Friday, November 21, 2008

Here's Your Box...Go Start Your New Life!

In my last post, my life was in the process of flying off the rails. Nowadays, the rails are gone completely.

I lost my job, just in time for both the holidays and the greatest American economic collapse since...er, the last time our economy collapsed? I can't keep track any more.

I'm still finding all sorts of silver linings. The afternoon I got the "Here's your box, but try to think of this as an opportunity!" talk at work, Lemmonex and I barreled through much of my leftover birthday champagne, and sang along with the infamous "Hot Sundae" video on the "Jessie's Caffeine Pill Downward Spiral" episode of Saved by the Bell.

Good news is always abundant. My dad's health is improving rapidly. The lovely Lady Brett hooked me up with a temp job (one perk of being an admin: you can always, always temp). My friends rock. And my boyfriend has been a truly amazing source of support.

But things are still stressful, and I'm not much for the emotion-barf. So I'm staying on hiatus for a bit longer. I put up this post to explain why I'm not posting, like a Mobius strip of self-indulgence. I'll be back soon...bad times don't last forever.

25 comments:

LiLu said...

You take as long as you need, lady. You are missed.

Tina said...

thanks for keeping us "posted" you are missed and its good to know you are weathering the storm.

Shannon said...

LiLu - Aw thanks...I miss you guys! And Foilwoman.

Shannon said...

Tina - Thanks! I swear I'll come home soon.

Arjewtino said...

Sorry to hear that, Shannon. I hope things pick up soon for you.

Lemmonex said...

We miss you but will always be here when you come back. Love you lady.

lacochran said...

You are a wonderful person and there are much better things ahead for you. Really! Fine, don't take my word for it. You'll see.

Shannon said...

Arjew - Thanks...I'm sure things will get better soon. Or worse. Who knows?

Lem - Love you more!

Lacochran - I'm sure it's all for the best...I always land on my feet.

blue said...

Long-time lurker here -- if it makes you feel any better, I just got downsized, too. I'm convinced that they time it this way for optimum cruelty. Happy Thanksgiving, indeed....

WordNerd said...

Here's to hoping the silver linings you have multiply by many digits very soon. :)

PRSlaveDC said...

Here's a message that I'm sending to you-uuuu...
You can do what you want to do...
Keep your mind to it, go for it...

Wow, I never realized how inspirational that song was until right now.

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Shannon said...

Blue - The nice thing about getting canned in the middle of Economic Apocalypse 2008 is that it's not too lonely.

WordNerd - Now I'm picturing clouds with fingers and toes. Thanks for that.

PRSlave - It's extra-inspirational when you sing it in thong spandex leotards.

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City Girl DC said...

Shannon - I've been there before so I know how it feels. And you're right. Bad times really don't last forever. You've also got your whole blogosphere crew pulling for ya!

KassyK said...

Hey girl...I feel you. I've been unemployed for almost 6 months now and if I didn't have my parents to live with at this moment, I would literally be homeless.

There are always silver linings--sometimes they are hard to see when things are in such disarray but I know it will get better for you. :)

Malnurtured Snay said...

Ugh, good luck and I hope everything works out!

Consul-At-Arms said...

Sorry about your job. Hang in there and don't lose hope.

Foilwoman said...

Aw, sarcasm. I miss that. But despite the fact that I like you and you don't like me (I think), I'm sorry to hear about the job loss. It happened to me after giving birth and discovering I needed a divorce from a spendthrift -- in someways scarier than during a big economic meltdown (kids need you) but in other ways not so much. The temping is good. I hope you'll land on your feet.

freckledk said...

Thinking of you, Missy! Let me know if you need anything.

Richard said...

Sorry to hear about you misfortunes of late. I'm a recent convert (first time commenter) to the teachings of Shannon and from Sweden no less! This means of course that your international following is beginning to build. Good news huh?

Anyway I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your little musings on life and hope things will take a turn for the better soon.

Have you considered using adsense or sometihing like it on your blog? A few extra bucks sure can be helpful. I promise to click on the ads...

Someone of your talents shouldn't be answering phones anyway. You should be a paid writer. I know this wicked world of ours doesn't appreciate talent but still...? why you haven't been snatched up by the press is beyond me.

Shannon said...

CityGirl - Thank you! Things seem to be turning around already.

Kass - I don't really have a parental safety net, as they both live overseas...but I can always live inside Lemmonex's purse if need be.

Snay - Thank you!

Foilwoman - Thanks for the well wishes. I'll figure something out - I always do. In 2006 I was unemployed, crashing with friends, and getting divorced. This is easy by comparison!

Frecks - I need a beer and maybe a sausage platter. Is that doable?

Richard - Thank you for all of your kind words. I've considered writing professionally, but think I prefer it as a hobby. I've had writing-focused jobs before and found them very solitary.

Doug said...

I miss your posts. I'm glad things are working out for you. Can't wait to see you back around these parts. It's cold when you aren't around :(

Foilwoman said...

Shannon: Wow, one learns something new everyday. I always assumed your divorce was in the past (more than five years ago). It's recent (same era as mine). You poor baby, you don't deserve another punch right now. Yeah, we know we can take a punch (me literally, reasons for the divorce) but who needs that confirmed. Let everyone baby and indulge you. And good luck.

Katherine said...

Love the Hot Sundae video and love that you know it even more. Be my friend?