I Quit

I did it.

I quit my job as an Online Merchandising Analyst at Living Direct. After three years featuring countless hours of hard work and plenty of shenanigans I've left a familiar windowless cube for a new windowless office.

During my tenure, I was able learn more than I could ever imagine about compact (and sometimes not-so-compact) appliances. In that time I learned not only what to do, but more importantly I learned what not to do.

It is still somewhat strange to know I will no longer be asked to test Kegerator manuals nor will I facilitate and (take second place) in T-shirt contests that involve Jason Roussos. I also won't be hosting ice cream bridal showers for overzealous Bengals fans.

photo by Annie Ray

I miss my Living Direct work friends but am lucky to have met so many smart and talented people who I will keep in my heart.

Leaving so many wonderful people has been difficult, but I have much to look forward to in my new position that is decidedly in the right direction.

Exactly one month ago I started my new job as a Marketing Coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin and am surrounded by some of my loves - mainly food and Texas Longhorns. I'm still somewhat surprised that I got what I wanted and will be paid for doing social media (among other things). You can follow me at work @utexasdining.

In my new adventure, I will be challenged with managing people and marketing very large amounts of food. I will also have more "free" time to work on my own projects as kathyphantastic.

I leave you with some pictures from my parting celebration. The Living Directors created a cake pop of memories and dressed trendy for me. Am I really that trendy? I was aiming for stylish. I guess that's okay.

Farewell happy hour at Vivo which spilled over into Red House Pizzeria.

In true kathyphantastic style, I "cuted up" the Roussos shirt for my Roussos lunch/farewell festivities.

Living Direct, thanks for the memories. I hope you enjoyed the cake pops and the lunch recommendations.

And yes, I did leave this banner on my dual monitors with the help of a friend.

I Quit banner, kathyphantastic on Etsy, $19