Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I can't stand it anymore!!!

It's getting close to due date or should I say R date as in reduction at the job. I can feel it. Everyone can feel it. A few people toss their cookies in the bathroom from being so keyed up and stressed. Others chatter or laugh nervously, while others roll their eyes occasionally. Me? I try to read between lines and look for clues as to if I'm "the chosen one" to be a part of the "reduction gang". My boss used to walk with all of us from my department of three as we left for the day…he no longer does that. He greeted the other co-walker and talked in depth to her and not to me. **Gulp.**

I feel like the ladies on Twilight Zone's episode called Noon Day Sun where it's hotter than hot and they keep saying to one another, "When will this dreadful heat end?" They are drenched in sweat and stripped down to their slips. (If it was me, I'd be one nude girl. Forget having any material between me and the heat.)

To make ends meet, I'm seriously trying to think of ways to "survive" until I find another job (if that's what it comes down to.) I'm toying with a few ideas….and these are serious ones….not in joke so please don't laugh but give me your honest opinions.

1) personal assistant to classroom moms - entails making cupcakes, cookies, picking up juice boxes and pizzas for special days in the classroom.

2) Memoir writer - there are a few of you and you know who you are…that need to write a book. I'm willing to co-author, edit, or whatever just to help you make it to the best sellers list.

3) Paint wall murals. I've done this on the walls for many clients but stopped after I was getting paid pennies for my works of art. I may just have to get back into it just for the pennies. If I make a bajillion pennies, at least it will be enough to put gas in my car.

4) Cooking classes for kids - I love to cook and Boo will tell you that if I couldn't cook, he wouldn't be with me! LOL (He's just kidding ;) According to Boo, every guy likes a woman who can cook so I thought I'd start early and have cooking classes for kids. I'd teach them the essentials until they work up to full menus.

5) Parent Educating - It's true. I'm a parenting guru or maybe a wanna be. But, seriously, I'm certified as a parent educator and I'm willing to sit down and do one on ones with those parents who could use some guidance, tips, tricks and just a hug to tell them that they are doing just fine.

6) Art classes for kids - I draw, I paint, I create, I make a mess. What's even better is to have a few little ones making a mess too and for me to get paid as they do it.

Those are some of the ideas I've come up with. If you had to choose a service, which would it be?


Sandi said...

oh, I hate the anticipation. It's worse then the actual shit in my opinion.

I think all of your ideas are fabulous. It's important to find what makes you happy and what brings in the money. If you don't like getting up in the morning for work, you will have a miserable life. I think it's far better to do what you love.

So, find what you love and do it. The rest will take care of itself.

MrsSki said...

I can only imagine how hard that must be. While I've never officially been "laid off" I've had to worry about my pay check clearing my former company's account and finally had to make the decision to leave prior to getting laid off.

I think any one of those or even a combination of some of those would be great. The assistant to the classroom mom sounds like a lot of fun and since you'll be cooking anyways you could do the cooking classes for kids too.

I truly hope you do not lose your job but you seemed very prepared if the worse was to happen. If I lived closer I would definitely sign up for your cooking classes.

Passion Fruit said...

I'm sorry to hear how stressed things are.

I think all your ideas are viable and definitely productive.

Deidra said...

I love the creativity of your choices. I don't know what kind of work you do right now, but any one of your options sounds like fun. And you would be great doing either (or all?) of them.

I remember that Twilight Zone episode and feeling such despair while I was watching it. I'm praying that you'll get a breath of fresh air, a cool breeze to settle your mind and calm your spirit.

Annie said...

I love your ideas! I need a wife! How about that?!?!

Justine said...

I really love most of these ideas, especially all of them that have to do with you using your art to make a living. It's obviously something you're good at and love, so I say go for it.

Justine :o )

♪♥♫Tracy♪♥♫ said...

That is such a hard place to be. The "not knowing" is harder than knowing, I think. I went through something similar one year and it was so stressful. Blood pressure was up, I couldn't sleep, it was just awful. I hope that things work out for you in the way that you desire but try to remember- stressing now doesn't help. It doesn't make it any easier once you know what you are dealing with. It's just double the stress if that makes sense. So if you are going to have to stress- wait till you know it for sure xoxoxo I love all of your ideas! I just know whatever happens, you will be A-OK!

Tami said...

I know just how you feel! I'm sorry your going through this. It's the pits! Think positive my friend! I'll call you later tonight if I get a chance, having cell problems Can't text and my phone just shuts off for NOW reason.. grrrrrrrrr

blueviolet said...

I like your wall mural idea and also both of the kids class ideas! You could do a smattering of everything and it would all add up to a living!

Julie said...

Parent educating! Oh please, give me a crack at 'em!!!!

Lin said...

When Joe was heading for unemployment, I sat down and went through all of our expenses, trying to figure out where we could cut. If you prepare yourself, you'll be okay. I'm sorry that this is happening this way, I wish you knew already one way or the other.

Oh, to make it worse--I'm tagging you tomorrow. Sorry.

Buckeroomama said...

I'm sorry that you are going through this awful uncertainty right now. I pray that everything will work out for the best.

#s4 and 6 would work REALLY well over here. You'd have lots sign-ups and possibly even long waiting lists. Go for it!

Angel said...

Here, I get quite a lot of work through this site, and have created enough of a name that I have clients that request me personally.
It will take a couple of weeks to get going so check it out. It can be a good site, for you for extra money even if you don't lose your position. or you can be like me and sell AVoN on the side.
I am praying for you girlfriend..
BTW your email on your blog does not work, I cannot mail you your interview questions. Are you on FB? I could send them through there if you don't wish to give out your email..I think the one on my blog actually works, at least i hope it does...please let me know how to get to you with the questions..
Oh the site!!!!!!

I'm a aries, you know how we are.

Butler and Bagman said...

Good luck...Having been fired three times, I promise you that if you do get laid off, it will be better in the long run. Most people who are laid off are working within 6 months (long months, I grant) and are getting more job satisfaction and more money.

Veronica Lee said...

I'm so sorry you have to go thru this.
Hugs and prayers to you, Simone.

Nana said...

I like 3, 5 & 6. Memoir writing is good but you won't get paid until some time! I hope that you're just paranoid & that you will keep your job! The recession is really hitting you guys hard... In Canada, there's been job losses, but not as bad as down in the U.S. Good luck with everything, Remember that God always has plans for you.

Joanna Jenkins said...

The waiting is always the worst part! I hope whatever happens, happen soon so your stress levels go down.

I think al your job ideas are great. I need to put on my thinking cap too otherwise I'll be a senior citizen greeter at WalMart soon :-)


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