Just yesterday I was getting ready for our company's annual holiday party this Saturday. I went shopping for a new dress and had plans to get 'spray' tanned tonight. Jason and I had reserved a room at the hotel where the party was being held and we had planned to head downtown early in the day to enjoy some of the downtown holiday bustle. I was so excited!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Today I am unemployed.
My company, a real estate developer, is obviously not doing well in this down economy. We have been selling homes at a HUGE loss the last month or so just to sell them. We've lost construction loans and have already gone through a massive lay off back in October. They cut our company practically in half leaving us at a 'skeleton' crew...or so they said.
Well today they cut that number in half. I was one of 10 people to be let go. I'm not sad. I'm not even really angry. I think I'm more relieved than anything. Work has been really stressful lately...never knowing what's coming next...so many closed door meetings...and just a general feeling of uneasiness has been sitting in the office for months now. After my 'meeting' I walked back to my desk and look at all of the CRAP that I needed to do and was so relieved that I didn't have to do it! They didn't give me any sort of notice...just that today was my last day, so I in no way felt obligated to help them out.
It helps to know that it wasn't a personal decision on their part - it wasn't anything I did, or didn't do. I'm not alone, with 9 other people also being let go, we were like a little 'club' today.
I think the thing that sucks the most is that it's just 2 weeks before Christmas! This year is already tight and now it is even more so. I did get a nice severance package and have some vacation time I'm being paid for...so I have about 2 months to look for a new job...but still.
My plan is to enjoy the holidays with my family and friends. I was already planning on taking vacation from Christmas Eve through the new year. Now I have more time to spend with everyone. I think I may even go down to my mom's and help her bake next week...which is something I haven't done since I was a kid.
So, for those of you who are also unemployed during this holiday season, I can empathize and I feel you pain. For those of you are still employed - be thankful for what you have.