2.24.2010

Pre-term

While my given name is Susan, if you know me well enough hopefully you would agree that I am very much not a Susan, and a complete Susie.

I often question if Susie will become too juvenile of a name at a certain age. Something seems weird about a 70 year-old Susie. I don't know why I fuss over it so much. But I will argue that the Susie to Susan jump is far more life-changing than say Mike to Michael or Matt to Matthew. I don't know why, it just is.

I had a brief experience last week that almost forced me into pre-term Susan before I was ready to go there and age myself 20 years.

I started a new job last month and I am obviously still acclimating to the office and my colleagues. My new bossman is a little intimidating. I'm sure that will change over time, but he called me into his office last week and the following conversation occurred, or something like unto it:

Boss: (In a slightly annoyed tone) “Please call IT today and have them change your name to Susan Jensen in the system. There is another Susie Jensen in the company directory that works in our Arizona division and it is causing problems when I try to email you. It will just be easier all-around if you go by Susan ... thanks.”

Silently I stood in front of him with my compliant, “yes sir”, “ jump how high?” new employee face, completely annoyed with "Arizona Susie." I processed my options and counter-offered the big guy.

Me: “Can I have IT try and hard-code my name somehow into your Outlook so you don’t have any problems? I’d really rather not go by Susan if at all possible.”

Needless to say Susie Jensen lives happily ever after. The end.

14 comments:

Lindzie said...

He could have at least asked you first... :)

Christi said...

You are totally a Susie!! I can't believe he said that, that is funny. Good job standing up to the big guy!

Mauri said...

long live the "suz"ie!

Rebecca and Nick said...

yay! go Susie!!

Chris and Lynsey Williamson said...

Hahaha you crack me up! I dont think Susie will be a silly name for a 70 year old, actually I think it will be really cute when you are OLD. Also nice work stickin' it to the man ;-)

Doug and Heather said...

You could have asked to go by Suz :) What's this new job? I want to hear about it. Email me!

jenorme said...

What about Margaret or Marge? I went from Jenny to Jennifer and couldn't handle it. Now I am just getting people trained on calling me Jen.

Jensen Family said...

In my opinion you are more of a Marg,but I know your thoughts on that feeling...

Jensen Family said...

ooh- I just saw Jen's comment...that's why I love her - we think the same!

Jensen Family said...

One more thing - I meant to say I know your feelings on that thought. Ok, I'm done

Carol and Tyler said...

hahaha! Atta girl. Although I'm all for the Marg too.

Kara said...

Hey sweetie Susie! I'm glad you're still Susie, and I'm glad you got your way with your bossman! Thanks so much for your offer to help. If you and your husband aren't participating in the Stake Track Meet, we're moving on April 10th. I know it's a busy day for a lot of people, so don't worry if you can't. That's so nice of you to offer. We're excited to get into the house, but it will be bittersweet to move across town and start all over in a new ward. It's not like I'm leaving the state though. We can still keep in touch and you guys can count on me coming out to dinner and stuff if you still want me :)

Anya said...

I think a 70 year old Susie is perfect.

Stephanie said...

You sure know how to get things done Susie. I think you just passed test number 1 from the big boss man.