Friday, April 23, 2010

Back from the Doldrums

Well! I just dropped a bomb on you and then skedaddled away, even though so many of you so kindly took the time to comment and commiserate.

That’s not cool, and I apologize. What’s happened is that Sweet Dub got laid off and that very same day, our modem decided to die. What with one thing and another (oh, the intricacies of health insurance and COBRA and such, and by the way: SUMMER CAMP! You gotta start thinking about it! And by the way: cell phone! Sweet Dub’s was a company phone, so he suddenly didn’t have one and lost all his contacts! And hey: pinkeye! The baby got it! And T-ball! We are smack in the middle of T-ball season! And sickness! Sweet Dub and I are both neck-deep in phlegm! And exhaustion! And, scene.) – well, what I’m saying is, I’m pretty invested in keeping my job right now, so I’ve not been blogging at work, and I’ve had no Internet access at home, and I don’t have a Smartphone, so I’ve been somewhat off the grid in terms of blogging.

But here we are, and ten days post-layoff, we are managing to stay positive. I am trying to avoid thinking about health insurance because it makes my eye twitch, so I won’t go into that, but just know this: the Blah Blahs can’t ever catch a break with something like that. Every avenue I tried came back to this: I must pay through my employer for health insurance, and it is $1,100 a month. COBRA is not cheaper, and we don’t qualify for the federal subsidy because Sweet Dub is eligible for health insurance through my job.

But enough about that. (Already I can feel my blood pressure spiking and my heart rate increasing, just in writing those few sentences.) At least one of us has a job. And we have some severance pay and we have some savings (partly for the hypothetical house which is impossible to buy in Los Angeles anyway) and if worst comes to worst, we have credit lines that are not being used. But I would hate for it to come to that.

Here is where I should insert something pithy and somehow poignant and inspirational. But instead I want to tell you a silly story, because it’s finding the humor in the everyday that’s keeping me going right now, and maybe it will make you laugh, too.

Earlier this week, I discovered that if I said, “Ready, set –“ to Miss Celie, she would say, “GO!”* But she would say it with such force that she would literally rock forward on her toes and the vein in her neck would stand out. And then she would break into a huge grin, as pleased with herself as could be.

Last night, I was talking to my mom on the phone and I figured this was a perfect “show off to Grandma” moment, so I said to Miss Celie, “Ready, set –“ and she said, “No.”

Ready, set – NO. It’s kind of appropriate, I think.

* And she doesn’t pronounce it plainly, “GO,” it’s more like “Goh!” which for some reason is more endearing and harder to convey on the page.


Bridget said...

Wow. Lay-off, pink eye, T-Ball, phlegm and for the love of Chrysler, no modem!!! So not good. BUT if it's anything like it is up here just keep rolling with it. It's all just happening at once.

Hubby has been laid off for a year and it's getting old (I'm putting that mildly) but I'm grateful that we are stilling hanging on. I'm sending positive vibes to you down there in LA. It's gonna get better. It has to.

In the meantime, video that cute little baby and send it in to AFV for a cool ten grand. She sounds adorable!

Kristen {RAGE against the MINIVAN} said...

Wow - you guys have been through the ringer.

Health insurance. Blech. Sucks. I'm so sorry.

Lisa Blah Blah said...

Bridget: Ugh, over a year! My heart goes out to you! I know several people who have been out of work for an extended time. One has simply stopped looking - she and her husband have scaled back and somehow they are managing to make it work. I guess I will have to follow her example and there's nothing wrong with living simply, right? I'm hoping your husband will find something soon! Virtual hugs to you!

Kristen: Thanks for the sympathy - we are trying to maintain perspective. Certainly things could be worse, so we just try and remember how blessed we are every day, which we are, in so many ways.