I don’t know how else to put it, this was just a really good, positive week. I moved to my new desk at work on Tuesday morning. I’m now in the same building as the rest of my group, but in a different area. So I had to meet all my new neighbors. The girl who sat next to me was there first and we talked a bit – then she told me that it was her last day with the company! And everyone else sitting in that section is either leaving the company or will be 100% home-based after this month. So much for getting to know my new neighbors, I guess! (They’re all nice, though. I wish they were sticking around!) Also, I wore these cute shoes and kept getting compliments on them, starting with “Cute shoes!” from a lady in the elevator on my way in. I had my whole desk unpacked and set up within about an hour, and when the moving guy came back to pick up my crates he said after 28 years, he could tell who would be a fast unpacker.
Oh, and on Tuesday night, my new purse came in the mail! I will now bore you with the story of this bag. Several weeks ago, GG and I were walking through Macy’s and he got distracted in the cologne department, so I just went and browsed the handbags. I saw this Fossil bag but even on sale it was more than I’d spend on a purse, but it was a perfect bag for traveling and stuff (I like a cross-body bag with a top zip and lots of pockets, and it was a nice pewter color that goes with anything). I searched for the bag online to see if I could find it for less somewhere, but I couldn’t find that size in that color. So I forgot about it. Then a couple weeks ago someone on one of the message boards I read posted a Macy’s discount code, so I went on their site just to see if the bag was available, and guess what – it was! Plus it was on sale, and I had the code, and I remembered I had a Macy’s gift card from last Christmas! So I ended up paying a fraction of the cost out of pocket, and the bag is here and it’s beautiful. So Merry Christmas to me :o) (I would include a link to this purse, but it seriously does not exist. If you want to try your hand at Googling, it’s the Fossil Sutter top-zip large bag in pewter.)
On Wednesday I worked from home (a pleasant surprise – I thought I wasn’t going to be able to, due to some stuff going on at work). GG and I had lunch at a new place that just opened down the block from our house. It’s a little market (with a surprising selection of good cheeses, Nutella, even nice produce!) and deli/sandwich shop. I got a really good veggie sandwich, and GG had a panini. And we got a huge deli pickle! I was pleasantly surprised – this place will be a great addition to the neighborhood, I hope the business does well. That evening I played a holiday concert at a school for mentally handicapped people. It’s always sort of awkward to play there, but they’re an appreciative crowd. You can tell they’re having a good time and enjoying the music. Also, the school provides cider, punch, and cookies for us after the show.
Thursday I was back in the office and saw some coworkers I hadn’t seen on Tuesday, who were happy to hear I’d moved to their floor! It’s funny, because actually everyone has to walk past my new desk to get to where they sit, but that desk has been empty for so long that they don’t even notice that I’m there, or don’t realize it’s me sitting there. I mean, I guess they know now… haha. At lunch I got to meet a coworker from New York who I had never seen before. He’s in another department, but we’ve worked together a lot since I’ve been in my new job. He was in town this week for meetings, so I got to see him before he left. He is really funny, and was super nice in person. Early on, we had a discussion about how to pronounce my name. Since he is half Swedish and I am one quarter Swedish, I said I’d defer to his correct pronunciation. So the first thing he said when he saw me was, “You look like a good Swede!” Haha, that made my day!
That afternoon, I got some news that made my week! My boss had announced a couple weeks ago that she would be moving to a new position in our department. So there’s been lots of speculation and wondering about who would be taking her position. There was one person that we were kind of thinking and hoping it would be, but we never had any confirmation. So at our group meeting Thursday afternoon, our boss announced that the position had been filled, and… it was the person we wanted! He is from our old company and hadn’t gotten a job with the new company yet, so was due to be laid off soon. So we are very happy that he is staying, and even happier that he will be our new boss, because he’s fantastic! I had a huge grin on my face the rest of the afternoon.
Thursday was my Friday, because I had a bunch of vacation days to use up and took today off work. My friend L has Fridays off, so she came out to go shopping with me. I hadn’t really started Christmas shopping, and she’s a super shopper, so I knew she’d motivate me to get stuff. We started out at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets – they had a lot of good sales, but it was way too cold to be at an outdoor mall! We actually did walk the whole thing in about two hours, though, and both of us bought some gifts. Then we went to the KoP Mall, where we picked up a few more things and got lunch. I did get one thing for myself – a pair of fleece pajama pants at Old Navy (on sale for $8). I’ve wanted fleece pants for hanging around at home for a long time. When I got home, I put those pants on and took an amazing nap.
We don’t have any big plans for this weekend. I’d heard we were supposed to get snow..? But looking at the weather forecast, it doesn’t look like that’s happening – thank goodness!