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Well, it's pretty much all over except the deletion of personal stuff from the hard drive, this career thing I've been doing for the last thirty-something years. Twelve days left, only seven of them actual workdays.

My immediate coworkers, honoring my request not to have the sheet-cake-in-the-conference-room shindig for me, took me out for a couple of drinks and fancy bar snacks the other evening. It was upbeat and pleasant, and comfortably detached. I liked it.

As several people have pointed out to me, these send-off do's, rather like funerals, aren't for the benefit of the departed leaver, but the folks watching you go. So we did the thing--there was single malt involved. And snackies involving duck and smoked seafood, so, yum.

And then, one of my coworkers, a young up and comer, announced that she's taken another job, and her last day will be the same as my last day, and she had no objection to the office shindig, and our supervisor asked if I would object to making it a shared going-away party and could she please have my name piped in frosting onto the sheet-cake alongside my coworkers...and coworker asked if she could please bake me an apple pie...

...and anyway, I'm on my way in to the sheet-cake-in-the-conference-room shindig after all. But at least the spotlight will only be 50% on me.
A sheet cake with frosting flowers and good luck script

Update: I went. People said nice things. I think it was okay. But I will never ever feel like I know how to do this sort of thing right.

Date: 2013-12-19 11:54 pm (UTC)
tehomet: (Cookies!)
From: [personal profile] tehomet
Is there even a right way to do it? I don't freaking know.

Can't believe the next chapter is so close! :D

Date: 2013-12-20 12:49 am (UTC)
dine: (cake ... for you!)
From: [personal profile] dine
I thought of your countdown this morning, but hadn't done the math to realize just how close to the end you are! congrats on making it - and revel in every moment once you're a person of leisure

possibly in January we can meet for lunch by my office? I can probably get someone to cover for me for a bit; the Thai place across the street is pretty ok.

Date: 2013-12-20 01:55 am (UTC)
lycomingst: (J&W bands)
From: [personal profile] lycomingst
I always think those parties are awkward. Congrats on unloading some of the spotlight.

I, myself, am counting the days until I can leave. Literally, I mark off the days.

Date: 2013-12-20 05:06 pm (UTC)
lycomingst: (J&W comforts)
From: [personal profile] lycomingst
I have the Jeeves & Wooster dvds and have watched them through time and time again. It's a great comfort show.

I have about 157 weeks to go, more or less, more or less....

Date: 2013-12-21 06:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lycomingst
That I've started counting so far from the final date shows how much I want out. I am in charge of the Quickbooks and money handling; I have a boss who literally backs away from me when I try to talk to him. He only wants to do the fun parts of the job. Considering my age and my skill set I'm lucky to have this job, but it could be so much better.

Date: 2013-12-20 04:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] donutsweeper
You are so close to being done! Yay!

Although, I agree, those sorts of parties are always awkward.

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