February 6, 2010
I’ve been sitting at my laptop for several minutes, contemplating what I will write on here on this blog. I’m drawing a blank. Again. I haven’t been here much these last few weeks. I am not even sure anyone still reads the blog, considering that I haven’t written in a month. Dana who?
I could give you a list of excuses as to why I’m not here, but you already know the answer.
Two weeks before Owen was born, I stopped working for BlogHer as a headline editor. My contract ended and the financial difficulty that has followed has been miserable. We’ve made drastic changes to our lifestyle, and have become very frugal. The last thing I wanted to do on maternity leave was hunt for another job when I was nursing and bonding with Owen.
Just after Owen was 3 months, I began my job search only to discover there are no jobs. The few positions available in the job market here in Wisconsin are being filled quickly. So many applicants applying for the same jobs. It’s depressing.
I’m grateful that my husband is still employed, although his company is making cuts, too. Sixty people were let go in the last month due to this crappy economy. It makes us both very nervous. No one is safe from a lay-off.
I’ve been through two interviews this last month. I was offered a position with one company and completed paperwork, only to find out later that their corporate office decided to down-size. Several new hires were let go. I never got to start the job. The other position was filled by someone with more experience in the field.
Because of this insanity in the job market, I’ve decided to go back to school. It’s time to finish my degree while I’m not working. I’ve finished the application process and applied for financing (student loan) and now I wait for acceptance into the program. I’ve got one year left and it’s now or never.
Dawson is still loving 4K. He can’t wait to go to school each morning. He tells me how much he loves his friends and his teacher, and his favorite part of the day is story time. Last month his class took a field trip to the local library. Dawson was so excited to check out a book under his very own library card. We spend a lot of time at the library now that he can use his own card.
Owen is growing leaps and bounds. He’s barely 4 months old but he weighs 20 pounds. He’s my mini-linebacker. Lately he’s been refusing to nurse on one side and is very fussy, mostly in the evening. I thought he had an ear infection, but his pediatrician thinks he’s just got a preference and he’ll grow out of it. I hope it happens soon. Fussy baby makes me a little crazy.
Last month my grandmother’s house burned down. She passed away in 2005, but my aunt and uncle still lived there as they run the farm. It was caused by a chimney fire and it ruined the 100-year-old house. My uncle is staying with his another uncle who lives down the road, and my aunt is staying with my parents. I’m so thankful they made it out of the house alive. They lost everything. It’s devastating.
2010 has not started off on the right foot.