It is entirely normal to walk into our office and find yourself in the middle of a random conversation. Topically we are all over the map, because we like to keep things interesting. A conversation about documentaries turned into the below exchange.
*Note: My co-workers are well aware of my neurosis regarding organization and categorization, and they love me for it. Or in spite of it. Either way, they accept me which is why they are so wonderful.*
Me: I loved Shark Week! National Geographic Channel had 24/7 shark shows for the whole week, it was so much better than Discovery Channel.
(Co-workers stare blankly at me. This is a normal reaction in the course of a conversation with me, I have found.)
Me: Great White sharks were my favourite animal growing up.
Co-worker #1: (laughing) This explains so much about who you are!
Co-worker #2: I like giraffes.
Me: Oh me too! That's my favourite land-based animal.
Co-worker #1: (laughter) Of course you have a division between favourite land- and water-based animals.
Co-worker #2: (laughter) I'm happy with just giraffes.
Me: (slightly embarrassed) Technically, the giraffe is my favourite Sub-Saharan animal....
Co-workers: (so much laughter)
And with that, a new office meme was born: #ConversationsWithAshley
What is your favourite animal?
(Feel free to include categories and sub-categories. This is a judgement-free zone!)