Good Things/ Bad Things
Today (and this entire week, actually) have been very trying for me work-wise. We've had the typical dose of poor coordination, conflicting goals, and frustration, but with the added misfortunate of extreme bad luck. Oh well - we'll have this.
Today two nice things happened.
One is that Andy, the senior manager at the delivery center, took me for a lunch to get away from the frustration to a place called Piadina Passion Food. Andy is the farthest thing from a vegetarian there is, but he took me there where they had plenty of veggie options because he is thoughtful and probably also sick of watching me eat reheated soup at my desk each day. Previously, Andy enjoyed the company of Todd (another expat from the project who spent several months in Manila recently), and so he is getting used to me - a girl. I'm sure it was a little easier to be buddies with Todd and go drinking with him, but I hope that we can still develop a good friendship!
The second thing is that today I had an interesting encounter with the person at my office who was collecting donations for the Leyte victims. Tim and I decided to donate. I called him to see where he is sitting, and he said he would meet me on my floor. We met in the elevator bank and I gave him the folded up money. He brought his business card so I would know it was him, which I thought was really cute. The funny thing was that he seemed shocked that I was donating and shocked by how much. I didn't consider it to be extreme, but I'm glad that he is happy and I hope they can put it to good use. It made the day a little better to be able to make someone else happy.