“Hey, wait!”

I am an avid coffee drinker. I go through phases of favorite blends, sources, etc, and most of the time I drink it at work. I can’t seem to keep coffee mugs though, so when I find a good one, I get pretty territorial about it. See here for one story of mug loss. This is another.

When I was pregnant (which thankfully seems like FOREVER ago), I switched from coffee to hot tea but still used my coffee mug to drink it. It was a cheap black and tan mug that looked vaguely like bamboo on the outside. Not really the girliest mug, but I’m not much of a girly-girl anyway. (Despite what you say! I know you’re reading this. You know who you are.)

I used this mug EVERY DAY. I would wash it in the kitchen and leave it on my desk so that no one else would grab it for their coffee in the morning before I staggered in. For some reason, people tend to use my coffee mugs if I leave them in the dishwasher at work. Maybe I have excellent taste??

I once found the shape of a skull in the foam from my hot tea while using this mug. True story.

Anyway, when I left for maternity leave, I left my coffee mug in the kitchen. I figured it would be safe and would be there when I got back two months later.

I was young and naive.

When I went back to work, one of the first things I did was go look for my mug to make coffee. It wasn’t on my desk. It wasn’t in the dishwasher. It wasn’t in any of the cabinets. It wasn’t in the executive kitchen upstairs. I had to settle for an ugly flowery community mug that the crazy lady on the other side of the building probably drank out of.

I spent the entire day giving everyone the stink-eye, wondering who had thieved it. It took three days before I finally saw someone walking past holding my mug.

It was my boss. And he was eating oatmeal out of it.


Totally ruined.

My son is going to be 4 at the end of this year. My boss STILL uses my that coffee mug.


I had two people suggest today that I should LIBERATE the coffee mug. That it is my duty to right the wrongs of all those who have lost personal items at work.

My boss is out today. And the office is currently empty.

La Femme Nikita

Peta Wilson was my favorite Nikita.

First I tried the kitchen. I checked the cabinets, dishwasher, even climbed onto the countertops so I could make sure I wasn’t missing it.

Coffee Mugs

Collection of abandonment.


Then I went to his office. Since I’m the Network Admin, it’s not highly suspicious of me to be in there, even if someone were around to see, but still I was nervous. I could lose my freaking JOB if someone happened to see me going through his desk. I checked under and around the desk, file cabinets, mini-fridge (he’s got a freaking MINI-FRIDGE??) and still nothing.



My boss is smarter than I am. Dammit.

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9 Responses to “Hey, wait!”

  1. Simple Dude says:

    I have lost personal items at work over the years and feel your pain.

    You need to steal it back.. after all these years no one would suspect you. But you’ll have to take it home of course – can’t leave evidence in the office. Even if you don’t use it at home, it’s the principle of things. I’m counting on you to make this wrong right for all of us who have been victimized at the workplace!


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  2. Sean says:

    Simple Dude directed me here and I like it already. I <3 COFFEE!! I have been able to wean myself down from like 6-7 cups a day to 1-2 in the morning (though its party because I've found an energy drink I really like and ofter drink after lunch. Every day, but that's neither here nor there!)

    I wanted to comment and say anyone SD recommends and has as a sponsor must be worth her salt so I'll be following along. I'm also a big fan of techno-geeks, being one myself, and to a lesser extent, nerds, and maybe princesses? Maybe not princesses, but still.

    Thanks! I always enjoy and appreciate writers who do what I've never made time to do and look forward to reading more.

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    • tgnp says:

      Oh man, I went through an energy drink phase too. I had to go back to coffee because I would crash so hard in the afternoons.

      Thanks for the compliments!

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  3. Matt says:

    Snipe it when he uses the bathroom tomorrow, heh.


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  4. Jeeni says:

    I like Matt’s idea! Or – float a Halloween sized Baby Ruth in his coffee during his bathroom break. Mwahaha!

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  5. You can still liberate it! Wait until he’s at a lunch meeting and nab it–take it home and promise to always keep it safe! Coffee mugs are our friends!

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  6. You could work the subject of bamboo into a conversation with your boss, then casually mention you once bought a mug that looked like bamboo but you don’t know what happened to it. Or even better, say that the mug was the last thing your grandma got you before she passed on. Can you fake cry?

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    • tgnp says:

      I’m a terrible cry-er. I get completely snotty, my face turns weird shades of purple and red with these leperous-looking blotches and I start speaking like Beaker from the Muppets.

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  7. Very nice post and right to the point. I don’t know if this is in fact the best place to ask but do you people have any ideea where to hire some professional writers? Thanks in advance :)

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