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  • November 21st, 2008 | 10:52 PM
Friday Five - The late money edition

I've been laid off for 3 weeks now and the money freakout has begun.

1. Today I got my first severence check. The company has it all screwed up which means I get to spend a bunch of time on Monday, on the phone, trying to get things straightened out. This is to add to the mess they made with the benefits stuff. I hate that place.

2.  I wasn't going to go to the Asilomar conference because it is so expensive and I'm not writing and it is so expensive and I don't feel like a writer and I would feel guilty if I went because it is so expensive.

3. Paula called and convinced me to go to the conference. I asked husband who said yes, you should do this. You love this. This is your career.

4. So I signed up. Paid my money. Tried not to freak out. Tried to trust the Universe.

5. Husband just comes to tell me that by the way, the company he is working for (he's a contractor) is shutting down for a week. What that means is no paycheck.

I can hear the Universe laughing.

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November 22nd, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
The Universe is laughing with JOY because you are going to the conference!

You SO deserve it! ((((HUGS))))
November 23rd, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
Thanks. I think the Universe snorts when it laughs.
November 23rd, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
Well, so do i. :)
November 22nd, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
You should indeed go to that conference.

BUT - as far as straightening everything at your old company out on the PHONE - can you afford to actually, physically GO there? Because you would be taken much more seriously if you did that, and stayed until they straightened it out. They can hang up on you, on the phone - accidentally OR on purpose - but if you are there, with your face in theirs, they will be more willing to 'fix it' and 'fix it right' just to get you out of the office and out of their hair.
November 23rd, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
That's a good point about going in person. Thank you.
November 22nd, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
{{{{Susan}}}} Thinking good thoughts for you.
November 23rd, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
Good thoughts gratefully accepted. Thanks.
November 22nd, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
Sometimes it takes a while before our trust is rewarded.
November 23rd, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
Ain't that the truth? But boy, that trust is hard sometimes.
November 22nd, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Oh no about the money woes, times are so tough right now, I'm so sorry--but that's great you are going to the conference. Hang in there and I hope to see you soon.
November 23rd, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
Thanks, Heidi!
November 22nd, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're going to the conference. You need to rub elbows and pallaver with friends. Hope you have a great time!
November 23rd, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
Thank you. I hope I can feel better about the money down the road.
November 23rd, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
It will all turn out right in the end.
November 23rd, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
I like how you think. :-)
November 23rd, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
Susan, don't freak out. please. trust. enjoy.
You've been waiting for these moments, yes?
November 26th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
You're right....it's just hard not to freak about the money changes. I'm trying though. :-)
November 25th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, honey. I'm so so so sorry. Hope things start looking up soon!
November 26th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
Thanks. They are. This is my way of dealing with things - I freak out, crash, and come back up.

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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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