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.