March 06, 2016

A Week of Goodbyes & an Oscar for Leo | The Week in Words #2





Before I start getting into this weeks's events, I'd just like to say a huge thank you to ITV2, off the back of my last Sunday post; I've just learned that they are playing late night showings of Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show every night of the week, the same as BBC Three used to. PRAISE THE LORD. I'm writing this whilst season one of Family Guy is playing in the background - normality restored; *and breath.*

I think I'll always remember this week as the week that Leanne left (and the week that Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar!). Let me provide you with a little bit of backstory/context...

I met Leanne when she started working part-time for the same company I work for. I was there when she handed in her CV and I immediately loved her and begged a member of my management team to invite her to interview. They did, and she started working for us shortly after. She had a thick, Southern Irish accent (which fascinated me), bleach blonde hair in a high pony, false lashes coated in heavy mascara and lots of fake tan. I learned that she had just moved over from Ireland with her cousin. She was, and is, one of the funniest characters I have ever met. I loved every minute of working with her, since she was a hard worker and was also hilarious. She was still new when she came into work absolutely steaming drunk one day and fell about in fits of laughter in the stock room. She marched straight up to my boss (I'm not sure whether she was oblivious to Leanne's intox or was just choosing to turn a blind eye), and asked to have Christmas off. This was unheard of. Christmas was a 'black week' and nobody was entitled to take holiday during the festive period, yet here was the new girl, blind drunk and asking if she could just "'ave it off." Leanne didn't stay with the company for long. She got a job at River Island, further up the high-street, and within a matter of weeks, she had been promoted to manager. I was so pleased for her, and thought she was just doing well and loving life.

I didn't really stay in contact with Leanne as much as I should/could have after she moved to River Island, and I really regret that now. Well anyway... I was shopping in town one day, when I popped in to RI to say hello. I asked how it was going for her, and was shocked to learn that she had made the decision to move back to Ireland. She said it 'just wasn't working out anymore' and that she was leaving at the end of the month. I told her we should definitely meet for a drink before she left, but if I'm honest, I didn't think it would happen, not least the day before she was set to depart. 

The day Leanne was due to leave, she met me at work, when I finished at 4.30pm, which was nice, as she got to say goodbye to a few more people, too. We headed up to the Slug & Lettuce at the top of town, where we were later met by S. We shared a couple of bottles of wine and discussed her time in Southend, our colleagues and everything in between. Even though we weren't particularly close, I really valued spending her last moments in England with her. She told me all the reasons she was so eager to move back home, and some personal details that helped us to connect further. 

I love the saying 'everyone we meet is either a blessing or a lesson,' but I think, sometimes, they're both. I feel truly blessed to have met Leanne, but at the same time, she taught me a lot. She taught me to just do whatever the f*ck you want to do, without listening to or caring much about what other people say or think. She told me to always do what makes you happy, and leave the rest to it. She taught me to worry less and do more. She had the bravery, not only to move (virtually alone) to another country, but the courage to say 'you know what? This isn't for me!' and move back home to Ireland, all on her own. That takes guts. S drove us back to Leanne's house. She lived in a house-share on the seafront, and (because I'm super nosy), I asked for a tour around the house. Leanne commented on how silly it seemed that she was showing us around the day that she was leaving, and I couldn't help but feel how right she was. The other girls she shared the house with were lovely, and let us look around with no trouble. The house was huge, to my surprise, and was lovely! We saw Leanne's bedroom, stripped and bare, and placed her suitcases in S's car, while she said her final goodbyes to her cousin (who lived in the next room). 

I found it emotional hugging Leanne goodbye, as we dropped her at a friends near London Southend Airport. She had a short, but lasting impact on me, and I really hope that S and I will see her again at some point in the future. Hopefully in Ireland, as Leanne has definitely inspired me to have more adventures and take more risks!



This week was also the week that Andrew left work. Andrew has been working for the company for ten years, and though he hasn't been in the same store as me for the entire time I've been there, he became a friend and I was sad to see him go. We also celebrated his new job in Slug and Lettuce (they must think they're onto a winner, with regulars such as S and I!).

Amidst all the prosecco and the coming and going, I also broke my laptop. I dropped it in the middle of a lecture and screamed 'oh, shittin' ell!' as I did so, which made everything worse, as everyone turned to look and it was superrrr embarrassing. So, I'm currently typing this on A's laptop, which he's kindly lent me while mine is in the repair shop, but it's so so slow and I can't be bothered to go through the agonising process of editing this, so sorry not sorry if you spot a mistake in this post...

So, that's this week summed up: one Irish gal plus one team leader down, one broken laptop hinge, plenty of prosecco consumed and ended on a happy note. Stay tuned!

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11 comments

  1. Saying goodbye is always hard but there's hope now that technology is so amazing. There's FaceTime & online chatting & email & Snapchat, so you never really have to leave each other. :]

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    1. I don't mind saying goodbye so much since, like you say, I know there are so many ways I can keep in contact and I can also just hop on a plane. I can't imagine how difficult goodbyes must have been before all this amazing tech xx

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  2. All I saw was cocktails & I was like yes I like this girl. So glad I stumbled upon your blog! xx adaatude.com

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    1. Haha! While I'm partial to a good ol' sex on the beach, I'm definitely more of a prosecco princess!

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  3. Great post! Love your photos!
    Hugs,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  4. people leave my work all the time, it's so hard getting used to! we do try keeping in touch though :)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. I've seen so many people come and go in my part-time job over the last four years, but it's especially tough when it's somebody you feel you have a real connection with, you know, the ones you just seem to 'click' with straight away and they make the working day bearable?

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  5. I like to believe everyone in life is there for a reason, season or lifetime and I think this definitely applies here! I know how you feel though, probably the only person I really liked left my work recently and I was so upset about it - it can really make a difference to your working life having someone you connect with and when that's gone - it sucks!

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    1. 'Some friends are for reasons, others are for seasons and some are for a lifetime.' I actually love that quote so much; I wrote it in my longest friends 21st birthday card. Aw, sorry to hear you've had some goodbyes to say, too! The people you work with make all the difference!

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  6. Just read this girl, so sad, and can't believe Andrew has gone , literally feel heartbroken, hope you're all well xxxxx

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