I had an experience last week that encompassed two of my top peeves.
background - I'm currently basically doing 2 jobs at work. The guy I've been covering for just started last week, and I've been training him, so I hope it'll get better here soon. But, for the last 3-4 weeks, it's been NUTS, and I've been working flat-out and falling behind on longer-term stuff while trying to keep on the day-to-day.
Anyway, last week, I was going nuts trying to keep track of where I was on a ton of different things. We were having a going-away party for 2 staff members in our division, after I'd already spent all morning in meetings. The divisional secretary called me and asked me to help decorate the room for the party.
1. I come to work to do actual WORK. She *knows* I'm doing double-duty at the moment and barely have time to *breathe*, much less decorate rooms. Don't get me wrong, I'm a friendly person and I enjoy spending some time socializing with my co-workers, who are all nice people. If I'm saying I'm slammed, I'm sorry, but work comes first.
2. She was EATING ON THE PHONE. As in, "Hey, Dr. F. (sluuurp, sluurp), could you come down here to room x (chomp, slurp), and help us decorate (chew chew chew)?" Gah!
Either of the two would be mildly irritating, but the two together drove me NUTS!