35 am (UTC)
I do believe that's true! I guess it's what we grow up with, isn't it.