I’ve continued to make good use of my time this past week. . .and I'm going to warn you, this post recounts what I've been up to. . and it's kinda long!
Thursday night, my boss suggested we (my department) have a going-away dinner for me at Big Fred’s. I was so blessed by those who came to hang out and help me celebrate my new venture. Afterward, Shae & I watched “Dancing with the Stars” and I voted for Drew & Cheryl several times :). She gave me a CD mix of songs we loved in high school and into college. I love it! (The summer before college, we’d drive around and listen to her Salt ‘n Pepa cassette tape all.the.time, because she didn’t have a CD player. I love reminiscing about those times.)
Friday, I took the day off and got almost all my packing (of clothes) done! The Lucky shopping manual is my new best friend. It shows you the basics you need when building a wardrobe (ie: 3 pairs of work pants, one fun colored pant, one evening pant), so I just went through and packed those things (and some extras). I can’t wait to mix and match! The manual made it so simple to pack . . I don’t know what I would’ve done without it.
Friday night, AG was celebrating her mother-in-law’s birthday with her husband’s family. Since I know (and love) their family, they invited me over. Between the 3 brothers getting together with their funny sense of humor and their parents telling stories about when they were younger, there were a lot of laughs, as usual.
Saturday, I went prom dress shopping with my sister and mom. We found the cutest dark coral dress with a ruched front and back and a gold sequined strip up the front and over the shoulders. I’m so excited for Alyssa. She’s going to look beautiful. After shopping, we both got pedicures . . something I haven’t had done in a few years.
That night, I went to dinner at Ruby Tuesday with AMC, their baby, their brother, his fiancée, and their little sister. Back at their house, little sister and I played Dance Dance Revolution and a few games of Memory. The great thing about hanging out with AMC is that it doesn’t matter what we’re doing. I don’t have to be entertained with them . . I can do nothing and not wish I was somewhere else . . and that’s not something you can say with everyone. They got me a “You’ll Be Missed” balloon and L gave me a very sweet notecard that I’ll probably read 100 times :). I’ll miss Baby Triston, too. He’ll be walking next time I see him.
Sunday, after church, I went to my favorite place for breakfast with BF. She & I both got one of their delicious potato casseroles. Mine had chicken, broccoli, potatoes, roma tomatoes, green onions, Monterey jack, and ranch dressing! Then we went shopping for the rest of the afternoon. Between Saturday and Sunday, I’ve gotten some great deals!
Mom had a family dinner last night, so my brother and his family and my two grandmothers came over for dinner and dessert and a game. I was sad to say good-bye to my niece and nephew knowing how much they’ll change in the next few months.
Last night, Alyssa and I hung out. She came along for my spa appointment and we both got a wax :) I got myotonolgy, too, which was the weirdest thing I've ever had done (not that I've had much done). It's like a non-surgical face lift that uses electrodes and you can feel your muscles twitching. It firms and lifts your face - very cool. I know I'm not old, but AG recommended it, so I had to try! After the appt, we went out for Maggie Moo's ice cream. Now I'm a big Cold Stone fan, but I have to admit - Maggie Moo's has better cake batter ice cream, believe it or not. I convinced Alyss to get that, while I got Fresh Banana ice cream with brownies and chocolate syrup . . soo good.
Today was my last day at work and it was so strange leaving. It doesn't seem real yet that I won't be going back. My co-workers were great. I got so many emails from people saying they'd miss me . . I was so blessed. One of my work friends even bought me a generous gift - a bunch of Arbonne products!! Another brought cookies and cupcakes.
I had lunch with my friend, Cara, and she gave me a book that she's mentioned a few times in the 2 years we've known each other. Now I have something to read on the plane! I’m ready to go, but I know the next few days will fly by too fast. It’s so strange to think that just one week from today I’ll be at my new job.
I just found out that they’re having a company outing this Saturday . . . we’re going to Disneyland. I’ve actually never been so I’m pretty excited! It will be great to be able to meet the people I'm going to be working with. Less chance of me being nervous my first day :)