So yeah, it's been a while.
Remember the good old days of once-a-day posting?
Man, that was a lot of work.
And it's not that I haven't had a lot to say - believe me you, I have.
I just didn't have a ton of time of get it on paper.
Well, here's the short list of reasons my time suddenly freed up:
1. Unemployment. Turns out, it's not just for car dealerships.
See, as you know, we have a new governor. A governor who, in his infinate wisdom, decided to play Political Chicken with the legislature to get his way. He wants an increase in state income tax to help deal with out deficit (where have I heard this before....?) The legislature, however, is not so cool with this. So our governor said, "Do what I want or deal with the consequence on July 1."
The consequence? A mandatory shut down of social services with the elimination of all contracted services (i.e. me).
Literally. This is quite literally how things went down.
Who does that? Who gets their poltical agenda accomplished by eliminating all contract services across the state? Who gambles with child welfare like that?
Oh right - all governors of this state. In fact, right before the previous gem was impeached, he did the same thing. I mean, my employment woes are becoming a broken record at this point.
And the best part is that this new guy turns around and pins it on the legislature and blames them for this - the whole "well you MADE me do it" argument.
It goes a little something like this:
"Give me what I want, I have no interest in comprimise - or else I will eliminate 50% of the child welfare (and every other service) workforce until you cry 'uncle'....Oh, and p.s. I just proposed a 400% increase in health care costs for state employees. Just try and test me if that doesn't get pushed through too."
Is this really where we are at politically?
And why is it that social services are always the bargining chip?
So this means that July 1st may be likely be the last day of my employment.
But I am oddly okay with this. Maybe because, with all the previous false alarms, I have made peace with the fact I would lose my job to some poltical bullshit.
Or maybe because I have been really burned out in this job and looking for a change. I have never been one to run from a problem, but the state government is a bit larger than just "a problem" and I simply think they have worn me down.
So this is now my kick in the pants to find another....something.
However, the chance of me finding a position in this State and in the area of child welfare is - lemme check real quick - ZILCH.
Which leads me to....
2. There may be some relocation associated with seeking a new job. It's been discussed. Options are on the table. Options as in - NOT CHICAGO.
I am sort of excited about this.
And the third reason my load is soon to be lightened?
3. Hitting the Pavement - In 24 hours, I will be in Madison with my relay team, starting at the starting end of the Madison-Chicago 200 relay.
After my awesome experience last year, I decided to head-up the team this year.
Turns out, though, that event planning is not so much...how do you say?...my strong point (see also: my wedding). I think it has something to do with my ever-dwindling capacity for bullshit and unreliable people, inability to make a decision, and generally poor multitasking skills. My sister ended up taking the reins and pulling it together. But the general stress of responsibility of it will be over soon.
Oh, and speaking of that wedding thingy?
It's moving forward, but deserves it's own post.
Which will be written after the relay.
So until then....