Yesterday at lunch I made my way to the cafeteria downstairs to find myself in line behind Big Boss. I had called my order in beforehand, so it was ready and waiting for me.
Big Boss joked, "Are you some kind of VIP or something? They just know what you want and have it ready for you?"
I replied, "I don't have time to stand in line because you keep my chained to my desk!"
And he said, "Yeah, I heard you had to stay late on Valentine's Day." (I filed 8 MSJ's on Monday. Same legal argument, but distinct and detailed facts for each.)
During all of this, we made our way to the cashier, who asked Big Boss what he had. He replied, "Chicken spaghetti. I have two."
And I promptly said, "Thanks for picking up my lunch. You didn't need to do that!"
And he said, "Well in that case I won't. Just kidding."
And he paid for my lunch and we went back upstairs. Where my secretary asked me what the cafeteria was serving. "Umm, chicken and manicoti and spaghetti."
Oh crap. Chicken. And Spaghetti. Not chicken spaghetti. Big Boss was trying to tell the cashier that he had two entrees, and I wrongly assumed that he was telling her that he was buying my lunch. So I totally tricked him into buying my lunch. But he never missed a beat, and never let on otherwise.
I'm so embarrassed. I haven't 'fessed up that I figured out my mistake. I don't know how without making an awkward situation more awkward. I'm not usually presumptuous at all. Not sure how I managed to stick my big fat foot in my mouth.