I’ve been off work since Thursday and really relaxing. On Wednesday the 14th my department had our annual holiday (oh so politically correct) get together. There is an auction for Charity, I bid on and won the wine basket. There is a catered lunch and there are the Max awards. I received a Max award this year which was presented by the Mayor (of Seattle) and the director for Human Services. When my name was announced almost everyone stood and cheered as I went up to receive my award. There is nothing quite like having almost 200 people standing and cheering for you. It was very validating. I have a picture of myself with the Mayor and Director, a plaque as well as a letter commending my performance signed by both the director and the mayor. That is going in my resume for sure. This was especially important to me in light of the evil machinations of some folks within the IT and HR department.
On other fronts I paid my car loan off on thursday. It was almost anti-climatic. I immediately went to the DMV and paid for a new registration so that my former despotic overlords, Reliable Credit aren’t anywhere to be seen on any legal paperwork for my car. The car thing is a real milestone for me and was a very very important goal. It feels really good to have reached it. The work/award thing is especially nice and almost like the icing on what has been a difficult year all around. Last winter was really difficult for me emotionally. I think the word for this year would have to be draining. My 1/2 sister died, Katrina, the awful Tsunami, George Bush in office, the ongoing mess in the Iraq. I’m glad to leave this year behind like an unpleasant visit to the doctor, necessary to have gone through the experience but thoroughly distasteful. I have great hopes that this coming year will prove to be brighter and filled more with happiness and laughter.