Monday, January 21, 2019

Stuff I do during furlough

I started this post with a bitter tone, but then erased it.  There's a lot to be mad about, but I'll attempt to focus on the positive for now.

My house is getting really clean.  I've never had a hoarder house or lived in squalor, but some walls got washed that may or may not have ever been washed since I bought my house.  I've read quite a few books.  Besides 1st Phorm, I'm looking into other ways to make money.

I've dreamed about trips that I don't think I should take right now and actually had flights in my cart before I deleted it, too chicken to incur the expense.  I've had plenty of time to bother  pay attention to the cats.  I'm making creative meals from forgotten items in the cupboards, to avoid spending money at the store.

I go snowboarding DURING THE WEEK and it's glorious.  No little kids cutting me off, and wide open runs.


I go hiking and snowshoeing with friends and don't worry about having to get everything ready for work the next day.

I go to the gym when I want to, instead of the busy times when everyone is leaving work.  There's days when I wake up and enjoy the feeling of not having to be anywhere anytime soon.

In fact, this has been sort of practice for the retirement life, and it's good.  I find I miss work very little.  If there's people I miss, I can always see them.  It's nice to know that it probably won't be too traumatic to make that transition.  I won't be lost, without purpose.

Of course, there's a price.  I'm about to miss a month of pay, and nobody knows how long this ridiculousness will continue, so it's hard to budget.  Other, non-feds don't seem to understand: they resent it when businesses try to help us out and think everything is ok because we will eventually get back pay.  When we do go back, there will be a nightmare of work ahead; who knows if we will even have any seasonal employees to fight fire this summer.

But we keep going, because that's what we do.  We do more with less, do the people's work, serve the greater good.  I'm proud of us, the ones who are driving Lyft and Uber and waiting tables to get by, and the ones who have to go into work and will get a bill for deductions instead of a paycheck, but haven't quit or had a meltdown.  These are some of the best people I know.  I only wish more people could see that.




12 comments:

  1. Kudos for your work and for your non-chosen "not work" these days. Sounds like you are making good use of your time. I'm proud of you, too. <3

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    1. I'm definitely looking forward to retirement now.

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  2. My sister is also furloughed, and right now she's fine, but another few weeks of this and she won't be fine anymore. It is interesting to hear people talk about the "free vacation" the government workers are getting, afterall, they'll get back pay. But what about now? How are you supposed to live now, without any pay? And I don't even want to ask her about her workload when she goes back . . . Anyway, I hope it ends soon, for your sake, for my sister's sake, and everyone out there that is affected by it, which may be everyone soon . . .

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  3. It is a mess and my thoughts and prayers are with each and every person affected by this travesty!!!!!

    But like you said...focus on the positive...and TRY to enjoy your trial run at retirement!!!

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    1. I'm afraid I will be called back to work for free...

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  4. It's great that you are getting such a good picture of what retirement will be like - and that you'll enjoy it - but it sure would be nice to get to choose WHEN you want to do this instead of having it done for you. So frustrated for everyone affected by this stupid stupid shutdown.

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  5. Great post....it would be nice to experience without being forced, but you have found the positive niches and the look toward your future life. Thanks for giving us all the insight....some good things happening in our towns re support but it was not necessary to happen to all of you.

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  6. So the fundraiser scheduled (rescheduled due to weather) this week at a nearby cafe and bookstore is now going to be a Celebrate Your Federal Worker event, with donations going to the local food pantry.

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    1. Unless it has to be cancelled AGAIN due to weather...highway to Munising is closed again last night and today. That area really getting the snow.

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