Permanent Vacation

Today I have officially bid adieu to my life as a fish counter. It’s been a bit of an emotional day. I was good up until I was saying goodbye to the last few people at work, then there were some tears. It’s hard to leave something that has been a part of your life for 4.5 years. It wasn’t real until today, when I was cleaning up my work computer, packing up my things, and handing in my key. I must admit, I had a few moments on my drive home where I even questioned my whole decision to leave the working world and head back to school. I know that I’m moving on, and in a few short years, I will be doing something I’m truly passionate about, and that it is the right thing, but you can’t help that little nagging voice in the back of your head that keeps saying “But are you really sure?”

Really though, there’s no reason to be that sad. I don’t live that far away, so I can visit my friends and coworkers for sure. The majority of us are on Facebook and can keep in touch on there. And I may have plans to go in on Tuesday for lunch with some coworkers who were out of the office when I left. I know, I’m so melodramatic.

But enough reflection on the major changes going on in my life. Shall we see some food?

Lunch was some neatly packed leftovers.

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More of that lovely fridge-clearing stirfry with jasmine rice.

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And more juicy watermelon.

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I will admit though, this isn’t all I had for lunch. As it was payday Friday, some of my coworkers were picking up lunch from Red Fish Blue Fish. They twister my rubber arm, and I ordered some tempura dill pickles. Alas, the restaurant was too busy, and when they are too busy, they don’t do the tempura dills. Talk about fail! My coworker figured she couldn’t come back empty handed, so she ordered me some delicious hand cut fries. Although I probably would have just said don’t worry about it, I couldn’t really let them go to waste, could I? So yeah…I polished them off and enjoyed every bite, thank you very much 🙂 It did mean that I only ate part of my stirfry though. What can I say, I was full!

I also brought in the 9 cupcakes I hadn’t kept for myself, and those were quickly polished off at 9:30 am. Sounds like they were a big hit. I wouldn’t know – I still hadn’t tried one myself!

There was another little present before I left – one of the coveted 30th anniversary metal water bottles.

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These babies aren’t given out to just anyone. I feel special 😀

I was emotionally drained, and suffering some horrendous neck pain when I walked in the door, so I crashed on the couch with the news and the cat for a good portion of the evening. Eventually I picked myself up, and walked up the hill to the grocery store, just to get outside and not be a total lump all day. I knew there was no way the gym was in my future with the pain I was (and still am) feeling in my neck. I really hope this isn’t a flare up from my car accident injuries, and I just slept funny last night.

Dinner was a simple affair, as I still wasn’t really that hungry. Again, I surveyed my options, focusing on using things up in the freezer/fridge.

I found one lonely herb cheese bun, and decided to turn that into a salmon burger. Grilled Pacific salmon patty, roasted garlic havarti, avocado, low-fat mayo, mustard, dill pickle relish. There should have been lettuce, but the stuff I bought last week had already gone manky. I hate that!

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Also looking lonely was a cob of peaches & cream corn. It was much happier when I steamed it and slathered on a little butter.

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It doesn’t look like much, but it was good.

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Plus, I had to save room for a little cupcake indulgence. I mean, come on, how long can I go without tasting those 3 gourmet cupcakes in my fridge?! It would be a travesty to waste those, that’s for sure. So I decided on half of the Nuttin’ Butter – fudgy chocolate cake, peanut butter frosting.

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I think it’s almost a 50/50 cake to frosting ratio. I’m okay with that, when the frosting is of the quality of this stuff. Seriously, this peanut butter frosting is so good, I would consider eating it by the spoonful. The cake had a great chocolate flavour as well, but was a little on the dry side. I think this may be due to my storage method and that I didn’t eat it fresh. Of course, if you just make sure you have some of the wicked frosting with each bite, it’s perfect. Yum!

It’s been a long, draining day. I think it’s time to make the transition from computer to bed, so I can start in on phase 2 of my new journey tomorrow – cleaning & packing to make the big move. Night.

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6 Comments on “Permanent Vacation”

  1. August 8, 2009 at 5:14 am #

    That was the cupcake I chose! That close up picture is torturous, I want it now please!
    Great looking salmon burger and corn. Can you believe I haven’t had any corn this summer? I should be ashamed of myself.

  2. August 8, 2009 at 5:27 am #

    I have to say that burger looks awesome! 🙂

    It sounds like laying on the couch was definitely needed though. I have days like that frequently!

  3. August 8, 2009 at 6:37 am #

    OH that bun!! Yum!

    You’ll stay in contact with your coworkers! Ignore that nagging voice – I have it almost every other day since I changed my major but I know this is where my interests lie and that I’ll be happy when all is said and done 🙂

  4. August 9, 2009 at 7:05 am #

    It’s hard to walk away from something so familiar, but you’ll be sa happy you did when school starts!

    Sorry to hear about your neck! I hope that’s feeling better sooner rather than later.

  5. August 9, 2009 at 9:04 am #

    It’s weird, every time I leave a job I hardly ever keep in touch with people – even people I ate lunch with for years!

    You are doing the right thing!

    If I were you I’d just eat the cupcake – I’ve never been a huge fan of frosting!

    Happy Sunday!

  6. broccolihut
    August 9, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    That frosting: cake ratio looks perfect to me too–I am all about the frosting!

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