Yesterday went better thankfully, and late in the day, I had a really funny moment with one of my colleagues that ended my week on a brighter note.
We got a request from a Canadian marketing colleague (CMC) asking for this, emphasis mine:
2 social images required - Dimensions 1200x627 pixels
Text to read:
D&I Fireside Chat
Culture + Gender + Sexuality – Connecting Your Identities in the Workplace
Date/Time, Register Now
Image recommendations: Something that shows people with cultural/ethnic and LGBT diversity. Ideally something in a workplace.
It made me laugh. I had the following exchange with the US designer (USD) in the ticket (he can't see these comments):
Me: Curious as to how CMC thinks we should show people with "LGBT diversity" ...drag queens? Rainbow shirts? Unicorn horns? :D
USD: Hahaha, so true? How on Earth do you show that? He should pick an appropriate image because I have no idea what it would be. For the record, I vote for unicorns!
Me: I suppose same-sex couples kissing would be outside our creative expression...unless of course they're bathed in golden sunset light** :D
USD: OMG Liz, I'm belly laughing!! Bathed in golden sunlight, bawhahahahahaah!
Me: NAILED IT https://www.istockphoto.com/se/foto/homosexuella-par-gm1264272426-370239905
USD: I'm now crying and choking on my cracker! OMG, it's perfect!
Me: Shall I send that as a suggestion in the ticket to CMC? Double dog dare me, PLEASE
USD: *obviously not understanding I was kidding* Holy crap, YES PLEASE! I triple dog dare you!!!!!
USD: No way!?
Me: IT WAS A TRIPLE DOG DARE
I wrote in reply to him in the ticket:
Curious as to how you think we should "show people with LGBT diversity"... would this image work? :D (same link as above)
And he answered, all serious, that he didn't think that image was appropriate and we need a work setting, and he understands it's tricky.
To which I replied: IT WAS A JOKE, CMC. :D
I screenshotted*** the entire exchange to Martin and he, too, was amused, and responded: "How DO you represent the lgbts through stock workplace imagery?? Just a picture of a guy typing, but he has an earring?"
Anyway, now it's the weekend and I'm taking a mental break from everything. I slept in, read for a bit, did some quick clean-up jobs, ate lunch and now I'm going to go for a walk. The sun is shining though there are a lot of big fluffy clouds in the sky and it's quite chilly. Since I got everyone's US taxes and FBARs dealt with, the only things on my to-do list are spring-cleaning jobs and if I don't feel like doing them this weekend, I damn well won't.
*Abraham Lincoln, who had way more cause for a breakdown than I do.
**Inside joke, sorry: a lot of imagery we use at work has golden sunset light pouring over everything.