good bye, anoka!

this photo sums up anoka pretty well
i quit my job, and today is the last day i will be driving to anoka, minnesota.

i’ve been working in anoka since january 2009. it started as a consulting gig, one that i considered very temporary, because i didn’t fit in well (anoka is about 30 minutes north of minneapolis, and is in michele bachmann’s district, and everyone there eats meat and goes to church and wears jeans and fleece sweatshirts to work. all perfectly fine things, but people that do not do all those things are treated with suspicion.) the temporary gig turned into a full-time gig about 8 months later, which was quite a surprise to me. the subject matter that i was beginning to learn and excel at? crop insurance. it’s probably the least glamorous job i’ll ever have, but at the same time, it was one of the most challenging jobs.

i will miss many of the people i work with. and i’ll miss the deli in the co-op that made me yummy sandwiches. and the vietnamese place that makes the best tofu & rice noodle salad. ¬†and that’s about all i’ll miss.

my new job starts on monday. i’m not taking a break in between, and i’m not taking a break over the holidays (which i may regret greatly). i’m just going to jump right in!

happy weekend!

14 responses to “good bye, anoka!”

  1. Carina says:

    Congratulations on quitting and good-good luck with the new job! :-)

  2. jackie says:

    good bye, anoka! best wishes on your new jump!! no break? mildy questioning your sanity woman…

  3. heather says:

    hooray! you’ll be great. :)

  4. cindy k says:

    no sleep til brooklyn and this change is taking you one step closer. you’ll be great. enjoy your weekend! xo, c

  5. asiye says:

    hope your new job is full of challenges and fun!
    all the best!!

  6. cynthia says:

    congratulations lady!
    all of the cheer in the holiday season will lift you up and all will be really really well as you transition into this new, and much better suited, job!
    i’m looking forward to a little hang out time on monday :)

  7. shona~LALA dex press says:

    All I can think of is some awful Renee Zell-whatever (my friends and I just call her caterpillar eyes) movie I watched where she moves from Miami to the upper Midwest and everyone wears flannel and is a cliche of “middle America” (I just heard it referred to as the fly-over states) and they are all backwards and she eventually falls in love with Harry Connick, Jr. (who has a really bad LA->NY->I-watched-Fargo-to-learn-this-accent accent) but in the end, they may all be different with backwards old tyme ways… but they are good people who can teach a valuable life lesson.

    So that was not your situation? You did not get to live within a rom-com?

  8. FranT says:

    Jen, good wishes to you in your new endeavour!

  9. Fiona says:

    Good luck with the new job. No break over Christmas? That would kill me.

  10. melinda says:

    I think it all sounds fabulous!
    and you will get to enjoy an ever so fabulous break later, after you have settled in to the “new thing”.
    and that will be fabulous too.

    (guess what the word of the day apparently is?)

  11. Jesse says:

    Good luck at the new job!

  12. kristin says:

    moving forward…no looking back.

  13. lisa gonzalez says:

    Jumping right in can be a beautiful thing. Hope your first day is great!

  14. Chandler says:

    Congratulations on your new adventure! Look for a little job-warming present in the mail, any minute now…

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