Friday, November 7, 2008

So, we decided that it was time to give our son his very first haircut. He had cultivated quite an amazing baby "mullet" that was cute, but had to go. I wanted to have it cut by a professional, but my husband thought that would be a waste of money. I went online and found out the best way to cut a toddler's hair. It turns out the best way to do this is quickly:

It turned out pretty well, actually. Money saved- mullet removed- success!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Being part of history is not always so great

So, the numbers came out for October layoffs. I was part of those numbers. Yippee. Here's a quote from a Reuters report:

"Traders cited fears over the economy on a day when ADP Employer Services said U.S. private employers cut a larger-than-expected 157,000 jobs in October, presaging another whopping job-loss figure on Friday when the Labor Department issues the more market-sensitive nonfarm payrolls data."

The entire article can be found here:

I wonder who the other 156,999 people are?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


I was so moved last night. No election in my lifetime has ever been so incredible. It's a brand new day in America and I can't wait to see what happens! This isn't meant to be a political discussion, so I will stop there. I just couldn't contain my happiness!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election day

My husband and I voted today. We live just around the corner from our polling place so we walk there whenever there is an election. We went around 10:45 AM to avoid the before work and lunch crowds and there was no line at all. (We are in Florida- so we never know quite what to expect!) Now we just sit back and watch what happens. We are Obama supporters, but whatever happens I have an optimistic view for this country. It can only go up from here, right? Right?

If you haven’t voted yet- please get out and vote! Happy election day!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Waking up with no alarm clock

Well, almost. I wake up each day now when I hear my son on the baby monitor. This happens at almost exactly 9 AM each day. It is such a joy to get up when the sun and baby get up. It took me a few weeks not to feel panicky everytime this happened. Oh my God, I’ll be late for work! Oh yeah, I have no job. Then a different sort of panic would settle in. Now that it’s been a month since the “lay off” I have gotten over those feelings. It’s a lot like a break-up, the pain fades with time.

My new panic attacks happen when I figure out how to buy health, dental, and life insurance on the open market. My husband is self employed and I had all of our insurance coverage through work. We are fortunate that none of us has any existing conditions- that I know of. But geez this stuff is expensive and a pain the arse to shop for. Argh. I opted not to go with the COBRA coverage when I saw that it would be over $1300 month for health and dental coverage. Whatever happens in the election tomorrow, I pray that health insurance gets more affordable for all of us!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

What it's all about

I was laid off recently. I had been working at my job for over 5 years. It was the first and only job I had out of grad school. I loved the people I worked with and the great benefits. Sometimes I even liked the job itself, if you can believe that. Anyways, the economy is slow and the company didn’t have enough money to keep paying everyone- so the layoffs began. It’s tough because I had a great situation. I was able to work from home twice a week and keep flexible hours. I was able to work and be a Mom with time to spend with my son (he turned 18 months old today). Now that I may not be able to find such a great situation I wonder if I want to go back to work at all. So, my journey begins.

Can I afford to stay home with my son? Will I be fulfilled intellectually by stay-at-home-motherhood? Will it be a waste of all that hard work and education that got me this far? Will I be less “employable” when I am ready to return to work? Does any of that matter as long as I give my son everything he needs?

I don’t know. This is where I plan to chronicle that journey. Wish me luck.