Wednesday, April 1, 2009

It's been a while - but life has been rough for the last week...

I am unemployed.

It's hard to say that. It's hard to think about the fact that 1/8th of my state is unemployed with me with several large companies undergoing even more cuts this month. Last Thursday, my company did a massive cut and unfortunately, #17 isn't my lucky number. (That's the number of headcount cuts I've survived since I started working almost 15 yearts ago.)

At first, I was very upset. I remember what it was like for my Dad to be unemployed. I went into engineering to begin with because it was a "safe" career... now, it's the opposite. Then, something great started happening. People started calling me, outraged, when they heard. I started thinking - "Hey! It's their loss! I am a good engineer who managed to get out before the bottom fell out of the industry." I can say that I did get severance but that's about all I can say since they made me sign something to get it. I wasn't feeling great but it was okay...

... then I got a call. For an interview. The same day I got laid off. I had been applying in D.C. since Steve will never manage to get back to Michigan with the economy as it was. And, one of my resumes ended up in someone's hands who was interested... So, this last Monday, I interviewed via phone and they liked me enough to bring me for a second round this weekend! Keep your fingers crossed! This would be a wonderful job opportunity for me...

Needless to say, the speed is a little bit scary. There is so much that would go into moving to D.C. Annde is in school through the middle of May. And, we have so many close friends and family here. I would really, really miss a lot of you. But, I also have some great friends there - Tim & Robin, Katie & Warren, Terria... and Steve's made a ton of friends there over the last 5 years. These same people have already offered - if I get the job - to help us find a place to live, school/child care for Annde, doctors, dentists... just about everything. I will say that it's making me a little calm knowing that we have great friends here and there that will help us move, if this is what is meant to be.

Stay tuned for more developments....

So, this weekend, after I rush back and forth to D.C.... I am on my way to



My brothers will be here by the time I leave and I can not wait to see them or the games. I am SOOOOOO excited about MSU making the Final 4! (I am bummed that the girls lost in the Sweet Sixteen by a last minute shot) I can't believe how cool this weekend is going to be! I couldn't believe when MSU tromped Louisville (the #1 team in the whole bracket)... and that these tickets that my hubby bought were going to allow me to see my favorite team play live! I am charging my camera right now!
I need to upload a bunch of scrapbook stuff... I will do that as soon as I can. Off to finish cleaning the house before I take Annde on her first & last school field trip (she's been sick during the other 3) to Cranbrook to see the dinosaurs... :) Should be a great time!

8 comments:

Stacy said...

Wow - what a whole bunch of emotions I have swirling around right now...sad for you, then happy for you possible new opportunity, then sad for me! Of course I always wish you the best, but you are the best scrappin' buddy EV-AH! Love ya no mATTER WHAT!

colortypes said...

So sorry to hear about what happened. However, I believe things will be looking up! You are in my prayers!

Sophia said...

oh my!!! One closed window opens another big door eh??

Despite the whirlwind of events and emotions involved, I'm sure you'll come out of it stronger and much more blessed!!!

Where you might be going sounds great with friends ready to help you settle down =)

May much more blessings go your way Jana!

ALLY said...

Wow Jana! That's a lot to deal with in such a short time! I have my fingers crossed that everything works out for you and your family. Have a great weekend!

Jennifer Y said...

Hi Jana! I hope all is well and things are looking up for you!! Take care! :))

redoaklines said...

hey jana! i'm finally back blogging, again.

just read all of the latest going on with you and your family. hopefully things start picking up and going your way. always keep your head up!

hugs,
sarah.

GinniG said...

Jana, I've been wondering where you were and what you've been doing. You've been going thru a lot!!! Hope you can get the job in DC! Then maybe we could meet somtime. ;) I grew up in Fairfax, Virginia and my family still lives there so I return occasionaly. :) {{{HUGS}}} and prayers for you and your family in this difficult time. Everything will work out for the best in the end.

Shelley said...

Jana, sorry to hear about the lay off, but hey, DC is great, and then you and Steve can be in the same house all the time. I go to DC every once in a while to see my son, maybe we could meet up. Good luck on the next round of interviews.