Thursday, October 6, 2011

How should I spend my days of unemployment?

As of today I am on day four of actual unemployment- no volunteering, no job, no training, no nothing.  And I am going insane.
I was actually starting to go insane on day two.  I managed to hold off on writing a whiny post until now.  You're welcome. 
I'm just not one of those people who likes laying around.  I need to get out and do things and be productive.  Don't get me wrong- I'm trying: Yesterday I watched a full season of Supernatural.

Check out those sexy jaws.
In my defense, a lot of the time I was watching TV I was also doing housework, applying for jobs, or riding my stationary bike.
So, until I get a job, I have a whole lot of nothingness to look forward to.  I'm already going to physical therapy twice a week and exercising whenever I can.  How should I spend my time?  Here are my options:
  • Work on getting published in a social work journal
  • Practice gluten-free baking
    • Get fat
  • Clean (Booo!)
  • Update my cookbook
  • Read
  • Learn Spanish
  • Start being an extreme couponer
The darnedest thing about unemployment is that I'm not supposed to be spending money.  Hence, the limited options.
Also on my to-do list is that I need to work on is not being a huge bitch when Kevin comes home.  After a long day of nothing, the last thing I want to do it spend an evening doing nothing.  So, sometimes that makes me cranky and resentful.
My dear friend and physical therapist, Don, has suggested that this is a blessing in disguise.  Perhaps, unemployment is what I need right now.  I don't know if I just need this time to get stronger or if there's some larger cosmic reason.  We'll see.
Any tips for surviving this monotony? 


  1. Thanks for the comment!
    I'm beginning as a volunteer for a domestic violence non-profit shortly- that's what the training was for. The only problem is that I have to keep it minimal- maybe 1-2 days a week. 50+ miles round trip to volunteer my time doesn't help save money. I know that's not the point of volunteering, but it's something I need to think about while unemployed, at least.
    Thanks for the suggestion!