It's February 4, 2015 and I've been unemployed for 8 days now. I haven't told a lot of people because I'm not emotionally equipped to deal with their reactions. The shock, the pity, the concern, the confusion. I can't deal with any of it from other people. So I'm keeping quiet until I have a plan. As you can imagine, I have a lot to say about being unemployed, so you get all the info now: One year later...
Here are things that I've noticed since I've been unemployed:
- Even though Pittsburgh is one of the gloomiest cities in America (no sun due the valleys and such), the sun DOES come out most days. From about 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. it shines brightly into the 12 foot windows of my apartment. So much so, that I can turn the heat down and not get cold. I cherish those sunny moments.
- My oven is quite dirty; Easy Off works really well.
- The doormen in my building are nosy as hell (Can't get out of the building without going out of the front door, damn shame.)
- The Good Wife is a great show. I'm six seasons behind. With 23 shows per season, who knows if I'll ever catch up.
- It is possible to finish my to-do list daily.
- Pinterest is just as great as it always was.
- It's both refreshing and exhausting to process every single personal thought that crosses my mind because I don't have anything else to do.
- It's easier than I expected to ignore social media and/or only post during times that I would usually be on my way to or getting home from work.
- I subscribe to too many online newsletters.
- I'm sad when I don't get mail, especially since walking down to get mail is sometimes my only outing for the day
- Bonus: I create a lot of waste. There's something about eating two meals a day at work and putting my trash in multiple trash cans that make me feel like I'm a good environmental citizen, but being at home all day and having a full bag of trash at the end of each day for just me, makes me think recycling is not enough.