Monday, March 15, 2010

the other shoe drops

After a few very tense days over the last couple of weeks, I finally learned last Monday that my contract will not be renewed. When I first started to suspect that this would happen, I confronted my boss about it, but in the end, he was just as much in the dark about it as I was, since the decision came from higher up the food chain. Anyway, between the time I started to suspect and I finally knew for sure, I made peace with it and then was ready to be rid of it - as much as I love the extra income, the crap hours and the way this company treats their employees just aren't worth it.

In the meantime, I started looking at my old projects and made another pitch to Stéphane about starting my own business. As much as I love my dear husband, he is not a risk taker and until now has completely resisted the idea, but now he is a little more open to it. And when I say open, I mean perhaps a crack. So I'm slowly starting to piece information together to create a business plan, which will likely take a little time but I'm getting more and more excited about the idea.

Of course, the main thing that's going to slow me down is that I'm going to become a stay at home mom again next week. Three months is huge amount of time at Fry's age and he's not the same boy I hung out with before I started working. It's going to be a heck of a challenge at first, but I'm looking forward to some extra Fry time.

In the end, even after losing my job, we crunched some numbers and decided to make a new bid on the house last week. The last time we bid, four months ago, we got a negative response in about an hour, and now it's been five days. Don't know what that means yet. Even if we don't buy that house, I want out of this apartment, even if it's into another rental. It's just not Little Dude friendly and it's starting to drive me crazy.

So whatever you do, don't feel sorry for me about losing that job! It allowed us to put a little money in the bank, I got some French experience on my resume, I am finally going to get my very own Social Security number (I've been on Stéphane's all this time!) and we got to treat ourselves a little with the Wii and a weekend away coming up. Nothing but good stuff around here!


Megan said...

Sometimes this is exactly the push one needs to finally start something else. I hope this opens that door for you.

redsaid said...

Hey Vivi,

I have not been reading your blog as much as I'd like to lately (but don't feel bad, I don't have time for anyone else's either!), so I scrolled up on the feeds and saw the post about you being heartbroken about having to close your etsy shop before I saw your retrenchment post. I AM sorry that you lost your job, but as Megan - and you yourself - have said, maybe this is not the worst thing in the world after all. I don't know if your new business plan involve your craftiness and etsy, but I hope it does. Either way, I'm looking forward to reading about your new (ad)venture. Best wishes from South Africa!