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A dozen days

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.

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ravurian
Dec. 19th, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
I love how Somer(?)'s name was clearly the after-thought on that cake :)
emeraldsedai
Dec. 20th, 2013 01:23 am (UTC)
I didn't notice that. Heh. Alphabetical show of preference.
ravurian
Dec. 20th, 2013 11:06 am (UTC)
You can't Nope out of this, LOL. It's right there...
emeraldsedai
Jan. 1st, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
Gmail decided that your comment was spam. Sorry about that! Just found it.

In the dozen days since this post and your comment, I've come to accept that my work--maybe even my personality--was valued around that place. I don't know if I'll ever stitch up the rents in the fabric of my self-concept, but leaving work certainly didn't hurt.
helenajust
Dec. 20th, 2013 10:59 am (UTC)
I think you did it right by playing along - as you say, it's more about them, really.

Nearly there now!
emeraldsedai
Jan. 1st, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
Many apologies--I try never to leave comments unanswered. This one, for some reason, struck Gmail as spam, and I only just found it.

In the dozen days since this post and your comment, I came to realize how very true it is that these things are for those left behind. I think I ended up striking a pretty good balance between my own wish to sidle out with no fanfare and their wish to have a party. I had some nice one-on-one interactions with some nice coworkers, and some very nice feelings were expressed. It was A-OK.
decemberleaf
Dec. 20th, 2013 11:04 am (UTC)
"Steady as she goes!" and you did it. Love it!!
emeraldsedai
Jan. 1st, 2014 08:44 pm (UTC)
Many apologies--I try never to leave comments unanswered. This one, for some reason, struck Gmail as spam, and I only just found it.

Thank you--and yes, I do think I managed a pretty steady-as-she-goes exit from my career. I'm not displeased.
lyrstzha
Dec. 20th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
At least there was cake? Assuming it was decent cake, of course.
emeraldsedai
Jan. 1st, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
Many apologies--I try never to leave comments unanswered. This one, for some reason, struck Gmail as spam, and I only just found it.

The cake was...you know, government-issue grocery-store sheet cake. LOL! But the sentiment was Grade-A gourmet bakery.
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emeraldsedai
Dec. 21st, 2013 02:15 am (UTC)
LOL! You are so right! I hadn't noticed that. Somer's already taken, so somebody made a frosting mistake.
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