Today was my last day at work, although I'm not officially finished yet, as on annual leave next week. It took me all day running around, back and forth and half the evening, to tie up all the loose ends and ensure everything was completed on my long list, before I left the office for the last time. You can't just walk out when you've in have been in the same job for over 14 years. There were emails I needed to send, people to ring, sorting my folders out, patient errands, other jobs and so on. Typed up a new updated jobs list and a thank you piece to my colleagues and naturally I finished with the laminator (my colleagues know how much I love laminating everything!) Some of them seemed surprised a while back, when I said I had a laminator at home – they couldn't understand why! Why not?! Alison and Hilary both very thoughtfully and kindly bought some scrumptious cakes in, which went down well with all of us.
My last trip to work, will be on Wednesday for my leaving lunch party – that will be a very difficult day indeed. I will try and find a corner spot to hide away in! Note to self: bring tissues. I have worked with some fabulous colleagues over the years, both permanent and rotational staff and I will miss all the banter and laughter in our team, in particular from Hilary and Rhiannon, who are both exceptional in making you cry with laughter! You need that in our jobs, otherwise at times, you would lose your sanity. I have loved my job very much indeed and have achieved many things over the 14 years in post, but the magnetism of Shetland is far bigger!