Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I'm officially a Real Housewife of New York City (except I'm not on TV---they don't know what they're missing)

Well folks, I'm unemployed. And it's Day 3.

And I'm bored.

And before you give me the sad, pitiful, "I'm so sorry" act... don't. It's all good. I already have one offer and I'm hoping to get a second fairly soon. Fortunately or unfortunately, I probably won't be unemployed for long.

Months back, I mutually agreed with my employer that I would leave, for two reason. One, they are struggling with cash needs; and two, I needed to move onto something new and more stable. Even though I knew I would be leaving months ago, I wasn't sure of the exact date until a few weeks ago.

A small part of me was looking forward to having some time off. I've been so stressed out with the wedding, the death of my mother-in-law, and having to worry about a new job that I just wanted a break. But in this economy, when nearly 10% of the country is unemployed, I feel so guilty for feeling that way. Jobs are like diamonds these days: you hope you're lucky enough to have one and keep it.

So now I have it: a break. Though my first few days have been filled with house cleaning, errands, lunch dates, interviews, laundry, drinking lots of caffeine, and not-fun-stuff. I don't know what I was expecting; but it involved lots of couch laying, tv watching and pizza eating. Though I can't bring myself to do those things. Now that I'm actually unemployed, I feel that I have to prove my worth by NOT slacking and doing productive tasks.

Even within the first 24 hours of being unemployed, I started to realize how much I define myself my what I do. I don't know if that's good or bad. But it's humbling.

There are many more things I want to write about why I left my job and what it means about me. But alas, my co-workers read my blog. So you'll just have to do without. If you're a former co-worker of mine and you're reading this, it's all good [insert Sarah Palin wink here].


  1. Glad to hear employment offers are now being served on your Ledo Deck! Not knowing if and when the $$$ will flow again is a substantial worry that I'm glad you won't be burdened with. Enjoy your short-term investment with couch-laying, tv-watching and pizza-eating-- that definitely spells "bliss" to me, LOL! By the way, the Sarah Palin wink becomes you!

  2. Hey I hope today is more fulfilling.

    In the meantime, maybe you could use the time so discipline that cat.

    The stormtrooper outfit suits you btw.

  3. Sounds like you're not completely in a crisis situation with your unemployment, so you're fortunate. I think many of us "define myself by what I do". You're not alone.

    My friend T's unemployed (in Manhattan) and is doing a lot of yoga. He came here to ski (you're welcome to also!), and is closer to landing a job. Like you, he's not in crisis because his partner works, but he doesn't want to "do nothing".

    I don't think humbling experiences are bad. Hugs to you.

  4. I knwo what you mean. About a year-and-a-half ago I lost my job. While it was fun for the first couple of weeks...I got bored! Best of luck finding a new job that you love!
    Good luck on "disciplining the cat"! That is a whole bunch of posts!!! ;)

  5. Well hell. At least you're keeping busy. I know I would probably have done exactly what you thought you were going to do, lay around, but with the intention of actually DOING stuff. So good for you! Hope those offers come through!

  6. I'd like to offer you an employment opportunity with zero room for advancement and negative amounts of personal fulfillment: for an annual salary of brownies and kisses*, you can move to MN and be my full-time Pants Buttoner. I cannot offer you health benefits at this time, but I will peel your sunburn.

    *closed-mouth kisses only. unless we get wasted, then we'll talk.

  7. well then, I wish you luck on the job hunt! I be the real Housewives of NYC need their mansions cleaned..... ;)

  8. Can I call you Joe? Wink wink wink.

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  10. when i was going through the job change last year i was up every morning with my man nonstop until he got home trying to work as hard so i didn't feel like a failure.

    being unemployeed whether its planned or not can be hard, especially some of us.

    i hope that you find something you enjoy soon.

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