I had my appraisal today. They are usually non-events, "Are you happy? We're happy. See you next year" kind of things. This time I had a major problem to discuss. I thought about it for days, wrote down the major points and how I was going to handle it. This included the phrases 'calm', 'rational', 'professional'. And what happened? The minute they asked me if there was anything else I wanted to discuss I cried. I cried and snivelled like a big girl and totally wasted my opportunity and feel like crap into the bargain. Marvellous.