Lots of Knitting Ahead
Maybe even some sewing. Today was an emotional – and confusing – day. Essentially, I got laid off but they’re keeping me on as an hourly employee and if there’s work, then I get paid. Otherwise, I collect unemployment, or work somewhere else. And I didn’t even get to finish up a client’s project I was working on today. I was robbed of the gratification of hearing first-hand the client’s praises (or condemnation, if he didn’t like it, but he did) of my work. I do know though, that they liked it enough to want to have more work done after the first of the year. By the time I got back to my desk from the meeting with the bosses and HR, my computer was gone, my email shut down and I was asked to “quietly” leave – they’d burn my personal pictures to a CD and mail it to me along with all my books and personal stuff. Sheesh. Merry Christmas.
What this means is that I’ll have some time off around the holidays. That’s good on the one hand that I need the rest, and I can enjoy my little grandkids and my daughters, and maybe actually knit up the gifts I wanted to make. On the other hand, there’s added stress making sure there’s enough money to last me to the next paying gig because I didn’t get any severance. (I did, however, get benefits continued through the end of January.)
The other thing this does is present some opportunities for me. For a start, the next bit of work they might want me to do is fine with me – but I’ll be working 100% from home. I’m calling the shots now. And in addition, I’m going to get a business license and start my own editing business – and give myself a raise. Why should a company who really only cares about their own profits make three times my salary on what I do?
Anyway, like Bev said, I guess I should knit up a bunch more of those cute hats. I think I’ll take her advice.