Last Day of Work and My Awesome In-Laws

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? šŸ™‚

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!

Last Day of Work

So did you hear the latest office gossip? Ryan the security guard quit his job because you’re a giant douche-mobile. That’s right, you’re a douche on wheels. Or perhaps a decorative sculpture hanging above a baby douche’s crib. The gossip didn’t specify. -Linda, Better Off Ted

This is what I looked like this morning, seat dancing and singing along with Ā Britney Spears on my way to work. This is for you Impulsive! Hot right? I know it.

It’s my very last day of work. A little over 4 years ago I started this job as a Help Desk Technician. I have answered thousands of calls from all different types of clients. There were the needy calls. The grumpy calls. The downright bitchy calls. The clueless, shouldn’t even be touching a computer calls. I am so excited to be answering the last calls.

I know I will have to continue to do tech support for my family and friends. I’ve been the reluctant family tech for years. But I can say no if I want to. No longer will I have to listen patiently while my idiot client says things like, “I can’t get to the google.” I am done. Done with a snarky manager who was always pretending to be my friend while backstabbing me. Done with the awkward quietness that is the office. Who knew four people in an office building could be so silent? Done with the 2 hour PER DAY commute (This view in the am was pretty though, I must admit).

Done with theĀ tendinitisĀ in my wrists. Done with the 9 hours a day plus of sitting at a desk. DONE.

But I will miss my five finger discount office supplies. Don’t act like you don’t do it too! And I will miss the office administrative assistant. She was hired last year part time and she’s made the past 12 months bearable. She’s my mother’s age and she reminds me of her in so many ways. We’ve shared recipes, swapped funny stories, and she always managed to cheer me up. We gossiped about work and she spoiled Monkey rotten. She cried when I gave my 2 week notice.

She brought in a going away present for Monkey yesterday that just cracked me up. There was also some bubbly for me (YAY!). Monkey was thrilled.

I promised to stay in touch with her, and I am sure we will keep up with each other through email. She was always good at respecting the work relationship and knowing that even though we were pals, we were coworkers too. Something my manager never seemed to get.

She asked me if I had any regrets after I put in my notice and I told her not a one. “Good, that’s how you know you made the right choice,” she said. I know that I did, and I am so, so so excited for what’s next.