update -  I’m off the month of July, more or less. I’m actually fine with that. LONG story short, people stuck up for me and I could have had it a lot worse. 

You get a meeting invite for 2:45pm on a Friday, from your boss, and the other people invited to the meeting are a division director you work with (but not directly for) and someone from HR.

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Fuck.


HOWEVER!!

I believe this will be a furlough, not a straight-up layoff. My actual job is pretty secure, I am very much needed and they don’t pay me that much either, so I’m reasonably confident of returning to work before the school year begins, probably August.

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AND. My kids are increasingly likely to be without summer camp options, so we’ll need full-time child care ... so ... problem solved. I actually will very much welcome having the summer off. I just hope I’m welcomed back in the fall / late summer, and the university doesn’t collapse after all this.

So I’m torn. The last few weeks have been really, really challenging. I don’t know how much of that is because I’ve been trying to work on top of taking care of the kids, and everything else... but I may have a chance to find out, for better or for worse. Financially, we’ll be OK. My benefits would continue through work and I can collect unemployment.

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One thing is for sure, I’d be burning through a lot of $1.50/gal gas in the boat. Hell yeah. And putting a lot of miles on my mountain bike. I am categorically incapable of boredom, so I will have no trouble filling the time. Harvesting firewood, household projects, yard work, building mountain bike trails, hiking, biking, swimming, exploring with the kids; grocery shopping and cooking and laundry.

In any case, wish me luck.

this is a fun way to burn 37 gallons of gas at a time, especially when it’s cheap
this is a fun way to burn 37 gallons of gas at a time, especially when it’s cheap

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