I’m back from Disney World! It was a blast: exhausting and exhilarating and I would ride Splash Mountain over and over again if I could! I will try to put up some of my favorite pictures later in the week – I’m still sorting through them all.
A few weeks ago, two of my co-workers left my organization. My boss wanted to throw them a farewell party, and I offered up my building as the perfect location – right across the street from work, beautiful pool and patio and barbecue! So for the first time since I moved here, I played hostess to more than two people.
We lucked out with the weather, it was calm and sunny!
Erica, our Program Director, volunteered to be the Grill Master, and we had hamburgers (and veggie burgers, provided by my friend Yael, which were amazing and my new favorite food), chicken, red peppers, onions, and corn on the cob.
My contribution was this: mojitos. My mint plant has been growing like crazy, and I can only eat so much cucumber-mint salad, so I mentioned to my boss that if we wanted to use it for mojitos I would be happy to cut off as much as we needed! This pitcher is straight rum, sugar, and mint. Then people could add as much of the rum mix as they wanted to their cup of club soda and lime juice – making the drink as strong or weak as they wanted! And might I say, they were delicious. And dangerous.
It was the perfect time to have a party, because we just had two new staff members arrive (who brought their significant others) so it was nice to be able to relax and just “chill.”
My friend Olga! Olga and I used to sit upstairs, outside our boss’s office, just the two of us, and would talk about everything under the sun. Olga likes to read just as much as I do, and we spent a lot of time trading books and talking about them. I’m going to miss her so much!
Camille, on the left, was also leaving. The office is going to be so different without her around – apart from Erica, Camille has been with our organization the longest. She was the one who did my orientation when I first started working here! Natalie, on the right, does the marketing and public relations for us. She’s amazing with graphic design and photography, so I’ve already been picking her brain like crazy.
Jimi, on the left, is one of our Program Coordinators. Poor Jimi is almost always outnumbered by women, 10 to 1. He’s a good sport, though. Jennifer, on the right, is our resident data systems analyst. At least, that’s the title I gave her in my head because that’s what she does.
Yael and her husband, Marcus. Yael is a former teacher and our other Program Coordinator! Yael is a New Yorker and has the best clothes I’ve ever seen…I’m usually drooling over them. Big time.
There was so much food!
And you can’t beat the view. After stuffing ourselves silly, we went swimming and hung out and in general, did nothing – bliss! – for the rest of the night!