Friday, October 10, 2008

Projects, plans, derailed...

Well, that thing I was working on got derailed. Along with my job.

I was laid off from my job last Tuesday; I saw it coming, have known it was coming since they moved my office last year. I have been, in the past, office manager, database manager and drafter for this small exploratory gold outfit for 8 years, when all of a sudden we became a mine.

Offices sprang up in Winnemucca. I was removed from my small office in Battle Mountain, where I was making wages to fit my duties and where I worked alone, to a multi-personed office in Winnemucca, 45 mins away. There they had staff to pay bills and manage the larger offices, and we had a head geo that liked to do his own drafting on a computer screen. There went my office management position along with my drafting board. I became an over paid flunky. All I was able to do at that point was data entry.

Last week when I heard they were going to start doing data entry through 'tablets' I realized it was only a matter of time before the 'over paid flunky' would be laid off.

I called it! Or prophesized it... something.

So I got derailed. Although I expected it, it still leaves me unbalanced and uncertain of the future. I'm not a young lady anymore, not sure how job hunting is going to go. Unemployment doesn't come close to the wages I was making.

On top of that, I have to go to depositions in Reno on Monday in regards to the accident that took my sons life. I am hoping to temper that with a visit to my friend Mim's, (maybe get to see other friend Sharon?)along with a quick trip to Loma Rica (The Wool Ranch) for some serious Fiber Therapy.

So, I have lots of pics in my camera to share, along with some of my derailed, on hold project...

Shetland/mohair blend; bought in Ohio the past summer. I had to recard it, it was really compressed. Turned into nice little batts!
The above blend in transition. Very nice halo!
Romney mentioned in an earlier post as a bat, below after-wheel version...

Beautimous romeldale cross wool mini rovings. This is my feel good wool, it makes my soul feel good... After carding I pull strips off and pre-draft.

Left: derailed project that includes (ehem!) comercial cotton (I have neither the patience or the time to spin cotton right now)
Middle: above mentioned 'feel good wool'
Right: three skeins of Shetland/Mohair blend pictured above.
More 'feel good wool', I have never worried about whether I was spinning woolen or worsted, but have realized lately that all my yarn is worsted. I have decided to try to spin this woolen by spinning out of the locks and from the fold. I will let you all know how it turns out!

Back to it!


Jody said...

Your spinning is really beautiful and I enjoy looking at your wool pics. I hope to see more.

Sharon said...

Your wool and your spinning are breathtaking. You are still the best spinner I know. As for the rest of the stuff, my heart is in my throat. Nothing has been easy for you, has it. I know Monday is going to be dreadful. Please know my thoughts are with you. You're running a gauntlet that no mother ever wants to run. I admire your guts. Look forward to seeing you tomorrow~

Dori Ann said...

Love all the wool and your yarn is beautiful! Sorry about the job, but you know us old gals have somehing to offer too :)
Sorry about Monday, you'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

June said...

Oh my gosh, Becky I am so sorry about the job. . . I feel like a lot of us are sitting on the edge, not knowing if we are coming or going with regard to work. All of your spinning is fantastic and I hope it soothes you. I'll be thinking of you on Monday, and hope you can see that this too shall pass in time. . .

Julie said...

Becky, I'm sorry about your job and having to deal with the deposition. As everyone else has said, you spin beautifully. Maybe now is the time to consider going into business for yourself? Have you considered something like that?

I know all of us are worried about our jobs, and I hope you can land on your feet and come up with something fabulous, either in the working world or maybe right at home!

Kathy said...

I am so sorry to hear about your job, Becky. It brought back memories of when I was put on disability - not coming close to earning a living or paying bills. Now I, too, am older and have to take meds with physical limitations. Not good for looking at jobs.
I'm glad you are doing some Wool Therapy. I need to do that too...just me and the wool. :)
And I'm sorry to hear about the Depo.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Oh Becky, I cannot BELIEVE all I have been missing in your life! I am SO sorry; I hope you haven't been thinking I didn't care. I thought I'd put all the blogs I used to check on my "follow" list, and can't believe I didn't add yours -- and then missed so much. I hope to read (as I continue to catch up) that you have a new job that you love!