Most people celebrate anniversaries so I will mark this occasion. I have officially been unemployed for 3 months today. Oh joy! Three months ago I sat under fluorescent lights for 8 hours a day in front of two (yes 2) LCD monitors and answered emails, shuffled papers, designed pretty maps of land use use and park locations and got yelled at often by the general public who doesn't like whatever it is that there neighbor is doing. Three months ago I did that.
Fast Forward to April 26, 2010: I still sit in front of computer for 8 hours a day and answer emails however it is mainly fun now. I draw pretty pictures in paint. I use paint.net to morph pictures of normal people into pictures of my sister and I visiting far-off places like Niagra Falls. Sometimes I post on forums. I update my facebook status a few times a week, I play evony and everyday sort through job postings on Craigslist and apply for those that make more than working at Wendy's (which isn't many here since we have a rather high unemployment rate of 13.2%. Aargh!). However, I think that I like my life better now. I am broke and eligible for public assistance but I am happy. My boss is myself and I tell me what to do. Here are some scenarios to compare then versus now:
3 months ago: Boss says “There is a city council meeting and we need these reports written ASAP and someone will need to give the presentations...you have 2 hours...GO!”
Now: It is 11 am and I still haven't taken a shower. I say “Self, take a shower!” So I do. Much more relaxed.
3 months ago: “My neighbor is building a house and their roof is blocking my view of the ski run, please stop him/my neighbor is painting their house blue and it doesn't match the shade of my house, please stop them/my neighbor doesn't mow his yard as much as I want him to, please stop him/I want to sell donuts in a residential area please don't stop me.”
Now: Me--looking out the window at my neighbor--He is washing his car in his driveway peacefully. I am watching a rerun of Cold Case. I am drinking a beer. This is nice. No one stops me.
So as you can hopefully see, I am a better boss than my old one as I let myself do nothing really and everything is fun. I don't get yelled at and if I do, I am in my house so I can yell back. That feels really good. I feel more like I have graduated to Neverneverland since I really do whatever I feel like. This summer is going to be fun! I do like anniversaries. Now to celebrate, I am going to have a beer. Cheers!
*Later, after my celebratory dinner of sloppy joes and strawberry yogurt I shall post a happy drawing to commemorate this occasion.* **Update: Here are the pictures that show me then, with a job and now without a job.