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15 September 2005 @ 08:25 pm
I had such a lovely birthday today. sparkleoflife drove me into work, as usual, and she gave me the cutest card & a pen & a guardian angel figurine. I got to work late because I went into a service station to get juice and couldn't find my way out of the glass doors (but anyway). Went to my desk, it was absolutely covered in presents and bunches of flowers and cards from my friends and coworkers. It was the sweetest thing. I nearly cried unwrapping the gifts and reading their sweet words. Everyone has been saying that I don't realise how much I'll be missed when I leave there, and I suppose it's true.

Wendy & I put on morning tea (birthday tradition), because Wendy's birthday in on Saturday and doing a joint morning tea means we can supply more things ;) We had an english themed tea - it seemed appropriate seeing as I'm leaving to go to England and Wendy is also English. Scones with jam & cream, trifle, jam tarts, bakewell pudding, pork pie, english biscuits ♥ We also had a lunch that day, my goodbye lunch as tomorrow is my last day at work. It went for a couple of hours, but we were all so full from morning tea already. But it's always so nice to get out of the office for awhile. I still can't believe I'm leaving, really.

I got so spoiled with presents: sleeping bag from my parents for travelling overseas, cute beanie from my sister and a handmade candle, a scarf and jewellery and chocolates and flowers from friends at work. N. gave me a tiny compass and earrings, and the compass is perfect, really, as I have no sense of direction at all. Waterproof jacket from my nan, which was the one thing I missed when I went overseas last time. Everyone has been so thoughtful and lovely.

And tomorrow is my last day at work. I have such mixed feelings. I'm excited to travel overseas, of course, and eager to start my adventures. I know it's the right thing to do and the best time to do it; but I will miss the friends I've made at work, the comfort I've developed over the years, the relationships with people. I remember being scared to death to start my first "real" (ie, full-time office) job, and how excited I was to start there and have my own desk and computer etc. I might not have a future in this industry (and only because I choose not to want it), but it has taught me so much, given me so much experience in the 2 1/2 years I've been there. It's time for me to move on, but tomorrow will be bittersweet. It's hard to say goodbye.

Lily struts in waltz time towards the blindsdansette on September 15th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC)
Happy birthday! And good luck leaving your job. I'm leaving mine next week after 4 years.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on September 17th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
thanks hon! And goodluck to you too! How do you feel about it?
Ivana Stabbitch_please on September 15th, 2005 11:34 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, Jade.
You really, truly are the sweetest person I have ever 'met' and I hope you have the best time in London-land.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on September 17th, 2005 12:02 am (UTC)
oh, you are so sweet :) Thankyou!!
Aubreystormvibrations on September 15th, 2005 11:49 am (UTC)
Happy 25th!
the movement of a handarienette on September 15th, 2005 12:03 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday Jadebee!! *hugs* <3
riikkaflashbulbmemory on September 15th, 2005 12:10 pm (UTC)

outsidetherain on September 15th, 2005 12:16 pm (UTC)
I'm happy to hear you had a happy birthday!

art, crafting & domestic bliss!sagiegirl on September 15th, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday dear! I am wishing you so much luck on the adventures that you have ahead. Write it all down! I can't wait to hear about it <3!
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on September 17th, 2005 12:02 am (UTC)
Thankyou! I will definitely be writing all about it, hehe :) I've brought extra journals just for the occasion lol ;)
Kirstie: [angels with pigtails]kirsidee on September 15th, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC)
happy birthday gorgeous!

winterswitchery on September 15th, 2005 12:50 pm (UTC)
Maybe that compass can help you find your way out of glass doors.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on September 17th, 2005 12:03 am (UTC)
or the Glastonbury Tor next time? ;)
♥Lokaha Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu♥jupitersiren on September 15th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
Happiest of birthdays Jade
Roslyn: birthdayroslyn on September 15th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
Argh, I just remembered... 18 minutes too late! But it sounds like you had a fabulous day anyway. Happy belated birthday!
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on September 17th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
Thanks hon :)
* Sarwingedmuse on September 15th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
happy birthday! i have much faith that you will do SO good with your travel/move. i think it will be a good soul searching journey for you, dear <3
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on September 17th, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
thankyou, sweetie <3<3
Katrina Elisse Caudlecrownofviolets on September 15th, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! ^^
Erinbluhairedmonky on September 15th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
snowflakesugar on September 15th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
i'm glad to hear you had a good birthday! (happy birthday!, too :D)