Your favorite unemployed blogger. Well. Technically Pioneer Woman has no job, right? Crap.

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FER SALE

So yeah. Not so much with me having a job anymore.

And I do not want to say anything bad about my workplace, nor do I want you to, because it was strictly financial and they assured me over and over it had nothing to do with me or my performance, and that I could come back should it be possible AND I'D LIKE TO DO THAT.

If you are just getting here or you were just born or something, in which case perhaps you should be napping and not reading this depressing blog, this JUST HAPPENED TO ME. Last year. I had a job at another [insert my field here] and due to the economy and the part where I was last hired I got laid off. Then I found this current (past) job, which is (was) six minutes away, and I loved everyone there, and my boss was cool, and oh crap.

That's all I have to say about that. Maybe they based it on last week's bowling scores.

I got home late yesterday afternoon and immediately signed up for unemployment. And do you know it remembered all my info? Sad. And do you know I remembered my PIN? Similarly sad. Then I wrote my old boss at the place that laid me off last year, and he wrote back immediately and sounded kind of encouraging about being able to find me something, at least freelance work.

Then at the same minute, literally, I got a statistics book to proofread, from that company I always freelance for. That just came by coincidence, so that's a relief. At least I have some money coming from somewhere for this week.

You know what I wish I had done? Is kept that big stash of money I had, what?, two weeks ago. Instead I paid off a credit card, which I know is good, but still. And I'd frown about this but of course the rest of that money I put into my forehead in the form of rat poison.

Hey, maybe that will help me get a job. I'll seem 36 rather than 46. You think?

So I can start my statistics book today, which is good, and also I found many things that need doing around the house while I am stuck here.

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I can learn to use the Gentle Leaders I bought for the dogs, back when I was flush and could spend $11 on leashes. The trainer who was here a few weeks ago (www.marciasbestdogs.net) had my dogs walking RIGHT NEXT TO ME with these.

I've tried Gentle Leaders before and Lu gently lay in the street like road kill when she had it in. But that trainer? Had her walking in five minutes.

The last trainer I had here similarly tried the Gentle Leader, and said, "In all my years, I've never met a more obstinate dog than Tallulah." I was kind of proud of Lu for that.

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I can paint the redunkulous ceiling. I realize that will actually take money to do, but as you can see it needs doing. This is in the spare bedroom, where Lily and Iris hang out. Does anyone have how-to-paint-the-ceiling advice? Oh! But that reminds me.

Ampersand!

Marvin sent me a picture of Anderson Cooper, all grown up, for our viewing pleasure. He looks the same, doesn't he? Marvin calls him Ampersand. I mean, he didn't change his name, he just calls him that instead of Anderson, thinking he's hilarious. Who misses Marvin thinking he's hilarious? …Anyone?

Anderson/Ampersand is a beautiful cat. And he and Henry just love each other. Now I suppose some yahoo wants Marvin to send over a picture of Henry. June and her revolving jobs and cats and men.

Honestly, if I had blogged from 1998-2007, it would've been same job/man/cats. Okay, I switched jobs, but from 1999-2006 it was the same ding-dang job all the time, at least.

100_1078They're putting in sidewalks in my neighborhood, and it is sort of excellent that I will be home now, because I want to be one of those assholes who puts her initials in the cement. I should totally write JUNE and be not only an ass but a delusional one.
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This also gives me ample time to work on my art. AKA my paint-by-numbers I bought at Michaels. I should totally do a giveaway after. Win June's fine art! Who WOULDN'T want a yellow and purple and brown and red painting? It'll look great in the family room.

I must go, because my old work just called to say they are delivering my personal effects from my desk and I do not wish to look like a loser in her robe, which I currently do. Who wishes she could answer the door in a barrel just to be hilarious?

Oy.

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Author: June

At one point, I was sort of hot, in a "she's 27 and probably a 7" kind of a way. Now I'm old and have to develop a charming personality. Guess how that's going.

140 thoughts on “Your favorite unemployed blogger. Well. Technically Pioneer Woman has no job, right? Crap.”

  1. Well, June, I have been reading your blog for quite a while and never even noticed the tip jar, much less knew how it worked. Comments from previous post have enlightened me and I headed straight to the tip jar !!
    Hoping things turn around right away. Your deserve all good things, Junie……you have a great heart.

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  2. It sounds like Don had some health issues recently.
    Pamela SS#2, I watched all those same shows on Saturday morning but I must have watched American Bandstad instead of Soul Train. Was Soul Train on in ALL markets back then because I literally don’t ever remember seeing it on any of the whole four whopping tv channels we got when I was young.

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  3. Really, THAT’S what ampersand means? The “and symbol”? That is a superfancy name for something so simple. I thought it had to do with music or something. Well, learned something new today!

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  4. June’s got Soul Train moves!
    Amish A/P…the show was local from Chicago (and then LA) but syndicated in about 2 dozen other markets. Probably just the major cities with so-called “urban” markets got it.
    It was a really funky show…the longest running, first run show in syndication for a whopping 35 years! Don C. leaves quite a legacy…
    ABS was good, too. Dick Clark ruled the non-urban neck of the woods!

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  5. Pamela SS#2,
    Of course this white girl watched Soul Train every Saturday. Brought to you by Afro Sheen and Ultra Sheen Cosmetics. What I would have given back then to have a real afro.
    There is nothing better than 70s soul music. For me, Memphis is all about going to see Al Green. Graceland? Phew, that’s an afterthought if there is free time.

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  6. Hah! Lisa Pie! I had an afro in the 70s…and it CAUGHT ON FIRE at a birthday party (I leaned over the cake table…came into contact with some tapered candles…POOF)! The Afro Sheen was necessary but highly flammable!!!
    I switched to braids.

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  7. June, your painting’s coming along nicely. I’m really wishing you all the best for finding another job. It’s so unfair that someone who makes so many people happy has such bad luck.
    You should totally write on the pavement. SCREW IT! Millions do it without getting caught, I have faith in your cunning and stealth. (I say to the lady who blogs everything…)

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  8. Ampersand Cooper IS a great band name, Mel!
    Yeah Amish A/P…how crazy did I think my mother was when she flew ACROSS the table and began beating me about the head…I DIDN’T KNOW I WAS ON FIRE! I just thought she had lost her mind!

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  9. Anderson grew up handsome. He looks like he is posing for his Senior portrait: Anderson & Cooper, Most Likely to Succeed.
    Raffling your paint-by-numbers is a great idea! It will be more exciting that way. Also, who says you have to finish it? The unfinished look makes me nostalgic for all of my own half done pbn’s of Irish Setters and sad clowns.

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  10. I think your ceiling doesn’t look like a leak. I think it looks like someone once painted an alkyd ceiling with latex paint.

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  11. PSS2: This white girl watched Soul Train and learned how to bust some moves from that show. Of course, this was way before I got so old and could still move. Your HAIR caught fire? Reminds me of Michael Jackson. And dare I say I loved me some Michael Jackson. I didn’t like all the plastic surgery and kookieness of the later years, but still thought he was a great performer/singer/dancer.
    June, can you read tarot cards long distance? Another money-maker for you to consider.
    And I hope this isn’t a double post. Not sure what happened to the first one.

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  12. So June, I just checked your dog whisperer’s website and didn’t find cute pictures of Lu and Edsel. What gives?

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  13. PSS2: loved me some SOUUUUUUUULLLLL TRAIN when I was much younger. I lived in Mississippi at the time and I remember all the other things you mentioned too. I was evidently a weird child because I would hurry home from grammar school to watch “Dark Shadows” every afternoon. Does anyone remember that show? Barnabas Collins anyone?

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  14. Carol…I watched Dark Shadows after school, too! Creepy, but weirdly intriguing.
    The more I look at Edsul, the more I love that dog.

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  15. PSS2 Loved Soul Train and all of the other shows you mentioned too. Had a Fat Albert lunch box in elementary school that I loved. Carol, Dark Shadows was one of my favorite shows – even though it scared me. Did you know Johnny Depp will be starring in the Dark Shadows movie in May 2012? Can’t wait.
    June, at least you are having nice weather for your unexpected days home from work.
    Click, Click

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  16. PSS2 Loved Soul Train and all of the other shows you mentioned too. Had a Fat Albert lunch box in elementary school that I loved. Carol, Dark Shadows was one of my favorite shows – even though it scared me. Did you know Johnny Depp will be starring in the Dark Shadows movie in May 2012? Can’t wait.
    June, at least you are having nice weather for your unexpected days home from work.
    Click, Click

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  17. PSS2 Loved Soul Train and all of the other shows you mentioned too. Had a Fat Albert lunch box in elementary school that I loved. Carol, Dark Shadows was one of my favorite shows – even though it scared me. Did you know Johnny Depp will be starring in the Dark Shadows movie in May 2012? Can’t wait.
    June, at least you are having nice weather for your unexpected days home from work.
    Click, Click

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  18. Ceiling advice: I’d take a chip of that peeling paint to the paint store and ask them to match it before I planned to paint the whole dang ceiling. I hate doing ceilings. Then if you can see a color difference, paint the whole thing. Just get a small sample container of the paint first. They only cost around $3.00 and if it doesn’t blend in, you haven’t lost much. Keep up with the good attitude! Or you could try sugarbabies.com.

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  19. Pie Peeps,
    Remember last week or so when we were discussing the teen angst books, Lisa bright and dark, and David and Lisa, etc?
    Well, the movie of David and Lisa is starting on TCM at 11:15 Central time. (in 30 minutes)

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  20. CD, some people would consider that an extremely profound statement.
    Me? I figure you just lost a post that you’d sent. It’s been happening to me, too, of late.

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  21. I’ve been busy so I am playing catch up. So what you are saying is, you fasted for nothing? Aww, hells no!

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  22. Smiling at how Marvin probably started calling Anderson “And” for short, and then tried to shorten it even more, only to have it backfire and became three syllables again. Next he can call him “Amp” for short, which will lead to calling him Gibson or Fender.

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  23. Ooooh! Dark Shadows is on Netflix! But if you’re like me you’ll watch it and go “huh?” doesn’t quite have the same effect. But fun nonetheless!

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  24. So sorry to hear about the layoff. Stupid economy. It was the Gentle Leader, though, that made me want to comment. I hope you have more luck this time. It transformed my dog. She would try to run ahead so hard, that she would choke herself to the point of stopping to heave, cough and gasp. She hated the leader, but after a couple minutes of trying to rub it off on the grass, she would ignore it and start walking along with me. The leash was slack the whole time. Whole new dog. Good luck (with that, and with the job search).

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