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  • August 29th, 2008 | 3:15 PM
And then all the other life stuff

There was the dog stuff (see last post.)

There was the daughter/grandson stuff (see Wednesday's post.)

There is health stuff like why my left hand constantly feels like it is just waking up from being asleep and the knuckle in the little finger of the other hand feels like it was hit with a hammer and a bunch of other boring but man my body feels broken stuff.

There is probably son stuff but I'm not going there.

Mostly there is job stuff.

We are now in the final weeks of waiting to see what happens at work. Yesterday my company and the east coast company stockholders all voted on the proposed "merger" and today it was announced it had passed. There will be changes. There will be huge layoffs. There will be pain for those who leave and pain for those who are left to run the company. Eleven days of waiting, more or less, until we know what the next stages are. It can't come too soon for me.

In the interim I was happy to have the chance to meet Jo Knowles and other local writers at the recent NYMBC event. I'm sure you've read about it on Debbi and Becky and Heidi and Jo's blogs so I will just say that  good time was had by all and boy, did I need that.

Thank goodness for friends.

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August 30th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear so much "stuff" is going on. I saw some of the CA posts--looks like a fun time. Nothing like getting together with other writers to lift your spirits!
August 30th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Sometimes that's what life is, right? Just bunches of stuff. And eventually, hopefully, compost for rich stories.

I hope.
August 30th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Sometimes life seems overwhelming. Keep the faith Susan. After many years of wondering how and where our oldest son was, he finally got it together. Your daughter can too. Sending hugs and prayers to all of you.
August 30th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
Oh I am sorry to hear that you have had your own difficult path with a child but how wonderful to hear that he got it together.

I hope that is our future too.
August 30th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
I am very glad we're friends!
August 30th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
August 30th, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
sending you good thoughts, Susan. you'll get through it all.
August 30th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I will.
August 30th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
That hand thing doesn't sound good at all!
August 30th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
I think I must have a pinched a nerve sleeping on my bad shoulder. I've been so exhausted lately that I haven't been good about staying off the shoulder. It feels more normal today and the knuckle does too.

I actually had a full night's rest for the first time in a ocuple of weeks.
August 30th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking of you, Susan. Do something pure and easy on yourself this weekend...
Pure and easy...
August 30th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Mostly it's all about sitting here in the cool house reading and relaxing.
August 30th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Maybe you need a lap dog. I read somewhere that Lassie had a dachshund for a companion.
August 30th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
LOL. I have tried but DH is totally against anything smaller than the Border Collie we had before.

I'm going to make myself table the idea for at least 6 months. That will take me through the big changes at work and Christmas.
August 31st, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
oh that is too bad, because nothing cuddles like a smaller dog and I would love for you to have those moments.
Maybe DH just hasn't fallen in love with the right little one yet! ; )
August 31st, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
I read the email from home and was wondering if it was as bad as it sounded ... guess so. I'm back at work on Tuesday, so let's have lunch for as many days as we can before the hammer drops. Guess I may be a stay-at-home mom after all!
September 1st, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
yeah for you coming back! And yes, lunch as much as we can. And afterwards we were thinking maybe a once a month lunch bunch.

I believe the term they are using now is "bloodbath" but I would think you have the maternity thing in your favor - don't they legally have to have a job for you when you get back?
September 1st, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
Um, I think technically that if my position disappears then I can certainly be laid off. Also, I'll have returned from mat leave for a week or two before the layoffs, so I shouldn't qualify for anymore protection than the next person. However, I'm sure they will be cautious in whatever they choose to do, to avoid the potential of a wrongful dismissal suit.

Bloodbath, eh? Obviously I've been out of the loop a little too long. Everything seems to be happening much more quickly than I imagined it would.
September 1st, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
Yes, I would think they would want to be careful with any potential legal things. Lots and lots to talk about on Tuesday.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

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