I spent all day yesterday at the ID card section at the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey. I needed to renew my dependent ID card, which had expired in September. While trying to get a visitor's pass for the base I found I did not have a valid insurance card for the car (it had expired the previous day).
They did let me on base and I did get a new ID card after waiting 5 hours (note to self: next time make an appointment; don't try the walk-in method). It's 100 miles to Monterey, so I did not want to have to come back another day.
Today went more smoothly. I called USAA and got new insurance cards (apparently mine were lost in the mail, but the premium had been paid and I actually did have insurance). I sealed the new grout on the bathroom floor, pruned the roses and took down the outside Christmas lights.
Maybe now I can do a little writing. I need to create something longer than a drabble.
I don't think the utility workers get nearly enough credit. They were outside all night, working on the lines in intense cold to get the power back. So, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! to all the people who worked so hard; you saved people's lives out there.
In California news; this morning I saw Santa driving down the street in a blue sportscar with the top down.
( Look here )
Squee! I am Severus Snape (hmmm, is this good or not?)
The kitchen is finished. I helped Mr. Macabee put up the blinds today. Tomorrow I will put the knick-knacks back on the windowsill, just about 3 months from the day I took them down before demolition.
Next up....the second bathroom.
Layoffs will not happen before the end of the year and most people will still have jobs at least until next June.
The severance package is generous and health insurance will be continued as long as your severance lasts.
Even people with less than a year at the company will get 6 months severance.
It could have been so much worse.
I have had 4 more days of vacation since I got back but tomorrow it is back to work. Uggh.
Here is a photo from Creek Farm, in Portsmouth, NH. It is an old estate that was donated to the public after the death of the owner. The old lion is slowly dissolving. I think he is quite charming.
I am going to NH on Tuesday for a week to visit with family, and to heck with work.
Painting was done on Friday. My first color choice was 'Calypso Orange' which on the chip appeared to be a deep red-orange. When I saw it in the can it was ORANGE!!!!!!! OMGWTFBBQ!!!!!! See the Tang container on the drainboard? It was that orange. So I said no. We chose another color, 'Yellow Marigold', which to me looks like mango. It is bold, but not overwhelming and I thinks it works quite well.
All that remains are the blinds and the lighting fixtures.
Dumped by email!
The day continued to get better. I attended a senior managers' meeting where the global head of research talked all about what is happening to the science divisions (transferred to other sites), but says nothing about the service groups (of which I am part). At the end someone asks the question about us and he says "talk to your global leader". So we call our global leader. He has no idea what is going to happen to us because he was only informed the previous day. Wouldn't that fill you with happy fuzzy feelings?
We were told to focus on our work (yeah right) and they would be back in 4-6 WEEKS to give us more information.
For me it is not so bad. The severance plan is good. With 17 years of service I qualify for 11.5 months of pay, with my health insurance continuing for that time period. This would carry me close to my planned retirement date anyway. But not many people are in my boat. This is devastating news for them and they have to decide (without much information) on whether to grab another job now or wait it out.
Such is life in the corporate jungle.