Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Farewells

Tomorrow is my last day at work! I can't even explain how strange that feels, because I don't feel that I'm completely processing this. This job was my first full time job...I started the September after I graduated from college. I suppose it's a bit bittersweet. I'm going to miss my coworkers and the confidence that comes when you've worked somewhere for so long - 5 years and 10 months, to be exact. On the other hand, I know that this job has to end before I can begin my new adventure in Japan. Life really does have a lot of ends and beginnings - things often have to end in order to let other things begin. Soon, the beginnings will take center stage - right now is just the time for the endings.

Today I had a "sayonara" party at work. One might think that a farewell party would be kind of sad, but I had the most fun farewell party ever! Uh, come to think of it, this may be my first farewell party ever. Whatever. It was still tons of fun! People from several departments that I work with came by to say goodbye and get some cake and punch. It was just really nice to be able to see everyone and say goodbye. Wait...that didn't quite sound right. This evening, several of us from the office went to Bonsai for dinner, which was just wonderful. I had some delicious salmon made with a copious amount of butter. It's a hibachi place, so you get to watch them make the food right in front of you. I kept talking, and every time I'd look down, my plate had more food! By the time I was finished eating, there appeared to be more food on my plate than when I started eating. The picture at the right is my dinner after I'd been eating for at least 20 minutes.

Honestly, up until today, none of this has felt real. Yes, I could give intellectual assent to the fact that July 15 would be my last day at the job I have held for 5 years and 10 months, but it has not really felt true. Today it all started to sink in and feel real.

Augh! And just now, without thinking, I went to put on some music to listen to while typing this post, and realized that I selected "Lonesome Road" by Madeleine Peyroux! "Look down, look down that lonesome road, before you travel on." It's actually a pretty cheerful melody, but I totally didn't think about it when I was deciding what I wanted to listen to!

Well, I'm going to go work on a beginning...I need to go ahead and make a snow boot purchase - something I've really never thought about buying before! I think I've narrowed my choices down, and it's time to go spend some money.

The next time I write, I will no longer be employed by the financial aid office! WEIRD!