Last week was crazy

Pardon me for the blog silence.

I’m crazy busy these days… worse than usual, it seems.

Last week a bunch of my friends at work got laid off. I kind of knew it was coming because I had called in sick on Tuesday since I’d been having trouble breathing due to the crazy fires (Sayre, Triangle fires) happening all over So Cal. Then I made the mistake of getting up and checking my messages and I noticed that 4 of my friends IMed me within half an hour with a similar question:

“Did you get an in-person one-on-one scheduled at company headquarters?”

Um… no…

But I figured it couldn’t be a coincidence that they were all getting call in, and that the meetings were mandatory, in person, and 1:1. Eeek!

Indeed the ax fell upon all four of them, plus a number more (I still don’t know who all was let go).

On one hand, I am very grateful that I still have a job and that I wasn’t on the “lay off” list. On the other hand, I know this means that there will be more work for the rest of us to do. Most importantly, a bunch of my friends are now jobless through no fault of their own. Sucks. And despite my company’s insistence that “the company is strong” and that it was the only round of cuts planned at the “rah-rah!” meeting the next day, I can’t help but to wonder if there is a giant target painted on my back now.

I knew I was going into a few crazy projects even without this, but now I think I’m simultaneously juggling more clients than I have ever juggled at this job… all with pressing deadlines, of course.

I had harbored fantasies of calling in sick on my birthday, but I can’t really afford to lose the hours for work that needs to be delivered this week and in the coming 3 weeks. (And now, sadly, I really do feel like I’m getting sick!)

So forgive me again for the blog silence. I will try to pop my head out every so often and say hi. Until then, it’s just links & twitters, I think…

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2 Responses to “Last week was crazy”

  • Sorry to hear about your friends..and that you won’t be able to take tomorrow off.

    But just wanted to wish you a happy birthday regardless. :) Hope you like my present!

  • Bummers to hear that your friends got let go and that you have a bigger workload; but I totally hear you on being grateful to still have a job in these troubled economic times. I am thankful no one I know in my comp. got the axe (from the last all-staff mtg., they are planning to have a hiring/projects slowdown, but no layoffs — in the immediate future at least).

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