Aimee here. I’m back from a two-week vacation, and now it’s just me here in the office. Earlier this summer, we had such a full office, and now there’s just me. It’s so quiet! So rather than just talk to myself, I’ll tell you all about what’s been going on at Them Days.
So, if you’ve been following our twitter feed on the side of the page, you’ll know that Kelly is gone, and we are in the hiring process for another Administrator. Kelly was the first to leave out of everyone in the office this summer. Bye Kelly! We’ll miss you!
Kelly, of course, got her sugar cookies before she left. We’ve given so many to our Katimavik volunteers and to summer students…and now it was Kelly’s turn!
(And after taking this photo, I decided that every new photo of me is going to be taken in the presence of a fan so my hair can blow around like a model’s too!)
Then, on the day that I was leaving for my vacation, Heather had her final day. Unfortunately, NorthMart was all out of sugar cookies, but they did have some sort of cookie sandwich made from two cookies and a LOT of icing in between. Surely that counts as a sugar cookie! Oh, I was so sad to see Heather go. She started before the other girls, and it was just me and her in the office at the beginning. Then at the end of her time with us, it was just the two of us again because Kayla and Breanna were on vacation.
Then, while I was gone, Jess left. No photos from that, but we did have a very sweet phone conversation. I’m going to miss talking with her over the phone and magically getting her faxes and e-mails…work would appear out of nowhere, even if I couldn’t see it getting done! Amazing! Jess did a great job, and I’ve got to thank Toni and the rest of the crew up at Torngâsok Cultural Centre in Nain for all their help with the project. I still haven’t met her in person yet!! Hopefully soon though, since she is now attending college here in the Valley. So maybe I’ll have a “Hello!” photo soon. 🙂
And then it was Kayla’s turn! 😦 Oh Kayla, I was so sad to see you go too. You’ve been a real joy to have in the office and you did even the most boring tasks with a smile! Because I was in St. John’s, I couldn’t see her off in person…but I was sneaky and arranged for sugar cookies to be brought in for her last day! And I got to see it on webcam too, because I had a webcam brought into the office and I had one on my personal home laptop too. Unfortunately, the laptop brought in by our volunteer turned their image upside down, but still, I got to see Kayla eat her cookie! And I had one too!
And then, last but not least, it was Breanna’s turn. I’m going to miss her too, and her wry sense of humour and drive to get the job done. Breanna was willing to take on some different tasks, like the book reviews you’ve seen on the blog. Again, I was gone for her last day (this time, I was in Moncton) but I was sneaky again and we had cookies via webcam. My sister joined in too.
I was so sad to see the girls go, I didn’t even read their blog entries until now. I couldn’t bring myself to read their goodbyes until I got back to the office. I guess I’m just a big sap that way! Now that I’ve read them, I’m so proud of them all over again. Anyway, enough with the sad stuff, on to happier things…like…uh, what I did on vacation – besides saying goodbye to the girls, that is! 🙂
First, I went to St. John’s for a Backstreet Boys concert, and to spend time with some friends. Just hours after arriving in St. John’s (by the way, it was really hot and beautiful here in Goose Bay, and then I got to St. John’s and it was FREEZING and I didn’t even have a jacket with me!), I met Howie from the Backstreet Boys with my best friend Stephenie! (She’s from Goose Bay too, but she lives out there now.)
Then we did some stuff for her wedding and saw some beautiful bed and breakfasts and scenery around St. John’s.
Funnily enough, I ended up seeing more Labrador people in St. John’s than people from St. John’s! A cousin of mine from Makkovik was in town for her summer job with Women In Science and Engineering, and I got to see the final presentation for all the WISE students in Newfoundland and Labrador. This year was the first year they had a project in Labrador, and I was so proud of all the Labrador girls there (even if I just met them for the first time while out there!)!
Then I went out to New Brunswick to visit my immediate family, so I got to spend time with them too, which was great! Always good to see family. My little sister is getting so big…today marks the day when she is exactly the same age I was when she was born. I can’t believe it.
There’s much more to say about things that happened before I left on vacation (we were so busy with getting the magazine, Christmas cards and calendar out to the printer, there was no time to blog about it before now), but I’m going to leave those posts for later this week. For one, there’s not enough time left in the day to do that right now. Two, I’d rather spread it out a bit, since there’s so much to see. Come back to the blog again for some pictures of Battle Harbour and Mulligan!
P.S. I was going to say something else, but I forget…don’t you hate that feeling??!!