unemployment diary day 2
This morning I woke at the usual time, although it owed more to the girls getting up with the sun than my alarm clock. I helped my lovely wife get them breakfast, and then showered, shaved, and got into my most comfortable business casual duds. I'll start to get worried if I stop shaving every weekday (I didn't always shave on weekends, so that'll be OK), and really worried if I find myself not showering. But I don't expect that to happen.
Fortunately, our financial situation is fairly stable for the moment. Since I had some vacation to cash out, I will recieve close my regular pay for the rest of the month, and I learned yesterday that our insurance extends until the end of the calendar month, which is nice. I spent yesterday signing up for unemployment and making arrangements for temporary insurance; I'm almost certain we can't afford to COBRA (but then, who can?). I also have some freelance writing to take care of, and that'll help. (It may also keep me from bloggign as much as I want, too...I don't want to get too far behind, though.)
I also learned yesterday that the contracting company I used to work for, while they can't keep me on the payroll when I'm not on assignment, has some encouraging prospects that may materialize next month. I'm not exactly eager to go back to consulting -- after all, it has little security; this is the thrid time in two years a position has evaporated on me. But if I return to them within 30 days my benefits continue uninterrupted, and that's a powerful factor.
I'm going to spend the day getting together some freelance work and doing some long-overdue chores for Destroy All Monsters...Musashi has been great at picking up the slack over the last couple of days. Also, of course, I'll be scouring the Internet job boards. I'll keep y'all posted.