Small Surprises

First of all, I have forgotten to mention that my friends James and Aurora are pregnant! Yey! They told us over dinner last Friday. It’s a gigantic news!

And then yesterday, I went to lunch with Terence and Angela in Belmont Shore. We haven’t sat down and chat for a while, especially with Angela. It worked out that I could see them both at the same time.

We went to Le Creperie…oh my gosh is that place divine! I had dessert for lunch. LOL. I mean, who could resist Nutella, banana, strawberry AND Bailey’s crepe! I also got to try their famous garlic fries, and a bite of cabonara crepe and turkey and brie panini. Holy hell, I NEED to get back there!

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Terence handed me a card. It was a “Hang in there” card signed by all of my former colleagues at that old PR firm from hell.

I almost cried.

It has been over 2 years since I left that place and my boys still think of me. I couldn’t be more grateful for their friendship!

I have been fortunate enough to have worked with fantastic groups of people in all of my past jobs. And I am still friends with many of them.

When we went out drinking with my current coworkers the other night, one of our new friends from the Big Bank Across the Street commented, “Wow. You guys really like each other, huh?”

“Yes, we do!” I replied. “We’re like family over here! And under usual circumstances, our CEO would be here too.”

And we ARE like family. I mean, in the office 30 something people, everybody likes everybody! Someone got seriously ill and homebound, like Celeste a while back, we scrambled to send flowers. HR would gladly work with you if you need to work out the time off for personal stuff as I have already discussed with them the possibility of heading home for my mom.  And of course, because we like each other, we would happily hang out outside of work, something that many people wouldn’t…or didn’t want to…do

Apparently, this is a phenomenon. Bigger companies don’t have the luxury to form this kind of camaraderie, and even they do, the group doesn’t seem to mesh well like we do.

When I was at USC, our office was all-girl and it was like going to work for a bunch of your older sisters or aunties. Girl bonds are strong, my friends!
During HSX glory days, the office had grown to 100 people and that would be the biggest company I’ve worked for. Not everyone got along at that size, but a group of us became great friends even after the place imploded at the end of the era.

The PR Firm from Hell was surely a horrible to work for, but my colleagues are like my brothers. Because we all have been traumatized by this place together, that makes our bonds stronger than anything else. I still try to have lunch with my boys here when I have a chance.

And here it is, the testament of our strong friendship in a card signed by my boys.

I couldn’t stop smiling for the rest of the day.

On my way back from lunch, I stopped and got me iced tea and boba from Cha For Tea. Perfect for a crazy hot day. After that, Brandon and I went to Ikea and then to Cost Plus [Insert Squeal of Delight here] where we walked out with more than we came for.

It was yet another perfect Saturday. From start to finish.

But wait, there’s more.

The cherry on top of yesterday was another piece of news from another two of my friends who have been friends with me and each other for a long time. They called to let me know that they have finally become more than friends.

I thought I couldn’t possibly be more joyous in one single day, and boy was I wrong!!!

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