After my trip to the island with beautiful beaches, Le Supervisor and I started to work on the post-trip documents that we need to submit to the office as business trip report and also to get our expenses claimed. Le Supervisor really hates to work on administrative tasks. 😠Anyway, we worked together on this one, I did the major parts and he crossed check the little things. We submitted the forms right away after completion. 📥
Today, the forms bounce back to me from the main office. It states that there are some missing supportive documents that they need to proceed the payment. I read through the Japanese guideline, highlight the parts I need to follow-up and leave the documents on the super-obvious section on my desk before I go for lunch. You know, just to get Le Supervisor to be mentally prepared for it before I talk about that 😝. Yes, that’s my psychological strategy (Part 1). Hehe
We have a 4-hour institutional level of meeting from 1330 to 1730 today.
I get back to the office by 1320 after lunch, he was obviously waiting for me to depart to the meeting venue together. Yeah, we usually do that 😉. I can see from his face that he was in bad mood, and I think I know the reason. 😁
He didn’t say anything, just looked at me in Poker face. I smiled, and he walked away without waiting for me. Ok, that’s fine. 😅
He was walking slowly in front of me, and I walked even slower so that I couldn’t make to catch his pace (on purpose 😜). I call it the Part 2 😂.
When I got to the hall, I saw him reserving the seat next to him (probably for me). Anyway, I decided to sit 5 seats across the hall from him 😏. You are stupid if you know someone is going to erupt and you still decide to stick with him 😁. Be clever, keep a safe distance 😁.
The meeting started, I noticed he was peeking at me from his seat 👀. I pretended I didn’t see him 😝. Psychological strategy • Part 3 😁. I personally think it is good to give him solo time, so that he cool down before he opens his mouth.
During the break, I encountered the organizer (Ma Sensei) of a forum I would be presenting about my research 📚. I stop to talk to him, asking him about the preparation and information he needs from me. Well, Le Supervisor saw us, and he stood aside and listen to our conversation 😮.
Ma Sensei was telling me about a “one-sentence appeal” I need to submit to him blar3… I repeated after him “one-sentence appeal, ok!”, before I thanked him and walked my way back to our office.
Le Supervisor caught me, smiled and said: “What’s that one-sentence thing about? 😊” Ok, I can see he is calmer now. We talked about the appeal and what I plan to present in that invited forum…📈📊📉📄📝📜🔬🎬
When we got back to the office, he took a glance at the “mad-boss-inducing” documents on my desk 😁.
I told him: “This got back to me this morning, here, we need to prepare this, and this and this… *reading the lines to him* What is this about? ⁉⁉”, there is a line that I don’t really understand.
“I don’t know! Angelyn, this is too much!!! 💢💢💢”, he raised his voice.
I replied in a calming tone: “When you are ready for this, let’s work on it together again 😊. I can prepare the rest after the meeting later 👌.”
He was flared up: “This is so stupid! We had everything they need and now they want more blar3…. *complaining in rage*…. ✨✨🔥🔥🔥”
I looked at him with tender in my eyes 😊: “It’s fine. I just tell you the updates about the claims. I will figure it out soon 👍.”
He got so mad (on the tedious administrative requests), he screamed: “Awwww Angelyn, I don’t know!!! 🌋🌋🌋”, and left to the meeting hall again. I decided not to sit with him in the second session of the meeting as well, and I think you know why 😜.
I got back to the hall 3 minutes after him, and concentrate for another 2 hours of meeting. I noticed he kept checking on me from time to time, but I avoid direct eye contact with him 😁. I would not explain why, but this is Part 4 🙌.
After the meeting, I had a short discussion with another professor (Kt Sensei) asking his opinion on my coming research plan. He knows a technique I am yet to learn 🔮. Le Supervisor stood aside and started talking to Kt Sensei’s assistant until I walked away 😅.
He ran after me 🏃🏃🏃: “Angelyn~~~🎶🎶🎶”, screaming in the hallway as if there were nobody, but it was packed with meeting attendees. LOL!!! Everyone was looking at him. 😅
I stopped and waited for him 🐧.
“Are you mad at me?”
“Huh? Nooooo, why would I mad at you when you are already mad on your own? 😜”, I cracked a smile.
He was relieved (I don’t know why, haha!): “Phew…. Are you going to the party later? 😎”
Yes, we have a huge party after this extraordinarily important meeting 🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻.
Me: “Nooooo. Why?”
“Oh, why aren’t you coming? I thought you would come with me??? 😒”, disappointed poor thing 😁.
I gave him a beam without saying anything 😊.
He continued to persuade: “X Sensei says if you come, he will sponsor you and pay more 💳💴💴💴! You can drink for free. Please come and enjoy together… 😎”
It was a surprise: “Really 😍? Great!!! 👏👏👏 Please drink on behalf of me 😊.”
“Come on Angelyn, please come! 😣”
“Neh, I will have to work on THE THING later 📋📄📃. Please drink double, one for yourself, one for me 😊. I will inform X Sensei to pay extra ✌😁.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yeah, I want to have umeshu*, two cups please! 🍸🍸😊”
He giggled: “Ok, I will drink for you 💪.”
We got back to the office in good mood x2 🎉🎉🎊🎊.
He sat down: “Angelyn, what can I help with the documents? 💃”, this time in cheerful mode. Oh, my capricious supervisor! 😂
“Now you are good? 😁”
“Angelyn, I’m sorry for just now. I really get annoyed with these…”
“It’s fine *flipping my hand* 👋. I understand 😊. In fact, I already expected you will scream, but I still need to ask you about that. So I put on an invisible helmet before I asked you 🙉🙈🙊😁.”
He got tickled: “What helmet? Yeah, you really know me! 😎 I was knocking on your head just now, luckily you have the helmet. Hahaha!”, joyful supervisor is cute 😅. LOL!!!
We had a short discussion and decided on a day and time to work on it afterwards 🙌.
I walked him to the party venue and waved goodbye to him: “Have fun and don’t forget my umeshu! 😉”
“Bye bye, see you tomorrow. 😃” He got in to the venue smiling from ear to ear. I don’t know why but at that moment I was feeling like dropping my kid to school. Hahahahaha!
Bye bye, Madness! 👋
Bye bye, Mad boss! 👋👋
Bye bye, crazy documents! 👋👋👋
I am going home~~~ 😊
Anger Management Tip:
If a person is upset, hold him and tell him how handsome he is. If he starts to growl, retreat to a safe distance and throw laugh bombs at him. 💣💣💣💣 😝
*Umeshu (梅酒) is a Japanese liqueur made by steeping ume fruits (while still unripe and green) in alcohol (焼酎 shōchū) and sugar.
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