This search and need and stress was what had been ripping up my adrenal glands so I am totally fatigued. I need some recovery, but, I already feel a great sense of peace knowing I accomplished what I had been working so hard for.
Listen, there isn't anything in life that can't be solved by hard work. Conan said it best, actually, and this is how I sort of feel.
If you work really hard and you are kind, amazing things will happen.
I can't say anything bad about the people I worked with in my last 4 1/2 (and not just because they know where I live) but because I couldn't have asked for a better group of people. Sure, I wanted to knife-face-stab a couple from time-to-time, but, I count myself truly blessed for their support and guidance. In a very real way - they each saved my life. They were there in their quirky, supporting, demanding, casual, OCD, dramatic, funny and snarky way when I was at my sickest and when I went through the worst times in my life.
My final email to my coworkers read:
Ahh, where to start – for the last 4 ½ years this place has been my home. I truly feel blessed to have gotten to know, annoy and work with all of you. I will miss you guys more than I can say. . .even though I threatened to knife-face-stab some of you or set you on fire. But, in all seriousness, about a month after I started here, I learned I was actually pretty sick and pretty close to death - and I showed up for work the next day and continued coming to work throughout my treatments even when I could have taken a leave. I did this because you guys are pretty damn awesome, amazingly supportive, creative and smart. And not too hard on the eyes, let’s be honest.
If anyone wants to get in touch, keep in touch or requires bail money. . .[contact information]
If you work really hard and you are kind, amazing things will happen.
Thanks for everything people!
I'd just like to post some of the moments with my fabulous former co-workers:
Manda: Did I solve your problem? lol
Lisa: yes you did. omg, you're fantastic! Just when i think you've exceeded you're awesomeness - boom!
Manda: Some call me the space cowboy
Kristen: Well what am i suposed to do amanda!!!!!
Manda: live life
Kristen: i dont know why im yelling at you
Manda: I think you find it theraputic. Just be awesome. That's what you do
Kristen: i can do that
Brandy: Are you saying you are a homewrecker, Scott?
Scott: Absolutly not.
Manda: Scott reafirms marriage because when a guy or girl goes out with him, they are like, "Holy, I'm going to work on my marriage if this is what is out there."
Scott: *throws a pen at me*
Stacy: I like how you said guy or girl.
Manda: Scott can't be picky.
Stacy: Are you boozing?
Manda: Nope. Using my handsantizer. It's my mid-day pick-me-up.
Stacy: Well, you do smell like mothballs, as someone once said.
Manda: Yeah, and she smells like job-less.
Stacy: When you review for Tim make sure he has one activity per module
Manda: Pipe cleaner
Stacy: I told him to in the email i sent
Stacy: And if he didn't he needs to
Stacy: Just sayin'
Stacy: What does that even mean?
Frank: Why don't we have a Rat Pack?
Manda: You're looking at it, baby.
Tim: Who was in the rat pack?
Manda: There Bolgart, Davis Jr, Sinatra, Lawford, Dean Martin-
Frank: I'm Sinatra because I'm smooth.
Tim: I want to be Dean Martin.
Manda: I want to be Sammy Davis, Jr. People mistaken me for a black man all the time.
Brandy: you're good
Manda: Oh, I know. I know.
Brandy: I know you know
Manda: I know you know I know.
Brandy: well i know that you know that i know that you know.
Manda: I know that you know that I know that you know that I know. You know?
Brandy: Oh i know
Manda: *fist bump*
Lisa: Hey, Sluts-R-Us.
Manda: Shut up, Nebraska. We built this city on rock 'n' roll.
Kathy: I am very pleased to announce the addition of Amanda Lee to the Finance Team!
Manda: I still have rights to the following names: Amanda, Manda and AK-47.
Scott: Yeah, once your turn 26, it's all down hill.
Frank: All you have to look foward to is death.
Scott: So true.
Frank: Death is the greatest adventure.
Manda: I always thought it was the female orgasm.
Frank: That's for looking out for my health.
Manda: I want to keep you around. I mean, one day you are going to break up with that bi-sexual Cuban and be all vulerable and that's when I am going to pounce.
Frank: I'm always vulenerable.
Manda: I have that affect on boys.
Frank: Seriously, pounce anytime.
Kristen: What do you call it when you sleep around a lot?
Manda: Are you suggesting I sleep around a lot?
Frank: Man, I wish you would.
Manda: Being slutty?
Kristen: No. Like when you have relaitonships. It's a word.
Frank: I called the bi-sexual Cuban out on that. She said she was poloyamerious and I was like, "no, you're just slutty and that's ok because I'm slutty, too." Let's just call it for what it is.
Manda: Maybe you should be like, "hey, you lied to me, we can fix this with a threesome."
Frank: That's not out of the question. Just got to find a willing party.
Manda: You can pick them up in bars.
Kristen: How do you know this?
Manda: I have diverse interests.
Frank: Haven't been able to find anyone.
Frank: That's a good idea.
Kristen: Frank, you are the Craigslist Killer.
Frank: Ok, first, you're right. Second, how did you know?
Joe: Did he meet the rats?
Manda: He did.
Joe: Did he touch them?
Manda: He did.
Joe: Did he run away?
Manda: He did not.
Joe: What's wrong with him?
Manda: I don't know.
Friend: He's cute! OMG. You are serious?
Manda: I don't date losers.
Friend: Right. What does he do?
Friend: OMG, this is the guy you met at Mixx on Saturday?
Friend: Did you bone him?
Manda: It's physically impossible for me to bone someone.
Friend: I'd totally hit that. You should hit that.
Manda: Simmer down. I'm not easy. You gotta work for this jelly.
Friend: Look fimilar: Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 4:45 PM: Amanda: I'd do him.
Manda: Oh, fiddlesticks.
Rose: i am thinking shop N bag thought i would let ya know
Amanda: I brought my lunch today
Rose: OMG see I invite you out and you don't want to go.
Amanda: Well, you're rejection hurt. I had to pack. Eat in the dark. Alone. Crying. Softly. . .
Rose: You want me to do that or you did that yesterday?
Amanda: I'm doing it now. lol
Rose: oh gezz. Well i do that every day on my lunch break so deal
Amanda: Yeah. .well. . .I deal with your face
Rose: you dont!! There are like 4 monitors between us!
Amanda: I can feel it. . .Burning
Rose: Just like your vag!
Kara: Oh, well sometimes better to plan for more and end up with less.
Manda: Oh. . .
Kara: Wow - TWSS!
Manda: That is NOT what she said.
Mark (9:09am): Gonorrhea might be going superbug
Manda (9:09am): Oh. .hello
Manda: Sorta makes you feel smarter
Brandon: sorta makes me weep for the future.
Manda: We are the future
Brandon: we are the children
Manda: We are the world
Brandon: thanks Michael...we love you.
Manda:: Do we? Or does he love us.
Brandon: i mean...he's dead.
Manda: Is he? Is he, Brando?
Brandon: i sure hope so, cuz that means i spit on the wrong corpse. Wow...even i found that in bad taste
Manda: Can you ever spit on the wrong corpse?
Brandon: i dont know.
Manda: I don't likle all that typing noise over there
Mike: it's not bad, don't worry
Manda: Mm-hmmm. I hit you with a crowbar for every revision.
Manda: Just saying. New process.
Tim: what!? I'm printing them already
Manda: Nothing! This conversation never happened. These aren't the droids you are looking for. Move along.
Tim: So do u want some shots or now no
Manda: Nope. You don't follow directions. You're totally getting shot in the head during the z-poc
Tim: Well what the fak? I'm creating an iphone app so that ill survive.
Manda: Watch it. I wasn't specific about what head.
Stacy: Do you still have salteens?
Stacy: ok, no problem
Manda: I do have tampons
Stacy: those are not a very good snack...
Manda: No. They are. .taco filling
Manda: Hi. We're developing a chart for the Edcomm Slave Trade (EST) project. Anyhow, blonds would automatically be more valuble on the black market. Could you dye your hair blond? I mean, what with the econmey and all. .
Tara: anything for a buck!
Manda: Excellent! Your cooperation in this matter has not gone unnoticed. I'll put you in as a blond
Jackie: I'll have you know... I would be very valuable on the black market!! lol
Manda: Oh, totally
Jackie: haha tara sent me the message and it totally made my day
Manda: But, our customers look at invoice bottom lines. . .blonds are in demand right now.
Manda: However, there is an awesome nitch market for pale skin in black hair. If you could do some skin bleaching. . .I think it would totally bring in a couple Gs
Jackie: haha done and done
Manda: Nice! Your cooperation has also not gone unnoticed. I’ll try to keep you and Tara local. . .
Jackie: phew... i knew this wasnt going to be in the Congrats folder so I was semi nervous about the recognition value. haha just no further than Nigeria
Manda: Nigeria will take anything.
Manda: I need some manuals reviewed.
Kristen: I can do it.
Manda: Let me know when you are about to start, I will go over the process.
Kristen: Let's start in approximately 7 minutes.
Kristen: Start the timer....now
Manda: Now? Or before. . .?
Kristen: I have been timing since 11:13. 4 minutes...
Manda: I process time differently because I am located in a different area. Have you calculated for jet lag and time zones?
Stacy: Tim parted some plants on his desk. We are going to reinacte the Bible. Tim is Moses, Mike is Jesus, Scott is Judus, Kristen is Noah's and you are going to be Mary Magdalene.
Kristen: She was the whore.
Manda: Mary Magdalene was not a whore.
Stacy: But you have a whole movie about you called the Da Vinci Code.
Manda: why am I the whore?
Stacy: You are going out on a date on a school night.
Tim: Yeah, picking up hoodrats in Delware. I've spent some time in Delware.
Manda: Just because you call a girl "Delware" doesn't mean you have ever been in the state of Delware.
Mark: You're not even coming in tomorrow are you?
Stacy: Wait, you come in late this morning, leaving early tonight and your not coming in tomorrow? If you aren't coming in tomorrow, I'm not coming in tomorrow.
Scott: Amanda, I don't think you're a whore. No guy would touch you. You suck.
Manda: Are you saying I suck like your face on a grown man's dick?
Manda: Hi buddy!
Scott: hey cupcake how are you
Manda: I'm awesome squishy-pants! How are you?
Scott: im doin well thanks puddin...
Manda: How old are you today? 40? 42?
Scott: Dick 27
Manda: Mark will be supplying the dick for you this evening.
Scott: haha i will be in AC at a party.
Manda: Well, watch your corn-hole. You only got a couple good years left with it. Then it's like throwing a hotdog down a hall.
Scott: hahah...thats not my style so my "corn-hole" will not be touched
Manda: Touched, no. Pounded, yes.
Frank: Whoa, who's the hottie with the boobs?
Kristen: Shut up, she's like 18.
Tim: Amanda, you think what I say.
Tim: I mean, Amanda, you say what I think.
Manda: I know, you didn't have to say it.
Director of HR: Amanda, your [Out of office forms] are def the sign of a sick but hilariously creative mind!!!
Katherine: what are standards?
Manda: They are like clothes. Something you claim you like and have but you only wear them to be socially acceptable.