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20 December 2003 @ 05:24 am
My Christmas party and mystery box. ;)  
Sorry I haven't been updating in a while, for some odd reason I've been falling asleep at the most unheard of hours! I've been SO tired lately! It's been so unproductive too, seeing as how there's only functionally 4 days until Christmas and I have TONS of things to get done before that and all I seem to do every night is konk out at 9pm. :P

We had our work "investment department" Christmas party last night at Sansei Restaurant (a pretty good trendy sushi place). All the investment reps and associates from all the branches in the state (as well as all the back office staff) were there.

Gee, word travels pretty fast about me moving (people in our department LOVE to gossip, I tell ya!) :P And I guess it came as SUCH a shock to everyone since I'm one of the only two associates who have been in the system since the beginning of the investment program at our bank, eight years ago. AND all the time that I've been there I've been with my boss - it was shocking for everyone to hear that we wouldn't be working together.

The funny thing is that last night there were several different tables at the party. It was all open seating, but seeing where people sat and who sat around them was rather interesting. :) I've always thought that I was different from all the other reps and salespeople. They're a little on the boisterous side, they have strong personalities, and are really just a different breed of people. I never really fit in with them so I never used to like to attend work functions too much.

Last night I sat at the "back office" table and I had the time of my life! :) We had fun, witty, intelligent conversation and for the first time I didn't feel like I was looking at my watch waiting for an opportunity to leave all night. I definitely think that the move is a good one for me since I've found a group of people who I finally fit in with. :) Not to say that I don't ever talk with the any of the other reps or associates. But looking around the room last night, I don't think I fit in with any of the other tables. I think that the back office job may work out to be a pretty good move for me. :)

In NON-work related news - I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping! I have a few small things left to buy for Mark and then I'll be finished. :) Mark & I received a mystery Harry & David package the other day that we were trying to figure out. The note on the box said, "Have a Merry Christmas! Love, Julie". Now Mark & I know tons of Julie's, not the least of which is Mark's sister, my former college roommate (and maid of honor at my wedding), several mainland friends, and the two that I run web sites for. We're almost convinced that it's from my former roomie, but we can't be sure. Is there a way to find out what zip code (or area code) an order like that came from? I'd like to thank one of our friends for it, but I just don't know which one. :P

And Sydney has her final follow up vet appointment this morning. The vet hasn't seen her in about three weeks or so. Won't she be surprised to see Sydney run around the office and create the havoc she used to before she got sick? :) I've been telling Mark that having Sydney get well was the BEST Christmas present we could've ever received! :)

Hope you all have a nice weekend. :)
Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
Current Music: It's too early... :P
irisheyes77 on December 20th, 2003 07:35 am (UTC)
Wow, it really sounds like that move will be great for you! It's nice to work with people that you feel in common with.

I bet you can probably call Harry and David and they will let you know who placed the order. I know that you can do that with Swiss Colony. Good luck!
Sherishutterbug93 on December 20th, 2003 08:24 am (UTC)
I feel so much better about the move after last night. :) The group in the back office is VERY nice and very supportive and I think I'll enjoy myself. :)

Thanks for letting me know about calling them. :) I'll definitely have to do that, it's driving me crazy that I can't thank anyone for it yet. :P
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on December 20th, 2003 08:26 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had fun at the party! I'm glad the new group that you'll be working with have more in common with you. (I know what you mean about the different breed of people that sales can be -- in my old job I used to look at the sales folks & wonder just how they got the gift of gab, incredible sociability and that weird energy that sales folks have. The rest of us developers/programmers, who would rather sit alone in our cubicle staring at our computer screens, would just kind of watch the sales folks at parties.)

I wish you could work for your current boss that you have clicked with so well in the new department! That really absolutely bites having to leave a fantastic boss. (When I worked for the Army it was usually the boss that left because their tour was up & it was time to rotate out. I had several bosses that it broke my heart when they left.)

I bet Harry & David's can give you a clue as to which Julie sent you the present. At least I hope so! What a funny dilemma to be in not knowing which Julie sent the gift!

When we got home there were several boxes on our kitchen counter and a gift bag that our friend brought in from the front stoop for us. The gift bag has a box of chocolates in it and initially we had no idea who it was from. Fred was a little leery of eating chocolates from an unknown person. Meanwhile I'm trying to guess who would leave a gift bag for us. Waaaay at the bottom of the bag under the wads of tissue was a card so we learned it was from the realtor that we bought this house through.

I am happy happy that Sydney is back to being the energetic little fur ball!
Sherishutterbug93 on December 21st, 2003 08:35 am (UTC)
The party was wonderful and I think it made me realize that I didn't belong in sales after all. You're right about one thing - leaving my boss will be VERY hard! :( I'm not looking forward to that. But I am thankful that I got to work with him for as long as I have.

And I think I'm going to call Harry & David on Monday and find out which Julie sent the box. I'm pretty sure it's my former roomie, but we'll see. Over the past two days, Mark & I have thought of more Julie's we know that it could be from as well. :P

That was nice of your realtor to leave you a box of chocolates. Though I don't blame Fred for being a bit leery about eating them not knowing who they were from.

And Sydney's fine. :) Thanks for all your support though the awful two months that she was ill! :) Mark & I are so thankful! :)
WE ALL NEED A SENSE OF HUMORbeam861 on December 20th, 2003 10:37 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed yourself at your party! I usually don't enjoy those
things much. It sounds like you have found yourself a nice group to
fit in with. Glad your Sydney Dog is doing so well! Mort has been
unusually cuddly for some reason, but it is cold, so I am happy to
have him close by! lol. If you are feeling tired, there is probably
a reason for it, so go with it, and rest up! Remember Christmas is
only ONE day! Why do we all go to such a fuss for ONE day??? I ask
myself that every year.lol Hang in there, and rest up, you don't want to be ill for Christmas!
Sherishutterbug93 on December 21st, 2003 08:41 am (UTC)
I usually don't enjoy those Christmas parties much either so it really surprised me when I had fun on Friday night. :)

And I always love snuggling with Sydney when it's cold. :) The opposite is unfortunately true, though. When it's hot and humid and Sydney comes around to snuggle with me, I love it, but she feels like a furry heated blanket. :P

And true enough about Christmas. :) I've been sleeping and taking it easy since I started to feel like I was coming down with something. Please take care of yourself too and I hope you, Dave, Emily, Andrew, and Mortie have a nice, healthy Christmas!
Care: smilecareleswhisper on December 20th, 2003 01:36 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad that you had fun at the party. I sure hope it puts your mind at ease about the move. :) As for the package, just call the people who shipped it. That should help you, I think? I'm glad Sydney is doing great. That is the best gift you could ask for. :) Give her a hug for me please. Have a nice weekend full of shopping. :) *hugs*
Sherishutterbug93 on December 21st, 2003 08:44 am (UTC)
Thanks, Carrie. I've given Sydney a hug for you. :) We're so thankful that she's better. She's so good, in fact, that the vet could hardly believe that a month and a half ago we were wondering if she'd be around for Christmas. Hope you have a nice Sunday. *hugs*
Meredyth: les mizbroadway_rose on December 21st, 2003 06:51 am (UTC)
Hey I had a random question for the website expert (meaning you!) If you find a review in a newspaper of someone's performance in a show do you have to ask them to use it or is just quoting it and saying who wrote it and for what newspaper enough?
Sherishutterbug93 on December 21st, 2003 08:29 am (UTC)
Hi Meredyth, I just emailed you regarding your question. :) Please let me know if you didn't receive it. :)