Today started out boring and got…not boring. Interesting. But not the good kind of interesting.
I ran this morning (just two miles with the dogs) and it was cold enough that I could try out my new winter running clothes. All that moisture-wicking stuff. Worked great! Well, I don’t know about the wicking, but it was an effective extra layer. I wasn’t really cold. Okay, review’s over.
Now for the not-boring part.
One of our friends at work got fired laid off today. He didn’t get any notice. It was one of those Friday afternoon bombshells. John found out when he asked for boxes so he could pack up his office. The last time our boss laid people off, she gave them two weeks. That was over a year ago, when the economy was much stronger. And that is just one of the many things that bother us about this whole thing. I was about to list other things, but because I’m deliberately being vague about this, the list lacks substance.
Our boss came to each of the rest of us to tell us what happened and to reassure us that our jobs are safe. It’s hard to believe that. We’re not really worried, exactly, but it’s better to be prepared. I’m pretty confident that we’ll have jobs at least through the rest of the fiscal year.
Anyway, John is outright angry. It’s going to be an interesting weekend. But thankfully, it IS the weekend. In some ways, this has been a long week (TWO dentist appointments!), and in others, it’s gone pretty quickly. No matter how I look at it, though, I’m tired. We don’t have any major plans – well, I don’t. John is meeting his project group Sunday morning. I would like to get some holiday shopping done, although we’ll probably be scaling back on that, compared to other years.
I feel like we should be more careful (financially) that we’re being right now. We’re not in any trouble, but SO many other people are that I think we should just be, well, more careful. Who knows what could happen? Especially after today. So I’m thinking the big present idea I had for John might be off the table this year. And if he’s planning on spending a lot on me, I’ll try to talk him out of it. I’m worried about the what-ifs. (Because I always have to have something to worry about. Just ask John. Or Mom. It’s just that money isn’t usually it. And it isn’t even it right now. I feel like I should be worried about it. So I am.)
I’m still going to have a nice weekend. The no-major-plans part will help a lot. I can just relax while John works on his project. I can clean up our bedroom (which looks like a hurricane struck), maybe finally clean out the closets (although that might be too ambitious for this weekend), read, listen to the new Christmas albums that just got delivered, RUN – I have to run. I keep saying that, but that’s only because I really mean it.
John and I ordered Chinese food tonight because his throat is starting to get scratchy and he wanted wonton soup (Mom, did you catch that? He wanted SOUP(!) for his sore throat.). We watched an episode of Rescue Me, and then his mom called. They’re discussing the best way to crop our winning family picture, I’m assuming for Christmas cards. Or maybe just to go in Christmas cards. And that reminds me. Last year, John and I sent holiday cards. Actually, we made two lists. One list was cards for me to send, and one was for him. John never did get around to sending any on his list. I sent all of mine, but here’s the problem: I didn’t keep the list. I don’t know who I sent cards to last year. I know some of them, but I’m sure I can’t remember all of them. Here’s a thought. If I sent you a holiday card last year, send me your address again. 🙂 I can’t believe I didn’t keep the list. I can only think of seven or eight that I’m sure I sent. And I’m sure I sent more than that. So….if you don’t get a card from me this year, and you got one last year, I’m sorry. I’m not snubbing you. If you didn’t get a card from me last year, then yes, I am snubbing you. 🙂