I can only speculate why this is happening. I have been applying for jobs for nearly 6 months because I saw that my head might be on the chopping block (and I was right). Is it possible that the positions were open to accepting applications for that long? Or did it take them that long to sift through the applications because there were so many. Whatever it is, I'm sure that it's a good thing because things are moving. And I, unlike recent grads, have experience as an attorney. So my chances of getting something are small, but not
Now, I've applied to about 300 places at least. I've had 4 interviews and I'm waiting to hear back from only one of them.
Being unemployed is the worst because you have lots of free time and tremendous fear of spending money... so you end up sleeping most of the day and catching up on TV. Bus fare is hardly worth the risk.
My friend, Sarah, called me today and told me about this great deal on trips to the Caribbean. "I'm unemployed, Sarah. Did you forget?"
"Well, it's so little though!"
"What if I'm unemployed in 6 months. Will I look back on my Caribbean vacation fondly? I don't think so. I think I'll be pissed at you for suggesting I spend money on a effing vacation."
And how much would I enjoy a vacation anyhow? Knowing I'm going back to nothing but my couch and remote control
So, I'm home, hoarding my pennies and praying that the job comes before the savings go. I am eating nasty food because it's in my cupboard and I can't justify a trip to Whole foods, because that is a luxury. A tv dinner is practical and cheap.
I have yet to get my first unemployment check. I'm not even sure what's happening with that. I'm so annoyed at this point, I can't even bear calling them up to ask.
I am painting again. It's a hobby that I have. I'm horrible at it, but I like my work product. Most of my apartment is filled with my own creations. I didn't paint for the last 6 months of my employment because I was so stressed out. I couldn't find inspiration.
I have yet to forebear my student loans. Might be a dumb move. I know I can forebear for 3 years without questions. But I'm still holding onto the hope that I'll pop out a baby one day and want to stay home with him for the first 3 years of his life... and at that point, I could cash out that option.
Is the dream still alive? The dream being "gainful employment"? Yes. It's alive. But it's on life support and there is a chance of recovery, but the doctor hasn't determined whether or not the brain stem shows signs of life.
Let's pray it doesn't meet the same fate as Terri.