Today is my last Official Day of work. It is still surreal. This week, as I've been packing up my office (OK, cubicle) and saying goodbye to people I've worked with for 10 1/2 years, I've realized I'm really going to miss some parts of my job.
I've worked for the county public health department since April, 1998 as a technical writer/policy manager and web builder/web manager. What I've loved: problem solving; creating order out of chaos (you should SEE some of the documents I get!). I feel good about the legacy (if I can use such a grand word) I'm leaving - vastly improved policy manuals and websites and some wonderful working relationships.
Mostly it's the people I'll miss. This department has attracted an amazing number of wonderful people from whom I've learned a tremendous amount and with whom I've shared a lot of laughs and tears and good work.
So today I will bid them a fond farewell at a going away party. And next week I'll be back at work! Only a couple days a week for a few weeks though, until my successor is trained.
And now begins the next phase. Bring on the books!