Sunday, September 25, 2011

What happened to summer?

I for one am happy that fall is approaching fast.  The leaves on the tree on our front lawn are already turning red and crispy.  So much time has past since I wrote last, and I think it's because I've been avoiding discussing anything too negative.  September is always a terrible month for me, because work is so busy.  I work at a university, and this year there were over 5000 first year students alone!  I stand all day, and answer questions, phone calls, deal with problem after problem... Not to mention that aside from the job itself, morale right now is really low.  I don't want to discuss the fine details of my work, but here's a general overview.  In the past few years our staff has been cut in half.  We have 6 people on sick leave, two managers have left in the past year, almost every department has faced layoffs and job changes.  People are stressed out and spread thin.  In July I was called in for a meeting with HR-I had 2 hours notice and had no idea why I was being called in.  I quickly assumed I was losing my job.  I was about half right.  I was served a layoff notice, but then was offered a new job in the same breath.  Same pay, benefits etc... The thing is, I wasn't relieved.  It was an out that I've been waiting for.  I've spent a lot of time and money becoming a teacher, and then have not been able to get e teaching job.  Partly because teaching jobs are difficult to get in this province (hello 7000+ unemployed teachers!), and also because I can't sub if I'm stuck at my job!  My immediate decision was to take the severance package and go on EI.  My bf fully supported this decision as well, because he sees how negatively the workplace affects me on a day to day basis.  However, I gave it a few days, and felt uneasy about being jobless.  I still have student loans to pay off, and what if I want to have kids?  How will I be able to start a new job and go off on maternity leave?  So, I came up with a new plan.  I requested that I be given one of the sessional jobs.  That means I work 9 months a year, and go on EI for 3 months in the spring.  This gives me the best of both worlds for now-an income, and an opportunity to come up with a new plan while not being destitute.  So, right now I am counting down until my break-5 months to go until I am off work for 3 months!!!  Hooray!

I feel like I haven't done much except for work the past two months.  But, I did manage to do other things, such as:

  • Beirut concert
  • Basia Bulat concert at Supercrawl
  • Pearl Jam last week!  3 hour mania with Eddie Vedder
  • Weekend workshop with World Renown David Swenson Ashtanga yogi
There are other things coming up too.  My ukulele classes start again next week.  I've been working on this song on my new banjolele.

I hope to post more now that the craziness of work should be subsiding a little bit (not much!).

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