plum slice but using peaches instead of plums. The peaches had to be used. One of my colleagues brought along a tub of yoghurt. The slice was delicious with the yoghurt spooned over it and a tim tam on the side. Enjoyed following a delicious beetroot, bean, walnut and feta salad served with dips and bikkies and dolmades.
So you see I have some generous colleagues whom I will miss. And there are many more wonderful people I have worked alongside in the past. And a few oddballs. Thinking back about all I have seen in this job makes me feel old. Yet I spent years bouncing around from job to job as I travelled. I worked in a recruitment company for a while and noticed on cvs that people who stayed in a job for a long time often had opportunities. I found that to be true.
9 years (including 1 year maternity leave), with 3 contract renewals
8 titles I used to name my workplace over this time (depending on whom I was talking to)
5 cities where we held our symposiums
4 CEOs plus 3 acting CEOs
4 office moves and 1 change of building
4 different websites I worked on
2 employing organisation
2 child care centres
1 job title and yet many roles
1 peer reviewed paper I co-authored
1 induction I organised where one attendee failed to show because she had a car accident on the way to the airport.
I'd like to also count the meetings, the documents created, the colleagues, the morning teas, the interstate flights, the working groups, the drinks after work and more. My memory isn't as sharp as it used to be. So many memories. So many stories. Much has to be left unspoken.
- When our electricity went off a week or two ago, she asked if it was because the paint bottles weren't lined up together on our bench.
- We were discussing kinds of boats today and she said to me, "and there are boats for mice".
- She asked me about why we have fingernails. I said maybe for protection and digging and then I asked her why she thought we have fingernails. "To put nail polish on", she suggested.