Well, it’s official- there is no scholarship. Time for Plan B: not sure what that will be yet. Any suggestions would be most welcome.
Meanwhile, I’ve joined a new team at work, which means another new manager. This is my 5th manager in 7 months! Must be some kind of record. I already knew this person, let’s call her "Flossy", as she works in the same office. Flossy has an annoying habit of calling everyone "Lovey". As in "Lovey, could you come here for a minute?" Or "Lovey, do you have that document I need?". She also has an annoying habit of using twenty times as many words as necessary, and periodically repeating herself. Repeatedly. It’s quite possible to enter Flossy’s office for a quick chat, and emerge an hour later. She also likes to lean in and semi-whisper in a confidential manner, as if she is telling you something she really shouldn’t be saying. It’s quite unnerving.
Flossy flaps, she fusses and she fluffs around. She can’t make a decision to save her life: she always needs to ‘consult’ at least half a dozen people before she makes her mind up. Sometimes she’ll make a decision on something, after much agonizing, then come back later or even the next day and say she’s changed her mind. Frustrating? You’d better believe it. Apparently, she is quite good at her job. I’ve yet to see any evidence of this.
Earlier today, I was in Flossy’s office with another colleague we’ll call Kelly. Flossy said that she would need me to take a car to a suburb 30-odd kilometres away and meet Kelly at Mrs X’s house, in order to have a discussion about a particular matter. Flossy advised that we would need two cars, as I would be required to come back to the office, with Kelly travelling elsewhere. I asked Flossy whether it wouldn’t be simpler to just phone Mrs X and discuss the matter. Kelly and Flossy exchanged looks and exclaimed "What a great idea!"
A couple of hours later, Flossy approached me and said "Lovey, about that visit tomorrow…". Kelly stepped up and said "Oh, it’s ok, I rang Mrs X and she’s not interested". Flossy’s face lit up with joy "Oh, great! We don’t have to worry about it. What a relief!"