25 September 2009

August absentia

No, no, really there were drafts in the queue (even some that had been in the queue for quite some time) but at the very near end of the month, it only seemed right to note that blog entries were pretty much absent in August.

Okay, and in all honesty, July wasn't much better. September is shaky at best.

So what was I up to? Job hunting, working with a career development group (mixed bag reviews there), knitting, designing, frogging, a little tech editing, and more. Some of the more involved "transition assistance" classes/sessions at least got me the H out of the house and dressed like an adult.

There were far too many slugfest/hermit days that could/should have instead been training, slimming and other good things.

Best case scenario would be that all that radio silence would mean that I've emerged out the other side with a temp or perm full time gig or a part time gig that makes the degree thing work out.

Best case scenario so no happening but it all isn't for lack of trying. I'm now coming up on the 6 month story with no happy ending or "landing" in sight -- so for the record, in case you haven't figured this one out, I need a job.

The go back to school full time solution has met with its own set of mostly economic issues that I am still trying to gut/get through. Even going back part time has some concerns.

Some of those concerns are the same semantics that I ran into when I was first laid of. If, having started a degree programme before becoming unemployed and pursuing it while working full time, does continuing that programme in a new semester constitute "beginning" training/school that might disqualify one for UI? From here it looks like the interp is far from clear/consistent.

The point is moot at the moment since I need to finish the work to clear my incompletes -- anyone want to mentor me in writing APA style term papers in exchange for knitting instruction and/or some other and I can't really afford to continue school until I find a job or take on a crazy big amount of debt I'm not keen on.

These are tough times. Unlike some of my friends and colleagues, I've been through and caught in tough times before. I graduated into a recession and with limited resources/support managed to get through and at least take a detour or two and while I'm certainly not at the place I expected to be so very long ago, I am still here, still sucking air and don't plan to stop doing that any time soon.

But you know, sucking air with a job sucks a lot less -- I'm just saying.


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