Thanks everyone for your supportive comments on my announcement. Yesterday was my last day of work and it wasn't as odd as I thought it would be. The last two days, actually, were filled with people coming by to chat, to say goodbye, even though I'll see some of them next week at my official party. I guess since Mr. Geeky is still there and I'll be there myself next semester, it doesn't feel so much like a going away as a leave of absence. Because I plan to continue mostly along the same lines as my work, just independently, I also feel differently than I did when I left my last jobs, all of which were cross-country moves and/or career changes. I don't have any regrets and I've had some good moments of recognizing the good colleagues I've had and that I won't have to disconnect from them entirely.
I'm sure next week will involve a little stumbling. I have in my mind not to try to do much of anything in terms of establishing a new career, to really take a vacation. I actually do really want to do the manual labor of cleaning my house, though I'm keeping that to a minimum. I want to read, write, think. I'll probably blog here more. I'm sure there will be moments when I miss the structure of my 9-5 job, but I hope to find my own structure soon. I am pretty darn excited about that.