Thursday, February 2, 2012

He's baaaacckkk...........

I don't write about work much anymore, for a couple of reasons:
  1. Jim retired and it isn't half as much fun without him
  2. We have some new employees at work now and the office is more crowded
  3. Since the summer, I've increased my work load and if I want to stick to my part-time hours, I had to quit laughing so much and get more work done. (Bummer)
  4. Irene is busier too
So, yeah, I don't have many fun work stories to tell lately. Work is....uh....more like "work" now. Well, unless that Mojo Monkey does something to stir things up.

We had a little pick-me-up in January--Jim came back for a temporary stint.  While he is not really happy about his retirement from retirement, Irene is glad he is back for the help, and I'm glad he's back because I miss my old "Morning Meeting" buddy.  It's like old times.

The Morning Meeting used to consist of Jim, Irene and myself sitting around, drinking coffee, and shooting the breeze. We'd cover topics like Jim's old army stories, pension reform, the down side of unions, Jim's old army stories, the latest news topics, Jim's days as a trader on the exchange, and my favorite....Jim's old army stories.  I think we'd kill that first hour, just slowly easing into the day, laughing. The Morning Meeting was retired the day that Jim retired--it wasn't the same without him. Irene and I didn't have much to talk about--we had no war stories of our own.

Upon Jim's return, and after I gave him crap about not answering my emails at home, we caught up slowly on all of those months he was gone--and now, we are back to those Morning Meetings.  The old stories that Irene and I have drilled into our memories are good to hear again.  It's like we picked up where we left off--which is a nice distraction from the routine and the boredom of winter.  His return has made it work more fun, even if we are just re-hashing the same old stories. 

Jim will be leaving at the end of the month, which is sort of sad.  He loves retirement and says that he has no plans to come back to help out again. Heck, I don't blame him, but it sure was nice to have the old pally back--even if it is for a short time.


It's gonna be hard to say good-bye.......again.

13 comments:

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I listen to my husband's military stories all the time. Maybe I could send you some of his since Jim won't be around to repeat his.

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Everyone needs a Jim!

vanilla said...

"It's gonna be hard to say good-bye.......again." That's friend Jim for ya-- puts you through that again! Maybe he'll answer your emails now?

Anne said...

It sounds like Jim's visit is a great winter pick me up. Everyone needs something cheery for the winter.

Grace said...

I loved hearing my father's army stories - one of the things I miss is all the photo albums of his army days including his pet raccoons...old stories with old friends never get old.

BeadedTail said...

Maybe he can come back for Morning Meetings from time to time once he retires again. It sounds like everyone enjoys them!

Pricilla said...

How nice for the three of you.

Ann said...

it's always nice to have someone who can make work not feel like work. How nice that you got Jim back at least for a little bit

Hot Rocks said...

That is so nice to have Jim back, even if it is only for a short while! It will probably make the next month at work go super fast. I love your photo, you look great!

Lydia @ On The Verge said...

Sorry your buddy is leaving again. Hopefully you can hook up for lunch from time to time.

Lydia

Nancy said...

Awh, Jim! Glad you are getting to add a bit of spice back into your work day:)

Sharkbytes said...

Looks like he's had enough coffee, anyway.

Lin said...

Hahaha, Sharkey! :)