Found out yesterday that our company is doing a 5% pay reduction nationwide. We will now have 15 days off instead of 20. On the plus side, we are required to take one paid day off a month that's NOT a PTO day. Hey, I'm bribe-able!
I haven't yet heard from the doctor about when the surgery will be, but I definitely want to get this done before anything happens to our health benefits!
I heard a piece on NPR where people can call in with Hard Times stories. One woman mentioned that at a McDonalds drive through, when she asked for Splenda, they gave it to her and then asked for the sugar packets back.
Despite all the stress at work, I'm definitely grateful to have a job right now. This is all feeling very scary. In college, we read a book by Studs Terkel called Hard Times. He interviewed Depression-era survivors and it all sounded so fictional. That was a generation that already knew how to live within their means, that didn't like to accept charity, that knew how to work with their hands. Our generation has no such advantages! We're having to start from scratch. Not that it's a bad thing, but it certainly seems like it will be a challenge. "May you be born in interesting times", indeed.