I got a call about a week before my layoff date to tell me that the person who was bumping me, had accepted a 6 month contract in another area of the company. This meant that my layoff date was extended to February 15th, 2013.
Then, on December 19th, 2012, the day before I left for a 2 week holiday, I got a call from Human Resources to tell me that the person who was bumping me, took another full-time contract within the company. This meant that my job was safe!! (For now, Ha!)
Being so close to x-mas, a lot of people were out of the office (the department I work in is quite small and isolated from the rest of the company, we're about ten people in all) so there were only 3 of us, including myself, at work that day. The other two working were my manager and Brandon, a friend of mine (the guy who got married in this post).
Now, another one of our co-workers, Nathan, is a close friend of ours. We all have a tendency to poke fun at each other throughout the day. With this new knowledge of my not being laid-off, we decided it could be fun to keep it quiet and play a little prank on Nathan. Because we have another co-worker who just can't keep a secret, we decided it was best to not tell anyone that my job was safe. So up until last Wednesday, ALL of my other co-workers thought I was leaving! (hehehe)
To pull off the prank, last Monday, Brandon broke the news to the staff that I would indeed be leaving via email, asking them to all send him a little blurb saying what they will miss most about me. He took all of the things that people sent him and made a Top Ten power point presentation that he would "surprise" me with at lunch on the Wednesday of that week. He also passed around a "going away" card that he printed off to have everyone sign (Nathan was actually pissed at Brandon at this point because he thought the card was too cheap!) My manager well, she just had to play along, and me? I acted pissed off (which isn't that hard when you work a desk job!).
By Wednesday, Nathan (and everybody else) was well aware that I was leaving and Nathan especially was really pissed off about it! That day, I took my time getting my stuff together before lunch and slowly headed over to the boardroom, where we have our weekly lunches. As I walked in, I saw this Top Ten presentation ready on the smartboard. As I passed it, I put a confused expression on my face and asked "what's that?" Brandon said "you'll see!", as everyone either made a little smirk or looked at my sympathetically.
As we were all finishing our lunches Brandon passed me the card he'd made and said that they had prepared something special for my departure. I played along and read what everyone wrote (it was actually quite touching). Here is my favourite message:
Finally, as the last slide, with one click, the line: What is Krystel going to miss about us? With a second click came this picture of me pointing and laughing and the caption: Pranking Nathan!!!! (and as a result, everyone else!!!!!)
To make these black forest cake inspired cupcakes, start off with a batch of chocolate cupcakes. Then carve a hole into the top-centre. I used one of those grapefruit spoons for this part and it worked wonderfully.