Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Becoming the Statistic


This past Friday I was laid off from the job I've held for right at 10 years. Earlier this year we took pay cuts (ouch) and now... the ultimate pay cut. I hope the very best for the company, but man does this ever hurt. Even when you know it might be coming it still hurts when it happens, right? In some ways it's a relief that I no longer have that axe hanging over my head. It will be a bigger relief if I get a paycheck for the last two weeks.

Someone in my family is in a similar situation. This person's company has instituted 30% pay cuts and put a freeze on overtime. You don't really have many options when your pay disappears (or your job for that matter) and you don't have another job lined up. Almost everyone I know has been negatively impacted with regards to income and job security. It's heart breaking, and scary.

I'm going today to sign up with a temporary/staffing agency in hopes to fill in the gaps while I find a permanent place to land. Unemployment Insurance will help but it won't be enough to live on. I've finally had some positive response otherwise, so I'm crossing my fingers there. But in the meantime I'm treating this as the desperate situation that it is.

So the dogs aren't getting a whole lot of work right now. I'd had visions at one point of trying to get my dogs qualified for the finals this year - as it's in VA, which is practically in my back yard. Now I'm just having hopes of surviving and keeping a roof over my head. Oh, and that's not to mention the snow and rain and mud and muck! It's been an icky winter so far, and I'm pretty much over it. I still have Moon, but she's such a good sweet girl that she's really not much trouble at all. I've not particularly felt like blogging much - there's not been much to say, or in the case of where there is much to say not much I CAN say. I'm just hoping and praying that it gets better for all of us - and soon.

9 comments:

Kathy said...

Oh Laura, I am so sorry to hear that you've been laid off. Hope you can find another job soon!! Hugs to you and your fur kids.

Jean said...

Thinking positive thoughts for you, Laura. It is a difficult time for so many in the US, which makes it an even tougher time to find yourself without paid employment. I hope you find a permanent job quickly.

Emma Rose said...

I am really sorry to hear about your job. I will keep you in my prayers.

fulltiltbcs said...

I am so sorry Laura, I hope things start turning around asap :( Positive thoughts coming your way!

Laura Hicks said...

I'm so sorry to hear this Laura. We'll be praying you find a new job soon. Take care!

Robin French said...

I know you're going to find something quick, and even better. They were crazy to let you get away!

Laura Carson said...

Thank you all for the prayers and good thoughts! I've had a very good and productive week - crossing my fingers for some good results from it!

Rachel said...

Thinking about you! Glad you are finding the opportunities to at least interview...that is always a plus!

Good luck...like Robin said, I think you will find something even better!

MGHughes said...

Loosing my job is always a thought in my mind... I am sorry that you lost yours.

Wishing you the best,

Michael.