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Rock Bottom Or How To Bounce Back from a Rock

I loved the Rocky and Bullwinkle show, at the end of every episode they’d describe the next episodes title with an alternative. Which were typically puns of the same title, so I’m going use this as a title format for my post today. Because as bad luck would have it, things have gotten a bit better but not by much.

Started My New Job And Already Hate It

Now ya’ll knew where this was going right? Since I had already posted having to take a huge cut in pay from my last job. Then the entire working from home situation that for some, might be a peach of a situation. But for someone like me, who already has a hard time trying to keep the lines of work and home separated, isn’t a great work situation. Because on several occasions when I’ve had to review documents (which at times takes fucking hours) instead I find myself watching the Cooking Channel and laying on the couch with my hand on my laptop to keep it from going into sleep mode so that it shows I’m woking. Yes this is bad I know, but I’m not a great work from home person like my coworker Babble Mouth. Which on several virtual meeting was seen sitting outside with her husband eating breakfast. This is not what I call professional, yes I may watch t.v but when I have a virtual meeting, I’m in front of my computer and paying attention for fuck sake! And I’d never eat during a virtual meeting, NEVER!

But if going to the office was an option, then it wouldn’t be any better. So our office building is an old building that was once a warehouse, then an art gallery and is now city government offices. This building was converted to sections of different city entities that have huge cubicles, air conditioning that doesn’t work and ONE kitchen/common area where the refrigerators/microwave/sink and coffee pots are…….and THEY ARE ALL IN THE FUCKING BASEMENT!!!!! My office is on the 3rd floor and the there’s one elevator for all three floors not to mention the badly constructed are deco stairs made out of pure concrete.

When I say the air conditioning doesn’t work I mean it works….but barely. I went into the office this past Tuesday and I was there for half an hour and I was sweating like a pig. And the fact that everyone in my department is working on a hybrid schedule, so not all of us are in the office at one time. So I was there by myself for a while until my new co-worker showed up and made my time in that infernal hell hole a lot better. Not to mention that I had back to back virtual meetings almost all damned day long. Having to hear my other coworker talk over my boss for hour upon agonizing hour was getting on my last nerve, and this is the person that is supposed to be training me. She has the horrible habit of talking over everyone even if you began the conversation or answered a question first.

She hears you but doesn’t care she just babbles and babbles until the rest of us just give up and let her ramble on. She’s so annoying that I’ve already thought up countless ways of disposing of her body.

New Co-Worker is a Complete Ray of Sunshine

My new coworker is a great guy, he was hired to be part of our team a week after I started. We hit it off as soon as we met. He has a great sense of humor and it’s as sarcastic as I am, which makes for a much welcomed change from Babble Mouth and Sarcastically, Ill Timed Comment boss. Don’t get me wrong, I love my boss he’s a great guy but he has what I called bad timed mouth. He says the wrong thing at the wrong time, which at times makes for a lot of awkward situations. My new co-worker is such a sweet guy and I love that he gets my humor and then joins in. Which makes us a really good but evil combo of coworkers if you ask me. When we got our first paychecks he walked over to my cubicle and said “Is this a joke or did I really fuck up by taking this job?” I looked at him and said “Its both, believe me I know exactly how you feel.” He laughed like Tom Hanks in The Money Pit when the tub falls through the floor of the house he’s renovating, and walked away.

Which endeared me to him even more because he’s like me, we quote movies all the time. So I knew exactly who he was imitating when he did it and in turn make me laugh out loud for the first time in what seem like months.

Trying To Making Ends Meet

After my coworker and I saw a full paycheck of ours I began crunching numbers and literally almost cried because there is no way I am going to be able to afford to keep my house if I don’t find another job that pays me more soon. My coworker is a contractor/house flipper who has a business on the side so he doesn’t have to worry so much about what he’s getting paid. I mean he’s not happy about it but because of COVID hitting his business hard, he took this job to supplement his income. But I on the other had have had to contemplate some serious changes, which include maybe having to sell my house and move in with my oldest to avoid having to file for bankruptcy to avoid losing my house in a bad situation turned worse. I cried all night on Monday night because I’m feeling as if this horrible year just keeps getting worse. I can’t believe it hasn’t even been a year in my house and now I might have to resort to selling it to avoid drowning financially. Just writing this makes me want to cry, I can’t believe I’ve found myself here.

Searching for Other Opportunities

Even before I started this job, I told myself that I was going to keep looking for something that paid close to what I was making before. Something that didn’t require me to take a $13K pay cut, I could handle even a $5K pay cut to live comfortably and now worry the way I am now. Slowly but surly I’ve scored some interviews, and since most of them are virtual I’ve had no problem taking them while I’m at “work” at home. I hope to find something soon so I won’t have to take the drastic measures I’m contemplating right now. I’ve been using ZipRecruiter and Indeed for help with searching for better opportunities but I keep getting referred to administrative/secretary positions. I uploaded my resume with the title of executive manager, which is what I was but my title didn’t correspond with my duties. And even though I’ve changed my preferences in both, I’m still getting referred to secretarial jobs that are hourly and pay little to nothing and that pisses me off to no end.

I even contacted JMR to help run the numbers since the housing marking is hot for sellers right now, and there is a shortage of inventory. So this one thing could be in my favor and I could actually walk away with some cash in my pocket if I have to sell my house. As he said, this money can be something I can save for when Im ready to buy another house. But I’m thinking I won’t be able to buy another house anytime soon with the housing market the way it is and mortgage rates going up anytime soon. My boys tell me to try and stay positive and I know they mean well. They are also all ready to jump in and help if I needed it, so I know I’m extremely blessed because of the men they turned out to be.

Until next time……this is the Huntress, saying…”Don’t be a Moth Around a Dim Yellow Bulb, Be a Moth to a Flame, Make it worth the Burn!”

Published by thehuntress915

My life has been a lot like the movie Bridget Jones Diary (the Hispanic version) constant comedic struggles and life lessons learned by way of personal experience. I've survived divorce and online dating debacles, so tag along for the ride and lets laugh together.

14 thoughts on “Rock Bottom Or How To Bounce Back from a Rock

  1. Holy crap on a stick! I’d say thank G-D for your co-worker, but that doesn’t make up for the sucky wages. The only problem with selling your house for a profit (just when you were getting comfortable), is if you decide not to move in with your son, rentals have also skyrocketed. And how long can you live with your son before it’s too long? I’m so sorry this isn’t working as well as you (we all) hoped. Might there be a raise after 6 months? It sounds like the job is taking full advantage of everyone who works there (except Blanche) with no regard to ‘living wages’. I’m so sorry.

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    1. Well after talking it over with my son, he said he wouldn’t have any problem with me moving in with him. But I’m hoping it doesn’t come to that, I’m praying something better salary wise comes along soon. There was no mention of a raise after the probationary period ended, so I’m thinking no. I just don’t like this job, it’s not within the scope of any of my previous experience. Blanche could care less whether her people are making ends meet. She’s raking it in.

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  2. Damn it. I keep hoping your luck is going to turn and it seems that isn’t happening. Maine is positively begging for employees everywhere, maybe you should move up here. 😉 But seriously, I’m sorry. The thought of you having to sell your new house just to stay afloat pisses me off. The world owes you some good karma… big time. Glad you found one decent co worker to lighten the mood a bit. I’m crossing fingers and toes something better comes up soon.

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  3. I’m glad to hear you get along great with your new coworker! I also think having a boss who says awkward things (or things at awkward times) would be kinda fun–it shows he’s human, and it provides an opportunity to everyone else to embrace him and help him be less awkward. (I work with lawyers, many of whom are awkward AF, so I routinely cover for their blunders to make them look better. As a result, it bonds us closer.)

    An alternative to selling your house: have you considered temporarily moving in with your son and renting out your house (either as a month-to-month rental or an Airbnb rental) so your mortgage is covered and then some? That way the house is still yours, you’ll still be building equity instead of throwing away money on rent, and when your financial situation improves, you can move back into it.

    I hope things improve for you soon–to the point that you’re no longer crying yourself to sleep or worrying about how to make ends meet without giving up your current living situation. It’s an awful mind space to be in.

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    1. Thanks you Heather, I’ve met with my realtor and he gave me some options. He said he could sell my house for about $45K more and I’d walk away with some cash in my pocket. But he also mentioned that this was purely as a last result. He was reluctant to hear that this might be an option. He advised me to sell only if I absolutely needed to. I really don’t want to go that route either. So I’m looking so another job because I neither like this job or the pay. So keep your fingers crossed for me that something better comes along soon 🤞.

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  4. Aw, that’s terrible. Is it possible to take in a paying roommate? Might be better than selling and having to live with your son. I had a roommate the whole time I lived in Toronto–university students doing co-op terms–and if you vet them carefully, it can be pretty decent. Just a thought:-)

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    1. I have Suzanne, I’m weighing my options but I haven’t gotten to that point yet. I met with my realtor on a Friday and he gave me selling options where I’d walk away with some money in my pocket to buy another house later on. But with the income I’m getting now, I wouldn’t be able to find anything in my price range right now. The housing market is purely a sellers market right now. He said for me to wait until I absolutely knew I needed to make some drastic decisions. Right now I’m only looking for alternative ways of staying afloat.

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      1. Exactly. I really don’t want to leave my house, I love it in spite of all the things I have fix. But that was my intention, to live here and improve it little by little until it was what I envisioned.

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