Thursday, December 15, 2005

Who can say they heard their boss sing a Journey song?

Tonight was our office party. Many a tears and memories were shared.

It’s incredible how we’ve grown. It’s amazing how many memories we’ve made. It’s unimaginable how much we’ve been through together and how much we’ll take with us in our new careers. At one point someone mentioned how 10 of us were leaving and the night turned reflective. That’s also when the round of shots began. I’m extremely grateful for my experience here.

I just came back from our Christmas party and I’m surely going to miss the cast of characters that comprised our work family. It was hard to leave. After our dinner we had drinks at a local bar for another 2.5 hours.

I’ll never have a family like this again. I know this. Everyone knows this. Even Brian said it during a toast. “I’ll never have this again nor do I want this again. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and I’m very lucky to have had this in my life.”

My boss loved her present. Most of all, I’m happy that my old boss loved her present. It meant a lot to me that she really enjoyed the tailgating package I gave her. I wanted her to know that I appreciate her and am glad that we had a chance to work together however brief it was.

I’d add pictures but honestly after 7 hours of cocktails, I’m surprised I made it home in one piece. At one point I made it home to drop off my gift and realized three hours later that I walked home with a Santa hat and wore it back to the bar. Tomorrow will be spent catching up on the cookies and truffles I should have made today.

I know my boss never see this, but I’m very grateful for every experience granted to me in my 8 years at my department. Sure there were some emotional and crazy moments there but I’ve made lasting friendships and colleagues. I hope to carry these relationships with me in my new endeavors. By the way, the tear jerker present was a jersey with my name and my intercom number. We each received one and took a photo with them on. A few tears were shed from all.

I’m off to take two Aleve and hope that the shots don’t bite me tomorrow.