Saturday, March 30, 2013


I'm currently busy doing a book design & layout for a publishing company that farms out most of that kind of work. I think I'll withhold the name of the company until the book appears.

I like being productive rather than just kicking back and collecting unemployment. And even if the income gets deducted from my benefit check, it will look a lot better to potential employers that I've been doing SOMEthing.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Something to read after you've ordered your seeds

Just a quick note to mention that I've reviewed a book on GoodreadsThe Backyard Parables: Lessons on Gardening and Life by Margaret Roach.

This book is organized as a journal of one year in her 2.5 acre garden in New York State—winter, spring, summer, fall. I enjoyed it. If you're a gardener, be sure to also check out her blog, A Way to Garden.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Unemployed, redux

This time I'm really unemployed. The grace period is over, the fat lady has sung.

Ryan International Airlines is no more. The link goes to the Wikipedia article, which is mostly accurate, except that the Chapter 7 filing was delayed while purchase offers were entertained. So 24 of us stayed on to keep the operating certificate on life support in case someone purchased it.

The company that won the "bidding" in the bankruptcy court insisted they had the purchase price on hand, but in the end they only transferred $200,000 of it. They were given an extra day and then the door was closed. My last day of work was February 27, 2013.

I'd been toying with the idea of looking for a new job since the Chapter 11 filing a year ago, enough that I'd updated my resume. Too bad I didn't get serious about looking.

I'm now in the process of applying for unemployment, getting some kind of interim medical insurance, etc. And trying to not let myself waste time just because I can.

I did finish the sweater I started knitting in December, just in time to wear it to the retirement party of our CFO last Saturday night... which morphed, of course, into a "wake" for all of us. (He joked that we stole his thunder.)

I've never filed unemployment before. And I'm still reeling from the shock of it all. I guess I am, anyway, because I have a hard time getting to sleep at night. There have been nights I was still awake at 3 am.

To be continued....