Proud Tiffany

30 Apr

For the past week I’ve been humming or singing the line “Left a good job in the city” from Proud Mary (The Tina Turner one of course, not the CCR one. Speaking of which, whats Tina Turner been up to these days?)  I would say it’s an appropriate song to have in my head since I did have a good job in the city and as you know, I left it.  I threw deuces at corporate America and just left…..and it feels good.

My last day at work was actually a good day. I didn’t get any going away cakes or lunch from my co-workers but I did get three free drinks from Starbucks.

I had to say goodbye to my Starbucks crew since I won’t be going Uptown anymore. Pay for parking? Hell no. I will just learn to love the Starbucks crew at the one near my house. It took me awhile to get in good with the baristas at the one in my building so now I am going to have to work double time to establish report in two months. Time to bring out the witty remarks and quips!

I stopped by my hippies to say goodbye to them and collect some produce for the weekend.

But turns out they set up at different farmers markets in the area so I will get to see them again! That’s what I call winning!

I got some free samples from the Trident girls working the corner at the intersection my office is located

I came back to find a note from one of my coworkers on my whiteboard

Teardrop. I’m really going to miss my co-workers.

Then I was instantly inspired on where to go for lunch—sushi of course! I went by myself since everyone seemed to be really busy (I guess with me not having work to do, forgot what that was like?) I went to RuSan’s for their $9.99 sushi buffet. RuSan’s is questionable, so much that one of my friends calls their sushi McSushi since it all seems to be fried and all the sushi chefs are from south of the border. When I walked in, the place was bumping for lunch time and knew I made the right selection of where to go. For $9.99, I could get a couple of plates and have a sushi food baby sitting in my tummy.

And sit in my belly it did. And now in a “I think I have food poisoning” kind of way but more so in a satisfied way. It’s a great place to stop by if you’re looking for a quick fix.  I sat around the rest of the afternoon going for walks and reading at my desk. My manager was in a meeting so I couldn’t just scoot. I had to set up my voicemail and give him my badge so I wouldn’t have access to my building further. Because if I could go anywhere in the world, it would be work, not Europe.

Sigh, look at that 25-year-old girl with such hope and aspiration.

Then the fun began! And by that I mean happy hour! Well, after work drinks since happy hour in North Carolina is illegal. Instead of limiting it to a few hours in the afternoon, NC is baller and allows all day drink specials. So I say blame the government if people are drunk all day! 

I need some crackers with my cheese

I declined on the car bombs

PBR ring

 Good times had by all! I can’t believe it’s over though. I keep wondering what’s going to happen on Monday–am I going to wake up early like I always do and get ready for work until I realize that there is no work? Then when we were out last night, it dawned on me I’m employed–eeks! I haven’t been unemployed since I was 25 so this is going to be a major adjustment for me and have to brush up on my interviewing skills. It was difficult saying good-bye to people though and some even snuck out without saying bye–what’s up with that?? It’s my party and you will say good-bye when I tell you to, thank you. I started to get teary eyed when telling people how much I would miss them and how I wasn’t going to see them again at the office. Every emotion was coming out, it was ridiculous. I just hope this leap of faith I’m taking works out in my favor because even though I know this is what’s best for me right now, I go back and forth when it comes to confidence in myself. It has to work out, right?

After all those drinks last night, I’m feeling quite ripe. I got home went to bed and then woke up at 3A and been up ever since. I don’t know why I didn’t get a nap in this afternoon but I just wasn’t tired so I’m waiting to fall asleep as I’m typing.

Do you socialize with your co-workers outside of work or do you keep things professional?

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29 Responses to “Proud Tiffany”

  1. terri April 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    awwww congrats on your last day!!!! do you have any plans yet? is there a move in your future?!?
    let’s see…..there are a few people at work that i will go out with, outside of work activities….i have made a few really close friends, but for the most part, i work with a bunch of back stabbing beotches, whom i would not trust to save my life, so i typically keep work at work and fun at fun!
    have a great weekend and again, congrats! you are one brave girl!xo

    • simplyshaka May 1, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

      Back stabbers such! I am going to take a few months off from life, travel a bit and work on my internship and figure things out 🙂

  2. Kristina @ spabettie April 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    WOO congrats!

    very rarely do I go out with people I work with, and part of that is because I’ve generally been the boss so I keep it more professional. there was one company I worked for that was VERY social, and we always had fun, and somehow I was able to still have them listen to me 🙂

    ENJOY the weekend and your Monday!!

    • simplyshaka May 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

      Thanks! I was a manager for awhile and I hated the fact that I wasn’t able to go out with my coworkers (we all started together but they I got promoted)

  3. Abby April 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    Yay for you! I’m sure the uncertainty is a bit scary, but I think it’s also quite exciting. Now you’re open for new things and new people!

    It’s funny you ask about the socializing thing, as I just got back from a long walk with a coworker (it’s Saturday.) She’s my age and even though she’s my boss in a way, we have a lot in common and can keep things separated between social and professional. An occasional cup of tea or walk together is a nice break.

    But for the most part, I avoid any socializing with coworkers if drinking is involved (in that I won’t drink.) I’ve seen too many bad things happen and too much unprofessional behavior. I have lost respect for my “big” boss and several other coworkers at these occasions, and I would rather not put myself in that situation.

    If I was leaving for a new job though…Jager shots!

  4. Monique April 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    Wait… WHAT?! Happy hour is illegal there?! You’re joking right? I did share many of the same moments when leaving my old job. Sad to be leaving awesome people, but super excited to get the heck out of a tiresome, low-paying job! Woohoo 🙂 Post-work drinks were also a good reason to quit haha.

    CONGRATS on doing what’s right for you. Good luck with the next chapter 🙂

    • simplyshaka May 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

      Thanks, I hope everything goes well!
      And yep, no happy hours. Very weird.

  5. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl April 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Yay for your last day! And three drinks at Starbucks! 🙂

    I’m sure it’s a bit scary, but I think the things you are going to be able to do are amazing! I’m excited to see what the future holds for you!

    I socialize with people at work sometimes and sometimes not! Just depends on the things going on!

  6. Suzy Eats April 30, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    good luck with everything!!!

  7. Jessica April 30, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    You will dominate whatever comes your way : ) I am inspired by your leap of faith!!!

    I can get along with just about anyone so I am friendly with everyone that I work with. I actually hang with people that I connect with, it doesn’t matter to me where I meet them. I will say however, that I have not made too many true or long lasting relationships through my job. Kinda sad given that I spend so much time with those peeps.

    Can’t wait to hear what comes next for you!

  8. Vixter2010 May 1, 2011 at 3:38 am #

    yay for your last day – it’s all over! Glad you enjoyed your drinks out, I don’t go out too much with work people as HR I often end up getting asked tricky things, best to avoid! Good luck finding your next place, you’ll be fine 🙂

  9. Karla May 1, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    Congratulations!! You’re so brave for following your gut and making sure you’re happy!
    I will be unemployed in less than a month as well. I’m sorta freaking out haha! Moving back to my parents house doesn’t seem like fun but it’ll save me some $$$

    Can’t wait to see all the things you’ll do! I have no doubt in my mind you’ll be amazing at anything!

    • simplyshaka May 1, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

      That will definitely save a bunch of money–if only I didn’t have to pay rent each month!

      And thanks for the kind words 🙂

  10. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 1, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    Congrats on your last day!!! Last days are always so bittersweet…especially when you actually LIKE the people you were working with!

  11. Diana@mymarblerye May 1, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    Since I’m their boss I keep everything professional! Looks like you had a great day! You are going to be able to breathe nowww! And 10 sushi buffet? I’ll hit it! Hugs my dear!

  12. Ashleigh May 1, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    Congrats on your last day!! I love going out with coworkers 🙂 Happy hour and drink specials are illegal in MA, how much does that suck?

  13. Amy @ Second City Randomness May 1, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Awww… I’m glad it was a good last day!

    I hang out with some of my coworkers outside of work… but not all of them. You gotta be picky about it, in my opinion.

  14. Miriam May 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    Congrats on being DONE!!! And welcome to the world of unemployment, hehe 😉

  15. TheSceneFromMe May 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    I do not ever go out with anyone I work with. I just never have in my 12 years of nursing and several different jobs.
    I’ve been invited, but I always decline.
    Maybe I should though, you always have so much fun!

    • simplyshaka May 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

      It is fun to bond with but I get super chatty once I’ve had a few in me which makes it hard to keep work and personal info separate! But nothing like some work gossip over a few beers 🙂

  16. christina May 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    i didn’t know happy hours were illegal in nc. that’s interesting. but i really love all day drink specials.

    • simplyshaka May 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

      Me too, I found it odd at first but if they want to promote all day drinking-rock on.

  17. adrianna May 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    yes, we do for the most part. although things have been changing A LOT w/ staffing, so who knows whats gonna be going down/whos gonna be leaving. hope i dont get fired!

    so proud of you! great things will come, no matter how long they might take. i’m big on fate; everything happens for a reason. in the meantime, enjoy daytime tv for me!

  18. According to Gus May 2, 2011 at 12:15 am #

    Congrats on the last day!! How exciting!

    I turn in my “official” resignation letter tomorrow and can’t wait!

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