We're having a going-away pot luck party at work today. I was the third person to sign the attendance list and specify what I was going to bring. I decided since the choco-peanut butter cookies I baked for the last book club seemed to go over well, I'd try those again for today. The first two people to sign up hadn't picked cookies, so I put myself down for bringing "chocolate peanut butter cookies". I walk into the lunchroom today and to my dismay I see a container full of... chocolate cookies with a peanut butter cup in the middle. Someone who picked after me obviously didn't care that they were duplicating.
It's not a matter of ego -- if the other cookies are better than mine, I don't really care. I don't want to compete with anyone else in what I make. It's the fact that someone else was presented with the list of food items people would be bringing, and they seemed to have either not read, not cared, or deliberately chose to bring the same as me. I would have happily made something else just so we could have as much variety as possible. There have been a couple of occasions where I have volunteered to make a similar dessert, but have always made sure it was a different variety (i.e., if I was making cheesecake, I'd make sure I picked a different flavor, that way it isn't duplicated). Why did this person not say, "ok, I'll make another variety of cookie?"
I'll get over it, but I am annoyed right now.
UPDATE: the other cookies were chocolate with a caramel cup in the middle, not peanut butter. I guess I can't be annoyed anymore, it's not like she knew they were going to look very similar to mine.
UPDATE 2: I was later told that she picked caramel cups because she couldn't find peanut butter!!! GRRRR!!!