The Going Away Party was a blast. My fantabulous cohorts treated me to a LOST-themed sendoff, complete with Dharma tags on everything, a ticket for my flight, lots of iTunes credits, Edwardo's pizza, island paraphernalia, Mint Meltaways and other heavenly desserts, a book of goodbye notes, and tons of memories in bottles featuring Flashbacks (memories) and Flash Forwards (predictions). It really was so much fun and so touching the way people went to so much trouble for little old me.
One of the coolest things was the book they put together for me, because it featured everyone's animal. I believe that everyone has an animal they resemble. I usually can tell pretty quickly from looking at a person what their animal is. Some people's wild kingdom alter egos are easier to recognize than others, but everybody's got one. At some point, I'll post a more developed explanation of the process. It's kind of a fun thing, although people can get a little too carried away with it. But for the most part, people at the office embrace their animals . . . that doesn't sound quite right, but I think you get the idea.
Anyway, it was an unforgettable experience, and I'm so grateful to have worked with such fascinating and caring people.