Keep Your Fingers Crossed

The week ended just as busy as it started. You’d think that someone who found out they were unemployed would have a few more minutes during the day, but I didn’t. It seemed the more I tried to get done, the less time I had to finish it. It’s weird how that works.

The biggest shock of the week came when the now former employer called me to mention that he would like me to finish some parts of the project. In the 24 hours that passed since he told me I was no longer “employee material”, he must have realized that the foreigner he hired to replace me couldn’t complete it after all. The drawback, and straw that broke the camel’s back, was his insistence that upon completion of my portion of the project, I still wouldn’t be “employee material”.

Thats like saying, “Whoops, I need you to finish this work, but you’re still fired when you’re done”. I don’t think so. He mentioned making my position a contract position (no regular pay, no benefits, no chance in hell I would do it), but I didn’t hear another word all week.

I’m glad I didn’t fall for his diabolical plan, because my paycheck did not arrive as expected on payday.
 
As I said before, I have worked for this company for ten years. I have always received my checks via direct-deposit. I did not receive a direct deposit this week and, as of the writing of this post, I haven’t received a normal paycheck either. I am not sure if it’s just a delay in the mail or if they waited to send it, but either way, I have not been paid for the work I completed before being “fired”.

On Wednesday I submitted my resume and applied for more than a dozen jobs at a handful of companies. Surprisingly, I have already heard from a couple of them, which may be a very good sign. On Tuesday I will be heading over to the unemployment office to see how much I can collect until I get another job lined up. I know it won’t be much, but I hope it won’t take too long to line something else up either.

In an effort to trim costs around here, I changed the packages on our phone and satellite tv accounts, which means we’ll be saving about $65 per month. We didn’t have the highest level plans on either account, so it wasn’t too much of a shock when we cut some things out.

My obsession with 24 continued as well. In the past five days I have watched all of seasons 5 and 6. This evening I watched the two hour movie, 24: Redemption. I set the DVR to start recording season 7, which debuted Sunday and Monday. I will watch those this weekend so I will be ready to watch it in real time from now on.

I almost feel like I am going through withdrawal tonight. I haven’t watched anything else on television all week, and getting used to normal television again is just weird. I am off now to catch up on two weeks of ER, Numb3rs, and a few other shows. Have a good night!