Earlier this week, someone needed to pick up lunch for a meeting we had going on in our office. Usually another lady takes care of lunch stuff, but she was out sick. (We missed her a lot.) Therefore, I was the lucky one chosen to get the food. We have a Paradise Bakery right around the corner from work, so it was not big deal. Or at least, it wouldn't have been for a normal person. Ha.
I walked in and found out that the menu we were basing the order off of was the catering menu, not the normal cafe menu. Snafu #1. Luckily, one of the workers (he looked like a manager) took pity on me, probably seeing the desperation in my eyes and the green Heliae shirt, and majorly helped me out. He got the order all filled out and sent me over to pay. I picked up a sandwich for myself (might as well...) and walked over to the cash register. Snafu #2: my purse is huge, and I was now carrying a menu, a paper with our order on it, my sandwich and cookie, and trying to pay and get drink cups and all. Again, the nice girl at the cash register took pity and was very helpful. It was only then that I realized my biggest problem yet: the tea.
Two people wanted iced tea. Now, my only experience with iced tea has been A) seeing other people drink it, and B) passing it by as an option at the soda fountain. Snafu #3: the soda fountain at Paradise Bakery does not have a tea option. Instead, they have four huge metal canister-looking things with tea in them. I literally sat and stared at them for a few minutes, totally at a loss.
"Sure," I thought, "send the only girl who doesn't drink tea to get some for two of our VPs."
I was about to call my boss and ask her what to do (she drinks iced tea all the time), but I realized that I left my phone sitting on my desk at work. Great. I finally just filled some cups with ice (going on a brain wave that iced tea is just normal tea, but with ice--brilliant, I know) and went for the plainest brew I could find and hoped it would work. I also had a great conversation with someone else at the drink area.
Random Guy: So, you're not getting any of these? [motioning to the soda options]
Me: Nope, I'm not. I'm getting iced tea, except I don't drink tea and have no idea what I'm doing.
Random Guy: Oh, OK....
Yeah, I pretty much just gave up on looking like a competent adult in any measure.
In the end, I think everyone got what they wanted (at least I didn't hear any complaints) and I got a delicious Paradise Club sandwich to replace my PB&J. Oh, and an opportunity to turn in my first ever expense report! Get excited!
And who says office jobs are boring?