Yesterday I turned in my resignation letter to Nia Georges, the chair of the Anthropology Department at Rice University. She said they needed it so the process of finding my replacement could begin. I put June 30th as my last work day. I'll leave earlier if my house sells. If it doesn't sell by June 30th, I'm out of luck and a job. I really do want to get out of Houston before the heat of the summer.
I've been working in this department since December 2004. It's the best job I've ever had. The people are great. The work I do is varied and new projects are added to my to-do list frequently. Over the years I've supervised painting offices, copied textbooks, updated the department website and facebook page, processed graduate student applications and even babysat a dog, . The list goes on and on.
My job was an island of normalcy when my life had such an abrupt change in 2010. My then husband fell and became quadriplegic. I went from a happy home life to one of service to 2 invalids - my Mom and my husband. Life changed again when Mom went into a private care home and my husband left me. I was alone at home but surrounded by friendly faces when I was at the office.
Leaving my job will be the hardest part of moving for me. Already friends that I made on campus have retired or taken other jobs. Rice is always changing - new people, new buildings, new software, etc. I won't be able to go "home" again. Even my parking spot will be gone as a new parking garage is currently being built.