I did go shopping and bought a few clothes, but I am going to return the more expensive items I bought. I was going to return one blouse anyway, but now I’ve had some bad news so will also return a skirt that was full price and not cheap either. I want to improve my image at work and decent clothes are one way to do that, but now is not the time.
My co-worker, who is doing the same job as I am, was let go today with only two weeks’ notice. We are contractors, so that happens, but it’s not a good sign. I feel real bad for him. He doesn’t have a lot of Canadian experience, and may have trouble finding more work.
The other obvious aspect is that my days there are numbered also. They told him there’s not enough work for two of us, and also that ‘obviously they’d be keeping Ellen’, which is maybe flattering, but an extremely rude thing to say as well. I have a lot more experience than my co-worker, but that didn’t need to be said. I don’t think rudeness is a good sign actually.
So likely I have a few more weeks there, and then will also be let go, as I read the situation. They will not give me more than two weeks’ notice it seems. Officially we were hired until mid-March, but that doesn’t mean anything. They are only obliged to give us two weeks’ notice by contract. Some are nicer and give more than that, since excuse me, it takes more than two weeks to find something else in the best of economies, which this isn’t.
I hate this aspect of contracting. I don’t mind having no benefits – the higher rate makes up for that. But I hate the uncertainty of being let go whenever the company pleases. And in this bum economy, there will likely not be a lot out there at the moment I fear.
It’s not like being fired. And my co-worker is going to have to stick it out for two more weeks – you don’t simply get sent home. Awkward when you’re being let go early.
In a way, I could do with a rest. I could keep my expenses low for a while. Except for the high cost of therapy. That is my second biggest expense after rent. Losing my therapy would be very very tough. I’ll see. I would keep going for I’d say two months without money coming in, but probably not after that.
Oh darn. Darn darn darn.
I’m not immune. I’ve led a charmed life in an external sense, for the last year and a half. Well paid work, lots of time for therapy, working from home so my sleep difficulties are not so overwhelming. Other people have lots of trouble – illness, loved ones with illness, money troubles, kid troubles, marriage woes, bad bosses….I am not unique in having a little trouble now also.
The therapy is actually my main concern at this point. I don’t think I could stand going just every two weeks either – a complete break would probably be easier to bear overall.
I need to absorb this news now. It’s only been a few hours since I learned about this, so I haven’t digested it yet.