The first day of the rest of my life

This year has really been shit all around.  And I feel bad saying that, because part of this year hasn’t been all that bad.  The first two months were, obviously, difficult.  March and April were…okay.  Most of the summer was pretty good, actually – really not a lot to complain about.

But yesterday.  Yesterday was…well, I don’t want to say bad.  It could be really great, I don’t know yet.  The world is wide open at this point.

Yesterday we had our third (or is it fourth?) layoff this year at work.  And this time I got hit.  After seven years with the company.  Seems sales are low, so they’ve decided to lay off roughly 15-20 support staff.  While they’re hiring approximately 20 new salespeople.

My question, of course, is who the hell is going to do all the work once these people actually start selling?  And if the current 60 sales people can’t sell anything, what makes you think the new 20 will?

Well, I don’t have to worry about that anymore.

I’m okay.  Really.  At least that’s what I’m telling myself right now.

Ask me again later.

I know that this may get me out of my rut.  That it may lead to something truly amazing.  I get that, I’m all over that.  But in the meantime, I have the worry of being a single-income household, with no one else to help cover..mortgage…power…gas…food…

But I’m not thinking about that today.  I’m doing what I planned on doing today anyway.  I had already planned on taking today, tomorrow, and Friday off to essentially bulldoze my house.  So that’s what I’m doing.  I’m thinking only about what to keep and what to send to Goodwill.  I’m not thinking about next week.  Or next month.

Just today.

In the meantime, I have some really great friends.  I called my friend geauxgirl when I left work yesterday, about 10:45.  “How do you feel about having a drink before 11am?” I asked.

She instantly knew something was up, agreed to a drink without hesitation, then I told her I had been laid off.  She left work and was at my side immediately, and all day.  She and her husband have been there for me more than once, and I appreciate them more than they know.  I don’t know what I did to deserve such solid friends! (Love you guys!)

And now, how about a little joke?

This is the first time I’ve been laid all year!  🙂

Groan away.

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8 responses to “The first day of the rest of my life

  1. i actually laughed at your joke, but i enjoy cheesy humor. 🙂

    that really blows. not so much about losing the job that didn’t appreciate you, but about losing the income that came from that job.

    as for laying off support staff while hiring tons of sales people with inflated salaries, that’s how my company works too. when ADP did all their “right-sizing”, it was all the support & HR & payroll people that got the ax. Not the sales people that haven’t sold anything in 6 months. It’s ridiculous where the loyalties lie. But like you said, that’s not your problem anymore!

    hang in there.

  2. delightfuleccentric

    Heard the final body count – 40 across the country, 20 in my office, 13 in my department, and a whole SLEW of demotions. Much needed, IMO, in a company with “too many chiefs.” (Or, “too many chefs” – great googly-moogly.)

    Oy – somebody stop me from making these crappy jokes!! 🙂

  3. Believe me, I know that fear, but you’re going to be fine. Enjoy your day!

  4. If you’re interested, send me your resume and I will get it to the right people here. I can’t promise anything but its the very least I can do at the moment.

    • delightfuleccentric

      Thanks. I’m trying not to think about finding a new job at this point, just on doing stuff for me. But I will keep your offer in mind for the future! 🙂

  5. 1) Send me your resume, if you’re so inclined. My peeps are all across the country, including your neck of the woods, and some work for companies where telecommuting is the standard. (I do work for one such company.)

    2) Hey, at least you got off!

    [ahem]

    • delightfuleccentric

      *snort* I giggled for a good ten minutes over that, thanks!!

      Thanks for the offer, see my reply to Tony. I would LOVE a work from home situation (who wouldn’t?), but again, just doing stuff for me at the moment. I will let you know when I’m ready to step back out there!

  6. *sniff* Love you too, sugars.

    And getting off is certainly better than left holding the bag.

    (I couldn’t resist.)