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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

update ...

I'm currently reading and listening to chunksters so it will be a bit sparse on the review front around here for a while. 

I'm ALMOST finished with Towers of Midnight but I'm trying to read very slowly because I don't want it to end. It will be horrible to have to wait another year for the next book, and even more horrible that the next book is also the LAST book. *sniff*

In addition, I'm listening to The Count of Monte Cristo and that sucker is more than 40 hours long! I'm enjoying it for the most part but there was a rather tedious section a while ago that really dragged for me.  There are other parts that are really good though, so it all works out.

AND THEN ...

I went to work today only to find out that I'd been laid off. ?!?! Gotta love that corporate timing - getting rid of 450 employees just before the holidays.  Lovely.

This will either mean that I have no time for blogging or lots of time for blogging, depending on how the job search goes.  Finding something part time that matches the schedule I had previously (which allowed me to get Kiddo to and from school every day) is going to be tough.  But on the bright side I will get lots of housework done in all this extra time I now have! (hmm, not sure that's exactly the bright side but it will be useful ...)

Anyway, I'm sure things will work out in the end but of course I'm a bit frazzled today (so much so that I can't even TRY to read).  I'll keep you all posted on how things go!

25 comments:

Teresa said...

I'm sorry to hear that you've been laid off. Been there, done that. I wish you luck in finding something that fits your needs. I know that it is tough, but try to enjoy some of the down time.

Trish said...

Ugh, laid-off? That's not a nice way to start the week :(

I'm looking forward to your review of The C of MC . . . it's another one of those old timey books on my radar.

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I'm so sorry to hear you've been laid off! :(

I joined a readalong for The Count of Monte Cristo -- I know you may not want to jump onto a readalong after our Historian journey, but you might be interested to hear the chatter back and forth on The Literary Lollipop's site, it's been fun to read her overview and thoughts and then contribute. Carin from A Little Bookish is also hosting, but all the initial posts are from The Literary Lollipop. I've got the Penguin version, and I've been really enjoying the book thus far, although it is about 1300 pages....! :)

Teacher/Learner said...

So sorry to hear that, Heather. Best of luck in finding a new job.

Lenore said...

Right before the holidays? Man, that's cruel of your (former) company.

Best of luck finding something new that fits your schedule.

Amanda said...

Oh no, that's horrible news! :( I hope you find something that works for you soon Heather.

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

Why do companies always seem to lay people off right before the holidays? I will never understand that. Needless to say, that is just lousy and I'm sorry you have to deal with this.

(If it helps, my word verif is "lamingly" - as in, "your company handled the layoffs lamingly." :)

Avid Reader said...

That's so frustrating! I got laid off in August (I'm in a new job now, yay!) but I found that I had a harder time blogging. I felt like I should be doing something else (aka searching for a job) whenever I would try to blog. Good luck!

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

Awwm, I'm sorry Heather. That just sucks :(

Amy L. Campbell said...

My condolences. I haven't had much luck on the job front, but it seems you've had more experience in the work force. I hope you get picked up again soon.

Ruth said...

Oh Heather, so sorry to hear the job news! Best of luck with the search!

softdrink said...

Well that sucks! Good luck with the job search.

Alyce said...

That really stinks! I hope that in the end you are able to find something even better.

Good luck with the housework. I always manage to procrastinate on that even when I do have time.

As for The Count of Monte Cristo - I gave it up a couple of years ago when I hit one of those slow parts.

bermudaonion said...

Oh Heather, I'm so sorry to hear that. I've never been able to understand why company's do that around Christmas.

Yvette said...

Right before the holidays. Jeez. What a bunch of you-know-whats. Hope you find something new really soon. Take care and try to enjoy your 'down' time.

Suey said...

Sorry to hear this yucky news. Maybe in the end, your next job will be better and then THAT will be the bright side!

Amy said...

Sorry about the lay-off, Heather. :( I know just how hard that can be. I hope you find the right job and soon!

Florinda said...

I think I DO have some idea why companies make layoffs right before the holidays; that's also shortly before business fiscal years end, and they're trying to affect year-end financial results. Not that it helps. People aren't numbers, and I'm really sorry this has happened to you. I hope you find something even better!

Jenn's Bookshelves said...

How horrible! I'm so sorry you have to deal with this, right before the holidays, too! My prayers are with you!

April (BooksandWine) said...

That's terrible!

Best of luck in finding a new job. The market's tough, but you are more than capable, and I am sure you will be able to find something!

Marg said...

Sorry to hear about your job Heather! Fingers crossed that you find a new job that can accomodate your news, and also is a great opportunity for you!

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

So sorry to hear about the lay off. What sucky timing. I know what you mean about finding a job that works around the kids' school schedule. I've been looking for something like that for months...to no avail. Good luck with the job search.

Dreamybee said...

I really enjoyed The Count of Monte Cristo-sounds like you are too, so I hope you enjoy the rest of it!

So sorry to hear about your job. Those jerks! Would it really kill them to keep people until the first of the year? Then again, maybe it's better not to let people go crazy on holiday spending and *then* tell them they won't have any money coming in. I guess that's one of those darned-if-you-do, darned-if-you-don't scenarios. Anyway, good luck with your job hunt. In the meantime, enjoy your reading!

Beth F said...

Oh shoot. So sorry to hear about the job front news. Here's hoping that something comes along very, very soon.

When I'm lost in chunksters -- print or audio -- I tend to read graphic novels on the side to give me that sense of finishing.

Michelle said...

Oh! I'm so sorry to hear this. It always amazes me that companies can be so heartless around the holidays.

I'll send positive vibes your way and hope that you find the perfect job quickly.

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