Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It's not Pink

As expected, I got my "pink slip" yesterday. It's not even pink, it's just an ordinary white letter. I was looking forward to a little color in the envelope.

According to the handydandy little "California's programs for the unemployed" booklet, I am eligible for an unemployment benefit of approximately...69 big ones a week. I just laughed. It's not even worth it. Because then I'd have to pretend to be actively seeking employement, which I won't be. I sometimes bitch about the job because, well, we all complain about something. But really, it's been great. You can't beat the vacation schedule. I am so spoiled now! I need the summer off!

So I'm in a wait-and-see mood...

Yesterday was the one day I am in the same classroom for the entire morning...the rest of the week time I ping pong back and forth between 2 classrooms. There were lots of observers yesterday: assistant principal, 2 teachers, school nurse, 2 parents. So of course the children were at their worst. This was the school site council, weighing their options. Like doubling class size -- would it work if there was a full time aide (i.e. the whole morning instead of just part of it)? (In my opinion, no. That would be too big a class.)

I'm really glad I don't have to make the decisions here. The school is between a rock and a hard place and there's not enough money.

In other school related news, there is a fundraiser for the Music and Arts program on Monday night (the 27th). Tickets available at the Book Loft and SY Coffee Co. Local folks.....please consider buying a ticket or making a donation.

11 comments:

jenn said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this. It still sucks, even when you're expecting it. Hope everything works out for you!

Jen on the Edge said...

Well, I was going to say that I'm sorry about the job, but it sounds like it's actually a good thing.

dkuroiwa said...

Okay...so granted...you were expecting this, but still...suckage level on this one is pretty high. Leaving a job because it is YOUR decision vs. a decision made by others....two completely different bunch of emotions to deal with.
Things will work out...use this time to refresh...regroup...and come out stronger than before!
Enjoy the hiatus!

Strictly said...

Enjoy your time off then - do you think you'll start looking at the end of the summer?

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

What a bummer. I'm glad you don't need the unemployment. My daughter's boyfriend was unemployed for 3 months, had his phone interview, qualified for benefits and has still never received a check--and this was six months ago. There's no way to call unemployment and no office to visit. The system is definitely broken.

Bunny Bunster said...

I'm sure something better will come along when you least expect it. Best of luck!

Tricia said...

You sound wonderfully upbeat. I'm so sorry about the job loss and hope you have a rip roaring good time enjoying the summer off.

Pretty Things said...

Oh ick. Maybe you should take at least one of those payments and get a killer pedicure? Massage? Honkin' huge box of chocolate?

smalltownmom said...

Lori, AKA pretty things: I wholeheartedly agree with all three of your suggestions! Thanks!

Vanessa said...

I'm sorry you were ink (white) slipped. It's really sad to see so many communities having to make the tough choices like this, whether it's schools, libraries, public pools or garbage collection service. I think if anything, we are all finding ways to be creative in this economy.

Vanessa said...

List of things to do:

1) learn to proof read

That should have been PINK slipped not INK slipped!