Monica: What’s that noise you just made?
Chandler: Oh, that? That’s my work laugh.
Monica: Your work laugh?
Chandler: Yeah, and if you want to survive this party, you’ll need to come up with one too. –Friends
There is so much to tell you all. The graduation and the after party were amazing. I will get to them this week but I have to blog in order or else my OCD head will explode. So let me start with telling you how the rest of Thursday went.
My work goodbye lunch went surprisingly well. It was possibly the best goodbye I could have received. My manager brought me flowers and presented me with an Amex gift card for $100. That blew me away! It was all very sweet and I gave hugs all around before leaving.
I raced home with my spirits soaring. I was also in a rush because my in-laws were coming into town and would be at my house any minute. I love company but I can’t stand it when they get there before me. I wanted to make sure the house looked nice and things were put away. Luckily since it was my last day my boss let me leave at 2.
When my in-laws arrived they asked me about the flowers and I decided that was as good a time as any to tell them the news. Plus I had an armful of goodbye cards from coworkers that made it pretty clear. I expected my mother in-law, the high powered career woman that she is, to chastise our decision and lecture me but she didn’t. She was actually very understanding and complimented us both for thinking it all through. She said I can take this time to figure things out and do anything I want. I could go back to school, maybe even a brand new vocation like chiropractic school, basically the world is my oyster and I couldn’t agree more. It was a relief that she was so understanding because let’s face it, we all want our in-laws to approve of us don’t we? 🙂
When Match got home, we opened up a bottle of Verdi, a gift from my coworker, and celebrated Match’s last day of academy and my last day of work.
Then Match’s Mom sat us down and told us that she had a gift for the both of us. She said she wanted to recognize the fact that I played a huge role in Match’s success throughout the academy. She said she knows I’ve had to sacrifice a lot, with moving here, not getting a honeymoon, helping Match study, and everything else we’ve been through these past 6 months.
I opened the envelope and immediately teared up. They had given us an unbelievably generous gift to a fancy day spa in Sonoma County. Here are a few pictures from their website. The facilities look so beautiful.
We’ll be getting 75 minute massages:
Soaking in a cedar enzyme bath:
and generally getting pampered all day long. It is part of a honeymoon I never got with Match. I couldn’t believe how sweet the gift was. The fact that my mother in-law acknowledged me like that…I can’t even put it into words. Match’s parents are so unbelievably kind and good to us, and I feel so lucky. I can’t wait to use our gift!