This may I passed my 26th anniversary at the University. Given the way these things work, this week I was invited to participate in a group recognition event for my 25th year. It was a huge event--if everyone who celebrated their 25th anniversary here in the last 18 months had shown up, we'd still be there! There were 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, and one 50th anniversary celebrated at the event.
A couple of people I know were there for the 45 year group. I think it's astounding. I'm amazed I made 25.
I shook hands with the University President and got my picture taken. I was given this certificate and a link to a gift catalog. We were plied with wine, champagne, hors d'oeuvres, and a buffet of tasty bites. The event was inside a room that I've heard called the closest thing in the U.S. to the hall at Hogwarts. The buffet was set up outside. It was balmy but not too hot.
When we got home, hubby handed me this lovely bouquet of carnations. I feel truly celebrated and honored.
For the occasion (and a couple of others coming up), I got a new dress in an uncharacteristic for me print. A dress with a fitted bodice and swirly skirt! I got some new sandals that are more delicate than my usual. (I tend to wear baggy dresses and clunky sandals.) I even painted my toenails lilac to coordinate. They had been peachy orange which definitely would have clashed! A friend took a photo of us, I'll post it after she sends it to me.