I just realized yesterday that some people put Out of Office messages on their e-mail accounts even when they just leave the office at the end of the work week. While it's nice to let people know you won't be back until Monday, I don't think this is a practice I could get behind for two reasons.
1) I can barely remember to put an Out of Office message on my phone when I am going to be actually out of the office on the rare occasion I take some time off. So what makes me think I could do this every Friday?
2) I think my message would be mean. For example, my message yesterday might have read something like this:
Thank you for your e-mail. Unfortunately, I have already left for the weekend. Ah yes, the weekend. Those blissful 48 hours when the last thing on my mind is you and your ridiculous e-mails. While you are wondering when I will get back to you, I will be lying around my house in pajama pants eating cold Chinese food and watching a marathon of "Ghost Hunters" on the SyFy channel.
That's right. I won't be doing anything heartwarming or productive while I don't think about my cubicle or the e-mails that will be waiting for my upon my return on Monday. (And no, I am not going to tell you what time I am in on Monday. You will just have to wait until I am good and ready to return your e-mail.)
So until you hear back from me, take it easy and enjoy whatever plans you have this weekend. I'd love to stay and work* but I have to order some dim sum.
Have a lovely weekend,
The Office Scribe
Director of Weekend Nothingness
*P.S. - That's a lie. I'd rather be watching "Ghost Hunters."
See what I mean? I don't think I'd be able to filter out my joy of it being Friday which is why I just disappear into the darkness come 6:00 on Fridays.
~ The Office Scribe
P.S. - Anyone else living in the Midwest wake up this morning and ask themselves "Is that snow outside? What happened to the 60 degree spring weather we had yesterday?"
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