Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Just My Luck

Congress voted to end all unemployment extensions effective the end of May. I know a ton of people who got laid off and have been collecting unemployment for at least a year, some a year and a half, and a few almost two years but it looks like I'm getting cut off after 30 weeks. I want to cry. I just can't believe it. If they don't pass legislation to reenact the extensions I will only have 4 more weeks of checks coming. That's it. One month.

I've been working steadily over 40 hours a week since I was 15 and this is the first time I've ever collected unemployment and I'm so frustrated that the one time I need to rely on the system I get screwed. It's just not fair. I want to fall to the ground, kick my feet and punch my fists into the floor. Why me? Why does my timing suck so bad? WAAAAA!

Getting freed from the chains of office life and the daily abuse opened my eyes to the fact that I was depressed and miserable in that environment. I can't believe I suffered so long all in the name of the almighty paycheck. I don't want to go back to that life. I don't want to dread going to work every day.

The soul sucking bastard lawyers laid me off after 11 years so they could replace me with someone less expensive and with less experience because, you know, the economy is really bad. As more proof that no good deed goes unpunished, I would have been able to collect another 20 weeks if I didn't agree to work a few extra weeks to train my replacement.

I'm not ready to go back to being abused. There are no jobs out there right now anyway and the few that are available have hundreds of people vying for them. How are people surviving in this economy? What do you do when you have a pile of expenses and no income? I'm lucky I won't end up in the street since my in-laws own the house I live in but it's scary to think about having to sell my soul again for the almighty dollar.

Keep your fingers crossed that Congress takes care of the little people who need to survive. I blame BP.


  1. Maybe you should look into starting your own business? What do you do well, what would you enjoy doing that others would be interested in (service, product?) Having your own business is scary as hell, but it's nice not having jerk bosses to deal with. I remember them well. Too well.

  2. Oh MB I SO get this! This has been part of my stress this last week. My daughter is in the SAME boat as you. We are looking at the options of which family member she might have to move in with. The hardest part of all of it, is knowing you can't fix it...all you can do is take the steps every day to just keep moving forward and taking care of yourself as best you can. Kinda like dieting, huh?

  3. It is tough! I do daycare so MY job depends on the fact that my parents KEEP their jobs. Very scary that the fate of my job hangs on the balance of someone else like that. I don't have the option of unemployment so at least be thankful for what you have been able to collect. I hope it all works out, maybe the perfect job is out there waiting!

  4. Oh geez, I'm so sorry. I got cut off, too, but I had been able to collect since I was laid off, so I'm not complaining. Fingers crossed for you and the other folks who didn't have the same fortune!

  5. Try going the frugal route. It has saved me many times.


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