dsemmler wrote: Can I take this in a bit of a tangent and just say that me getting laid off was the best thing that ever happened to me!Thanks for the encouragement! I'm starting to think that itmight not be the worst thing that could happen to me, either.While I like my current job, I'm ambivalent about the type ofwork I'm doing; if I get laid off, it'll give me time to reallydecide what I want to be when I grow up. :-) Seriously, wasn'tit Lee Iacocca who said people should change careers every sooften? Maybe it's time for a change.A little update on the stuff I was whining about the other day:First, my dog is home and doing much better. The final bill,which I put on my Discover card, was $378.75. Discover closeson the 14th, and I've budgeted to pay it in full on the 20th.Pup needs to go back for a followup visit and another blood testin 2 weeks, which should run no more than $100; budget adjustedso I can pay cash. All in all, a lot less expensive than itcould have been...and he's worth it. Having him around is stilla whole lot cheaper than therapy. :-)More good news: After puttering around Dad's attic, I thinkI've found enough space that I can fit all my stuff, so noexpensive storage shed to buy. And I've reduced the cost ofdog fencing from $389 (12x12 prefab, chainlink dog run) toless than $200 (26x20 pen made of livestock panels from thefarm supply store). Paying cash for that today.The bad news: While fixing my emergency brake cable, my BFinformed me that my exhaust system needs work. (Duh! I toldhim that a month ago!) Probably need to replace the wholething, including catalytic converter, to get through NJinspection next week. That'll be after 9/14, so it'll go onDiscover, and be paid off after the 10/14 bill comes in.As it looks now, I'll still be CC debt-free by the end of Nov.I haven't budgeted to pay the truck repair yet, since I don'tknow how much it'll be. But, at the end of Nov, I'll have$1975 (plus whatever interest accrues by then) in the efund,and $1500 (minus whatever the truck repairs cost) in my short-term savings. I'll have no debt, minimal expenses, and, ifthe severance package stays the same, at least $5000 in unusedvacation and pension buy-out. (This is the worst-case scenario,of course, where I get laid off. If I don't, I'll really besitting pretty.) With unemployment and savings, I won't haveto touch the severance, unless I need to sign up for a nursingrefresher course (it's been a while). So I'll easily be ableto take my time, and figure out what I really want to do,rather than taking any job I can get. (Did that once, and itwas The Job From Hell. Don't want to go there again!)I guess I've been so used to living on the edge, that beingscared is a pretty ingrained habit. :-) But I think I'm reallygoing to be okay. And maybe a whole lot better off than I amnow, since I just sort of fell into this job, rather thanchoosing this field. Now I just have to keep repeating tomyself: "I will be okay. I will be okay. I will be okay..."Somewhat more optimistic, and still grateful to everyone fortheir encouragement,FG
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