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I had to refile for unemployment and of course the payoff is based on last year's earnings which were very low, so what I receive after 15% taxes are taken out is tiny. 

Of course I'm paying for my own health care.

I took a big chunk of money from my IRA which doesn't leave much there.  I confess, I'm scared. Especially after they passed the bill yesterday tying the lowering of the debt ceiling to deficit reduction. More jobs are not going to come from this.

CA just implemented a new way of distributing UE benefits, last month. They send you a Bank of America debit card which they automatically load with your weekly benefit. The letter said the card would come three days within receiving the letter, but it has not. I called UE who told me to call BOA who said there is nothing they can do until I activate my card. When I mentioned the letter says the card will arrive within 1-3 days, the customer service person told me, that's just what UE is saying, no one is getting their card that fast.

It turns my stomach that CA is funneling our money through BOA. I bank with a smaller bank. I was wondering about the hassle of getting the money into my bank, apparently you can set something up with BOA to transfer it into your bank automatically. That's good, but BOA has millions of dollars a day to play with now. I'm sure it will take a day or two for the transfer to go through, which gives them more time with the unemployed's money.  Meanwhile, I wait for my debit card.

I wish the bill had failed yesterday. I think we need a big fail. Obama isn't standing up for us any longer. He could have stopped this nonesense from what I read. The debt ceiling did not have to be tied to deficit reduction. He simply gives in and in and in.

I'm really hoping a progressive third party candidate emerges. I have no faith in our Prez. Yes, he's better than a Republican, but not by much at this stage.

The ONE thing this country needs is jobs. And they aren't out there. The corporations are hiring temp workers to do their grunt work (like what I do) or outsourcing. Their enormous tax breaks do nothing to help the economy.

I need to seriously think about moving to a state where employment is possible. It scares and depresses me. I have a few months but then I need to make a decision and a plan.
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1. After I made up the schedule and emailed and faxed everyone, things quieted down promptly at 8am.

2. It's President's Day. Seems like rather a quaint custom than anything worth celebrating.

3.  It's not raining. I got a good brisk walk in during lunch, I don't have the day off.

4. However, all other support staff does have the day off, so it's really quiet here.  It was nice of my boss to let me come in, she had said she was coming, but I guess she changed her mind.  The social workers are doing their thing like it's a weekend, and the phone is not ringing. I've spent the day surfing the net.  I also made copies of my tax returns and pinched two envelopes.

5. Met a new social worker. Nice. Seems very efficient. I liked her. She only works nights and weekends, or holidays.

6. I spent a couple hours on discount perfume websites looking for my perfume which runs out on my main website shortly after it becomes available. When I got the alert a few weeks ago, I didn't want to spend the money. Of course it's unavailable again. I checked many others, all too much, none as good as Scentiments.

5. Took above mentioned brisk walk. Noticed I lost one earring.

6. Have read all the news. Wisconsin is going bananas!! I applaud their determination. Their gov has a lot of balls, can't see how this will help him. Poll after poll after poll after common sense says people want JOBS CREATION. What do we get? Wars, tax hikes, cutting social services, cutting education. The big "they" say the people want the federal deficit cut. Who does? Very sad. The Florida governor is a piece of work too. Once Cape Kennedy closes, I don't kwow what whill happen to my little town.

7.  68 more minutes then I can leave.  I'll file the four pieces of paper that need a home.

8. Not supposed to be on the web here. Browser is really outdated, I don't know if that's part of the 'stay off the net' philosophy or what.
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Last year, the big layoff at work took place on the last Friday in January.  Most of us are fully aware of this and think it will happen again in a few weeks on the last Friday.  Several top execs have left for great jobs, Levi Strauss, Bare Escentials, Amazon.  Yes, AMAZON.  My most hated person in that place got a job there, they're moving his family to Seattle.  I am thrilled for him and thrilled for me.  A big negative force will be gone in a few days and he's going to something good.  Hmm, did my metta meditation pay off for him?  Man, can you imagine Amazon knocking on your door?  I imagine it, sigh.

My good friend works in IT and last year, she got the list the day before, which is a schedule in 15 minute increments, covering our 2 distribution centers and corporate.  She had to cut off access, on time, for about 8 hours (had to come in early for the east coasters).

I decided to start de-personalizing my work space a little at a time, so I don't have to worry about a lot of packing or coming back to get stuff.  I have over 3 weeks of vacation, some sick time, and 6 years, which should be a little over 9 weeks of pay.

When I was chatting with one of my other good friends who is higher up than me (who isn't now? Although the company roster has not changed, I still have my title!) she as emphatically as she could, said I wasn't on the list from everything she has heard.  She said I looked disappointed!  I nearly fell out of my chair laughing.  I guess I am a little!  I know, I know, better to have the job while looking.

I had an interesting interaction with Netflix, they contacted me, but they were looking for a position like I'm doing now, not what I was.  My recruiter is still with me.  I just have to be upbeat and positive and confidant about it all.

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