I lost my job today.
I’ve officially joined the ranks of the unemployed.
I was completely shocked, only because the layoffs were rumored to be tomorrow, but I got let go today. Severance pay is decent, plus they’ll pay out unused vacation and personal time – those just rolled over on Feb 1, so I’ve got a nice little chunk there too. Plus we’ll soon get a big tax refund, as usual (we always have too much taken out because we prefer to get the big refund). I’m a little worried about COBRA costs – the kids both have asthma and need to be insured – but I’ll worry about that when I get “my packet” in the mail next week. And of course there will be unemployment at some point.
Honestly, I’d kind of be pleased if it worked out so that I could stay home for a while without putting too much of a financial pinch on the family (and ending with a good job, of course). I’ve been working since I was 15 years old, and it would be nice for the kids to have a stay-at-home mom for a while.
Wish us luck.