Recently I got the opportunity to go to Germany and tutor English classes. Fortunately, CQL very generously agreed to let me work for them remotely while I’m abroad.
Obviously, I’m very excited about this new adventure, but as I was driving to work the other day I started thinking about all the things I’ll miss about physically being present in the office. There are plenty of things I’m excited to experience in Germany, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t great things about being here too.
I’m going to be honest, a lot of them are food related. There’s a lot of food around this office and it’s amazing.
Obviously, I will still be in touch with my coworkers but not seeing them on a daily basis will be very strange. It’s much harder to turn the person next to you and have a quick debate about Star Wars, Mac vs PC, or whether or not to believe in the existence of the Internet (yes Tim, this is for you). Who’s going to go out to lunch with me? Or judge me for the fourth donut I’ve eaten in a single day? We have some really amazing people here at CQL and I’ll definitely miss them while I’m gone.
2. Free Coffee
This might not seem like a big deal, but when you struggle to function without coffee in the morning, getting it for free every day is a huge perk. It’s also way better than the coffee I’ve had at other jobs. Freshly ground, Ferris coffee is hard to beat. What am I supposed to do now? Buy coffee and make it at home? Pay for it at a coffee shop? The steady stream of coffee I consume everyday would cost me a fortune.
I feel very spoiled after getting massages every other week for the last year. There is nothing more relaxing than a biweekly, 30 minute massage. Not only is the massage itself amazing (which it totally is) but getting to chat with Kim (the massage therapist) is one of the highlights of my week. Kim is one of the funniest and most clever people I know. She has a solution or idea for every annoying little problem that pops up in life. If your mascara keeps drying out, your desk isn’t ergonomically correct, or you don’t know what to get a friend for Christmas, Kim will have a thoughtful answer.
4. Birthday Treats/Random Food
There is always food in this office. It’s amazing. If there’s one thing my coworkers know about me it’s that I love food. I am the first one out of my chair when an email goes around announcing baked goods and usually the first one to go back for seconds. Birthday treats are an office tradition but we get a lot of food just for fun. Just in the past month we’ve had cheesecake, cookies, donuts, a waffle breakfast, pancake breakfast, and baked French toast. We are not messing around.
This is not the same thing as birthday treats, I swear. We do potlucks for all major holidays as well as on an employee’s last day. It’s a great way to celebrate, take a break, or say goodbye. Potlucks usually involve Mark grilling hot dogs and brats, although on Cinco de Mayo we’ve been known to whip up some fajitas.
6. Ping Pong
My first week at CQL we had a ping pong championship. Having never really played before, my coworkers crushed me. However, even though I’m still not a pro like most people in the office my skills have significantly increased. The only person I can ever beat here is Adam, and only occasionally. But, let me loose in the real world where people only play ping pong once in a while and my rank gets much higher.
7. Company Outings
We have a lot of fun in the office, but we have even more fun when we leave it. There are a few annual company outings every year that I’ll be sad to miss. Most recently, we had our company Christmas party at Bistro Bella Vita. Dinner was amazing, the white elephant gift exchange was very entertaining, and Mark’s PowerPoint, er, could have gone better (technical difficulties). We also go to a White Caps game every year and have a bon fire in the fall, which usually ends up being a safety hazard due to the enormous fire. Company trip to Germany this year?
8. My space heater
While I won’t miss Ryan P asking how I could possibly be cold even in July, I will definitely miss my space heater. Look, this office gets cold. Ask any of the women (we’re the only ones who believe this). My first week at CQL I mentioned that it was cold in here and a few days later I got to work and found the heater sitting in my chair. It was the best welcome gift I could ask for and I’m going to experience some serious separation anxiety when I have to leave it behind.
I’m so excited about this opportunity and I know I’ll learn so much from the experience, but I’ll definitely be sad to leave all this behind. Being at CQL for the past year has been a great learning experience and I’ve loved getting to know everyone here. For now, at least in person, I have to say auf wiedersehen.
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