Laid Off, Now What?

September 14, 2009

Could it be? Yes. I finally got an interview!

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Eurika! an interview with my alma mater.

I know, this blog has enough cobwebs on it to trip a rhinoceros. So what are ya gonna do, fire me? I have been putting out resumes to the *few* decent positions I see around, or find online, but believe me, they’re not pouring down the streets of Durant.

I won’t go into details as to what the position is, but I must say, it would be an honor to be able to return to Southeastern Oklahoma State University as part of the team out there to help others learn. If I am fortunate enough to be selected for the position, I will post full details.

That’s all for now. Hopefully I will hear from them before the end of September.

May 19, 2009

Computers & Blackberries You Can Eat

Filed under: 2009 May — Les O'Riley @ 8:15 am
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Berries from the Garden

Berries from the Garden

Laptops, iPods, Blackberries, etc. In a world that has gone so crazily electronic, these are such a nice diversion.

Our friends and neighbors, Phil & Mary, and Iris and myself have a nice little arrangement. Iris and I do minor computer related things for them, like scanning an occasional picture for them, or removing a virus from their computer, or more accurately, Mary’s computer. In return, Phil & Mary share all kind of goodies with us. Lots of fresh fruit and veggies come from Phil’s garden, such as tomatoes, squash, green beans, and more. Ah yes, and don’t forget the best garden treat of all, blackberries. The best of the crop are Phil’s Brazos Blackberries. You can be sure that each one of them will have the diameter of a quarter. Juicy & sweet with just the right amount of tang to them, these are to be looked forward to every spring. Whether eaten fresh, as frozen treats, or made into the world’s best cobbler, they’re hard to beat. Phil takes care of the garden, never goes near a computer, but is also our resident gardening expert. He sprays a mixture of fungus killer and insecticide on our fruitless peach trees each year, helping them look beautiful when they bloom in the spring. Mary sends us emails with good recipes, and occasional funny or news article.

Well, it’s off to scan a picture of Phil’s grandfather and family that he found out in his work shed. His son saw it and asked if he would make him a copy. My part in this is to clean it up a bit in photoshop so it will make a nice print. Mary can email her son a smaller copy as well. No electronics for Phil. That’s fine with us. We’d much rather share his blackberries with us than an electronic one. Don’t forget the ice cream. ~ Les

May 14, 2009

Introducing a friend and Co-Author, Barb Froman

Filed under: 2009 May — Les O'Riley @ 12:24 am
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Barb and I met right here, on  Laid Off, Now What?

I like popping over to her blog. She’s upbeat and a good writer. As life would have it, her hubby was without work for a while, thanks to our recent economy. Fate somehow allowed us to cross paths, and now we bounce back and forth.

Stay tuned for her interesting input on whatever subject she chooses to share with us. In fact, you might want to add her blog to your list of good reads as well. I’ll add it to my blogroll tomorrow.  Sorry, it’s time for bed!

Barb, when you read this… hop on and introduce yourself.  🙂

May 4, 2009

One Week of Training Down

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One Week Down

One Week Down

Iris finished up her first week of training. A few other adults and a whole bunch of techies, geeks and gamers rounded out the 18 or so individuals that make up her training class. Sort of an odd bunch. But I think that’s just the way it goes. Who else would want to commit to taking care of someone elses many computer problems, alllllllll day long?

So at first Iris is finding the material a little bit foreign. PPPoE, open, closed, DHCP, DNS… what the heck is this all about? While in the past Iris left all the technical stuff to me on our home network, like it or not, I think she’s going to be getting the hang of this stuff real soon. Stay tuned to how she fairs in week two.

My life as a house keeper continues. I have 25  minutes left to finish this post before it’s time to empty the cat box and get the garbage out to the corner. We never know when our garbage man is going to fly through. Sometimes as early as 10am, but sometimes as late as 5pm. He’ll be here, sooner or later, I just want to make sure we’re ready for him.

I put a bunch of resumes out last week. One was for a position I am perfectly suited for. It is for catalog production, design and editing for a women’s apparel catalog of a major clothing outlet. They want someone with a bachelor’s degree, (check) and at least two years experience, (check). Now, if they would only CALL me! The job is in McKinney, Texas, about a 45 minute drive from here, but I’d take it in a heartbeat.

That’s all for now. The cat box calls… ~ Les

March 31, 2009

Still Alive, Still Looking

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Well, this afternoon I finished 3 more cover letters to accompany 3 more sets of resumes & letters of reference. Other than that, life goes on as always.

Tomorrow it’s off to the doc with my wife for her 5-week checkup following her vertical laparotomy and cyst/fallopian tube removal. After that it’s off to her chiropractor for a bit of electrode treatment, and then we’re going to drop down to IKEA at the Frisco Mall to see if we can find a cherry blossom on rice paper print.

Signing out… ~ Les

March 15, 2009

“Not Hiring Right Now”

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That was my one response last week. Of course, this wasn’t a big surprise. I actually felt better that someone even replied! I have a list together of places to apply for this week. I’ll keep crankin’ ’em out until the line starts to get some nibbles. I hope something comes up soon. Perhaps this blog will help preserve my sanity.

February 21, 2009

Everything’s A-Okay with Iris

Filed under: 2009 February — Les O'Riley @ 12:03 am
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Having staid the last three days in the hospital with Iris, I’m happy to say she’s doing fine. We knew for a while that she had an ovarian cyst that had to come out. Having been let go from my job on February 2nd, we also knew that we only had insurance for another 26 days. It was time for the ovary and cyst to come out.

We scheduled her surgery for immediately after her GYN returned from a mission he was going on for a week in Cuba. Three days ago Iris went into the hospital. She had surgery on Tuesday and we came home yesterday evening, Thursday.

The surgery went better than planned. Instead of removing an ovary along with the cyst, they removed the cyst (which had wrapped around itself three times) inside one of her fallopian tubes, along with the tube. Her ovary was perfectly healthy, so there was no need to have the ovary removed or a complete hysterectomy. Two days later, she’s home and resting peacefully.

I made Iris an omelet for breakfast, and our friend Mary made us a Delicious dinner of chicken and dumplings, a Waldorf salad and home made rolls.  Yum.  (Not to mention some scrumptious and salmonella free peanut butter cookies!)

Thanks to everyone for their well-wishes and prayers.

Tomorrow I have to get three resumes/inquiries off to fulfil my employment search requirements.

So for tonight, thank you God, (I’m allowed to say that, it’s my blog,) and good night. ~ Les

February 18, 2009

Iris’ operation a success; home tomorrow

Filed under: 2009 February — Les O'Riley @ 11:57 am
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Hooray!  Iris’ operation was a success, and even better than expected. She was operated on yesterday to remove an ovarian cyst, one ovary and one fallopian tube. The cyst was successfully removed, along with the one fallopian tube, which the cyst was inside, and twisted three times! The doc said that this could have been a cause of some of her previous pain.  Gee, ya think so? The great news was that her ovary was perfectly healthy, and there was no reason whatsoever to remove it. So Iris was able to keep more of her inards than first expected. Good to hear.

I’m headed back to the hospital, and she’ll stay one more night. As I type this the nurse is probably trying to help her move around for the first time. She’s off the Demerol IV and now on oral meds. She’ll probably be feeling a bit more of the pain as today wears on, but hey, the catheter is out, the IV is off, she’s on the mend. Yay!

As for me, I’m as unemployed as I was yesterday and a few thousand dollars poorer, but all in all, today is a day to rejoice.

Thank you al l for your well-wishes and prayers. More updates on Iris’ recovery this evening. Stay tuned… ~ Les

February 13, 2009

What to do, what to do…

Filed under: 2009 February — Les O'Riley @ 1:36 am
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Iris got a job today and starts training in April. I don’t know what I want to do. I have a job offer from the same place, and could work on the same schedule as Iris, just not as her supervisor. Anyway, I think I can find a way better paying job, so that’s my dilemma. I’m not thinking about it any more tonight.

I think I’ll sleep on this one.

Tomorrow’s Friday. That’s even nice when you’re unemployed.

Good nite. ~ Les

2009 Keyboard

2009 Keyboard

February 11, 2009

Tomorrow: Same place, 2nd interview

Filed under: 2009 February — Les O'Riley @ 11:04 pm
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Interview # 2, for a position that pays less than my unemployment. So, I guess tomorrow will be chalked up as “interview practice.” I’d like to go to work for this company, but I can’t afford to, literally.  It is for SO much less than what I was making, even if they offered me a supervisory position right from the start, which is not their common policy. Iris on the other hand might take a job there, because it will be a nice supplement to my better paying job, “if & when” I get one.

Tomorrow ends that phase of job hunting. Iris will probably accept if offered, I’ll be turning it down. After we get tomorrow over with, I’ll be looking into a job as an Assistant Manager that pays pretty well. Still not as well as my previous job, but if Iris gets the job tomorrow, and I get the Assistant Manager job, it will be a net gain.

I still hope to return to my previous job, but that opportunity may not arise for years to come. I hope that’s not the case. So where will I be applying for an Assistant Manager’s job?

Well, we all know them.

I’m off to dream of double-dip cones from this company. Stay tuned. ~ Les

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