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... and now, the terror ... - Micole Khemarrica
khromat
khromat
... and now, the terror ...
Okay, I'm not *exactly* scared, but I've got the shiver in the pit of my stomach that usually precedes major events.

I have one week to secure the necessary funds before I return to school on August 22nd. I'm not even sure how *much* financing I'll need yet as I haven't received the package from the CIA, but as I know the yearly tuition (plus room and board) is around $21k, it's a safe bet that I'll need all the funding I can find.

Add to this the news that my coug'r is going to be laid off in mid September after serving the company 22 years, and I suppose it's reasonable that my nerves are jangling. But knowing it intellectually doesn't stop the emotional response. I know we can work through this, I know that this will get resolved, but until then I worry.

Current Mood: worried worried

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darklilith69 From: darklilith69 Date: August 6th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Twenty two years?! Does your Coug'r get some kind of severance? Did he have a pension fund?

I can understand your janglies. I'll send calm thoughts and loving calming hugs your way.
khromat From: khromat Date: August 9th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Severence...

Yes, coug'r will get severence although he'll be ripped off as they will be paying 1 week per year of service up to 16 years. He also does have a pension fund which I gather he does get to keep even if he can't access it until he's 65. The scary thing is that, outside of the usual high-school part-time jobs, this is the *only* job he's ever had.

darklilith69 From: darklilith69 Date: August 9th, 2005 05:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Severence...

Well, on the good side, with it being the "only" job he's ever had, it shows his loyalty or ability to stick with a job. He'd be a good risk, in other words.

There are situations in which you can access your pension before 65.

That's a pretty screwed up pension, I feel. He only gets sixteen weeks of severence after 22 years of service to them? Urk. I really hope things work out for you both. *hugs*
shockwave77598 From: shockwave77598 Date: August 6th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Life is a never-ending series of challenges to be met and overcome.

Hope you claw to the top of the mess without too much pain. Both you and der cougar seem tougher and more capable than the average person.
twentythoughts From: twentythoughts Date: August 6th, 2005 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Ergh. *hugs y'both* Yeah, the rational part of one's brain has a penchant for being outvoted by the emotional.

Here's hoping you both find something quickly. Who knows, though? Maybe he'll find something better. He's certainly got enough experience in his field.
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khromat From: khromat Date: August 9th, 2005 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Alas, part of the changing face of corporate America over the last several years is a lack of reward for employee loyalty. The lack of caring for employee morale in general has become the norm, it seems. IMHO, I blame the currently-accepted accounting model, but that's a rant for another time.

Outside of prayers or fund-raisers, I dunno if much can be done to help my stress level at this time. I've been doing some projects around the house as a way of distracting myself by completing small goals to keep my focus.

As for spreading the word, making contacts, etc., I know that the company is assisting the transition by having seminars on building resumes and how to search effectively, so coug'r is getting some help on that end... and while he managed several *ancient* mainframes, he is still a Unix Systems Administrator with 20+ years experience. I would like to think his prospects for employment are significantly better than my non-degreed QA tester skills have been. :d
ja_ren From: ja_ren Date: August 6th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
*rrfs* Plus room and board? You're going to have to move, too? Eeesh.

I'm with
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*rrfs* Plus room and board? You're going to have to move, too? Eeesh.

I'm with <lj-user="twentythoughts">. They may be knocking him out on his butt, but I'm sure he won't be sitting on it long before someone snatches him up.
khromat From: khromat Date: August 9th, 2005 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)
The CIA is the first residential college devoted entirely to culinary education... it is also 2.5 hours away from the Caer, making it inconvenient to simply commute to school, so yes I'll need to room up there. I'm crossing my fingers that I'll be assigned to one of the new "Adirondack lodge-style" residential halls which were built while I've been gone; One of my few complaints with the campus was that it was frustrating to be in a culinary school without any means to practice during our free time (the kitchen classrooms are strictly controlled, and only one of the original four residence halls had a kitchen for student use, and you had to put in a request for time there). The new lodges all have massive communal kitchen areas, more intimate personal areas, and were built to be envronmentally friendly including geothermal hvac systems. Bliss. :3
ja_ren From: ja_ren Date: August 9th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
That does sound rather... dumb, not giving the students kitchens. I hope you get into one of the new lodges. :)
chefmongoose From: chefmongoose Date: August 6th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ugh. Sounds like a big pinch, indeed. Sorry to hear about Ken being laid off, and yes, the emotional response is wholly ustified. Layoffs suck. I won't tell you not to worry, but try to let the worry turn into planning and concern.

Good luck with the funding!

--Chiarsocuto
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