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Merry Christmas

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It’s Christmas morning. I’m at my brother’s house, and my brother and sister-in-law are now watching the Disney Christmas Parade from Walt Disney World on their big screen TV.

I personally think holiday parades should take place in colder climates. Like, say, in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. So I decided to slip away and use his computer to wish you all a Merry Christmas.

However you’re celebrating today, I do hope you’re having a happy day.


Written by Joanne

December 25, 2009 at 10:23 am

Happy Festivus! Time for The Airing of My Grievances!

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Happy Festivus for the Rest of Us! Yes, it’s December 23, the official day of every Seinfeld fan’s favorite fictional late-December holiday.

If you don’t know what Festivus is, allow this video to explain:

The Story of Festivus

I haven’t put up my aluminum pole because I’m going out-of-town for the holidays — but, like Mr. Costanza, I do find tinsel distracting. 😉

And this whole year has been a Feat of Strength for me. So my Festivus won’t be over until New Year’s.

However, even a patient person like me can celebrate the Airing of the Grievances. So, it’s time for you to listen up, because I’ve got a lot of problems with you people! And now you’re going to hear about them!

My first grievance is with whoever gave this computer a virus last month. Go get a real job and write a real computer program with your time, okay?

Second, I’m always finding ways to be grieved at MARVIN and the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Look, I know our state’s short of money. However, why does that mean you have to delay getting my money into my account? At least be honest and change the MARVIN recording which says you’ll receive your payment on the “next business day” to “two or three business days,” okay?

Third, I’m peeved at Mother Nature. Why does fresh snow have to be so pretty to look at, yet such a pain to drive on?

My fourth grievance — and I mentioned this in my last post but I’m still p.o.ed about it — goes to the Fox Network for taking the wonderful show “Glee” off its schedule until April. At least we Gleeks will have fall season videos by the end of the year, and two cast albums worth of music from the show.

Fifth goes to Nestle. I recently bought a package of its Christmas Shapes pre-cut sugar cookies and made them yesterday. An excellent product for the time-pressed baker: Two dozen Christmas cookies, already ready for you to bake and decorate with a package of icing. Except the icing comes in only one color: red.  Really, Nestle? I had no problem painting the stockings red, but red snowmen? And little red Christmas trees? Next time, how about white icing?

Last but not least, why did my stepmother have to have a birthday so close to Christmas? Because I forgot/was too busy baking cookies to call her and wish her a happy birthday yesterday. 😦

14 more weeks

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That’s how much Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits I now have, according to the letter I received today from the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency.

That’s also the answer to the question on the minds of all of my friends and family.

“How much unemployment do you have left?” they’ve nervously been asking me these last few weeks, while no doubt doing the math in their heads.

Now I can tell them: 14 weeks, as of Dec. 13.

Let’s see … 14 weeks … that’s … not very long.

Glee’s fall season lasted a mere 15 weeks. (BTW, I’m not gleeful that my new favorite TV show is on hiatus until April to make way for American Idol.)

My college semesters were only about 14 weeks each — but they seemed long at the time.

Maybe something will finally happen in those 14 weeks, because this is my second unemployment extension. Someone I know who’s been unemployed since 2008 recently told me not to worry about my unemployment benefits; they just keep extending unemployment here in Michigan.

However, I do worry. As I’ve said here before, unemployment doesn’t pay much. As my Facebook page says, I would rather be working.

I’m back!

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After nearly a week of being away from WSFAU and my computer, I’m back.

I missed you. Did you miss me?

I was away for a good reason: I was taking care of a sick friend. Unfortunately, my friend had to go (back) into the hospital this afternoon and will probably be there for Christmas. So think about people like her when you complain about how much of a hassle your holiday celebration is this year — at least you’ll have a holiday celebration.

Apparently I did such a good job taking care of her, and of another ill friend earlier this year, they now think I should become a nurse’s aide or certified nurses assistant.

They aren’t WSFAU readers as far as I know, or they’d remember my April post on medical assisting.

Written by Joanne

December 18, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Some holiday Band Aid for you

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The staff and I will be away from WSFAU this week. While we go through Internet and blogging withdraw (horrors!), we leave you with one of our favorite Christmas songs and videos from the 1980s. (We find Bono’s solo especially ironic.)

Enjoy the nostalgia, enjoy the holidays, and don’t forget to let someone else in need know that it’s Christmastime.

Written by Joanne

December 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm

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Thoughts on a “jobless recovery”

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Earlier this morning, I saw Michigan’s governor on Meet the Press as part of a panel of politicians and other talking heads talking about the country’s “jobless recovery.”

I only caught the tail end of the discussion (I was coming home from church and eating a late breakfast). However, I tuned in just in time to see Gov. Granholm wax optimistic about recent (national?) monthly job loss numbers actually being down from where they were at the beginning of the year.

Well, she has a job here in Michigan (until her term ends, and then she’ll probably get some other cushy political appointment or consulting job).

I don’t have a full-time job here in Michigan. I may, reluctantly, leave Michigan, if I get a job in another state.

Even though employers seem reluctant to create new jobs — or replace the workers they laid off at the start of this slump — I’m trying to be optimistic that the economy will recover enough to create a job for me, and soon. My optimism varies: Some days, my (job) glass is half-full, some days, it’s half-empty. Some days, I just have half a glass.

But as I’ve been told, I only need one job.

Written by Joanne

December 13, 2009 at 11:58 am

Last Christmas and this Christmas

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A year ago this coming week, I was notified that I was being laid off from my job as of early January.

Thinking back, this is how I should have reacted at some point:

But, strangely enough, I didn’t get too upset, either privately or in public. I remember mostly being in shock because, even though our company had announced financial cutbacks, I didn’t think it would come to layoffs.

And I didn’t think they would cut my job. I thought my job was too essential; and when I told others the news they thought I’d been there too long for this to happen to me. Silly me, silly them.

After I got the news, I just kept on working, celebrating Christmas, and starting to look for a new job as best I could.

This is now my second Christmas since being told I was being laid off. Once again, I’m celebrating as best as I can even if I don’t always have the money or feel like it. Things like seeing Christmas lights and ice sculptures and attending parties can be done for free or very cheaply.

So far, I’m managing to have a merry little Christmas this year.

Merry Christmas (or Happy Hanukkah) to you.

Written by Joanne

December 12, 2009 at 4:49 pm

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