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It's a little more real now

July 27th, 2016 at 06:12 pm

...my layoff, that is.

Today, five of us went out for a little farewell lunch at Captain's Cove. We all ordered seafood and sat one of the many wood picnic tables on the boardwalk area there. It was beautiful, all the boats were in the marina, and I didn't feel I was "at work" at all.

I've spent the last week-and-a-half saying my goodbyes to people I care about or, enjoy chatting with. Probably 15 or so people. It's starting to feel emotional and a little sad when so many people are saying so many nice things to me.

The other woman in my group who's also leaving said she's only planning on spending a half day here on Friday, our last day. Meaning, what's the point?

I'm going to ask my new boss is I can do the same.

I got the bill from probate court. Mind you, I'm not paying taxes on the estate or anything, this is just "a fee" for keeping me from accessing my inheritance for 7 months now and counting. I had calculated based on their rate schedule the bill would be about $600. Wrong. It's about $900. I will have to call them tomorrow to see why. Did I tell you I hate the probate court?

I have one window in my house that I can't open in this hot weather because the screen for it at some point years ago fell out a 2nd floor window and dented up the frame, so bugs could come in if I used it. I'm finally getting around to bringing it to a local hardware shop. The guy said they'll probably have to replace the screen if they have to fix the frame, so all told, not really cheap, about $40 but it would be great to get a cross breeze in my office. It makes a big difference in keeping it cool in here. I'll drop it off tomorrow at lunchtime.

The 2016 wineberry season is just about spent. I can usually pick for about 2 weeks in July. This year's berry bounty seemed a bit low, no doubt due to a very dry June. I've enjoyed them daily on my morning breakfast cereal and right now I'm enjoying a yummy peach/wineberry crisp, a modified version (much less sugar and no butter) of my grandmother's recipe.

The sign language classes will have to be deferred. So will the redo of my badly deteriorating brick patio in the backyard, with pavers to match the driveway and front entry, which I'd been toying with for next spring. Oh well. Three steps forward, one step backward. Layoffs have been the norm of my career, not the exception.

I don't feel highly motivated about the job search and I'm kind of resigned to the belief I'll have to bide my time, that beating the bushes will not uncover the perfect job and that I have no real control over when something good for me comes along. I just have to make sure I don't miss it completely due to not paying attention.

The 1939 movie Wuthering Heights is playing at our town hall theater. Should I go see it, anyone?

I am on the lookout for another juicy rewards credit card with upfront bonus. It's just such easy, no-brainer money, I can't not do something like this for a quick $200 or so, especially now.

I think I've finally found a sunscreen (SPF 45) that doesn't make my face break out. It's Neutrogena Dry Touch something or other.

Am going to TRY getting on a regular schedule of walking 6 days a week. Probably aim to do it first thing in the morning, while it's still cool, and before my day really begins. I'm sure it won't last, but we can dream.

Fridays are always pretty quiet at the office, but I think I'll bring bagels in for those in my group on this, my last day.

My old boss said that in order for me to become an "approved vendor" who can do freelance work for whoever at the bank, that I would need to become an LLC corporation. I need to verify that with new boss tomorrow and I am not really crazy about doing it becus i think once i registered with the state they would inform my town and then the town would start sending me annual tax bills for my tiny business. Which I would hate doing. They did that to me before and I promptly told them the business was over.

I'm a true blue liberal but I'm beginning to hate taxes and probate court.

I think on Monday I'll go grocery shopping at trader joe's. It's stupid, but i keep thinking about how great it will be to go grocery shopping on an uncrowded weekday. Around here, TJ's is absolutely mobbed on the weekends and it stresses me out. I may take dad with me becus i know he's never been to one and he may like it. It being a smaller store, he could get around it more easily. Dad's walking with a cane now. Actually, I'm just now remembering that day is the day of his doc appt with new primary care doc. I'll have to find out what time it is.

11 Responses to “It's a little more real now”

  1. scfr Says:

    In case you haven't already heard, BofA cc with $200 bonus: http://www.doctorofcredit.com/200-signup-bonus-bank-america-mlb-cash-reward-back/

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    I'll do it!!!!

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    I got the card!

    Geez. Not only do they want to know your income, but they require the name and phone of your employer. I was able to truthfully say I am still employed. Two days from now, the info I provided would be false. Smile
    $11,500 credit limit.

    Thanks again scfr! Great find. I've seen this card before but it had a $100 bonus.

  4. Mary Says:

    My job was phased out in 2010. I know it sounds like a cliche but it really was one of the best things that ever happened to me. Our personal finances actually improved because now there's someone home to keep things organized, cook meals, etc. We save more with me home than I earned after taxes (and now we're in a lower tax bracket). I had no idea we were wasting so much money with me working - mostly on wasted food and eating out but also on nicer clothes, hair salons, etc. We're also a lot happier with more free time. I hope it works out for you too.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    PS - I don't know if this would be something you'd be interested in, and I have no idea of the pay .. but YNAB is hiring for someone to be their Referral Program Manager - you essentially would be responsible for coming up with the program, designing the evaluation paramaters, etc.

  6. My English Castle Says:

    I got just an offer from Chase for a $300 bonus for opening a savings account with $10,000 for at least 90 days. I won't change checking, but we're doing all the bank bonuses we can.

  7. Petunia 100 Says:

    I have always thought that Wuthering Heights is a horrible story. It's full of people being cruel to each other for no good reason at all. And, I hate reading cockney. Maybe the movie is better?

  8. PatientSaver Says:

    English Castle, you got a very good deal. Most of what I see available via Chase requires you to open up a checking account with direct deposit, something I'm not willing to do.

    http://www.moneycrashers.com/best-new-bank-account-promotions-offers/

  9. scfr Says:

    Glad the credit card application worked out, Patient Saver!
    We're all rooting for you.

  10. CB in the City Says:

    I've seen that movie, and I didn't like it. A little too black and white (which is a pun, because it really is black and white, but what I mean is it didn't have a lot of nuance.)

  11. My English Castle Says:

    We had mostly checking direct deposit offers for a long time, then the BMO Harris near us started the savings offers; I think Chase was chasing those. Agreed about the old version of WH--it's Olivier, isn't it? And they cut out a huge chunk of the story.

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