So, what have I been up to? I’m glad you asked.
Firstly, I entertained a chap I hadn’t seen in 19 years. (I know, right, 19 years? Sheesh, I’m getting old). He was in the year below me in college, a friend of my brother, and is now the tour manager for a band who are on a world tour. The tour came to Sydney last week and we caught up. I wasn’t looking forward to it because a) I didn’t know him terribly well 19 years ago and b) its 19 years later. I envisaged an awkward half hour of “Oh, and did you know that Jane is married now and has two children?” kind of smalltalk before I could make my excuses and flee.
However, as it turns out, I have rarely enjoyed a man’s company so much. We talked and walked on a 6 hour pub crawl through Sydney, including a short stop by the Opera House to film two short pieces of video that I cannot for the life of me figure out how to upload here. Damn.
Here’s a photo instead:
If you know me, you’ll know how deeply unusual such behaviour is for me. I had three glasses of wine and a pint of cider, for goodness sake, and I normally hate pubs and alcohol.
2. Our esteemed CEO retires today, after 25 years with this company, starting as a junior editor. I can’t tell you how much I admire and respect, as well as just plain like, her.
I’ve coordinated a scrapbook of messages and tributes from the various authors, editors, designers, publishers, sales reps, artists and printers from around the world with whom she has worked during her career. Some of them are really rather touching. It warms the cockles to see how far and wide her influence has reached and how very sincerely she is esteemed.
Of course, I’ve also organised flowers and a present (a framed artwork that she has always liked from a book published 20 years ago). And I’ve put together the attached powerpoint slide show of hilariously altered images. Oh, I crack myself up.
And now I have to go and prep for the party. I’ll have to upload the rest of the pics and the video on Monday.