The leaving do
Apr04

The leaving do

Well I couldn’t go on my own leaving do after 15 years and not record it for posterity, could I? Nights out at our work (OK, my ex-work, it still feels like my work) are legendary. The word most commonly used to describe them is ‘carnage’. They drink. Then they drink some more. The shots appear as if by magic. Some more shots appear. They dance. They sing karaoke. They go home ridiculously late. As a teetotaller,...

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Project 365: Week 13
Mar29

Project 365: Week 13

This was the week I finished work after 15 years at the same place. So most of my photos this week are work-related in some way.Here’s what we’ve been up to this week…Day 82 – Sunday 23rd March – my daughter and I ran for Sport Relief. We did three miles and I was so proud of her. She was very happy to ‘do a Jessica Ennis’ with her medal.Day 83 – Monday 24th March – this should...

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In a different place
Mar29

In a different place

On Thursday morning I woke up early even for me. My head was full of very clear images of the different desks and offices I’d worked in. When my desk faced the window and I was next to my best friend, when the desks changed direction and the office was extended, when we moved offices and started ‘hotdesking’ (but inevitably went back to the same place)… Each change had unsettled me for a few weeks. Each change had...

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The end of an era
Mar28

The end of an era

So I am no longer an employee. After 15 years working in the same place, I no longer have a job. How do I feel? I keep thinking it probably hasn’t fully hit me yet. It will most likely hit on Monday when I get up in the morning and don’t have to go to work. Over the last few weeks I’d been through every emotion under the sun about leaving and I had shed a few tears in the privacy of my own car, but in the...

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Goodbye work
Mar26

Goodbye work

Today’s the day. I finally say goodbye to the workplace and the colleagues I’ve always loved.How do I feel?Excited, unhappy, depressed, anxious, elated, happy, sad, stressed, worried… All of these and more. I change from minute to minute. It’s been there with me for weeks now. I don’t feel right. It’s nagging away at me in the background. I’m not myself. I’m not firing on all cylinders.I guess...

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Project 365: Week 12
Mar22

Project 365: Week 12

Day 75 – Sunday 16th March – a lovely warm, sunny day! I captured these catkins against a blue sky. They’re very slightly blurry as the wind was blowing.Day 76 – Monday 17th March – the younger kids started work on a whole school production of The Lion King. This is my daughter learning songs!Day 77 – Tuesday 18th March – my colleagues went on an away day, leaving just two of us who are taking...

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