Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Waiting for the other shoe

On the good news front, Foxy was doing much better tonight. We (T came out to give me a hand) soaked feet - rear left & front right - just to be safe, but she was only slightly off trotting, and was standing & walking without favoring anything. Guess we'll see what tomorrow brings. Maybe it was a strain, or maybe the mysterious migrating lameness will be back again tomorrow.

On the bad news front, it was definitely a pink letter day. The economic downturn has hit home here.
My last day at work will be May 31st.

I'm still processing.
It was a surprise,
but not a complete shock,

The possibility's been looming for a while. I was assured of positive references, and that none of this is anything to do with me, personally. Doesn't make it any easier, does it?
So, we have some decisions to make here. Stay? Go? For a job in my field, I'd probably have to relocate, which isn't an unattractive proposition - not entirely, and especially not now. But whatever gets decided will be a joint decision. Rome wasn't built in a day, and nothing's going to get decided tonight, that's for sure.

You know, I stewed all day wondering what the mysterious meeting at 4 PM with the director & provost would be - I knew it wasn't going to be good news. So in a way, knowing was a relief. But I didn't feel better about things until I'd been out to feed tonight. The horses are completely oblivious, happy to be fed, and with warmer weather. Sunny waiting semi-patiently at the gate, hollering when he saw me climb out of the car (he's the only one who does). My fuzzy mental health fix.
I'll have lots to do at work the next couple months getting things wrapped up and someone(s) trained to take over the essential stuff. Unfortunately for those still employed, what I'm doing is still going to need to be done, whether I'm there to do it or not.
And bad as today's news is, we will be okay. Doors don't close without others opening, and I'm doing my best to see the positive side of things. I'm not quite sure what shape positive will take yet, but I know it's there!

6 comments:

Mrs Mom said...

Sorry to hear about you rjob, but I am thrilled that you have such a strong upbeat approach. Like Dave Ramsey says, this is a time of NEW opportunity for many people. Grab that chance, and run with it! Will be praying that The Door finds you! ;)

As for Foxy, glad she is better! Keep us posted on how she does!

Promise said...

I'm sorry to hear that. It seems everyone knows at least one person who has been laid off. You've got the right idea, though...other doors will open with this - everything happens for a reason, doesn't it?

Hang in there. The horses will keep everything sane for you.

Jennifer said...

Sorry to hear the layoff news. That really stinks!

Praying for a window to spring wide open so you can crawl through.

-Jenn & the boys

Callie said...

Sorry about the layoff, that truly sucks!

SunnySD said...

Thanks, ladies. It might be weird, but I can't help but think Foxyy was hopping around Monday night for a deeper reason. (Or she just got kicked.) Who knows.... But I got the point.

It sucks, but you know, as bad as I felt sitting there being told I was no longer "necessary" to the University, I felt worse watching Foxy hobble around the other night. I can do something about my job situation - injured critters make me want to pull my hair out. I don't know if that makes any sense at all, but I'm sticking to it!

Jessie said...

Very sorry to hear about your job. I am glad you have a little bit of time to get things sorted though. Like the others said, it's great that you are staying positive! I'm hoping an opportunity comes your way soon.