“This is to notify you that your position with blah, blah, is being eliminated for business reasons.”

I’m out.  Done.  Gone.  Free.

I smiled and my mind raced as my 2-up droned and mumbled through a legal script before giving me a perfunctory best wishes in future endeavors.  Whatever asshole.  I’m free.  The HR lady started telling me dates and amounts and I listened very hard to her and asked questions about my RSP and if I could really just logout right now…  I think she was a little confused.  Usually these things are sprung upon the blissfully ignorant employee who sits silently in shock, or maybe cries a bit, but, I’d been hoping for, asking for, sending fervent desperate energy bursts into the cosmos in service to willing this very thing to happen.  I was happy.  Tingling and tension releasingly happy.  I remember my first breaths of freedom after hanging up with her and sending a rushed email to my guys before the asshole had my access completely deleted.  I remember my screensaver on the Amazon Screen sitting in front of me was showing a picture I’d taken of the memorial at Culloden Moor.  This time the tiny, outnumbered, broken but still determined Scot won the day.  I got my package.  My life changed for the better in an instant.  Suddenly, I was debt-free with a maxxed RSP and a boat-load of cash.  I had run all the numbers for retirement, but had never really run them with this scenario, so as to not jinx it.  But now I did.  And I was happy.  And ahead.

England- Day 1

Arrived yesterday after uneventful flights from Victoria to Edmonton and then to Gatwick. I upgraded my seat on the long flight and it was so worth it!

Mom and dad were there, a little ragged, but ready and happy. We all needed some sleep and the hotel is nice, the staff, a little bit like it’s Island Time, but all good.

Today we’re off to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath. CSSMJ arrive this afternoon, not sure if we’ll have the energy to see them tonight or not. We’ll see.

FB with Adam and Fran and we’ll try to meet up on Tuesday after Fran finishes work to see the Magna Carta! They’ve not seen it either!

Things I want to see today: Tomb of Henry VIII, Stonhenge, the Roman baths.