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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Best Laid Plans...

Well, I wasn't planning on my last week at the job monopolizing my blog this week but it's turning out that way.  In fact, not much this week is turning out as I planned.

I figured by now I'd have all my loose ends wrapped up and turned over to my replacement, and I'd be just coasting to Friday.  Spending my days dismantling my office, maybe reminiscing a little here and there. 

No such luck.  Every time I start to show him another "routine" task, something very "unroutine" pops up that I have to take care of. After all, I can't just dump everything on the guy.  So I've gone from "just three more days" to "OMG, I've only got three days!"

And people are starting to drop by to say good-bye.  Mostly volunteers who aren't in every day, so they won't be there on Friday.  They want to know what I'm going to do after this week.  In detail.  Day by day itinerary.  I guess it doesn't occur to anyone that I still have work to finish during my last three days.  Well, why would it?  It didn't occur to me.

I would just work late, get things finished in the evening.  But every night this week is filled with a Christmas play or band concert or choir concert.  (What made me think that two weeks before Christmas was the ideal time to retire?)

The only saving note at this point will be over in three days.  Finished or unfinished, ready or not.  Here it comes.

Countdown to retirement and writing full time: 3 work days to go.

I'm currently enjoying: The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters (Got to get this finished this week.  It belongs to someone at work.)

Groaner of the Day: A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named Ahmal. The other goes to a family in Spain, where he is named Juan. Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, "They're twins, sweetheart! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."


Maria Zannini said...

My last week was the same way too. I wanted to make sure I didn't leave a mess for the next guy--not after it had been done to me when I took over.

But you're right. In 3 days, it won't matter.

Ref: groaner
Ohhhh, that was a bad one. LOL.

Dru said...

Three days will be over before you know it.

I had to laugh at the groaner.

Have a good Wednesday.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Maria - I'd like to think I'm just doing it for the next guy (and, yes, I inherited a mess too when I took over) but some of it is ego. A bit like cleaning your house before the maid comes so she won't think you're a slob. :grin:

Got you with that groaner, huh? My day is made.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Dru - And next Monday I'll be trying to remember why I was so stressed out...but won't really care.

Yeah, even Maria had to laugh at that one.

You have a great day, too.

Kimber Leszczuk. said...

You have done a wonderful job at your position for years. They know you are not a slob!! Plus the person taking over is capapable! Not to mention they still have your number and will probably call you with questions till they have adjusted completely! I think everything will go smoothly.

Breathe! Enjoy your last three days Linda. Know your family loves you and is behind you all the way!

Jemi Fraser said...

Yikes! 3 very busy days left by the sounds of it!! Just imagine how much you're going to enjoy all that relaxation eventually! :)

Linda Leszczuk said...

Kimber - You're certainly right about the "they still have our number" part. Especially since I'm staying in the system as a volunteer. They're going to know how to find me.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Jemi - Not really looking for a lot of relaxation time for a while. Not with Christmas coming in a couple week and a bunch of overdue writing projects. But it will be nice to have more time to work on those things. Time to write was the ultimate goal. :-)

Anonymous said...

Best wishes for your retirement. More time to devote to writing! Its a great life. I hope I never have to go back to work. I defy the naysayers who told me, "Don't quit your day job."

Anonymous said...

Il semble que vous soyez un expert dans ce domaine, vos remarques sont tres interessantes, merci.

- Daniel