Well it’s one week today since I lost my job, and I have been really busy during this time, trying to get so many things sorted out, but not making even half the progress that I would have liked to.
I have a number of priorities for tasks, but so much needs to be attended to immediately and I would prefer it not to wait.
The obvious first task for me was to try to find work, so I updated my resume, posted that to several main job seeker sites that worked for me before, contacted the headhunter who got me my last two jobs, and since last weekend was a holiday weekend, I decided to wait for things to happen and to move on.
A company I worked for three years ago may need some work doing, and there are still people there that I know, so realistically this is my best hope in the short term. I have an appointment to call the IT manager on Friday, so wish me luck.
My second priority is to get my health taken care of, since I only have insurance until the end of this month.
I desperately need eyeglasses, have done for a good five years, but never took the time to investigate. Now when there isn’t enough light I struggle to see the computer (let alone what is on the screen – just kidding) so it’s impacting my attempts to work on my web sites and blogs. I made an appointment yesterday, and the optician said that my eyes were good, the only problem being my inability to see things clearly close up. I rarely look good with glasses on, but the pair I chose seem to look ok, they just make me look a bit more serious.
Next is to get registered with a doctor, so I can have a full checkup. I think it’s been ten years since my last one, and hopefully there is nothing wrong. By the time you hit your fifties, things start to wear out, but I try to eat well, to exercise more than I have in years, and most of the time I feel pretty good.
The third thing I need to do is to register with a dentist. I know I need at least two fillings, and I lost the inside of a tooth over two years ago (to a Tootsie Roll that I pinched from my daughter’s Halloween candy bag – serves me right!) so I really need to get a checkup, cleaning, and to sort out what I can.
Having got this out of the way, I need to work on creating a couple of new web sites, updating existing ones, writing more articles, promoting the lot, catching up on my email, comments from Squidoo, correspondence from Stumbleupon and other blogs etc etc.
Then of course it is Tax Season here in the USA and I need to get my tax return completed and sent in.
So while I may be unemployed, I have been really busy the past week.
In addition, rather than spend my whole day inside, getting a sore back and eyes, I have tried to go out twice a day if I can to the pool. It’s a nice pool, rarely crowded, and if I can do 20 or more lengths at least once a day that’s good exercise, builds up my arms and helps to flatten my stomach (and it needs it too!). I have also taken the occasional steam, and almost every night the guy I rent with and I walk around the lake here or the golf course, usually doing between 3-5 miles. It’s nice and quiet, away from the bright lights, the stars are clear, and it helps clear the head, as well as being good exercise.
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Thanks so much to all of you who have sent good vibes and advice my way. I really do appreciate it. At times like this it’s good to know that you have friends.
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Tony, shall I say ‘God speed’ to you so that you are successful in finding a method of employment? My best thoughts and prayers go out to you in this most trying and difficult of times. It is sad indeed to hear what you have endured and to think about the state of our economy. It’s been a distinct pleasure to get to know you and Deb over the past several months. I feel that it would not be out of line to count you both as friends. I feel your pain and wish you only the best.
I do indeed count you as a friend Julie, as does Debbie. It’s been great getting to know you these past few months too. I wish Debbie was here so that we could make the trip up to Jacksonville to get to see you. She is off work this week, so both of us are sitting at home, miserable because we can’t be together. Of course unless I can get work, and she gets a visa, she won’t be coming back any time soon. I hope if any work I get allows to spend a couple of weeks in the UK over Easter, when she is off again – the schools get 2 weeks for Easter.
Wow. That’s a long list. I hope returning everyone’s comments is not first on your list 😉
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LOL, no responding to everyone isn’t top of my list, but it’s on the list. If friends like you can take the time to read what I wrote and to respond, then I should take the time to thank them and respond back.
Yes I definitely have been busy. Only have health insurance until the end of this month, so I need to get everything sorted out as soon as possible. Just registered with a doctor and dentist, had my eyes checked yesterday, so with luck I don’t need any major treatment. Wish me luck 🙂
I’m glad you’re taking care of yourself but so sorry about the job situation. Hopefully something good will come along soon. My husband was “downsized” a little over nine years ago from an IT management position, so I do know a little bit of what you’re going through. Thoughts and prayers for good developments for you in the very near future!
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Thanks Susan, appreciate the support. It’s hard losing your job, especially when you have been in work all your life. Hard too when your work is drying up with every year, not a lot of chance to retrain, well not obvious ways, and so much competition for any jobs that do come along.
Keeping my chin up, staying positive, and I know that it’s up to ME to make my future successful.
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It’s hard to imagine so many people losing their jobs, but it keeps happening to many people I know of (in the online world, that is.) It saddens me and my husband, and we thank our lucky stars that we don’t work for anyone but ourselves. It rather empowers us to know that our own success (or failures) begins and end with us. Perhaps this is a good thing, eh? Maybe you’re suppose to be focusing more on your online stuff? Regardless, our prayers are with you and we know it will only be a matter of time before it turns around. 🙂 Keep the faith!
Thanks Nadia, it really does help to have these positive thoughts coming in, and also to know that you are not alone. I hope everyone manages to get out of their situation and to keep their head above water.
Good luck to you! I know you’ll find something, you have the right attitude and you are a very helpful person from everything I’ve seen on Squidoo! Keep at it, you’re bound to find work soon with your qualifications.
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