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Unemployment Day 197

  1. Picked my dad up and went to the dentist. Anna did great and then stayed with my dad and ate breakfast while I got my teeth cleaned. I did great, too.
  2. Took Anna to school.
  3. Came home. (I asked my dad if he wanted to walk or to be dropped off, and he opted to walk from my house.
  4. Decided the lawn could wait until Wednesday.
  5. Applied for a job.
  6. Looked for more job possibilities.
  7. My mom and I went on an impromptu trip to the outlet mall to buy socks for Anna. We also found new winter house shoes for me. Then we went to Costco for gas. Since it was nearly time to pick Anna up, it seemed silly to drive back home, so we did a Costco run. Thanks, Mommy and Daddy, for buying me a copy of The Testaments.
  8. Still needed to kill a bit more time, so we walked over to Trader Joe’s where we ran into one of my middle/high school teachers. (I had him for three years in middle school and one year in high school.) We had a really nice chat covering both grief and politics.
  9. Walked back to the car.
  10. Picked Anna up from school.
  11. My mom dropped us off at home.
  12. Dinner, coloring, and a little screen time.
  13. We both changed for ballet class. I put on dance clothes. She dressed as Wonder Woman. Plus one of her new pair of socks. I think they have unicorns on them.
  14. Went to ballet. So good to be back in class!
  15. Came home.
  16. Tucked Anna into bed. (Ballet is 15 minutes later than it had been during the summer. It’s definitely bedtime for her by the time we get home.)
  17. Showered.
  18. Tried a different search term on Indeed and found two jobs to apply for in the morning. Remote management-level (aka salaried) CME positions that haven’t been posted through the Alliance.
  19. And now it’s almost time for me to take my book to bed! I’ll try not to stay up too late, but this is the last in the series, so I really want to know what happens next!
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Unemployment Day 196

  1. Finished my book last night. I was pleased to see that it ended with a “To be concluded” because that means the book I started reading immediately thereafter is the last in the series.
  2. My mom, Anna, and I went shopping. Anna was in need of new leggings, long-sleeved shirts, and socks. We went to four stores and could not find socks in her size that will keep her ankles warm come winter.
  3. Stopped at my parents’ house to grab a banana so that Anna could have a peanut-butter-banana-chocolate-chip taco for lunch.
  4. Back to our house.
  5. Lunch, quiet time, and a little screen time.
  6. My mom found socks for Anna online.
  7. My dad came over to babysit while my mom and I went to the visitation for Molly’s dad.
  8. Dinner. Anna announced that she likes tuna mac. Not in those exact words. She said she wanted tuna. I said I had planned to make mac-and-cheese. She said I should put the tuna in the mac-and-cheese. I asked multiple times before I did so. She tried it and then announced that she only liked the tuna part of the mac-and-cheese and not the rest of it. I will never buy boxed mac-and-cheese again. (I rarely do because it’s so easy to make from scratch. But it was “princess” pasta, and it was on sale. Don’t have to buy it again. Now I need to come up with something else for her to have for dinner tomorrow. I was going to feed her the leftovers…)
  9. Snuggles.
  10. Anna decided she was ready for bed.
  11. Temper tantrum after I caught her filling up bowls in the bathroom and reminded her that she’s not allowed to play with water in her bedroom.
  12. Tucked her back into bed.
  13. I’m now watching The Great Canadian Baking Show on dailymotion. I’ll try not to stay up too late!

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Unemployment Day 195

  1. Yesterday my cold reached peak “it sounds way worse than it feels” stage. This morning, I woke up with a cough that made me feel every inch of my bronchial tubes. Yay.
  2. In related news, I almost finished my book last night. It’s a good thing I checked out the next one in the series, too.
  3. Went to the farmers’ market.
  4. Back to my parents’ house.
  5. Had breakfast.
  6. Double-checked what time the “Princesses and Superheroes” event was at Gull Meadow.
  7. Discovered it did not start when the activities open.
  8. Changed plans.
  9. My mom gave me (and all the laundry, produce, etc.) a ride home. (She and Anna went to Gull Meadow after lunch.)
  10. Put the laundry and produce away.
  11. Took a nap.
  12. Knit.
  13. Worked on catching up on my podcasts.
  14. Showered.
  15. Anna came home.
  16. After she went to bed, I went back to my podcasts.
  17. Decided I should go to bed, too.
  18. Realized I hadn’t written a blog post about all of the super exciting things that happened today.
  19. I’m really going to bed now. By which, of course, I mean that I’m really going to go and finish my book now and possibly start reading the next one. By which, of course, I mean that I’m totally going to start reading the next one as soon as I finish the current one.
  20. Oh, and my cough has significantly improved. Not sure what this morning’s fluke was, but it seems to be gone now.

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Unemployment Day 194

  1. Took Anna to school.
  2. Went to Station 702 for breakfast. Sofia would have been 6 today. My parents and Meredith joined me to commemorate this milestone.
  3. Came home.
  4. Got ready to go for a walk.
  5. It started to rain. (Fortunately, I had just brought the bins in from the curb. Especially fortunate given the fact that the lid of the recycling bin was open.)
  6. My mom came over. We gathered up laundry and checked the status of Anna’s cold-weather clothes.
  7. Went to my parents’ house.
  8. Did Anna’s laundry.
  9. It stopped raining.
  10. Had lunch.
  11. Went for a walk in the glen with my mom.
  12. Took Anna’s laundry home.
  13. Back to my parents’ house.
  14. Did more laundry.
  15. Had email from the HR person I talked to yesterday. They need someone on site for the job, but if I ever decide to relocate…
  16. My mom and I picked Anna up from school.
  17. Dinner, a bath for Anna, a little screen time (including the LEGO Star Wars “Empire Strikes Out” which is very funny).
  18. I’ll probably pick up my book soon. It was an okay day. It’s definitely hard to see all of the Friday the 13th jokes on social media. They aren’t funny to me anymore. They haven’t been for six years. But otherwise, it was an okay day. Hopefully I’ll start sleeping better again soon.

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Unemployment Day 193

  1. Finished my book when I was awake at 2am.
  2. Took Anna to school.
  3. Came home.
  4. Finally heard from the HR person who left me voicemail on Monday. She said the hiring manager was interested in me and was looking for a few additional details on my current job status and availability for the position. She didn’t take issue at all with me explaining that based on my experience and the job description, I am certain that I can do the job remotely. She’s talking to the hiring manager and said she’d get back to me as soon as she had more information. I did include the remote caveat in my application, so hopefully the hiring manager actually read where I wrote that and this information doesn’t come as an unwelcome surprise. Fingers crossed!
  5. Went to ballet. Cried a little bit on the way there. Cried a little bit during stretch. Cried a little bit on the way home.
  6. Texted with Paula. We keep in touch throughout the year, but for obvious reasons we always keep in touch during this week each year. The calendar is the same as it was six years ago. That’s not helping.
  7. Showered.
  8. Ran a couple of errands with my mom, including a stop at Pacific Rim that happened to coincide with lunchtime. It was rough but we managed to order and eat a couple of spring rolls.
  9. Came home.
  10. Gathered up library materials.
  11. Took the trash and recycling to the curb.
  12. Picked Anna up from school.
  13. Went to the library.
  14. Checked out the next two Sisters Grimm books.
  15. Came home.
  16. Dinner.
  17. A little screen time including Spoon and Frozen.
  18. Anna took a bath.
  19. Bedtime story.
  20. Called my mom to check in.
  21. A little screen time for me and then I’ll start the next Sisters Grimm.

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Unemployment Day 192

  1. Took Anna to school.
  2. Came home.
  3. Applied for a job (the freelance one).
  4. Submitted everything necessary for unemployment.
  5. Did a hula and started learning a new one.
  6. Tried to decide when I should call the HR person again.
  7. Had an accreditation surveyor training webinar. It was a little frustrating because the time wasn’t well budgeted, so we wound up skipping some of the examples without finding out if they were compliant or non-compliant. But at the same time, the people in my field are just so nice that I’m not mad about it even though it would be nice to know more. And one of the reasons we ran out of time was because they wanted to show us where on the website we’ll be able to find all of this information…
  8. Knit. (Okay, I was actually doing that during #7.)
  9. Picked Anna up from school.
  10. Made dinner. Discovered that the only white rice I had was arborio, which isn’t exactly the right sort of grain for making yellow rice. (Anna was at a Mexican restaurant with my parents a couple of weeks ago and decided that she really liked the “cheesy” rice. Yes, there was no cheese in the rice.) Anna announced that what I made was “yucky.” I don’t know what there was to dislike: homemade vegetable stock, sautéed onions, rice, and saffron.
  11. Did the dishes.
  12. Played a little, had a few snuggles, enjoyed a little screen time.
  13. Called my mom to check in. I’m sad today. Not because anything happened. If anything, nothing happened today.
  14. Got a text from Aimee — a reminder about ballet starting back up tomorrow. That will be good. I might cry, but it will feel really good.
  15. Almost time to take my book to bed…

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Unemployment Day 191

  1. Took Anna to school.
  2. Came home.
  3. Started a tomato sauce.
  4. Took care of Dr Zeller’s most recent time sheets.
  5. Called the HR person who called me yesterday. Got her voicemail.
  6. Finished the tomato sauce.
  7. Did some centre work in preparation for ballet starting again on Thursday.
  8. Had corn on the cob for lunch.
  9. Called the HR person again and left her another voicemail. I’m wondering if she was out sick or out with a sick kid today because she still hasn’t called me back.
  10. Cut the leftover corn off the cob so that Anna could have it with dinner.
  11. Got a job match that I actually would be pretty good at. Job sites really don’t know what to make of my resume. I get lots of nursing and classroom teacher suggestions because, you know, I’ve worked in healthcare (so I must be a nurse) and I’ve worked in education (so I must be a classroom teacher). I’m not sure what led to this one as a suggestion, but it was quite fitting. The only problem is that it’s freelance, but freelance is better than nothing. What is it? Writing articles about knitting, crocheting, sewing, and quilting. I am skilled in three of those four items. I saved it to possibly apply for later because, again, it’s freelance.
  12. Wrote a grocery list.
  13. My mom and I went grocery shopping.
  14. Came home.
  15. Dinner, a little screen time, and snuggles.
  16. Anna decided she was ready for bed.
  17. I’ll watch a little something and then go read in bed. I need to finish my current book so that I can re-read The Handmaid’s Tale so that I can read Atwood’s newly released The Testaments

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