I want to thank my commenters for their support, as well as my family and friends! It’s so easy to feel like I’m doing the wrong thing and letting down my employer but your comments remind me that I am doing the right thing even if I feel terrible for it. I am a hard worker and I do pride myself on being reliable and producing high quality work, so I tend to be disappointed in myself if I feel that I let down an employer or someone who took a chance on me.
Also, thanks for the advice about the bar and the reasons behind my early departure. Supervisor didn’t ask about the bar and I didn’t volunteer it either. I’m pretty sure my other bosses are waiting until our next meeting to confront me about leaving early. If pressed for reasons, I will take your advice and be vague and not volunteer information. As one commenter put it, it is none of their business. If they ask me about the bar, I will say that I don’t have any definite plans to take it.
Supervisor and I called a truce after some arguing (I felt he was a little unfair in some of the things he said) and agreed to get along and work together to get things done before my departure, but it’s still awkward. I’m also working on the new version of an annual publication, and Supervisor doesn’t seem to believe that I’ll be able to finish it before I leave even though I said I would. So I want to get this project done at the very least and hopefully salvage a reference, but I’m not holding my breath on the reference part.