I don’t think my social calendar has been booked so tightly in my entire life. As you can imagine, The Guy and I are very busy with the upcoming move to California, so I’ve been trying to book up my days and weekends to visit family and friends one last time before I go.
My co-worker Julie wants me for next Tuesday and Saturday nights — so I wasn’t expecting a surprise party like I had last night when I got back to work. She did that because they knew I can piece together things, and put two and two together fairly well. They had to trick me!
Let me back up a moment here.
The Guy asked to use my car (his isn’t winterized) and I had to ask a co-worker who lives around the corner from me, if I could hitch a ride with her in the morning. I almost regretted it because she likes to arrive 1-2 hours BEFORE work even opens. But I didn’t want to take 2 busses and over 45 minutes of travel to get to work that day.
Considering how nosy I am when it comes to planning secret events or wondering what my co-workers are up to on a daily basis, they’ve definitely pulled the wool over MY eyes last night.
I had no clue about the whole thing and I loved that it was such a surprise. You know how some days it’s a fun day at work and you just chat a lot? Yesterday a few people had their office doors closed and I just thought they were in a bad mood so I didn’t bother them. Much to my dismay, of course: PLANNING A PARTY! Friggen right!
I’ve never had a surprise party before – and now I know what it feels like to be truly surprised.
My bosses daughter, a fav co-worker of mine, (Amy) booked me in to hang out with her after work. I thought she was being pretty smart booking me off a few weeks in advance due to the fact she knew I’d be busy with the move. Little did I know.
We headed to the mall at 4:30 and didn’t get any questions about me sneaking out early since I hitched a ride into work with L at EIGHT A.M! Because low and behold The Guy needed my car for this secret going away party! I was wondering if he was using my car for moving preparations and I mentioned to some co-workers “he better not be having fun with my car tomorrow” (he usually asks to use my car to go skiing/biking). Amy and I took my bosses car and had to be back to the office by 6pm. When we pulled into the parking lot, I parked quickly as I wanted to sneak in the back door to give my boss a good freight, so I literally ran up the hallway but also trying to be quiet.
I stopped dead in my tracks when I passed the board room, and that’s when I saw 3 co-workers sitting across, smiling at me. My face probably dropped and that’s when the tears started flowing and I snuck away to cry for a moment. When I walked into the board room, I noticed the popcorn, the candy, pizza , popcorn and Fossil gifts. All of my favourite things. Jeeze the staff knows how to make someone feel special, and loved.
I sat down at the head of the board room table where then I wore a fun Tiara and my boss read out the speech that she wrote, toasted pepsi’s to us. My knees were shaking and I was trying not to bring it to “the ugly-cry” I mean, it was getting pretty close to that. I am so glad that I made a lasting impression on my workplace, for them to love me that much to put together all of this wonderful surprise party for me.
After I got home last night, I read every message that was on both of the card. The wedding card was all “aww” and when I read the going-away card I cried once again. For instance, I couldn’t even read out a coworkers sweet message to me to The Guy. I couldn’t get the words out because it made me cry again! And my buddy Amy? “There will never be another Nancy” – ugh…. Tearing right at my heart b’ys.
Here I am opening my Fossil gifts, including a Fossil stella watch that my work gave me as a thank you gift for the 7 years of “service”. :)My new Fossil Stella watch, the “What does the fox say” Fossil bracelet, and an amazing Fossil purse!I will have fond memories and stories of each and every person I worked with. I told them to please remember that this is so hard for me to leave and as they know, I probably wouldn’t have left the job since I have enjoyed working there, and never wanted to leave. This is a new chapter in mine and The Guy’s lives and I mean – who can say no to California right? We gotta do this!
The past 7 years working there, I have grown from an awkward shy person to having a very (also awkward) outgoing, distinct personality – all because they helped me grow there. Pushing my boundaries, making me become a “marketing person” and get out there and introduce myself to strangers, and put together AGM’s. I couldn’t have done it without the best boss I have, and will ever have. I thank my boss for giving me that extra push out of my comfort zone. I’ll miss her a lot.
My plans are to e-mail all the staff on a weekly basis so they will never have to miss me, but they may get sick of me – since I plan to send photos of me wearing a tank top and sun glasses in California, while they’re all freezing their butts off here in March. I also mentioned to every one of my 30+ co-workers about my website and me being an active blogger for the past 10+ years, so they’re probably reading this re-cap. Hi guys!!!!
I want to thank each and every one of them again, for the seven years of fun times and pleasant memories. You don’t know how much I will miss my co-workers.
Lots of love, from the spastic dancing newfie, who hates mornings, can’t handle caffeine, and loves candy.
Xo – Nancy.
p.s: Blogging will be sporadic until we get down to California. As you can imagine how busy we are, packing, visiting friends, saying our goodbyes and disconnecting the interwebs soon.