Thursday, December 2, 2010

When life gives you lemons...



Punch it in the face. WTF, life? Lemons???

Thank you for your support. I didn't answer all the comments yesterday, because I was a little overwhelmed with the entire situation. Just know that I appreciate your concern, your advice, and your offers to take matters into your own hands.

You know, hypothetically.

It looks like I have been laid off indefinitely. My boss is also not getting paid, because without that grant, there is no money. And it's just a 2 person show around here.

He assured me that I will get my check before he gets his, but we don't know when that will be.

It's been a stressful 24 hours.


I'm looking into unemployment right now. Plus, with my pole dancing skills to fall back on, I know we won't starve.

But things are going to be tight for a while.

My biggest hope is that the government will get its head out of its butt and give us that money that they promised in writing. If that happens, I will have my job back, and work here for the rest of my life (approximately).

(sadly, we aren't sure that it will ever come)

My second biggest hope is that I will inherit a fortune from an unknown relative who secretly reads my blog.

(It's kind of a long shot)

And I don't even want to think about job hunting.

But for now, I have some extra time on my hands. And I have a few project ideas floating around, which I never had time for when I had a full time job.

Good combination? Why yes, I think so.

See? Silver lining.

Lemon-scented silver lining.

I need a hug.

.


41 comments:

libby said...

oh, Helena. I wish I could hug you. consider this my cross country, wish I could be there, hope it gets better, hug.

MiMi said...

I wish I could give you hugs too.
You will rock this "furlough."

Van said...

I wish you luck figuring everything out. Enjoy the brief reprieve while you can!

You can live and breath again! If only for a little while.

Tara : Damon said...

hmmm... how about a roadtrip to whatever is halfway between des moines and pitt? sounds like fun to me. might be a walmart off the side of a highway, but you know... so sorry about the situation...

Nicole said...

Helena, I know that you boss really will give you your check before his! But that isn't really reassuring! I'm so sorry! But bright side . . . now you do some girl gatherings with us!

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

Suck much!!!??? I didn't read yesterday's post until just now, but my first thought was, "What a sucky thing!" And then a few other more graphic thoughts pulsed through my brain. Sorry to hear about this Helena!

Bryan and Jamie said...

Hugs....coming your way!
Maybe its your best shot to convince a certain somebody you live with that now you have the time...you should work on uh...do I dare say it...nah...you know what I am talking about.

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

Oh, I'm sorry Hun. This is a terrible situation and no fun finding yourself in the midst of it, I'm sure. I know it will work out for you, just hang in there.

manysleeplessnights.com said...

I'm glad that you have some free time now but it's still super sucky for you :(

tsonodablog said...

HUG**** fellow blogger on the unemployment line. Best wishes on this being VERY temporary!

Terri

Christy said...

So sorry to hear about your "layoff". What a huge Christmas bummer. I am impressed that you found a silver lining, even if it is lemon scented. I hope everything works out quickly and soon you are back to office managering soon or that your pole dancing skills take you far.....

Beka said...

I'm so sorry dear.
That truly sucks.
:(
hugs!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

My husband's job is also waiting on word about a grant they were promised as well & the longer the wait, the worse we expect.

I hope the money comes through for us all soon.

Kyle and Aly said...

I am really sorry my dear. That is terrible to hear about. I really hope that the grant comes soon and that you are able to have everything figured out easily. Hugs coming your way!

Smart Ass Sara said...

I'll hug you friend. Would you like me to send you a new vibrator? Would that make you happy?

viewfromdownhere said...

Lemons are only ok if they come in the lemon bar varietoy or in an alcoholic beverage. Screw lemons.

Sending you lots of hugs. And chocolate. And a lemon scented punching bag...

Shell said...

You do need a hug!

Rachel DeFreese said...

All this right when I am through with work too? I really shouldn't tell you how excited I am, but shoot, it's going to slip..... We can do projects together while you look eagerly for a new job and while I sit like a ticking bomb. I am so excited! Oops, and here's hoping you find a new job (after March :) )!

Chantel said...

Can you show them the paper that says they promised the money? They can't possibly deny you guys then, can they?!

I hope that grant comes soon. I'm sending you lots of love and I'm praying for you.

I'm excited to see you in less than a month! That's a non-lemony silver lining there!

Gosfam said...

I am sorry for you!! I saw your tweet and I felt so bad. I wish I had $ to send you, but sadly I am in the same boat and tight on cash :) I feel someday I can be THAT generous. Keep Smilin and looking for those positives. I can't wait to see all your posts though since you will have more time on your hands.

Fire Wife Katie said...

Oh no, sorry to hear you lost your job! :( I hope that things look up for you soon.

Hey, thanks for visiting my blog for my SITS day today! And your pregnancy test gift idea? Priceless. :D

Jen @ GBG said...

Hugs to you Helena! I am so sorry to hear this happened to you. I hope things start looking up for you soon!

Natacha said...

It is really a bummer when this happens and I always feel terrible when I hear this news. This week my company announced a layoff too, and although it was in another division, I felt so close to it, it is quite unnerving. I am holding thumbs that you will find something new soon.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

{{{HUGS}}} Girl. Stopping by for the first time from BFF and sorry to read this. As a single mom and a public employee, I could very well find myself in your situation and I'd be SOL. Well, not really, because my parents would step in, but while it would keep us out of the cold, it would be really awful...

It sounds like you've got some ideas and I hope you find something better than you anticipated! You sound like your head is in the right place!

Rachel said...

I just followed you over from Shell--and into bad news, it seems! Boo! Hope you find something soon.

Kmama said...

Found you via Shell. Love you already. I'm originally from West Michigan too (Wyoming and Caledonia). I now live on the East side of Michigan, about an hour and a half North of Detroit.

Sorry about your job. How stressful.

Here's another silver lining...new follower. ;-)

Evonne said...

What a crappy situation. Definitely sending hugs to you!

I'm a fairly new follower, but I'm also coming over to congratulate you on your feature on Shell's blog.

Heather said...

That sucks like a Hoover.
I am so sorry.
I hope the governemnt comes through quickly, but not so quickly you don't do your projects.
I am visiting from Shell's blog. It is nice to meet you.

The Random Blogette said...

Stopping by from Shell's BFF post about you and I am so sorry that you are going through this right now. I hope that everything works out quickly. The government can be real dicks sometimes.

Daisygirl said...

Stopping by from Shells! Loved your post over there you are a riot!

I am now following! So sorry about your job that really sucks balls...I strongly believe in reasons and hope that silver lining is actually a gold one for you ;)

gopopgo said...

Sorry to hear that Helena. At least you're practically famous. That has to be good for something, right?

Megan said...

*Hug*

Have you considered opening a bar?

'Cause they use lemons.

And would couldn't use a drink at such a time?

TKW said...

Oh no! How did I miss this? I'm so sorry! I must say though, a girl who can joke about sharpening her pole dancing skills after being laid off is a strong, resilient chick. You will land on your feet. ((you))

Terry said...

Hi-Hi....Just here from Shell's...and here to give you a big cyber HUG! I hope things start to look up for you. PS...loving your blog

cornflakegirl74 said...

*HUGS* I'm sorry to hear about your recent unemployment. But it sounds as though you're using this time productively to work on projects you've had to put on hold. Who knows when you'll have this time again, ya know? Best of luck to you. And *HUGS* once more--seems you could really use them right about now. Best wishes, girly.

the thrifty ba said...

know that you have lots of love from me! and enjoy the quiet...it wont last

Crystal said...

Oh girl! That sucks. My bro-in-law has been out of work for 2 years! And my hubby -is an army man- often doesn't know if he has orders for the next month. And it sucks. No way to sugar coat it- SUCKS!! I'm sorry, and we will pray for you!

http://survivingandthrivinginmom-dom.blogspot.com

JoJo said...

({HUGS})

Anastasia said...

*hugs...hugs? (Dr. Evil style) Ducka ducka ducka. I'm hip, I'm cool.

Sara said...

I see that someone already offered you a new vibrator, so I'm glad your best interests are being kept at heart.

I am not a glass-half-full kind of person. I think silver linings suck when people offer them right when you've been punched in the throat, and lemonade is best served with tequila and a salted rim.

Which, consequently, I think you deserve very much.

I hope you got a really good hug!

Amanda said...

UGH I'm sorry the government completely sucks and is screwing you guys over like this. A lemony silver lining is always a good thing.

{{{HUGS}}}

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