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The uncertainty is now certain ... and Unemployment is on the horizon

December 10th, 2013 at 09:49 am

Well, on the day that I am feeling mostly emotionally vulnerable (given the recent losses in our lives), DH's company has finally announced the location of the new OM-OD HQs. And it is in Boca Raton, FL, where we do not live. That means that in the near future, DH will be unemployed. We have known that this was a strong possibility and I've worked with the budget and have Plans A and B and scenarios, etc.

But, the possibility is now reality. Not quite "Well, if it happens" but "When it happens." There really isn't much to do - could take another six weeks to two months - severance and 1/2 a bonus will be about 3-1/2 month living expenses.

The kids' Christmas gifts are done. Our gift buying circle is small and almost done. I managed to get DH a new warm Columbia coat free after Kohl's cash.

My parents were going to buy me book cases for my family room for Christmas. Do you think it is tacky to just ask for cash?

I kept back $96 cash of my birthday money (from November) for After Christmas sales, but I'll give some of it to DH to buy a Christmas gift for me. I've stressed to the kids the importance of kindness to their Advent Buddies (our Catholic version of Secret Santa) - I think we'll limit that to shopping only at FIVE BELOW. Our Christmas card list is going to be shortened. I wanted to start a new stitching project and will check out the free patterns at DMC-USA.

I think that I'll be going off radar for awhile. I need some time away from technology and stuff to redirect my efforts and energy. I will see you all in 2014 with hopefully a clearer plan to share and maybe some goals? Though I imagine it will simply be for self-sufficiency.

It is my sincerest wish that you all have a truly wonderful holiday season abundant with the blessings that only family and friends and good health can bring! Merry Christmas to my fellow Christians!

See you after the calendar page turns.

Edited to add: My mom and stepdad, after hearing of the certainty of unemployment, came over with a gallon of chocolate milk and a big bag of Babybell cheese (a splurge that I occasionally buy). Oh, to learn to smile and be happy with small indulgences ... instead I started to cry, and I HATE it when anyone sees me cry *sigh*

Definitely on an emotional rollercoaster right now. Prayers are appreciated.

17 Responses to “The uncertainty is now certain ... and Unemployment is on the horizon”

  1. snafu Says:

    {{{Hugs}}}}, sending good vibes your way. You're prepared and the economy is getting stronger. I know you'll not believe me but most of us who have been through that procedure have concluded it was the best thing that could have happened...3 years after the fact.

    DH needs to register on LinkedIn and all the other electronic job sites. He needs to use every bit of support and networking offered by the employer and community. If there are any cost assisted courses or educational updates/upgrades shove him out-the-door. Everyone you know needs to know he is seeking employment as more positions are filled by referral than by other means. It might be necessary to take short term contract work or something new and different. If DH has any skill sets conducive to self employment, the tax benefits are worth the effort. I'm confident this will all work out for the best.

  2. rachel021406 Says:

    I am sorry that this is the situation you are in, but so glad that you have made plans and arrangements for the situation.


    We will be thinking about you. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  3. NJDebbie Says:

    ((HUGS))

  4. Miz Pat Says:

    Dear Lady: This stuff always sounds scary, but you are one of the people that are ready for it. While others will panic, you will plan and come out on top.

    You have my best wishes and prayers that DH gets future employment and for Christmas joy, with health and happiness in the New Year.

    Take care.

  5. Rachael777 Says:

    ((hugs)) you do not have to withdraw.. maybe this community can help you with ideas or to just listen as you vent! Smile

  6. CB in the City Says:

    Add my {{hugs}} to the rest! I believe that you will be fine. You have a good head on your shoulders and plenty of heart. You're prepared. You can be thankful that DH's incredible stress will end, and maybe he will now get to pursue his heart's desire. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  7. Ima saver Says:

    hugs and Merry Christmas!

  8. creditcardfree Says:

    ((Hugs)) to you and your family Laura. I think it is fine to tell your parents you would prefer cash...doesn't mean they have to give that, but clearly cash is more important to you than bookcases. I wish you would stay around so we can help you think things through.

  9. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    please stay positive, many many times changes such as this are a blessing in disguise. It may become clear in the future. True true true!!

  10. Carol Says:

    Pat expressed perfectly my wish for you--that you and your family come thru this set back with good luck, health and happiness. Hugs to your whole family.

  11. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Darn it!

  12. PNW Mom Says:

    Prayers and hugs to you and your family. Wishing you a blessed holiday season.

  13. MonkeyMama Says:

    Crossing my fingers that it all works out for the best (because it usually does)! In the meantime, just hang on...

  14. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    {{{Hugs}} Like others said, you are someone who is about as prepared for something like this as anyone. I will be praying for you and your family.

  15. Petunia 100 Says:

    I'm sorry to hear it. Frown I'll be thinking positive thoughts that an awesome opportunity presents itself.


    Happy holidays to you and your family!

  16. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Sending you positive thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday.

  17. crazyliblady Says:

    What does your husband do for a living? He could put out the word to friends, family, on social networks, etc. that he is looking for a job and could find something that way. If he belongs to a professional association, he could check any job listings there. Best wishes for a happy holiday and for your husband to find more employment.

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