First Day Unemployed

Get up at reasonable time then decide yoga (gentle) is excellent course of action for first day unemployed.

Look in mirror – face already breaking out with rash due to stress. Take 50 mg zinc plus regular vitamin. Realize family might have to live on 300 tablet bottle of vitamins if things get tough.

Eat waffle with syrup. Realize no more maple syrup and back to $1.89 bottle of generic Albertson’s brand from now on.

Push reluctant kids into car after arguing about how 7-year-old cannot take DS to school/camp.

Start car….hmmm…making funny sound. Car is vibrating and rumbling. Can’t be good. Brilliant idea…check oil. Check it…a little low. Add quart of oil. Looks good. Start car. Now “Check Engine” light is on. Bugger. Check manual for indicator light ‘meanings’. Irritated it is 8 AM and it is already 100 degrees. Wish manual had Google search! Find needed info in manual…light not blinking = ok to drive, just go slow.

We are off to school. Drop off kids uneventfully. Arrive at health club for yoga. Have wait time! Call car dealer – opening tomorrow 8:30 AM. Yeah, car will be fixed.

Yoga, very nice. Relaxing. Still thinking of list of things to do. Not dwelling on ‘why me’! Way to busy!

Stop at store to buy external drive for computer – $79 for 320 GB. Wow! Actually feeling high-tech now!

Start car…hmmm…”Check Engine” light is off. Car fixed self. Realized no time for car doctor visit.

Doorbell rings…..release papers to sign. Delay reading for a few minutes. Already know what it says.

Phone rings. Coworker (sorry, ex-coworker). Yes, e-mail still works. No one knows why e-mail still working. Forward needed info to ex-coworker. Why sending when no longer working? Want to be good friend. If was non-friend would not have answered phone! Glad had good friends at work!

Check Linked In. More good friends! Recommendations are rolling in. Amazed! Can’t believe overwhelming support!

Time for haircut! Darn, no time for lunch. Not hungry, plus way too busy. Beautiful color and professional coiffed hair! Who wouldn’t want to hire me now?

Rush off to pick up kids. Four-year-old wearing different dress than when dropped off in morning. “Got dress dirty” she says. Borrowed dress from friend because she didn’t have any extra clothes at school. Bad mommy. She has to leave in only skirt, no shirt. Glad she has skirt at least!

Get to parking lot. Phone ringing! Another ex-coworker. Yes, yes, can’t believe they let me go. What? You will write recommendation! Great!

Pick up 7-year-old. Where is he? No one seems to know. Suddenly see him. He is holding DS!! Hmmm…must have snuck it to school. Punishment: 1 week – no DS!

Arrive home. Add note to DS with date of when available. Place on refrigerator for safe keeping.

Paige takes cold macaroni from refrigerator. Eats directly from container then puts self to bed. Meanwhile make pasta with brocolli and salad – all leftovers! Amazing feat…also healthy meal! Husband says, “Great dinner. You must have gone shopping today.” If he only knew how busy I was – no time for shopping!

Can you believe it? I survived day 1 of unemployment. What will happen tomorrow?

I’m unemployed too…

Today I joined the ranks of the unemployed. My intelligence, creativity and diligence were just not enough in this economy to keep me employed at this particular startup. The company is struggling like every other company out there. These are times when good people are losing their jobs because there is no one else to ‘weed out’. Also, layoff decisions are not always made by rank, or seniority, but instead by skill set or the revenue the person can generate. So no stock options and IPO millions for me, but the days of .com millionaires has long passed anyway. I figure I should get signed up for unemployment before the government runs out of money to give out.

I have no complaints about my company as I was treated well up to,”We have to let you go”. If you are going to be let go, it is nice to have someone with a conscience or a friend do it. For some reason I felt like I needed to do something to make the process easier on my boss and co-workers. Had I lost my mind? No, not really. Jobs are about relationships with the people and not so much about the work. Do you want to leave your buddy behind, lost and confused because you didn’t tell them some critical information because you were ‘let go’. Besides, someday that guy might be in a position to hire you in a different job. You never know what twists and turns can happen in careers these days.

By the way, what happened to the term layoff? or RIF? Now the new term is ‘letting you go’. It all means the same thing, but the ‘letting you go’ makes it sound like you are a bird or animal being freed from a cage at the zoo into the wild. Am I getting a rare opportunity to be freed from the confines of my cubicle and computer screen? Sure, but I would rather stay and keep getting my paycheck. Or would I? Maybe there really is a better opportunity out there for me and I just don’t know what it is yet.

Either the reality of my unemployment hasn’t sunk in yet, or I was a lot better prepared for this eventuality than I thought. Some things you can’t do anything about, and employment loss is one of them. It was totally beyond my control. Now what I have in my control are ‘next steps’. I can sit around and be sad about it or get out there and check out what the ‘wild’ world offers in adventure and challenge. Yesterday software company, maybe tomorrow publishing my first book. You just never know where it will lead but I have a feeling it will be good.