A lot has happened in the past month. On December 2, 2008, I suddenly became jobless after my employer of 13.5 years eliminated my position. This is a good thing; I was not at all happy in my job, as indicated by several previous posts on this blog. I'm signed up for Employment Insurance, and registered in a provincial government program called Second Career. I have my first appointment with them in a couple of weeks. It's time to give my career a soft reboot. Or reinstall my career's OS.
I travelled a lot in December — trips that were arranged before I got the axe. I was in San Francisco from the 6th to the 11th. I just love it there. The trip was inexpensive, because it was on frequent flyer miles and hotel points.
I was in Florida over Christmas, visiting my snowbird parents. They're in central Florida, amid plentiful orange groves, cattle ranches, and surprisingly hilly terrain. The distance from the ocean was more than made up for by the enormous outdoor pool at the resort. I spent a lot of time swimming, and reading in the shade.
In between California and Florida, I had lots of errands and tasks to take care of. Unemployment is a lot of work! Luckily, I live in a rent-controlled co-op, so I was able to get a rent subsidy which really helps me in this transition period. I also have a new financial advisor assisting me with the numbers.
And... tonight, I met the man I'm pretty sure I'm going to marry.