I am moving.
No, not house. Just a relocation within the same office.
At the moment I sit in the main 'technical' office which I manage, with the other two girls. I feel like one of the girls while actually I am supposed to be their boss, sometimes I want some peace and quiet and a bit of distance from the chatter; and from being too buddy-buddy with people who I sometimes need to pull rank on.
It so happens that the third technical team girl is about to return from maternity leave, and previously used a rather temporary feeling office next to my boss's. It is temporary feeling because it also houses the photocopier/printer plus various office junk. I decided that this would be a good place for me to be, because it is next to the boss so he can discuss things with me without disturbing everyone else, and I will be next to but not amongst my team. Plus the girl returning will be part of the group rather than stuck out on her own. It is open plan-ish so I will still hear everything that is going on, but won't sit getting annoyed by people's personal habits that I have in my line of sight!
So, today I started dismantling my stuff. Given that I've been there 27 years, and I've had the same desk (in various locations) all that time, this took a while. I can't take the desk with me, it will be rather sad to leave it, how silly to be attached to a piece of office furniture? Tomorrow we will move the photocopier to the other end of the office which will the space twice as big, and the paraphanalia.
I thought that the girl who sits next to me might be put out by my wanting to move and take it personally, but everyone seemed to agree that it was a good idea... plus she gets my desk next to the window with the best view (I now get to look out over the dinghy park!).
I'm hoping I won't regret it, but at least I will have my proper own space for the first time, ever?