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The contract for the new job arrived. I just chuckled with delight to read this in an email from the recruiter:

"You will have your company induction on the Monday at our head office in Sutton before heading up to Holborn, details of this will be in your information pack."

I can smell the scent of sweet freedom in the air. Aaaah. I'll spend the morning of the 24th of September in Sutton. I will, from that day forward, never spend a day in this glassy prison I call $howboat. I can't wait.

I have absolutely nothing to do at work today. And, it seems, neither does anyone else - the place is a graveyard. I've approved a WFH day for the guy who sits across from me, I've told the girl who works for me who blew all of her vacation to take some sick days, one of the other guys who works from me is taking vacation ... it's like the three leads (including me) and two testers over here. DEAD, dead, dead. And the weather, LORD! Raining and 60. Yesterday I went out to lunch with one of my reports and the restaurant proprietor turned on the heater near our table!

Anyway, I'll have to come up with something to do to while away the hours today other than the performance plans for my guys. I'm thinking a calendar of "what we're doing while you're visiting" for my soon-to-be houseguests or something like that. At any rate, Remembrance of Things Pasts continues trickling along, though somewhat hampered by being forgotten at home while I was road tripping (not that I didn't gossip for three hours in one direction and sleep for three the other), but is now at page 412, and I have the next Dresden Files book at my service.

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webcowgirl
Aug. 22nd, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
Yay!

So you want to come visit in January?
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webcowgirl
Aug. 22nd, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
Of course the best would be something where you arrived between Christmas and New Years, as we'll be very free and you could go to New Year's parties with us, but if we were just looking for plain old cheap the end of Jan would work, too.
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webcowgirl
Aug. 22nd, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Don't want to mess with your holiday time with Elliot, but ...
I just did a search on Kayak and I saw leave on Dec 24th, arrive Christmas Day, leave Monday Jan 7, price £323, and since we have to have two days off that week plus Boxing Day we could do a lot of fun things without much of a vacation impact ... would that work for you? And it looks like you can take the Gatwick Express in from the station, then catch a taxi (which we'd pay for) to our place ... what do you think?
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webcowgirl
Aug. 22nd, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't want to mess with your holiday time with Eli, but ...
And I did mean ELI! Maybe you could leave Christmas night, too, that would work just fine if it's okay with you, get the holiday over with and head out, show up on Boxing Day. The price is the same.

Is switching planes in the US a problem?
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webcowgirl
Aug. 22nd, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
And a partridge and a butterbee
Okay, well, we would love to have you and we think it would be a good present to give ourselves, so let me know when you get it sorted with the sweeties.
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webcowgirl
Aug. 22nd, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
Re: And a partridge and a butterbee
Wow, BA takes the cake for ideal flights, with Dec 23 - Jan 7 running a mere £335, maximizing holiday time spent with you and avoiding any transportation faffing.

Let me know! Maybe I'll do some work now. Or go home. It's quitting time, especially if you're a quitter like me!
webcowgirl
Aug. 22nd, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
Re: And a partridge and a butterbee
Ideal of course because it's a direct flight.
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