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[personal profile] rydain
Let's get the worst out first. I got laid off. My reviews were stellar over four years of employment. I just happened to lose a game of Contract Musical Chairs during a time of uncertainty in the realm of government R&D funding. I have contacts, I have references, I have excellent prospects lined up - including an interview soon to come with a desirable employer - along with a high security clearance and the magical decade of experience required to bill myself as a senior software engineer. I'll be fine.

It's still a shock absorbed with its share of high octane beer. Spring House Big Gruesome Stout is a new favorite in the Strong 'n Flavorful lineup. It is peanut butter drunky time, and it is glorious. But consumed in measured quantities, all things considered. I continue to put in my quality time at the gym. I enjoyed a four-odd mile hike to get my just repaired car, which was backed into by a very nice and apologetic friend of a friend. I could have pinged the body shop's ride service, but where's the fun and celebratory pancakes in that? And mud-splashed pants, but they needed a wash anyhow.

I'm outlining. I'm pushing conflicts forward into the Great Unknown of my narrative's center. I'm researching soporific details required to contextualize and develop assorted business machinations. Readers will only see the tip of the iceberg, but it needs the apparent weight and fortitude to sink a ship.

I'm working up the nerve to draw again. I get art performance anxiety in ways that writing rarely pings. Oftentimes I'll make a godawful first sketch that needs to be thrown out. Then the next one starts to get it, and the connection clicks between brain and hand, and I surprise myself with some improvement or another, and I wonder why I ever feared the challenge to begin with.

Date: 28 February 2013 23:57 (UTC)
sarah_sensei: Midna: LoZ Twilight Princess (Default)
From: [personal profile] sarah_sensei
Sorry to hear about the job, but it sounds like you may have some prospects already and I hope you bounce back quick. Budget cuts are looming for my job too, since I work for DoD and those across the board automatic cuts are set to start tomorrow. Fortunately, at least for now, this only translates to a potential 22 furlough days between April and September (which means I'd lose roughly one month's pay over the course of the next 6 months). But if problems persist, I'd probably eventually end up on the chopping block. Here's hoping things get better out there. I totally sympathize with you.

Date: 2 March 2013 16:49 (UTC)
sarah_sensei: Midna: LoZ Twilight Princess (Default)
From: [personal profile] sarah_sensei
Good luck with your interview :) I hope it all works out for the best. I'm just trying not to stress about it for the time being.

Worst case scenario is they would eventually stop funding the military schools entirely and turn them over to the local school districts (which means they may or may not keep me on). I'm told that a lot of local districts do not want to be responsible for all those extra schools because they do not receive property taxes from any of the military installations, so, there's no new revenue and budgets are already tight.

Because of that, the federal government may find themselves sending money anyhow to help fund the schools federally. So, I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon... But losing about a month's worth of pay this year is starting to look very likely.

Date: 5 March 2013 10:55 (UTC)
kaedi: ([mlp] Dashie soooo cuuuute)
From: [personal profile] kaedi
I haven't drawn in ages. It used to make me feel better but now it makes me rage because I suck at it :P

Sorry to hear about your job too - mine's still up in the air atm - but at least it looks like you've got plans lined up :D

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