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UNEXPECTED BENEFITS OF BEING UNEMPLOYED

Monday, August 10, 2009

Today is Monday & I don't have to go to work!

Yesterday, we went to visit our youngest son & I didn't worry about what time we got home because I didn't have to get up early.

My DIL called to see if I could pick up my granddaughter because her mom is filling in for her at work while she gets her hair cut.
This is huge because when Nona was born, my son told me that I could keep her when I wasn't working. DIL's mother keeps her M-F.
Fall break came & as I suspected, it didn't happen. There was weeping, wailing, & much hurt.
I was accused by her mother of causing a divorce because of the "tension" I was creating.
Horrible! Very painful.
A year later, I get called to babysit for the first time. If I was at work, I would miss this opportunity.

A friend has a time share in Key West & we are going for the week of Labor Day. I've never been, so why not?

Time to get myself into a routine of exercise, maybe even try the C25K.

More time to cook healthy & stay away from take out & fast food & spend less money.

Looking into possibilities of changing professions- there are jobs out there that I didn't know about.

Ahhh, introspection.
I think I have figured out why I wasn't rehired. That kind of thing worries me- I need to understand so I can accept it.

In January, the school started the Apple 1 to 1 laptop program. I was put in charge of passing them out & taking them up. It was very stressful, I had to spend a lot of time out of the library, running all over the school, & I resented it.
I got an attitude & one morning I called in sick & no one knew what to do. That was the point, I wanted her to see what it was like.
She changed the procedure so that students came to me, but I had signed my death warrant.
The principal was angry & it all went downhill from there. She expects teachers to be automatons with no right to question "the administration." She gave me my formative feedback at the same time I got my sumative.
She mentioned some odds & ends, then she said, "Do I have to micromanage you? Because if I do, you will be miserable." Ironically, most of the teachers are.
No worries- I wasn't rehired. To keep my job I should have cheerfully followed orders & kept my attitude to myself.
Why didn't I? At the time, I didn't realize what a big deal it was or that I wouldn't find a job before the new school year.

Lemonade, anyone?

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  • KIMOT2LTD
    It sounds like you are out of a toxic work environment and good for you. I work for the school district in Boston and I am lucky (I stress luck is a factor) to have a wonderful principal. But even so, I have faced layoffs for three years in a row. As of September, I am now considered a permanent teacher and will always be assured a job in the district.

    So I can relate.

    Enjoy your adorable little one.

    Blessings and joy from Boston.

    Kim
    4371 days ago
  • PRESENTTIME
    What an opportunity you have in front of you. The sky is the limit if it is even a limit. Good luck in your search.
    4372 days ago
  • SDOUGLAS8
    Sounds like you have hit a real turning point in your life. Only good things can come from this! Enjoy your time with family and friends - it is certainly a perk!
    4373 days ago
  • GRAMTOTWO
    Thanks, but no lemonade for me, anyone care for some cherries? I've been out of work for a while now. Long enough that I realized I needed to take some kind of control of my life and found this wonderful site. I finally have something I have control over. It's a good thing!
    4374 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/10/2009 3:40:01 PM
  • HARRINGTON5
    Every cloud has a silver lining. Good for you. When I left my job, I took an entire year to get healthy and lose weight. Yes, I also joined C25K and have had the most fun running 5K races.
    4374 days ago
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