Thursday, February 25, 2010

In a Funk

I am not having a good week. Work has been frustrating lately for several reasons, none of which will I get into on my bloggy. Happily, though, it looks like I'll have enough work to keep me busy for two whole hours tomorrow, yay! *sigh*

We veered away from our meal planning this week, so I've been having to think on the fly again based on what we have in the cupboard. Blah. At least the suffering has only reinforced that we were doing the right thing.

The Man and I are getting along okay. We've just been running on different wavelengths this week, so it feels like we aren't connecting. Not not connecting, just worried about things and having our own interests and being our own selves.

I've been lamenting our lack of funds for our hobbies lately. The Man would love a few new video games, and I'd love to have a run through several craft stores. Such a spree is not in the cards it seems.

I also feel like my loyalty is constantly being tested lately, and I don't take kindly to that. Small moments of kindness are followed by random acts of malice, so I'm feeling disheartened. When I turn to loved ones for advice, they only look at the present, "walk away, just walk away," and don't include the story's full history which doesn't really allow for a "walk away" approach.

My consolation tonight is that there are only eight very long hours left in the week, that this weekend includes friends and free food, and that hopefully I will feel less like in a funk.

8 comments:

Strayer said...

Your man has a job, right? I can't remember if you have said if he did or didn't.

Jaggy said...

No, he's still looking. We welcome all of the networking we can find, so you hear of any job openings for an MBA, let us know. Thanks!

Jaggy said...

P.S. We're looking in NW Oregon or SW Washington, specifically between Albany and Portland. Nothing against jobs in other areas, but family comes first. Always.

Strayer said...

I hope he finds something, will keep my ears open. My brother had a degree in business, not a masters, but ended up in the travel industry, although he started out as an agent. He's now a corporate guy. However, I think his job and company might be jeopardy with the economy. I guess my point is, with a business degree he should be able to get into anything, even if he has to start as a clerk for now. Except for this darn recession. There is a Walmart opening in Albany. I know they have a bad name in some places, but maybe they will need management when they open. It's probably not a dream job for him, with an MBA. What about that Korean solar plant opening I heard in the former Hynix chip plant in Springfield or down there somewhere. Business degrees are so flexible. And impressive. What do I know, nothing really. I'll keep my ears open.

Strayer said...

My other brother worked for a contractor summers when in high school, dropped out of college and worked for that contractor then formed his own company and he did very well, although he too is now struggling with the recession. The brother in travel, as a teen, was obsessed with travel, even memorizing every flight in and out of every city in the US, and many in other countries. He began making money as an escort for kids who then could not fly alone without a certified escort. That way, as a teen he got to travel. So he knew the industry he went into, once he got his degree. Took him maybe ten years to work up through being an agent, to management then finally into the corporate end. I was not as lucky to have decent pay summer jobs, worked for dear old dad summers starting at 13, often 12 hour days, but not paid, then weeded on a grounds crew, much tougher in that small community to find work as young girl. My brothers bought cars and clothes, and I ended up buying an ancient motorcycle to ride through most of my two years of college, because I could not afford a car. Funny how things change. My contractor brother hired his college age son to work one summer and my nephew said he was getting $20 or maybe it was $22 AN HOUR to clean up at construction sites. I could not believe it. I guess my point is, maybe your hubby could get into a business that interested him in his teen and college summer work years. Both my brothers went right into careers they had worked as summer jobs throughout high school years.

Jaggy said...

Strayer: thanks for the stories and advice! I don't think The Man had any summer jobs outside his internships and little odd jobs for neighbors. He certainly never worked food service or retail. His having an MBA/CAPM makes him overqualified for the job market, and since he has no management experience, it's a catch-22. His internships have not yielded any help in the job hunt beyond an occasional nibble.

$22/hr to clean up a construction site? Are you kidding me!? That's 2x what I make as a gov't slave. I'm obviously in the wrong line of work.

Strayer said...

Yeah, that was outrageous pay and maybe it was a father giving to a son, I don't know. I was flabbergasted when my nephew said that. Almost dropped to my knees flabbergasted. I don't think he was joking. Have fun on your trip. I hope your hubby finds a job. Does sound like he's in a Catch 22. That movie was bizarre.

Strayer said...

If it is any comfort, things aren't looking so good now, not for my brothers' company, nor for my nephew, about to graduate with a degree in architecture, and no jobs in sight. My brother told me about a daughter of a friend of his, who got her degree, and has been searching for work for at least a year, maybe it's been longer, and finally could not afford to be living in Portland, to facilitate job searches and had to move back home, despite zero job options in that tiny little town. It's tough out there, for graduates. Very hard, especially when they are carrying debt from student loans.