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All good things…

So, yesterday I got downsized from my position at Delmar Cengage.

I thought I’d deal with this sort of thing better, but to be honest, it’s hitting me pretty hard. It’s totally different then when they let me go from mSS.

I had actually thought to myself just that morning, how lucky I was to have such a great job in this economy. I was thinking how wonderful it was to have found a job where I could go to work without dreading walking thru the door, with my very own cubicle near the koi pond, and my very own coat hanger, clever personable co-workers, and a boss that treated me with respect. Best of all it looked like December was going to be a slow month, so I wouldn’t have any problem taking some of my vacation days around Christmas.

Well turns out December was reaaaaaaaaaally slow. I’m not sure how many exactly, but at least two more folks got their walking papers that day, one went up right after me, and the other posted to his facebook that he was laid off too. There’s one more I’m pretty sure went too… but I can’t be certain as I haven’t heard from her. A team of 7, down to a team of 3 or 4 in one day.

They said it was nothing personal, they loved my work, they loved having me there, and if business picks up “tomorrow” they’ll hire me right back, and while that’s comforting, to know that I was doing good by them, it’s also kind of crappy because it means I was completely powerless all along. There’s nothing I could have done better, they just, don’t have enough work to go round.

I miss my cubicle. I miss getting up and going in and plugging away at my list of things to make, ticking each of them off, and seeing the spreadsheet go green along the way.

I want a new job.


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I’m going back to DELMAR LEARNING!!! Remember them?

Back when I was an intern, they were Thomson Delmar, now they’re Delmar Cengage, but yeah… WOOT. I realize looking back that mostly all I posted about it was about a certain slightly pompus co-worker, and the noisy people on the other side of the cubicle walls… but my supervisor was great, I loved the casual office atmosphere, and most of all I loved that they LIKED me there.

I’m going to be an hourly subcontractor, working thru a local contract company called Proliant. I’m making a few thou a year less than I did at mSS, but the benefits package WAY better, and since I’m hourly, if they ask me to work overtime I get TIME AND A HALF, which is a huge incentive for them not to ask me to do that unless it’s truly necessary.

The coolest thing is, I never even had a formal interview. I just had a phone interview with my prospective boss and apparently I has an internal recommendation or something. I’m guessing they talked to Wendy, my supervisor when I was an intern, who liked me a whole hell of allot more than my boss at mSS did… but then all my old bosses liked me a hell of allot more than my boss at mSS did… which is why I totally didn’t use him as a reference.

I can’t WAIT to be back there… it’s only 5 minutes from home, with off street parking, and a lunch counter by a PANZAS and a gym downstairs. I’m pretty sure that contractors, like interns, don’t get to use the gym, but… I don’t do gyms anyhow, and I highly doubt they’ll forbid contractors from giving business to the lunch counter… mmmmm… I can taste the BLT now.

I start next Monday the 23rd!!!

Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to get some sushi…


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Kinda like a vacation… except without Sushis.

Now initially, when I became unemployed, I did a quick check of my savings to determine the damage that would be done to them by living off them while I looked for a job… and was rather freaked out at the rate at which they were going to deplete. I never previously realized how much living costs, because I was making more than enough to cover my personal expenses (rent/utilities/cable/food/gas) and cat upkeep (kibble/litter/healthplan) and don’t buy much of anything else… however, an analysis of my spending, using the handy tools provided by Bank of America’s online banking… tells me that that’s… well… allot. I’m not using any real numbers here because that would be telling… and I don’t.

Suffice it to say, in order to stretch my savings, I then resolved to cut expenses to at or under $1,000 a month, without stiffing Rachel on rent/utilities, or downgrading my cable internet/TV services (also not fair to Rachel) and in order to do that I will take the following 5 steps:

1. Cut all luxury spending. No more buying: DVDs, DS games, Wii games, Sims expansions, Spore expansions, desk trinkets (like I need them now anyway), cat toys, books, graphic t-shirts, or anything from ThinkGeek.com

2. Cut back on gas by cutting trips to-from Troy by either staying home when I don’t need to be down there, or staying over a few nights when I get down there.

3. Start buying catfood in the 8.5 pound bags, instead of the 3.5 pound bags. It’s a pain to carry/store, but I’ll save money. Cut treats entirely. (Sorray kitttays… just hope I get a new job before the ones in the cabinet run out, ok?)

4. Buy store brand alternatives at the grocery store. Eat a lot more of the following cheep foods: Shake N Bake Drumsticks, Pasta, Breakfast Cereal, PBJ.

5. Cut restaurant attendance down to 2 cheep sit down (under $10) and 2 fast food meals a month. Cut all sushi, with the exception of a post-interview maki for reward/incentive, in the event I get an interview.

So, with my 2 weeks severance pay having run out, I applied this Sunday for my NYS unemployment… I got a thing in the mail today telling me how much they are sending. I though it would be a pittance… but as it turns out it’s actually nearly livable… meaning my savings will take a much lower hit than I thought.

So… being unemployed is kinda like being on vacation, except without any Sushi.


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Heh… Where have I BEEN?

Well there… I seem to have been poked to write a blog entry so here it is. Ta Da!

So what am I up to? Currently I’m APSM for EOP at RPI. (Acronym Translation: I’m Assistant Production Stage Manager for Evening of Performance at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.) Also I’ve just been cast as Lynette “Squeeky” Fromme in their upcoming spring Musical, Steven Sondheim’s Assassins.

That means I can spend the time I’d spend at work normally looking for jobs, and spend my evenings the same as I always do.

Also I’m joining a LARP at SUNY Albany it’s V:tM with V:tR mechanics. (Acronym Translation: Also I’m joining a Live Action Role Play at State University of New York Albany it’s Vampire: the Masquerade with Vampire: the Requiem mechanics.)

So yeah… that’s what I’ve been up to. I’ll try and post blog entries more often now that I’ve got the time on my hands.


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Sometimes Life Just Hates You…

This was one of those times:

Ok, so… the last week of December, I woke one morning… I believe Tuesday the 30th… but it could have been New Years Day, as I’m writing this in February, to discover before work, that a lighting fixture I’d been harassing my landlord about, had fallen out of a tree and onto my car, conveniently removing my rear wind shield in many MANY little pieces, and putting a hefty scratch on my trunk.

Now mind you I hadn’t been harassing them about the light being unstable or anything… just about it not lighting. They started work on that problem before the ice storm and left the work unfinished. It’s still unfinished as of this writing.

Anyhow, my neighbor knocked on the door to let me know that the light had fallen on my car, and that her husband (fiance back then, I think) was taking pictures. I came out… gawked… went inside, called in to mSS to let them know, I was going to be late, if I came in at all, because my car was nigh on undrivable. Then I called my parents, and my insurance company and a bunch of other places, and suffice it to say I took the car into the shop, and was provided with an Enterprise Rent-A-Car (not only do they pick you up, but when you’re in a rush and your car is a wreck, they drop off cars at collision repair shops.)

Kia Rios are ADORABLE but they are SHIT IN THE SNOW.

I got to work mega late, but left on time anyway, because I really didn’t need (mental health wise) to be there any longer that day, and besides, my boss let it slip to me in December that the girl who started Jan 2nd, was coming to replace me. Not really the wisest move.

So la-de da. My father picked me up for New Years at my parents house because Jake was down in Somers, and I wasn’t driving the Kia over there in that weather if I didn’t have to, and certainly wasn’t driving it HOME at 3am with all the drunk drivers, in the snow, since it was crap to begin with.

Tuesday the 6th, I show up at 8am to get my car back… and at about 8:40 they bring it around to the front: running, and clear of snow. I think “YAY!” and hop in my Civic with full set of snow tires, and ride off to work, only a little bit late. That night, as I tried to leave work, I discover why they gave it back running.

The Battery was dead.

So was my jumper box.

I had to get a jump off my boss.

Now at this point I thought the battery had just run down during the time it spent sitting in the repair shop, and surely driving it home, the alternator would give it a charge and everything would be fine. No dice. The net morning it was still dead. I borrowed charger cables from my downstairs neigbor, and got a charge off another neighbor, and arrived way late for work as a result… I got another charge off my boss to get home… next morning same deal, except I got up early to try and get a charge before I got late. It didn’t work…. that night, Thursday night, I said to hell with staying late to make up the time, I need to get this battery replaced, and got out of there on time, and went and did just that.

Friday was much better… woke up, got dressed, started my car without a problem and headed off to work. Found a parking space, and started up for the office… only about 5 minutes late… and as I crossed the last intersection onto the block with my office building, hit black ice and landed on my back in the street. I didn’t know it at the time, but the sales force saw from upstairs and were laughing their butts off. In the morning meeting, I got a splinter from the conference table… then I tore a belt loop off my jeans adjusting my pants… then I got a call from a dear friend saying she was in the hospital (she’s fine as of this writing,)…

Then I got fired.

Sometimes life just hates you…


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