Today was a day for staying in bed. The cats agree.
Since it’s leap day, it seemed like a good day for random things.
It snowed overnight, so here are a couple snow pics:
Then I had a visit with my one of my favorite cats, Rabbi Orange:
Friday Headlines, February 28, 2020
THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES
This week in paleontology (AKA Fossil Friday)
- A new Eocene bird from Utah
This week in geology
- The Earth formed faster than we thought
This week in the environment
- When rising waters cooled the Earth
There are some old wooden buildings along the railroad tracks near my home that are unsafe and will be torn down on Monday. I decided to preserve them in photos.
I think maybe there’s a future for me in pet photography. So I thought I’d try some things with my own fleet of cats. They were moderately cooperative.
I had cause to spend some time in Baldwinsville today, so I took some photos. Enjoy!
Today I had a short errand to run in Rochester, so I took the scenic route home. It was just a little chilly. I hope I captured that.
As of January first, I have been unemployed for the first time in 15 years. Three days before my last official day of work, my 17 year marriage ended as well.
In some ways, I’m perfectly happy being unemployed. My former job was giving me an unnecessarily high amount of stress and it was costing me.The marriage was destroying my emotional stability as well. Being free represents a chance to start all over
I have a chance to think about my own needs and to get caught up on all the things I had been neglecting for so many years. It’s actually pretty exciting.
The downside is that unemployment benefits amount to less than half of my former salary, and with no second income in the house, recurring bills are a challenge to pay. Loss of my job also means losing health benefits. I can get health insurance through the state, thankfully, but this costs additional money that I also don’t have
Every day I spend my time thinking about how to stretch my funds, looking for work, realizing that the job I need does not exist, and laying the groundwork to start my own businesses. Then I go back to trying to stretch my money because everything about starting a business costs money.
I can’t look for work every moment of every day, so I am using extra moments to deal with the fallout from the divorce and to work on getting some disability benefits for my autistic child.
Meanwhile, I’m working on making EPOCH Isotopes a reality. Mew-Mew House is taking off as well. I just have to be careful because all of it costs money, which is a precious commodity right now. Visit those websites and the blogs therein to learn more about how progress is going and ways you can help if you’re so inclined!
Now that I’m unemployed, it’s time to get serious about being able to work from home. I have the beginnings of a consulting business (EPOCH Isotopes) and am building a rescue for senior and hospice cats (Mew-Mew House). A home office is going to be essential.
First steps are to empty out my office at my former place of employment and bring all that stuff home.Continue reading
It’s a new year. A time for reflection and resolutions.
2019 was a brutal one. I lost my marriage and my job.
But I still have what really matters: My child, my home, my friends, my cats.
And I also have one critical thing: A plan. Real goals. A vision for the future. (And, yes, I intended that pun.)
I’m starting over – but not from scratch. I’m revisiting old dreams. I’m paring off the parts of my past experiences that don’t work and re-imagining myself.
This is gonna be good.