one of my good friends, broad minded, got laid off today. the pool of my friends who are unemployed is bigger than those who are employed. this is scary for a couple of reasons--first, just because of the sheer statistics. i'm not a mathematician and don't use excel (like SOME people i know ::wink wink::: hotch) but i would say the percentage is high. second, because many of us work in the same field with the same skill set and in our geographic location, the publishing jobs are few and far between.
i have had a stomach bug for the last two days, or maybe it's allergies, i don't know but i have felt like crapulence (a word i stole from ali at callapipper tree). do not utter the words swine flu because that whole situation is starting to freak me the hell out as well.
you would think that i have oodles of free time, at least i thought i would. but, omg, do you realize the paperwork and red tape you have to go through to be unemployed? not only the crap from the company i worked at but then there's insurance shit and COBRA. and, companies have an inordinate amount of time to send you all of this information, by law, forgetting that the papers they're shuffling have people and families behind them, people who need their severance money and need their insurance etc. it is such a pain in the ass.
this morning i have been combing through job site after job site to find something to apply for. the companies that want you to fill out online applications (like government jobs or universities) holy hell they could not make the process any more involved and cumbersome. just shoot me. it took me about 3 1/2 hours to find and fill out forms for two freaking jobs. blech.
i talked with one of the girls who got laid off when i did this morning and she is in the funk as well. she'd been w/ the company twice as long as i had and is really feeling that loss a lot harder. i think, at least for now, i am feeling emotionally better.
i would feel even better if i saw hope on the horizon or light at the end of the tunnel. reading through pages and pages of want ads and coming up with two jobs to apply for, and those aren't even really in my field, which is totally fine, is just mind boggling. i am not committed to staying in my field, but then again i don't want to start all over again in something totally foreign making 10-20k less. i simply can't afford to do that.
there is a huge demand for nurses or anything health care related; truck drivers; sales associates or customer service reps.
i have at least two other posts brewing in my head, posts that are not unemployed whiner related or poor me related, but for now i have some housework to do before i pick up the boy who is cashing in on our last day of health insurance w/ a trip to the doc for is allergy eczema.
i will leave you with this moving paragraph i just swiped from broad's blog. she is one of my bff's in person. aside from the hubs (who, bless his heart has been pretty amazing through all of this shit, well, most days ; ) because damn we've had a lot to digest in the last two months) broad and big t have been saving graces for me. i wonder if being unemployed will change the tone of broad's blog, which has historically been based on politics (which she knows i am not passionate about). she is an incredible writer, sarcastic, witty, etc. and she's the first person i ever heard use the word snarky.
"What I expect from my male friends is that they are polite and clean. What I expect from my female friends is unconditional love, the ability to finish my sentences for me when I am sobbing, a complete and total willingness to pour their hearts out to me, and the ability to tell me why the meat thermometer isn't supposed to touch the bone." —Anna Quindlen, Living Out Loud
oh, and just because i want to rub it in your face---the hubs came home early yesterday and we had sex in the middle of the afternoon! LOL