Writing this I know is a bit weird. Who blogs about work anyway? But considering some of the topics I have blogged on in the past, this is nothing. Just read the archives... some days it's a big stretch to come up with interesting things to say.
Anyway, after almost (gulp) four years at my current job, I am very emotional about the change. Happy, sad, excited, nervous... I'll miss the people I've worked with for so long and even though I know I'll still see them here and there, we all know it's not the same. Right, wrong, or indifferent, I don't come to work to just get the job done and leave. Most weeks I spend considerably more time working than I do with my kids, so if I am going to invest that much of myself into something I'm going to have a good time, make friends, and find something I like about every day. And work every now and then too.
As my way of recapping the last four years, I've compiled a few of my favorite or most memorable times from Mossville. For you non-Mossville-ians, try not to be bored. I've even included a few pictures when appropriate for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
- Coming in each day and seeing Linda's smiling face. Even with a bum back and knee, she is always smiling.
- Glenn's face each month when he sees how much money I have spent.
- Taking 10,000 "Made in China" stickers off koozies (and seriously, there were 10,000).
- The 2005 Open House, my first big event.
- How great it was to see disgruntled, angry employees show their work areas off with so much pride to their families.
- The 2006 Power Parade.
- Having to go to the medical tent during the Power Parade because it was so hot.
- The day after the Power Parade, realizing what an amazing thing I accomplished.
- Picking on Daren, my boss, for anything and everything. He is such a good sport when we make fun of him.
- Speaking of... Daren and his pink cocktail at Bar Louie.
- Daren "seasoning" his Twizzlers.
- Stealing Daren's stapler and 13 other office accessories and him never realizing they were gone.
- Jean Moore explaining to us exactly what a Flopping Crappy was.
- Jena and her coupons.
- Jim Story-isms - a fave of mine: "You are confusing ugly with stupid."
- Meeting Jim Owens (our CEO).
- The great jacket debacle. 'Nuff said.
- Renting (and then moving. THREE TIMES.) PODS to store said jackets.
- Having such great interns... We have been SO lucky.
- Having NOT such great interns broadcast inappropriate material across four 60" TVs in the shop. To be viewed by several hundred employees.
- The Events Team. And my few "favorite" team members.
- How excited everyone was when I told them I was pregnant both times.
- The reaction everyone constantly gave to the torpedo belly.
- People actually listening to my stories.... Jay long ago started ignoring them.
- Our staff meetings each week... Even though it's for work, our team always has fun and I love it!
- Creating very odd things for department heads and General Managers. Like this, for example.
- Candy in Wes's office.
- Moving offices. Five times.
- How proud I am to show off my kids to coworkers...
- The United Way appeal each year and the groans it brings from our whole department. GREAT cause... BIG pain in the rear.
- Free lunches... with spaghetti water and sauce dripping on the floor.
- When new people come into the department (because they laugh at my stories everyone else has heard WAY too many times.)
- Actually seeing improvement in our employees and in our work.
- Seeing the past three college interns get hired in full time. Makes me proud.
- Still keeping in touch with old coworkers who have moved on.
- The pride I feel when I see a Cat commercial on TV.
- Knowing that somehow, someway, our group might actually make a difference.
Basically, it's been a long four years. I am very excited to move on and learn new things, and know that I have grown tremendously as an employee from my experiences I have gained while at MEC. I hope that I have as much fun at my next job and have as great of coworkers as I do currently. To all of you: THANKS!
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