This week is drawing to a close. God it seems likes months ago it was last weekend really so much has been happening.
Firstly the snow happened Sunday night. Mrs F and D-o-F took ages to get home from swimming club and I had to skid the car onto the drive. So Monday morning get up and I decided to not even attempt to get to work. We had about 6inches by then. Schools were shut so we were all at home. Monday night I dug out the drive after another relentless afternoon of snow.
Tuesday - we're on a slope and simply but I can see the road that is a bus route and gritted but there was no way I was attempting to back out off the drive and try to slide to the bottom of the hill avoiding all the other cars, lampposts etc. So another day at home, kids cheering and wife cheering as schools were confirmed shut a second day. (I might post more on that topic if I can be arsed at some other point). 10am my boss phoned me with a call I'd expected for a couple of weeks, I was told my "role was eliminated" and I was "at risk of compulsory redundancy". I knew it was coming but - ouch - it hurts when it is confirmed. So I went and dug out the snow on the road and paths so we could get out of our road and went shopping for the rest of that day.
Since then the week has been one of very mixed emotions. Now remember I don't do emotions - I don't like them, they perterb me, good and back emotions... I repeat I don't do emotions...! So it's been difficult for me. But here is where I am.
There are some jobs at my current employer that I can apply for. However I in a turmoil over that, they are all roles I've sort of done in the past and not really any kind of challenge in many ways. Also this is just this wave, the next is already in the offing as my company has announced a massive aquisitions with tens of thousands of potential job loses as a result of that likely within the year. The current severance package is enhanced and may well go down significantly in the summer. So fight for a job that I may not like only to be made redundant this time next year on less money. I know that is a negative view but you have to ponder it don't you? The other option is sit on my hands, take the package which is good, take all the help, including a 6 month executive outplacement scheme (sounds grand doesn't it?) and stop living in the past and live in a new place with new motivations.
So I'm looking forward to a quiet weekend - sometime to think a bit and maybe get my head straighter than it currently is.
Many thanks to all for the personal contacts over the week. Much appreciated.