Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

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Yay, Friday! Tomorrow it’s supposed to be near 80 degrees and sunny here, and I am so excited. I’m going to wear a dress and sandals (I just bought a replacement pair of these which I wore all last summer) and sit on a blanket in the park and eat stuff with people I like and I can’t wait. I’m going to get a haircut, too. These things qualify for exciting in my life right now. What are you up to?

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  • thewriteway

    thewriteway April 17, 2015, 4:11 pm

    So I got fired on Monday after being at my job for almost five years. I was put on a performance plan back in December, and my bosses were pretty brutal on me during that time, documenting every mistake I made, no matter how minor, told me I made our brand look bad by making mistakes and near the end, wrote they “will not tolerate” anymore errors from me. I was an editor, so I guess that explains why they were so nitpicky. It was never easy, though, having progress meetings every two weeks and seeing every mistake documented with no mercy. Toward the end of my time there, I lost my grandmother and had a recurrence of a medical issue I’ve talked about here before (a problem with my eye the docs can’t find the cause of), and it just felt like I was being piled on.

    I’m sad to be unemployed because I feel kind of unproductive and lame. It’s hard to watch employed friends and family go to work every day, earn incomes and be successful at what they do. But at the same time, I’m relieved to be out of my work environment (aside from the constant scrutiny, they do have problems of their own) and free of the crazy progress reports and inconsistent hours. I had to work every Saturday and Sunday, and tomorrow, instead of me sitting home working and being miserable, I’m helping my mom transport a rescue dog to her new foster home. I admit it’s nice to be doing something worthy with my Saturday rather than going to work and not be able to enjoy myself.

    I don’t desire to ever be an editor or work in sports media again. I’m not sure what it is I desire to do, actually, but I’m considering some possibilities and will try to take time each day to explore careers and see what’s out there. I also set up an online portfolio to try and do freelance writing so I have something to do while I look for work and can show employers I’m not just bumming around in front of the TV. I don’t expect this period to be easy, but hopefully it doesn’t last long.

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    • Ika

      Ika April 17, 2015, 4:23 pm

      Iยดm sorry ๐Ÿ™
      I hope you find a more fulfilling job soon!!! One that doesnยดt involve working weekends, that sounds awful.

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    • Lyra

      Lyra April 17, 2015, 5:48 pm

      That sucks! Sorry for your unemployment, but sounds like it may be a blessing in disguise?? Good luck! You can get through this!!

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    • othy

      othy April 17, 2015, 6:46 pm

      That sucks. But, I’m glad that you seem to have a general plan and have a sense of relief about it. I got fired from a job a few years back, and after the first couple of weeks of panic, I realized that it wasn’t the end of the world. My stress level went way down (despite not having an income, I wasn’t constantly on edge and dreading work). I re-explored my career options and ended up going back to school and getting a job in a field I love.
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      Best of luck figuring out what you want to do and making it happen.

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      Cleopatra Jones April 18, 2015, 7:00 pm

      Being fired just means that you and the job were no longer a good fit. It sucks but it’s like being in a mediocre relationship, you’re sad it didn’t work out but dang if you’re not happy to go off and pursue what you really want to do. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Lyra

    Lyra April 17, 2015, 5:49 pm

    I’m drinking on my deck right now and I’m definitely already tipsy. Life is good. Cheers!

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  • Skyblossom

    Skyblossom April 17, 2015, 6:11 pm

    I was off work today and my husband took a half day so we went out to a late lunch/early dinner. I’m going out this evening to a play with a group of women from work. I work all weekend but my husband will meet me for lunch tomorrow, probably a couple of friends will join us also. My lunch will only be a half hour so I have to eat fast and mostly listen to everyone talk but it is fun. Sunday I only work in the afternoon so it’s better than Saturday. I’m enjoying the daffodils! Spring is beautiful!

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  • othy

    othy April 17, 2015, 6:47 pm

    I’m running a half marathon tomorrow, and the weather should be perfect. Sadly, though, I fear that these ‘allergies’ are actually a cold. And running while sick doesn’t sound like fun at all. I’m going to bed early and I’m hoping I can postpone actually coming down with it completely until after my race.
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    Also, I totally have tickets to go see Neil Gaiman talk tomorrow night. So excited!

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      snoopy128 April 18, 2015, 12:26 am

      Oh no! I a race Sunday and have had a terrible cold for the last week. I have been working endlessly (re: drinking piles of tea and resting) in hopes that it won’t go into my chest or get all phlegmmy.
      Phlegm kills runs.
      Just dope up on allergy meds and advil cold and sinus ๐Ÿ™‚

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      booknerd April 18, 2015, 10:13 am

      Did you do the marathon through 11th ave in the Avenues?

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        Anonymous April 18, 2015, 1:31 pm

        Yep! Finished 2 minutes faster than last year, even with the cold. My DayQuil wusses out on me at mile 11 ๐Ÿ™

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        booknerd April 18, 2015, 2:47 pm

        Lol! That’s awesome. My husband took my son to watch, while they let me sleep in a little. We live in the avenues.

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      • othy

        othy April 18, 2015, 11:41 pm

        Nice! I do love the community support that comes with that race.
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        Also, no idea that posted as anonymous. I guess I wasn’t signed in on my phone.

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    _s_ April 17, 2015, 7:05 pm

    Writing a post to test the new “modify” option. ETA: Huzzah! Can now not only edit but also delete comments!

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  • Pamplemousse Rose

    Pamplemousse Rose April 17, 2015, 7:10 pm

    I’m house sitting for my brother and SIL this weekend. They are out of town and we are staying with my parents while technically homeless (is 36 too old to live with family? Uh-oh), so we are staying at their house so both my parents, and my husband and I can have a break and some alone time.
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    On Sunday night, we have tickets to my first NHL playoff game! So excited. The place is going to be on fire ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Ika

      Ika April 17, 2015, 7:43 pm

      I really think 36 is pushig the limit, start nagging!!!! ๐Ÿ˜›

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      • Pamplemousse Rose

        Pamplemousse Rose April 17, 2015, 9:04 pm

        I should. My husband had better buy me a sex house by the end of June…

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        booknerd April 18, 2015, 10:14 am

        Ha ha. Sex house!

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    Kate April 18, 2015, 4:09 pm

    My dad saw a book called “The Bitch In Your Head: How to Finally Squash Your Inner Critic” by Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez, and bought it to give to me because he thought I’d like it. I do! I would recommend it.

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    Spent 4 hours going to the mall with my mom today because she wanted to buy an expensive purse and needed support.

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  • Mr. Cellophane

    Mr. Cellophane April 19, 2015, 9:39 am

    My iPad (my only connection to the webz) has been behaving wonky for the past week, it spent 4 days in the shop this week, and is no better. After two hour on the phone with Apple yesterday, it has been determined that I need to reset and rebuild my iPad world. Evidently even my backup is corrupted. So I am about to lose everything I have read, written, seen, or listened to for the last four years. Not to mention all the progress on all the games! It is weird, but I am feeling a little grief at the prospect of this loss.

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  • Lianne

    Lianne April 19, 2015, 10:03 am

    Kate and I are getting mani/pedis right now and the nail salon is playing a delightful mix of soft rock. After this, we’re hitting up Target and their new Lily Pulitzer line.

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    • Lianne

      Lianne April 20, 2015, 8:20 am

      And by hitting up Target and their new Lily Pulitzer line, I meant going to Target and not finding anything because it sold out immediately.

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        Kate April 20, 2015, 8:25 am

        Some woman just looked at us and said, “Gone. All gone.”

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