Thursday, September 4, 2008

Get a Life!

As the description of my blog indicates, I am not currently employed in the corporate world. I work part-time and usually keep fairly busy working on home projects, gardening, digging thru construction trash piles (more on that in another post), managing the cat, cooking dinner for the family, baking, surfing the web, partying with the girlfriends, watching the grass grow, re-arranging my sock drawer (8 times now!) and managing all of my boyfriends (the scheduling can be quite demanding). Seriously, (I am kidding about the boyfriends) sometimes it's a little dull and I have to watch out for a few things. If you find yourself in my situation, beware of the following:

  1. Good-hearted friends and family will find stuff for you to do. This list just keeps growing. After all, you're not working, no problem, right? NOT!
  2. Attack of the evil shopping gene. Ladies (and some of you Gents), I know it's hard but stay out of the malls and strip shopping centers. You don't need clothes for the corporate world right now and your house is full of furniture! Beware the ice cream store with all the yummy flavors. NO! NO! NO! YOU MUST STAY AWAY FROM THIS KIND OF EVIL!
  3. Resist the urge to raise the cleaning standard of your home. Hubby started to notice that the baseboards are clean.....uh oh.
  4. Sign-up for continuing education classes that will give you homework. Oh, please. Why did I do this? There's a reason I didn't go back for that MBA.
  5. Going to Wall-mart starts to sound interesting and fun. Ok. If I ever get this far gone, I'm checking myself into the funny farm.
  6. The family budget starts to rear its ugly head. Hum..........................Simple math: Money-Out <= Money-In.
  7. You are assimilating (resistance is futile) into the nosy neighbor that you complain about.
  8. You talk to the animals while working in the yard. No, not your cat but the squirrels and other critters that keep you company while you work. Yes, even the lizards. And, no, they don't answer usually answer back.

Something I planted that hasn't died yet:

I hope the crazy things I listed above are not really happening to me and on a positive note, some of the great things about an extended hiatus:
  1. Long lunches with friends
  2. Happy Hours I can actually go to
  3. More time for fitness and training for races
  4. More family time
  5. Less stressful vacations (not thinking about the office while you're away)
  6. Getting enough sleep
  7. Eating less junk food
  8. Yard gets mowed more often
  9. Yard starts to look more like a garden instead of a pile of weeds
  10. Neighbors starting to speak to you again (see #8 and #9)
  11. You actually visit with your neighbors

Anybody have anything to add?


It's me said...
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It's me said...

OK, I'll ask...
So are you unemployed due to your choice or company choice or the direction of the wind or... well, just being nosy???

I would love to be unemployed. Haven't been able to convince Husband though. :(

ReformingGeek said...

Meadowlark: It was the infamous REDUCTION IN FORCE. It's been over a year now and hubby has been very supportive. What a guy!

Anonymous said...

Hi ReformingGeek, I'm reading through your archives, so forgive me for these oddly late comments.

That's funny about turning into "Gladys Kravitz" the nosy neighbor. My husband is home during the day (works nights) and he suspects the weirdest things about all our neighbors.

"1.00s, 1.50s, 1.75s for the short arms. If you know what I'm talking about, you're probably old, too."

"Boomer brain fog: What was the last, middle, and first part of what you just said to me?"