Catija interviewed me. During the interview all I could think was "Wow, if these are the kind of people I get to work with on a daily basis I really want this job." Catija didn't disappoint; rather she exceeded expectations.
She was my onboarding buddy, and I attribute most of my internal knowledge base to her. If I had a question on how to navigate the site or moderator tools she knew not only the correct way, but six different backdoors I could use to get where I needed to go. If I needed to know where certain internal documentation was, she had a link. If I needed to know who to talk to for a task I had, she made the introductions. We have a normal ramp-up time of six months for new CMs. I did it in three and that is all because of Catija.
Beyond that invaluable resource, what I will miss most is seeing my dear friend almost every day. It's not like there is a threat of her being forgotten. Catija has made an indelible mark on this site and company, and I am also surrounded with reminders of how wonderful she is.
On my desk at this moment I have the unikitty (unicorn/cat) stuffy that Catija sent me just because she thought of me when she saw it. I named them Reginald and they live next to the "funny saying" notepads she also sent to me. I love those notepads and use them every day, the sayings are pretty funny, but the one that reminds me of Catija says:
"I do not rise and shine; I caffeinate and hope for the best"
You see, I was always chipper during morning meetings and when I would say,
She would always return with,
And then we would giggle. Those are the things I am going to miss.
I am going to miss our quick "temp-check" chats that turn into an hour of brainstorming and game planning. I am going to miss the, "sending this your way" pings when she would spot a T&S issue that she knew I needed eyes on. I am going to miss planning for Halloween (yes, I got more inflatables for my yard) and Christmas (no, I am not going to make those cookies this year), and promising each other to take time off, but I am not doing it because we can't seem to step away.
Thank you for everything Catija. You are brilliant and talented and whatever company scoops you up will be blessed to have you. I am going to miss you though. So much. <3