Saturday, 8 August 2015

Sunday post 3

Hosted here at the Sunday Post is a chance to chat about what we're reading, what's coming up, the week that was and the week that will be (maybe).

Well, clearly my last week was a bust from go to woe. I was sick last Saturday, and we lost a beloved cat last Sunday, so the week itself was spent convincing myself that yes, I really did have to get out of bed, get spawn to school and go to work myself.

It sort of worked. I was feeling progressively better but still had some digestive issues until Tuesday, and I missed Morgana so very much. I still do. Losing a cat is always hard, but losing a cat like that - that's there 30 seconds after you sit down because she was the lap cat's lap cat - well, I'm still upset.

I ended up taking Friday off work, because I was sad, and tired and just ... used up. If that even makes sense. I feel like I'm veering into the melodramatic.

Anyway. I finished two books - one on Friday, and one on Saturday.

They were The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherine M Valente, and I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

They were both great in their own way, and honestly I'd recommend The Girl Who ... to anyone with  a daughter aged between about 8 and 12. So, so magical.

I finished I'll Give You the Sun in a day, and it's just that kind of book. I honestly could not stop reading it. Hopefully I'll have my act together a bit better this week, and will be posting reviews.

For what I'm reading now, I'm still picking through The Duchess War by Courtney Milan, which I'm really, really enjoying. It's such an engaging story. It's slow going because it's my lunchtime iBook read, and I don't always have time for a lunch break.

I'm also diving back in to My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, for this book tour: my review is due to go up on August 18, so keep an eye out. I've only read Rebecca, but I loved it  a lot so I have high hopes for this one!

I'm also hoping to get back into The Sunne in Splendour this Thursday. Last week I wasn't much good for anything so spent a lot of time doing very much of nothing.

This post is getting long. I know I hinted at blogging about a major life-changing event last time and that post - like every other post last week - just didn't happen.

The short version is this:

I work as a layout/copy-editor. At least, I do, until September 4. My major life-changing event is redundancy. I could have applied for another position, or re-applied for my position - my department is being cut in half, and those interested could re-apply but the whole idea of it made me .... tired.

I'll have enough of a payout to pay off our debts, and a year's grace to find something else. I'm equally terrified and elated, to be honest. The what-ifs are piling up fast, but on balance, I'm thinking of all the things I can do - be home when spawn gets home from school. Read more. Tackle a really large cross-stitch project. Maybe do some volunteer work. Maybe write a book and accidentally become world-famous. Who knows?

I'm wary of getting all navel-gazey and saying I'm trusting in the universe because that's not really my thing, but .... I'm rolling the dice for sure. If this hadn't happened, I would have held on to that job for as long as I could, and perhaps that's not healthy either.

Change and growth are good, right?



  1. Sorry to hear about the changes- although it sounds like you have a great view on it. You'll have flexibility and can be good thing. Good luck and I'm sure it all will all go well. :)

    Have a super weekend.

  2. Sorry to hear about your illness and loss. I know we avoided going home in the evenings when our cat died unexpectedly. .it was painful. I hope the work change brings you unexpected happiness. Who knows what opportunity will knock on your door.

  3. Sorry to hear about your illness and loss. I know we avoided going home in the evenings when our cat died unexpectedly. .it was painful. I hope the work change brings you unexpected happiness. Who knows what opportunity will knock on your door.

  4. So sorry to hear about Morgana... take care, won't you.

    I took a redundancy nearly 3yrs ago and it was the best thing I ever did. I moved to a small regional town so finding a job has been problematic but I was able to buy an apartment on the beachfront (mortgage free) and take some time off. I was really unhappy in my work for ages so really happy I finally made the change!

    Am sure your change will be for the best as well!

  5. Greg: Thanks. It's a big scary change for sure! :)

    Kim: Thank you. I'm hoping for that, we'll see :)

    Deborah: Thank you, I will. Your change sounds amazing! Well done :D

  6. I'm sorry about the loss of your cat and the bad week... Oh, I looooved My cousin Rachel, and so many other novels by Daphne du Maurier ! A redundancy can be awfully bad, but since you have a whole year ahead of you to find something else, I'll say it's a wonderful opportunity to decide for something different in your life ? Find out what you'd really love to do and make that opportunity work ? Until then, rest and enjoy your family ;)

  7. What a bad week, sorry about the lost of your cat, they are such big parts of our life.

    I was made redundant just before Christmas 2012 and I was happy about it, I got a nice payout and was able to relax for a while, I won't lie but I did struggle to find work and it was also during this time I started my blog as a way to keeo my brain ticking over but good things do come to those who wait and I am now full time in my dream job. Enjoy your time, something will come along x

    Heather | Random Redheaded Ramblings

  8. I was laid off a year ago and it was scary but it was also good. It was past time to have left that job. Good luck with the transition.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your cat. :( The pests are part of our families and when they die we miss them. *hugs*

  9. I've worked at companies that have had layoffs and while I was never personally affected it's terrifying and stressful and exhausted. I'm sorry you had to go through that added to the loss of your beloved cat and hope you're feeling a little better. It sounds like the Friday day off was definitely needed. We went from being a dual income family to single income 10 years ago and while sometimes it'd be nice to have the extra money my income would provide - especially now that we're in college years - I really enjoyed being home with the kids and in so many ways it just made family life so much easier. Hope you have a great week!

  10. thereaderjunkie: Thank you :) That's the approach I'm aiming for when I"m not absolutely terrified about the whole thing - lol

    Heather: I've certainly had better weeks, that's for sure. Thank you :)

    Bea: I think that's where I'm at. Change is good, hopefully. Thank you.

    Katherine: My son is eight, so it will be nice to be able to spend more time with him. Thank you :)

  11. Aww sorry to hear about kitty. It's hard to lose a pet like that. Well, whatever the year brings you're way, I hope it's nothing but good.

  12. I'm sorry to hear about your kitty, it's always hard to lose a pet so close to you. And congrats on the new position, it sounds like a big change but it seems like it could be really good for you. I hope it all goes well!

  13. I'm so sorry to hear about your cat, and your job news as well -- it all sounds horribly stressful. I hope you're taking good care of yourself!

    Can't wait to read your review of I'll Give You the Sun. I loved it too.

  14. Christy: Thank you :)

    Michelle: It is very hard. Well, no new position yet but hopefully!

    Jenny: Thank you. It's not been my best year. Hopefully this week :)