Saturday, February 28, 2009

I Got Laid Off Yesterday.

No one else. Just me.

After if happened I got a slew of phone calls, some from friends and family, some from coworkers. The coworkers all thought it should have been someone else, someone worse, not me. That's easy to say when the execution is over and your neck is safe. I'm having a minor identity crisis. Who am I if not this girl? She didn't like it there, but it was home for five years. The cops came after they let me go. The graphics girl freaked out. "Have they come to escort you out?" I threw up my hands in mock surrender. "Jesus. I'll go peacefully!" But they were there for something else. Life moves on.

I woke up this morning laughing at some practical joke I dreamt I did at work. No practical joke. No work. It took a moment to set in. Hoop says it was divine intervention. Things that rhyme with divine: decline, malign, landmine. Before he lost his job some three months back, Hoop claims he'd cry out to God during traffic jams. Then he got laid off. No more traffic jams. I hate driving. So, it was sort of a cosmic joke when I got stuck with a ten-hour-a-week commute for two years. Last week I found myself crying out to God during a traffic jam. BAM! No more traffic jams. Funny how that works.

I'm not sure where I'm going to go from here. Well, other than to the Scottish games this afternoon. When life throws you lemons, you go watch men in kilts. Rest assured, I'll still be posting. We'll still have the Weekly Words Challenges. It's this thing outside of the blogosphere, real life, that's going to get a bit odd for awhile. I'd ask you to pray (or wish or hope or whatever you do) for me. But there are far more worthy causes to spend that energy on. I'll be fine. And that girl inside, the one who doesn't know who she is anymore? She'll find a new identity soon. I promise you she will.

Much Love...


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At 28 February, 2009, OpenID kcinnova said...

You know I'll pray for you. Already have been, since your fb status yesterday.

I'd be a little nervous about the commute thing (dh commutes 20 hours each week) but the Army usually doesn't fire people. Court martial, yes; fire, no.

Men in kilts is a great way to make lemonade.
And that girl? She is smart, creative, and fun. Bring on the pixie dust!

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger Chelle Y. said...

Tink,
I thought of you when I woke up for you this morning and already prayed for you. I have no words of comfort, except that I think it stinks! I am so sorry you lost your job.

I hope that God will give you another job, without that crazy commute, that you will love. It's hard to always see the "blessing in disguise," especially, when you're the one going through the problem. So, I do not want to give advice. All I know is that the crazy things that have happened to me (and you know some of them), in hindsight, always worked out for the best. I hope that happens for you too. :)

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger Christy said...

I'm sorry to hear you were laid off. That must be stressful. I do hope the kilts help you relax and laugh. And I will keep you in my prayers.

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger Jay said...

That sucks that you got laid off. I've been laid off three times. Each time I got escorted out of the building by "security." Paraded in front of my now former coworkers like a common criminal. So much fun.

I know you weren't happy there, but that's not the point. It's supposed to be YOUR choice, not theirs!

I'll be sending happy thoughts your way.

Oh and on Tuesday you'll get to find out about you and Hoop going on a trip to Vegas in my dream last night. It was good times. haha

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger Mouse said...

Oh FFS.. not you too! *hugs*

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger Reb said...

It sounds fishy to me. Lay-offs usually involve more than one person, so, unless you were the newest hire, I'd ask the Unemployment office to investigate. Or, I could just shut the hell up.

You will find a better position soon I am sure of that. In the mean time, watching men in kilts can be rewarding in it's own way ;)

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger Pamer said...

this calls for cake!!

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger meno said...

I'm sorry to hear this. I will be thinking good thoughts about you.

Courage.

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger Persnickety Ticker said...

I was going to post a comment about doors and windows opening and closing and such, but I think you get that already. I could go all Pollyanna on you and say that a better job is just around the corner! But I am not usually that cheerful.

So I will just say...I hope it's windy out there today at the Scottish games and that all the cute kilt wearing men forgot to don their knickers!

 
At 28 February, 2009, Anonymous The Beer Geek said...

I'm praying for you! :)
I'm also refusing to drink their products now, too! Thank God I don't have any in the fridge. :)

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

crappitycrapcrap---this makes me wanna go over there and TP your former office....

 
At 28 February, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can definitely relate to your experience -- I was just laid off from my Wall Street job in bond trading. My firm just got bought by a competitor, and the merger meant that about half of the positions across the combined trading desks needed to be eliminated.

Although nobody is every happy to see their position eliminated, given the current climate of Wall Street, I was neither taken by surprise not particularly distraught. I have an engineering background, so my next job might be something more related to electrical engineering or computer science.

--
Andrew
Lost your job? Network with others and figure out what's next at http://www.freeagentnet.com

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger Dana said...

Tink, I faithfully read, but don't always comment. I just want you to know that prayers are with you as you navigate to the next opportunity!

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger Woman in a Window said...

Holy shit! Tink. That's hard, hard but i've got to believe it's gonna bring you somewhere good. It might take a while, but you're headed for good. (Don't say one damned thing about traffic, dude!)

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger MamaMaven said...

Note to self: Don't bitch to God about traffic.

Bummer babe. I'll pray for you, so make the best of the vacation, it wont last long. :)

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger g-man said...

Sorry, my wife was still logged in.

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger Chris said...

Sending you Chaotic Happy Job Finding Thoughts(tm). And many, many hugs. I'll send books and music, if that will help ease the pain. :)

And I damn well hope you're taking pictures of hunky guys in kilts for your faithful blog readers.

 
At 28 February, 2009, Anonymous Daisy said...

Crapola. I feel responsible. Cuz I think I am so in love with your bento box abilities that in a comment on a previous post I said you should start catering office lunches with bento boxes... and now -- poof! There you are figuring out what to do next.

Sorry to hear the news. Onward!

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger cndymkr / jean said...

Well, I don't know what to say. I want to make it a positive comment but I don't want to be all Ms. Cheerful. I will say that sometimes the worst thing can turn out to be the best thing. Hang in there.

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger Starchy said...

So sorry to hear this. I hope you find something better--and with a shorter commute--soon.

I'll be praying for you--nothing's too small for prayer. :)

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger Susan's 365 said...

Well that just stinks! Here's hoping you find an awesome job real soon.

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger Lauren said...

I believe everything happens for a reason, but when something crappy happens, it's the last thing I want to hear...so I won't say it.

Just know that I am praying for you.

"If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it."

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger LL said...

Well crap Tinkie...

Don't worry now... I'm sure we'll all have great advice for you as the days go by. ;)

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger CRUSTYBEEF said...

Tink, I'm sorry to hear the news..not pity party -wait, we have an excuse to have a party now--- but I'm going to still pray for you and ask that you get something more exciting, and closer to home too..away from traffic jams and turnpike cash-SUNPASS.

But I have to ask, why were the cops there?
Hang in there.

 
At 28 February, 2009, Blogger Janet said...

Tink, I'm sorry to hear you lost your job...gah. Good luck with finding a new one, you know what they say about one window closing...or is it door? Whatever, you'll find a better job with less of a commute, I just feel it!

 
At 01 March, 2009, Blogger the planet of janet said...

tink, hon, i'm so sorry.

allow yourself your pity party and then dust yourself off!

you are a smart cookie and you will land on your feet. i KNOW this.

and the expression is: when God closes a door, He opens a window.

i truly believe that.

 
At 01 March, 2009, Blogger mrspao said...

I'm sorry to hear this. I will keep you in my prayers and I do hope something really good will come along for you very soon.

PS I've always wondered if you had ever considered a career in photography as you are so good at taking photos and picking them out.

 
At 01 March, 2009, Blogger Prohomemaker.Com said...

You're not the only one ... be sure and apply for unemployment right away -- it takes 2 weeks at least to kick in.

Hope these tips help, too:

http://prohomemaker.com/?p=123

 
At 01 March, 2009, Blogger Knot said...

Having been through this twice.

1. If God is big enough to manipulate traffic for Hoop, who knows what good he has for you.

2. It's easy to focus on the negative, but what newlywed couple do you know that gets to spend time together every day for a while?

3. It will work out ok. It really will.

4. Your full time job now is to find a job.

5. You hated that place anyway. Watch Joe vs. The Volcano and reference Tom Hanks speech about selling his soul". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGLKnAvzlg4

6. Pole dancing ... might be lucrative ...

7. I'm always here with Van Gogh's ear.

 
At 01 March, 2009, Blogger Foo said...

More worthy causes to spend our prayers on? I disagree.

The way I see it, my prayers for world peace or honest politicians don't get much traction. It's the smaller causes – like finding you (and half a dozen other friends) job, or helping a sick friend battle through another day with MS, or granting me a dash more patience during my commutes to and from work – where I feel like I might be able to do some good.

So there.

WV: "denchope". See? Dame Judy's pulling for you too.

 
At 01 March, 2009, Blogger Gramps said...

I'm not sure what so say except I'm really, really sorry.

 
At 01 March, 2009, Blogger Alex said...

Hang in there, tiger. Much love...

 
At 01 March, 2009, Blogger Karen said...

There must be one big window open somewhere for you and Hoop! Keep looking, you'll find it!

Sending some good juju your way!

 
At 01 March, 2009, Blogger Alli said...

Oh, Tink. I am so sorry to hear this. I'll keep you in my thoughts.

This darn economy. ug.

 
At 01 March, 2009, Blogger fiwa said...

Oh honeycakes - you know I sympathize. It sucks, and there's no two ways around it. You have my email address - if you need to talk, send me a note and I'll send you my number. You're going to have fall out next week - just be prepared.

Hey, let's me & you pool our (nonexistant) money and start our own company!

I love you. Keep your chin up and let me know if you need to talk.

Hugs -
fiwa

 
At 01 March, 2009, Blogger Pickles and Dimes said...

ARgh, I'm SO sorry. That sucks.

 
At 01 March, 2009, Blogger Karen said...

I am so so sorry. I know you will find a better place and sometimes we need the kick in the booty to get moving.

 
At 02 March, 2009, Blogger Peggy said...

I read the Grandfather was a porn dealer piece before reading this. . . You can always go into the family business . . .

Seriously, I've said this before that the job was truely beneath you. Now you have been given a little push to find something that is better for you. Maybe the next job will be better paid and closer to the house!

XX

 
At 02 March, 2009, Blogger captain corky said...

My thoughts are with you Tink. Even though the timing really sucks do enjoy your time away from working and try not worry yourself sick.

 
At 02 March, 2009, Blogger Gordo said...

That sucks, Tink. Having been removed from a couple of jobs, I know how it can shake your foundations. After the first one (in the field related to my college training), I was able to take advantage of some history and re-make myself as a computer guy. The second one was three years later and wound up sending me back to my training as a photographer again.

Think of this as a course-correction: the gods are nudging you in a different direction. Where it leads is the adventure.

 
At 02 March, 2009, Blogger mamatulip said...

Aw, fuck. I'm really sorry, Tink.

((hugs))

 
At 02 March, 2009, Blogger DebbieDoesLife said...

So sorry!! Something better must be right around the corner!

 
At 02 March, 2009, Blogger Julie said...

SUCKY!!! I won't say sorry (even though I just did) cause I am sure you are sick of hearing it. instead I will say How else do you cheer up men is kilts works for me!! Woo-Hoo!!

You are a resourceful person who will be able to find your way to bigger and better things I am sure of it.

 
At 02 March, 2009, Anonymous Mike said...

I'm in municipal work.

Everybody hates me.

I get no job perks.

Well, except one perk:

Employment through recessions.

It's nice.

You should go for a government job.

 
At 02 March, 2009, Blogger Aunt Jackie said...

Just listen to your inner guidance Tink, that "little voice" inside your head?? You won't go wrong... Just simply ask for guidance as to what path you should be taking now, and for the strength and clarity to receive the right guidance.

It will come... It's a blessing in disguise, always.

 
At 02 March, 2009, Blogger Fortune Cookies said...

sorry about the job, Tink. That really sucks. But as Hoop so wisely said, sometimes it is divine intervention. Hopefully that is the case here.
If nothing else, you can go into business making designer Bentos...

 
At 02 March, 2009, Blogger Tawcan said...

Sorry to hear that Tink. That sucks that you were the only one.

Take a short break, learn a few new things, reenergize yourself, and go at it again!

 
At 03 March, 2009, Blogger YellowRose said...

Tink, I'm so sorry...as you know everything happens for a reason and there's a wonderful opportunity just waiting for you. Just be ready to grab it!

 
At 03 March, 2009, Blogger HalfAsstic.com said...

Oh, Tink! I am so sorry about the lay off. Look at this as an imposed vacation and it will be much happier. I hope you find a much better, happier job soon!
Ans PS, you never struck me as a girl who didn't know who she was. And no matter who you are your sum and total shouldn't be your job, surely.

 
At 03 March, 2009, Blogger Ellie and Nick said...

Hey, i made this comment yesterday but it has gone, so what i said was you will be ok , i got made redundant 2 years ago from what i though was my career in law - i was a receptionist but i thought i would get to work my way up to lawyer and anyway it all went skyward, i panicked and took the first job i was offered in admin which was a 2k pay cut and stayed for 6 months, then i was offered my dream job in business development with a 5k pay rise on top of loads of benefits, so chin up baby i'll be rooting for you xx

 
At 03 March, 2009, Blogger Terri said...

I'm a praying person and this is worthy, it's HUGE, you really should not have an identity crisis, it's happening EVERYWHERE. I hope & pray you find just want you desire in work. Hang in there girl!

 
At 03 March, 2009, Blogger the Bag Lady said...

Well hell's bells, it sucks to lose your job!
Here's hoping you find something else really soon.
Hang in there.

 
At 03 March, 2009, Anonymous TB said...

Oh damn Tink. I'm sending good thoughts your way and fingers crossed you'll be in another job in a few weeks and this will be nothing but a short vacation.

 
At 03 March, 2009, Blogger Tink said...

Thank you guys! You all are such amazing, encouraging people. I don't know what I would do without you.

 
At 03 March, 2009, Blogger blewknight said...

I too, wish you the best! You hang in there, Sunshine. We're all pulling for ya!

 
At 04 March, 2009, Blogger Hilary said...

So sorry to hear that, Tink. I will of course send best thoughts yours and Hoop's way. Here's hoping that in no time, things will be looking up. No, not at the men in kilts..

 
At 04 March, 2009, Blogger Orhan Kahn said...

Things that rhyme with divine: decline, malign, landmine.

I lol'd.

I' too have been fighting to keep my job. Australia has been the safest of the developed nations but we're starting to feel the strain real bad.

Keep your head above water, Tink :)

 
At 05 March, 2009, Blogger Gin said...

Tink, you're about so much more than just your job! You're witty, beautiful, fun, talented and so many other things. It was that company's loss to lose you. Hang in there girl, this is one of those silver-lined clouds you hear about...I just know it!

Hugs

 

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