This first week of unemployment flew by in a haze of home repairs, dinners with friends, and doctor appointments. It turns out unemployment: not so bad after all. I mean, yeah having money would be nice, but did you know that once you're knocked up you have to go to the doctor a lot. And being able to tell the receptionist "You tell me when my next appointment is" rather than doing the dance of "We have a spot open on Monday at 1." "No, I have a meeting then." "Wednesday at 10?" "Nope, meeting then too." is just a thing of beauty that I never understood before.
But I have found that there are a few side effects to unemployment that I wasn't expecting. Nothing big, just little glitches that are going to take a bit for me to figure out. The first thing is yesterday, Friday, I went to a hair appointment, then to the mall, then to dinner with friends. When jparks and I got home at 8:30-ish, there was a package on our doorstep from UPS. I said "Wow, weird for UPS to deliver this last on a Saturday" and he just sort of grunted an agreement without acknowledging that it wasn't Saturday. Later, as we settled into bed I realized my mistake and said "Holy crap, today's Friday, not Saturday. Tomorrow's not Sunday. I am so confused." Jparks said "Yeah, I was wondering what you were thinking but decided not to say anything." I don't know if it's cute that he was just going to let me think that my life is full of weekends or maddening that he would have let me walk around for who knows how long being all confused.
The other unexpected side effect of unemployment is that I can't keep up with all the blogs in my google reader. Apparently I did most of my blog reading in the office. Who knew I wasted so much company time, perhaps I deserved to be laid off. (In my defense I spent a lot of time in luxury suites with wifi and a laptop waiting for clients to arrive. And now I've made myself sound like a high class hooker.) If you are a blog in my normal rotation and you find I'm leaving comments on old posts, please don't judge me. I'm trying really hard to keep up with everyone, but some of you are blogging machines. And I am a slacker. Won't someone employee me again so I can keep with with the internet?
On a totally unrelated note, last night jparks and I had dinner with a very pregnant friend of ours. She is currently having hourly contractions and I kept looking at her and thinking "Oh hell no, I CAN NOT DO THAT." Perhaps that is something I should have considered 12 weeks ago. And I got a couple of emails asking if I'm excited about this pregnancy because I didn't seem like it when I announced the news. Yes, I am excited. As excited as someone can be while feeling like they are dying from a baby shaped tumor that is eating their intestines. It's a difficult excited to explain.