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cheer me up?
life: seriously?
Hi, everybody.

Hahahahah, did I really say that I expected this birthday to be stress-free? At some point, I will learn to think before opening my mouth, I swear, because guess what? I got laid off today.

And yes, I've already gotten emails and texts and phone calls from some kickass people reminding me that I've never been crazy about this job, that I've frankly hated my boss, and that I'm not going to have to start worrying about living off of savings for at least a few months. But. Still. This is nerve-racking. I've always had a job, since I was thirteen years old. And (shamefully) the part that makes me saddest is that I'm going to be job-hunting on my birthday.

I had a little cry at work this morning, got hugged by the girls who are going to have to pick up all my projects (actually, spare a kind thought for them, poor things), and came home. I might at some point eat something, when my stomach releases itself from the knot it's in. I'm going to go to work the rest of this week and lay out instructions for all of my projects. And then that will be it, I think.

I've been making up a list of things I need to do, but I've been unreasonably lucky so far, and this is my first time coping with a layoff, so please chime in with stuff I should remember to do or take care of if you think of any. Or if your company is hiring, drop me a line, please?

I should remember that this is not the end of the world. I've already been reminded today that I have so many truly excellent people in my life. And here's something else that's cheered me up:

How are you all doing?

Oh damn! I am so sorry. This economy is the pits. Blech.

These creepy snugglie people tend to cheer me up... IDEK.


I actually saw part of this on TV last night, and I was CONVINCED that I had made it up. WOW.

Thank you, honey.

Ugh, I'm so sorry! That's awful. Happy birthday regardless though. ♥ I hope everything gets better.

Aw, thank you so much. (Did you ever get that Moriarty mood theme?)

Oh, honey, that sucks. *hugs*

Thank you for the hug! I need lots of awesome women to give me hugs and kick my ass.

Ugh, that's the worst! But I have faith in you, hang in there.

I would have more faith in me if I weren't such a doofus! But you're lovely to cheer me up - thanks!

oh, I'm sorry, sweetheart! I'm sure you'll be fine, but I'm sorry you have to deal with the extra suckage--

Since you like Holmes, I thought you might like some girls in dressing socking each other--

I will be fine! Absolutely!

I do like that vid, but since I've never actually seen Fight Club, it cannot be my favorite Austen fanvid. But THIS ONE IS.


I am so sorry. I know how you feel, and if there's anything I can do, let me know.

I've actually been thinking I should go back and read your journal from when you were in this boat, because I remember admiring your attitude and competence.

Thank you, honey.

*hugs* I hope a potential employer very swiftly realizes how much they need you.

That really really sucks *hugs*

I'm afraid I have no practical help to offer, but maybe you can spend some of your time learning how to say "my hovercraft is full of eels!" in many, many languages? Or just watch the Monty Python sketch again and again. Or, totally unrelated, laughing baby!

Heeeeeeeee, I'd never seen that sketch. And I forgot how much I love that laughing baby! Thank you, sugar!

Oh honey, I'm so sorry. But there's going to be something better out there for you, of course there is, you're awesome! *smishes you*

See, why can I not just submit my flist's lovely words instead of a resume? THAT WOULD BE AWESOMESAUCE.

Thank you very much, sugar!

Just think, your new job will be 167% better! Opportunity knocks! *brightsides you*


Hahaah, when I was on the phone with my BFF, and I said that not having to see my boss again was a pretty considerable silver lining, he said, "One might call it a golden lining, even!" Thank you, honey!

Losing a job is almost never an easy thing, regardless of circumstance. There's such a lack of control and process and reasonableness to it.

But take heart! You are smart and capable and will do that whole willow bending not breaking thing that is said to be good. ;) Something better lurks right around the corner, in a lurky-but-not-creepy way. Even if for now something better is no longer dreading the security of your once given routine.

I so needed to hear that - you've laid it all out so smartly - and now I'm looking forward to my lurker!! Thank you so much!

Hugs and best wishes to you on your birthday, and in your jobhunt. Something good is bound to come along!

Thank you so much - I need these optimism boosts!

*hugs* I'm so sorry to hear that! I'll definitely keep an eye out for jobs to send your way. What do you do? Where would you like to work?

Thank you, sugar. I suppose part of the problem is that I don't really know what I want, other than I'd like to stay in NYC (after all, I finally have my apartment just the way I want it!).

But I left academia because I couldn't make a living as a prof, and so what I've been doing is working as a technical writer and technology "expert" (hahaha) for a hedge fund. Which is not ideal, but it pays the bills. So.