One of the most nauseating aromas, to me, is the smell of a banana. Especially very ripe bananas. Green bananas and newly turn-yellow fresh? I can tolerate, and do. The aroma isn't sooo strong when the bananas are young. I buy bananas for the DDs all the time because they love them. But once the bananas ripen beyond a certain stage (still edible) the smell becomes stronger and just turns my stomach off.
Three situations. I'm wondering if I'm being rude?
1. When I walk into my kitchen and smell a banana I ask "Are you going to eat these? If so, they're in the garage." DDs know my aversion, so I don't think I'm rude in this situation.
2. Boss, CW & I had a short phone meeting where CW & I went to Boss' office so we could take the call together. Boss was eating a banana. The smell was overwhelming. I apologized "I'm sorry. If you don't mind, I can hear the conversation from here." I stood by the door for the 5-minute meeting with my head turned to the hallway and fresh air. I did make a comment or two so Boss knew that I was listening, but still . . . Yeah, probably really rude, right? How would you deal with this situation?
3. Boss came to my cube today, eating a banana. I was showing her certain things on my computer, so I put my elbow on my desk and covered my nose with a few fingers, kinda like in the "I'm thinking" pose. I was trying to be discreet. I felt that this was not rude, possibly handled correctly? Boss didn't seem to notice anything amiss.
Any suggestions as to how to handle unappealing smells? Especially with Boss who seems to have a fondness of bananas?