So Here’s What’s Up

Spring has sprung and life continues to change. For us it’s changing a lot. My husband’s company literally ran out of money, forcing them to “lay him off” – i.e. they had nothing to pay him with so he has no job. This happened last week. We’re doing okay. We’re job hunting, we filed for unemployment, we’re doing all the normal things you do. Nobody is freaking out, for the most part. Money is tight. But we’re doing okay.

We’ve told our parents and a few other people but there are still a lot of people who don’t know – talk about a weird subject to bring up – mostly I just don’t know where to start – or don’t want to talk about it – you know we’re dealing with it but I’m really doing fine and just don’t want to talk about it mostly. All we can do is look for new work. Where that new work will be, I have no idea. We are looking in this area but there isn’t much that wouldn’t involve a ridiculous commute. We’re looking further away and have this one state that we are kind of half in love with but it’s over 1,000 miles away – i.e. over 13 hours drive away – i.e. kissing our support network goodbye. All our friends and family, for the most part, live very close by and that would cease to exist. It should bother us more than it does I’m thinking.

Part of me wants to go – the cost of living here is terrible, as I’ve mentioned before and frankly it sounds like an adventure to me. But I’d miss people – and it’s scary, the idea of breaking off – especially being all 22 weeks pregnant and whatnot – that would likely mean finding a new doctor, new health insurance, a new hospital – and who knows who’d be able to come see the new baby, much less watch MM while I’m in the hospital. It’d be tough. But obviously people do it.

So you know it sucks but in some ways it’s almost awesome – a big chance for change – but it’s no secret this economy sucks and mostly I’m just hoping we can find work before our money dries up. And that’s pretty much all I feel like saying about that. For now. If you’ve noticed me being less chatty than usual / abandoning Twitter, etc. that’s why. The small talk is kind of wearing on me to be honest – plus with Dan home, I’m trying to spend time with him instead of just playing on my computer. I’m also helping him job hunt and applying for any government aid I think we can get. Every little bit helps right? Lord knows how long this job hunt will last. I’m still reading your blogs and mostly commenting but I’m also still laying low. Don’t take it personally – I’m sure I’ll get back in the swing of things before you know it.

12 Replies to “So Here’s What’s Up”

  1. I’m right there with you…and Alex is driving me nuts. Luckily, I’ve picked up some clients, so I can support us with unemployment. Alex is trying to get a job installing wind farms out west, so I hear you about the moving situation. It’s a totally sucko world, but I’m taking it one day at a time.

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  2. I hate to hear this! It seems to be hitting everybody!

    I hope that you guys are able to quickly find a new job where ever you chose to look.

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  3. I’m sorry to hear that Jen. I hope he finds something soon. Moving is a huge decision but I’m sure you’ll do what’s right for you.

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  4. I knew “something” was up and even shot up a little prayer for you last night, not even sure why I was needing to.
    What’s the old saying? When one door closes a new window of opportunity opens..something like that.
    It will all come out in the wash. Hugs to you!

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  5. This is the third lay-off I’ve heard this week. I’m really sorry that it is happening to your family. I’ll be thinking good thoughts for you guys. Hopefully something great will come out of this.

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  6. I’m sorry to hear about the job loss, Jen. Stay positive. I know it’s tough, I know. But something great WILL come along, just hang tough!

    And I know what you mean about the Twitter trivia nonsense – it seems so trite when compared to real-life problems. Take care!

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  7. Oh man…Jen I am sorry to hear he got laid off. I keep hearing this more and more…

    I often think about moving away from here, too. But the same things that you mentioned are what keeps me from taking the plunge.

    Good luck with your decisions!

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  8. I’m so sorry. We’ve been there a couple of years ago & all I can think of is that it does end. I’ll keep you guys in my prayers that Dan gets a job quickly. Moving somewhere new can be fun. Really. What type of engineer is he? Oh, did you guys see that the feds are hiring? Wanna work for the FBI? They’re hiring, too.

    Thanks for letting us know; I was wondering where you were.

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  9. Oh Jen – sorry to hear about this. My brother was laid off about 3 weeks ago and he just started a new job today. It didn’t take long – such a blessing in today’s market. I’m hoping the same for your husband. Enjoy the time with your husband b/c he’ll be back at work before you know it 🙂

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