By: Revanche

Bit of a hamster in a wheel right now

April 17, 2009

My thoughts have been going ’round and ’round, producing very little of use since last week. Thus, no real posting.

Thursday kicked off my long weekend with a meeting wherein the June 30th layoff date was publicly and semi-officially announced, finally. You’d think after all my ruminations, I’d be on the starting blocks, ready to get out of here. Emotionally, I am. The environment’s so toxic that I can’t wait to be gone already. It’s just counting down the ten weeks until that happens. And making sure I’ve really checked off my entire list of things to do before it’s all over.

I’m also emotionally exhausted from all that and all the dire news. I mean, you can’t turn around without being inundated with negative media: NPR, news online, blogs, people gossiping, everything. And it’s not like I’m just trying to hide in a hole, but there’s a limit to the amount of negativity this body can take.

Actually, I have been dodging unnecessary bombardment by practicing quiet in myself. I’ll be back when I feel better.

Stacking Pennies has the right idea over at her blog asking, Tell Me Something Good, but I’m not quite ready to pull myself up by the bootstraps and try try again yet.

FCN has a fun post up: What Would You Do With a Windfall?

What would you do with a major windfall? For the sake of argument, let’s say that someone dropped a million bucks in your lap. Would you pay down debt? Buy something nice? Save or invest it?

Oh, if nothing else, I finally did submit my life insurance paperwork for increased benefit through my employer. And I finished my classes yesterday. Go me!

PS: I just got a notice that my 6-month CD with Citi is expiring. That flew right by, and I’m not sure what to do with it. Probably just cash it out and throw it back into savings.

6 Responses to “Bit of a hamster in a wheel right now”

  1. Sense says:

    how stressful! agh!

    you’re right: it’s one thing to know something awful is coming, and quite another when it actually does. somehow, it’s still a shock to the system.

    take your time, indulge yourself a little, and come back when you’re ready. we’ll be here. til then, hugs!

  2. I am so sorry you are having a tough time. Let’s hope things look up soon!

  3. I used to come home and turn on the evening news and watch it every flipping night. I stopped doing that as well as listening to a lot of NPR for the reason it seemed all I heard was doom and gloom and nothing good. I now check out the NPR web page and carefully select when I turn on the radio, etc. There is a difference between being informed and being inundated. I had to and still do, make an effort to be informed without being inundated. It has made a great improvement in my life. You are on the right step by practicing being quiet.

    To answer your last question, If I got a windfall, I’d pay off the last of my debts, buy a slightly bigger house than what I live in now and make sure I have some bells and whistles in it that I’ve always wanted in a house, take a month off and travel, invest the rest carefully and drop a chunk of change on my two favorite charities. If you receive, you have to give!

  4. Argh, I have a CD that’s maturing on Wednesday… it was at nearly 4%. Now I’ll be lucky to get 2%…

  5. Miss M says:

    I’ve kind of adjusted to all the bad news, but I’m not looking at a layoff like you. I’m sorry that it is now definite and creeping up on you, I hope you are able to get through your to-do list before then. I keep my chin up by looking for the positive in the situation, you don’t like your current environment so getting out of there will be good for you and your stress level. I hope that new opportunities will appear and that this is all a blessing in disguise.

  6. Revanche says:

    Sense: I feel like I’m in a time warp: time seems to go both faster and slower. πŸ˜›

    Notes From the Frugal Trenches: Thank you!

    Bouncing Back: That’s a much more thorough answer than I was able to give via Twitter. My problem with giving to charities is that I can’t just pick a few. And under normal circumstances, I can’t NOT just pick a few. πŸ™‚

    I was definitely experiencing information overload, but going through news deprivation is weird, too.

    paranoidasteroid: I found one that’s juuust over 2%.

    Miss M: I’m very happy that there’s an end to this madness in sight. And glad that I have enough time to get financials in order, but the waiting might very well drive me nuts in the meantime. πŸ˜›

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