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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?

My condolences. Been there, never want to do that again.

Just one bit of practical advice: If they're offering outplacement assistance as part of the severance (and I hope there is severance), take advantage of it even if your resume is up to date. It will get you into the right mindset for the job hunt.

There is severance, and outplacement assistance is indeed part of it. I'm meeting with a lady from HR in an hour to get a little more clarity on how all of this works.

Thank you so much for the practical advice. I'm keeping my chin up!

Awww, no. That's shitty news, hon. Been there and it's never pleasant. Would it help if I said someone on my flist went through the same thing last month and ended up in their dream job?

I hope you land something quickly and its awesome *hugs*

Yes, that does help a lot, actually - thank you so much!

I'm sorry to hear that, that's rubbish news, but I'm sure you will find something better, and soon. You are too talented not to. I wish you a happy happy birthday nonetheless.

Thank you, sugar! How are you doing? The last I heard, you were moving in with the boy.

I have thanks, all's very good! :)

good luck with the job hunt!

D: I'm so sorry, honey.

Let me know if there's anything I can do. *hugs*

I might talk to you about publishing soonish - thank you!

if you think of any way that i can be helpful, just let me know.

also, it occurred to me that grant-writing might involve some of the same skills?


You have already been tremendously helpful, actually - that passport drive worked like a dream!

That's a very good thought, but I was wretched at writing grant proposals when I was in school. Hmmm. Must think more.

(N gone, B staying. Sandy gone.)

oh, gosh, i am so sorry!!!!

(at some point this month, you should come over during the day, and we'll watch television and make jam.)

Ooh, that sounds fabulous! I can bring over my new Community DVDs and we can also talk about your book (which I read last weekend and ADORED like nobody's business)!

*hugs tight*

I can now (over)share that I was this anon who was made redundant just before going off on vacation. (And my birthday's coming up pretty soon, too.)

Very belated Happy birthday! and hang in there. *hugs*

Oh, honey. I'm so sorry. You hang in there too!

(And check out the picture at the top of this post for a quick little pick-me-up!)