Well, Thursday was my last day on the job and my last day with the health system where I've worked for 25 years (this time around). I may have mentioned that I worked there two other times back in the 1970's. My mom worked there as a Registered Nurse back in the 1940's and I was born at the main hospital. Today doesn't feel any different because I normally have Friday's off. And people have told me it will take a couple weeks for this all to sink in. The first couple weeks will just feel like I'm on vacation, after that...then I'll realize that I don't have to get up at 4:45 every morning and drive 10 miles across town to the job. No more worries about snow, ice, fog, rain, etc. I've noticed the last couple months on these dark mornings that my night vision is getting worse...and that has concerned me. Anyway, no more worries about any of that stuff.
I went in at my usual time Thursday, then I had to have my yearly evaluation at 11am. Weird I know but it was due and the boss said we have to do it. So we sat in her office, I looked over the paper work, she signed it and then I signed it...then she said something about there going to be a surprise and she really wasn't supposed to tell me but my co-workers were planning a surprise buffet luncheon. The boss said when we go out of my office, don't look in the conference room...so after I stole a quick glance (into the conference room) I went back to my desk, put my headset on, ready to work. Just a little before 12 noon, one of them came and logged me off my phone and said you need to come with me. So away I went into the conference room, acting surprised and thrilled...actually I was thrilled. You should have seen the food....they really went all out. Everything was so good and there was even Costco cheese cake for dessert....yummy ! The rest of the afternoon, I tied up a couple loose ends that I'd been working on and then finished packing up my stuff. It's amazing, how much stuff you can collect when you sit in the same spot everyday for years. Now I have to figure out what do with all the "stuff" here at home. It was suggested that I should have had a "cubicle sale." There's still the retirement party on February 23rd at a local restuarant. Already a host of co-workers and former co-workers have called in their RSVP for the evening. By then reality will have sunk in. LOL
Today I'm off to Costco and then this afternoon friend Bob is taking me out to eat (along with his brother and sister in law) to the Red Wing Casino (http://journals.aol.com/lsfp1960/LindasWorld/entries/2006/07/05/july-5th/1038) for their seafood buffet this afternoon.
Well, I'm off to Costco so until next time..............Linda
P.S. I must add that I had mentioned being hungry and that I was going over to the hospital and buy some lunch, so that's why the boss mentioned the surprise.