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Old Man Winter

Well, Michigan was finally hit with snow. I’ve been waiting for it to arrive and now that’s it’s finally here, I want more. I took the kids out sledding today for the first time in their lives and I have to say it’s as fun as I remember. My oldest isn’t one to usually be a daredevil, well, he flew down that hill like a daredevil. My youngest just likes being outside and in the snow. Sledding was fun, but so was the playground equipment. He truly just loves being part of nature.

Well, the coffee warmed me right up and now I’ve got to go.


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I never thought I would have to say that to anyone, but yes alas I do. I’m unemployed. Not by choice, but by circumstance. Though, isn’t that the way it is for everyone who loses a job nowadays.

The office I worked at for 11+ years closed officially on January 29, 2010. Over the past 5 years, our company has had to shrink its numbers dramatically. In 2001, our office held 2000 workers and as of last Friday that final toll was just under 500. We were progressively being whittled down and responsibilities were becoming greater. The worst part of it all was that when we were given our notice of the office closing, we were also told that we would not be receiving severance, instead we would be able to work through the next 12 weeks and continue to receive our pay as usual.

I live in Michigan, a state that has the highest unemployment rate in the Union. Yes the economy seems to be picking up, but not quickly and it sure isn’t ensuring that I’ll make the same kind of wage I’ve been used to.

Well, today, I’m unemployed, but the manager of a household. A household that needs to have the floors cleaned, the walls wiped and the beds made. I hope this gives me my practice I need for that dream job of one day owning a bed and breakfast.

Well, I’ve got to run, start dinner and clean up the kitchen. Thanks for meeting me for coffee.

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