So, big news in Keenie Beanie land... I've entered the ranks of the unemployed.* Sorta.
* "A-ha!" say a few of my wiser readers, who may realize that this kind of stress could precipitate an existential blogging crisis.
For the few of you that have been around here for a while, do you remember when my job was eliminated last year due to a corporate acquisition? Well, it happened again.
But it's a good thing. Really. I found out about the possibility last spring... not so very long after I posted this question to the universe.
Now I'm a godless heathen, but if I had been praying for a sign from a god, any god, I really couldn't have received a clearer answer. It's like the universe was saying, "So you're not sure whether you should give up your job for the good of your relationship? Bam, problem solved. Now go sort it out with your man!" Even better, I was offered a choice: a different job with the same company or a generous severance package. And let me tell you, if you must lose your job, it stings a whole lot less if you feel you are captain of your own destiny.
I was originally scheduled to finish work near the beginning of June. We'd had the leaving do (happy hour drinks) to wish me bon voyage on my last day, but the very next day another person in our department quit. So I was asked to return to work full time through the end of July. On July 28th, I snuck out to the elevator taking my last leave of the place as a full-time employee... for a second time. I'm a sentimental fool and I hate good-byes, even good-byes to those who were never more than pleasant acquaintances. It really sucks having to do them twice. So I just... didn't.
But the blessings continue: for at least the next four to six weeks, I'll continue working as an independent contractor on a part-time basis, telecommuting from home. Good-bye isn't a big deal when one is going to be popping in to the office for meetings now and then and interacting electronically on a frequent basis. The added advantage? Someday, I'll just fade quietly away and perhaps some people might think, "Huh, I haven't seen Keenie Beanie around the office in a while." But we don't have to make a big deal about it.
I've nearly completed my second week of the part-time working-from-home arrangement. It. Is. Awesome. A girl could get used to this style of (sorta) unemployment. No alarm clocks, no commutes, a little money coming in... all good things. I am, however, looking forward to really digging in on the still-languishing renovation project once there are no further professional demands on my time. Let's do this thing.
This change is the first of many to come, so I will keep you all posted as events unfold. Thanks for stopping by and reading, and many, many thanks for reaching out when I needed a little encouragement.