Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Funemployment?


So as not to spiral into a deep and dark depression, while our bank accounts are slowly, but surely, dwindling and we have still yet to find a job or permanent home, I have to muster deep within myself and do my best to focus on this time in my life as a sort of "Funemployment" opportunity. 

For example, until I do commit myself to a job that comes with responsibilities and such, I should be thankful for the things that I can do until then.

Such as:

1. Say yes to that 5th (or 6th) glass of wine just because it's a random Tuesday...or Wednesday...or any day, really, because it doesn't matter; I don't have to wake up before 9am in the morning and I can stay in my yoga pants all day while lounging in bed and watching the new season of Arrested Development.

2. Stroll the streets on a random week day, while the sun is high in the sky. Then causally stop at a Starbucks, perch myself on the patio, and peruse the new People magazine while sipping on an Iced Coffee.

Have I actually done that?

No.

But the option is there if I want it, and that's really all that matters right now, now isn't it?

3. Catch a matinee at the local movie theatre in order to beat the night rush and save me a few dollars. (Again, haven't done this, but I'm scrounging for reasons to enjoy this unemployment, here. Stick with me.)

4. Head to Union Square at 2pm on a Tuesday to exchange something at H&M. Not only do I miss the bus crowd, but I also miss the bazillion tourists that I'd normally find on a Saturday if I were to have that thing called a job that kept me from being able to go on such errands during the week.
Perks of unemployment, my friends. PERKS.


You see that up there? Empty. Empty = Comfortable.

Let me tell you something. Last night, when it was super crowded, I got stuck sitting next to this big black man. Him being big, or black for that matter, has nothing to do with this story, but I thought I'd give you a visual to go with the following scenario.

Anyway.

I sat next to him, and then I reach behind my head to pull my hair out from my jacket.
You know, a normal "fix your hair flip". No big deal.

THEN the man says to me, "Don't flip your hair at me!"

And I looked at him. Stared for a beat or two out of confusion, then said, because I'm SO NICE and thought maybe I had hit him with my hair, even though that was unlikely,

"Oh, I'm sorry."

THEN he said, "You know exactly what you were trying to do."

?????? Yes actually, I was trying to get my hair out of my jacket, weirdo.

So THEN The Dizzle PUNCHED HIM IN HIS FACE AND SAID, "Lay off my woman!"

Okay, that last part didn't happen at all. But boy, I thought about that scenario in detail because it was the only way to calm myself and not actually say anything to the man for the rest of the ride.

Do you ever do that? Have someone say something rude to you and then you're just stunned with silence, but the whole time you're thinking of so many clever remarks you can say back but you're just too nervous to say anything? Happens to me all the time. I'm debating on whether that's a good thing or not.

Anyway, where was I?

Oh yeah, "Funemployment."

I'm trying to stay positive, and for the most part I am. I know a job will come sooner or later. In fact, I had another phone interview this morning and I didn't get off the phone crying, so I'm taking that as a good sign. ;)

Point is, I am focusing on staying present and enjoying each day. Because if there's one thing I've learned, it's that nothing is permanent. So enjoy it while you can, am I right?

Happy Tuesday!
....or is it Wednesday?

xoxo


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25 comments:

  1. He said that?! What the heck is wrong with people. Wow.

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  2. I want to know what he thought you were trying to do. Flirt with him? Commit assault with your hair?

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  3. zomg knowing me, i would get all teary eyed and bawl. you know, to make him feel bad.

    but then again, you prolly had asian ninja hair that can slice him up.

    you never know.

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  4. Of course a job will come! And you will love it!
    But for now, sleep until noon, drink galons of wine and enjoy SF wheater for me, please?

    And i HATE dealing with public transport weirdo!

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  5. As if I already didn't love you, you mentioned Arrested Development and now I'm determined to be BFFs whenever I finally make my way out to CA. Okay, going to go read the rest of your post now. ;)

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  6. My first bus ride when I moved to New Jersey, as I sat down the bus jerked and I accidentally bumped into the woman next to me. She spent the entire rest of our 15 minute trip yelling loudly to everyone around me about how "this bitch bumped her" and was trying to steal her seat and on and on. She also weighed like 100lbs more than me. I was terrified. The bus trip home, I got on the wrong bus and ended up in the completely wrong town and had to take a train home and I ended up sitting on the train crying the whole way home. Moral of the story - buses suck.

    val
    www.daily-distraction.com

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  7. You'll find a job you love eventually! And I'm jealous that you can sleep in and lounge around all day! I hate when I even have one thing to do on the weekends that requires me to set an alarm. I just want to sleep until I wake up!

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  8. i call stories like that #bustalk. happens to me once a week, and i live in minnesota, so the cold weather allows for way less crazies than i imagine are in san francisco.

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  9. Why did his panties get in a twist??
    I don't think I would've held my tongue is somebody came at me like that when ALL I'm trying to do is get my hair out of my shirt. What a weirdo.

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  10. Wow someone had a chop on their shoulder! It's probably a good thing you didn't say anything since he sounds like he has issues.

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  11. I was 'funemployed' for 4 months and finally went back to work so I definitely know how it feels to try to force yourself to do fun things while really just wishing your bank account wouldn't drain at such an alarming rate. Most days I ended up hitting 'refresh' on the jobs section of Craigslist obsessively, you know, just in case some new jobs had been posted in the last 5 minutes....but now that I'm back at work with a long train commute and zero time to call my own, I do lament wasting so much of the time I had moping around and freaking out.

    In other news, I've been commuting by Coaster and Trolley here in San Diego and I've definitely experienced some colorful personalities. Some people are crazy. You try your best to avoid them but sometimes it's unavoidable.

    Sucks.

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  12. that`s the right attitude! try to make the most out of this situation, and stay positive about the fun stuff! That way you´ll keep a positive mood which hopefully will affect future employers to hire YOU!:-)

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  13. I always get silent in strange (or angry) situations but I really have a million things to say! I often picture different scenarios in my head (I say this... then he says this!...so I said that.) One of these days they'll play out....or maybe I should just write a book about it.

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  14. Here is what you should do. Combine efforts and find Verner the absolute best money maker job you can. That way you'll have more time to figure out you and your needs/wants/probably just chill at home and shop :)

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  15. I'm kind of dying to be unemployed right now myself. No not really! But really, I don't want to go to work anymore but I will 'cause of them darn bills. Enjoy it. I know you will get that job and get chugging along with the rest of us working stiffs in no time.

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  16. i dont think i could ever handle public transportation. because i would have told that guy to eff off. hell, i tell other drivers to do that.

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  17. So many perks of being unemployed, but the dwindeling bank account makes it hard to truly enjoy it right? At least the beach is free. And super easy to enjoy.

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  18. These are things I'm thankful for before my summer job kicks into full gear. Also perks I'm thankful for as a college student. Here's to looking on the bright side!

    ~Taylor

    liveandmoveblog.blogspot.com

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  19. Welcome to life on the Muni - no personal space, bad smells, an occasional crazy, going up and down uber steep hills that no man should be walking on, Chinatown, tourists - all part of life in SF. Hope you'll stay and not be scarred for life.

    PS: Yesterday on my ride home, I had quite a large rear end, rear ending me for half of my 20 minute ride. So it's not just you...

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  20. You meet so many weirdos on the bus. I'll never forget--the worst bus encounter I ever had was when I was a freshman in college and just starting to take the bus. This woman was waiting at a fairly busy stop with me and was on the other side of the bench. I tend to have really bad posture and I noticed it and tried to sit up straight. Right after straightening up, she looks over at me and says, "I'm getting really weird vibes from you." wtf? So I say, "What do you mean? I'm not even looking at you..." So she answers, "I'm just getting these weird lesbian vibes from you." ??!!! Seriously, I was 18 and totally confused! Was I pushing my totally-covered-in-three-layers-of-clothing boobs out too far? I was so shocked I didn't even know what to say to that. I just remember walking away and calling my mom crying for what this stranger lady (in her 40s-50s yet) said to me. I feel for you!

    Lauren
    Exploring My Style

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  21. I can totally relate! I've been looking for jobs for the past month and despite me meeting all the requirements, I don't get any interviews :( I last interview I went to was a few days ago but I won't know until 2-3 weeks later! All this free time is driving me nuts but I do appreciate the quietness that I've never experienced in my city when I'm at work.

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  22. What a dickwad!

    Clearly his ego was so huge that it had shoved his head up his arse and he thought his own shit didn't stink.

    What a knob!

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  23. I love your attitude! I am having my own Funployment as well. It's quite lovely.

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  24. Oh girl, I know exactly how you feel! It's kind of fun being unemployed for a while and then it kinda gets old. Hoping you'll find a job that you love going to & are happy at =)

    I can't believe that guy on the bus! What a crazy!

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  25. The man on the bus? He and I would have had words.

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