Note #66 // The end of an era


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a period of time marked by distinctive character, events,etc.:

Today marks my last day at my current job. I've only been here for fifteen months, but given the times I've had - both high and low - and the people I've met, it's felt like I've been part of the furniture for a lifetime; while contradictorily, it also feels like it's gone by in an instant, as they say time flies when you're having fun. 

I didn't know if fifteen months counted as an era, but when I looked it up, it actually fits perfectly as it's less about time and more about a precious period characterised by special people and special things. I have made good friends, done new and exciting things and eaten SO much cake. Seriously, if the merchandising group wanted to make some good money on the side, they could easily give the likes of Lola's and Hummingbird a run for their money. Forget your basic shop bought sponges, it's all mojito cupcakes and earl grey tea cake here!

The phrase 'top-of-the-hill-living' was coined with my good friend Bateson, everyone's a foodie (and down for more than the occasional drinkie), and I don't think I've ever worked somewhere where I've socialised so much outside of work with colleagues, who I don't regard as such any more, they're all friends. We've danced the night away, enjoyed more than our fair share of freebies and had drinks on rooftop bars of hotels. We've eaten way too much food, been to museum exhibitions together and had sleepovers a plenty.

I don't think anyone comprehends how sad I am to be leaving. The people have made my time here. I hope there is mutual feeling regarding the friendships we've stoked up and built upon over the last year. I love how frank and honest I can be with Bateson and Rebeccs, and that LDA just got me instantly (you always knew it was going to be a special relationship when, on knowing her for about four hours, I pronounced 'you my friend, have got hot legs' - well it was true!). I will miss Clara's smile and jolliness, Anita's sweet nature and Gunilla's eclectic style (especially the necklace that makes her sound like Santa on his sleigh delivering presents as she walks past my desk).

I had the best manager at the start of my time here, who really mentored me and continues to do so to this day. It really touches me when people you no longer see everyday keep in touch and are genuinely interested and concerned about you. Love you Dazzle!

But it is time to move onto pastures new, though I find myself wondering what I'm going to do without sequin Friday, cheese Friday, Grease Friday (as you can tell, Friday's were a hell of a laugh). I genuinely hope that we all stay in touch and will be VERY offended if I'm left out of too many social events (take that as a warning!)

Ladies, you're all fabulous. 

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