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The Ramblings Of A Fledgling Cook

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Dec. 11, 2012 7:50 pm 
Updated: Sep. 29, 2013 1:53 pm

Last week, I received some bad news that hit me pretty hard. After two years of hard work and dedication to my at-home job online (helping run a pretty big game forum), I was abruptly laid off. Without notice, we were outsourced to another company to help with lowering their budget. I of all people understand saving money but after training those who replaced us (under the pretense they were there to help us out as work had picked up), it was a shock. All I got was a phone call 30 minutes before the end of my shift Wednesday, telling me that Friday would be my last day (after reading in chat about others getting the call before I did.) I couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry. Laugh - because we'd all speculated but had no proof. Cry - for the obvious. It's near Christmas, we just got settled in good at our new home, we have two kids and then this lands on our lap.

Over the past few days, I have bonded with my ex-co-workers more than I ever did in the two years we worked together (there are 30 of us that were let go - the entire team.) The internet is an amazing thing. We were all there for one another, crying, laughing, shouting at times - but it made it so much easier to accept. Now that we're all out of the shock stage, we've began networking, finding jobs here, there and yonder and sending them to one another in hopes that someone will land a gig (so far, 4 of them have.) I could have never asked for a better bunch of people to work with and now I regret not getting to know them better before this occurred.

Outside of work, I now have time at home with my boys. We have been working hard on our Winter Bucket List (we completed the Fall Bucket List I posted a few blogs back at the end of November.) As an Allstar, we had an assignment this month to do cookies. So the boys have been steadily helping me on those as well and now we'll be able to finish with all this time on our hands. It's been wonderful. I know I'm going to miss work more than I can express (and I'm already knee deep in applications all over the place) but until something changes, I will count this as a hidden blessing. It brought me so much closer to my friends and family and at a wonderful time of year (I know most would consider getting fired right before Christmas a nightmare and while in a way, it is, it also helped us connect more.)

Christmas for our kids was paid for a month ago (Santa is still on schedule!) And me being the ever obsessive person with our bills, all were paid over a month in advance so I can save what we have and work from there next month.

Anyways, this turned into a lot more than I planned to post (and I know, not exactly food related.) But I feel at home here when I write so here's my little vent piece, lol.
Wishing everyone happy holidays (to whatever you celebrate or just a happy month if you don't.) Be thankful for all you have and know it can change in an instant. Never pass up an opportunity to get ahead, no matter how big or how small!

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Dec. 12, 2012 5:40 am
So sorry to hear about you being let go. My DH was let go after 20 years and it was a hard 2 years but he's working now and that's a good thing. You sound very organized and any employer would be lucky to have you. I love the be thankful reminder because with so much hustle and bustle for the holiday we often forget to stop enough and be thankful. Hope your New Year is filled with many blessings!
 
Dec. 12, 2012 9:00 am
Faith - Loved your blog.... Here is an awesome website I came across when I was laid off a few years bacl Indeed.com GOOD LUCK (Question - where did you come across those bucket list's? I would love to borrow that idea! Can you share?0
 
Dec. 12, 2012 10:07 am
@ Luvs2Bake, ty :) I am so sorry to hear about your husband, I can only imagine how 20 years in and suddenly let go can impact him, as well as y'all's family. I am so glad to hear he's back at work now and hope you have no more bumps in the road like that again! @ Heather, ty so much, I will definitely check that site out! I wasn't sure if I was allowed to link outside websites here or not but go to google "loves of life fall bucket list" - the blog it leads you to is the person who made both (I admit, I tweaked the winter one as half the things she had on there we couldn't do.) I just went in paint and filled in what fit our family :)
 
Dec. 12, 2012 1:13 pm
I'm sorry you were so abruptly laid off. I was laid off from my job 2 yars ago so I completely understand the shock and uncertainty that comes with that. It is never a nice thing. It sounds like you have things under control for now. I wish you the best of luck in finding something new.
 
Dec. 12, 2012 1:23 pm
Thank you iceemama! I am sorry to hear it happened to you as well, it's definitely hard. My first two jobs when I was younger, I had to quit due to health issues. The 3rd, I was laid off when my manager was fired (but I'd only been there a few months and wasn't making much at all so it didn't hit us as hard.) But this floored me, at least on being lied to point blank repeatedly right before being let go. Ah well. What goes around comes around :) We'll make it!
 
Dec. 14, 2012 7:55 am
Faith N I am so sorry this happened to you. I really don't know how the powers that be can live with their lies.....especially at this time of year. I know a friend who had the exact thing happen. After the announcement, newly hired security took each fired employee to their desk to remove their personal items and escorted them out to their car. She said that one act was the most humiliating thing she has ever endured. She said it stung so bad because she has always been an honest and respectful person/employee and hated being treated like she could not be trusted or even worse, like a criminal :( I wish you the best of luck in the new year and Mele Kalikimaka to you and yours.
 
Dec. 14, 2012 9:53 am
Thank you Mauigirl, I am so sorry to hear about your friend as well. Thankfully this wasn't something done face to face, not sure how I'd have handled it. I know it stung though, to see the company rent out AT&T Park in CA not 5 days later for a huge party for the other employees. There went my entire salary for the year, lol. Ah well, I'm sure there are better things out there, just a matter of finding them!
 
Dec. 14, 2012 6:32 pm
Sounds like Nero fiddling while Rome burned to me. Take care.....next year will be better :)
 
Dec. 14, 2012 9:36 pm
Sorry you were laid off, but you are correct never pass up an oppertunity no matter how big or small. Be thankful for what we have it can all change very fast. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
 
Dec. 14, 2012 10:50 pm
@ Mauigirl, very good reference ;) And yes, it will most definitely be a better year. It can only go up from here! :)
 
Dec. 14, 2012 10:51 pm
@ Cliff, ty. I believe it wholeheartedly. I know everyone has probably seen the news today, so many awful things happening in the world (big and small.) We all have to be thankful for what we have and no stress the small stuff. You have a merry christmas as well!
 
Dec. 18, 2012 4:50 am
It stinks to be laid off any time of the year, but right before Christmas has to be one of the worst. Real feeling.....not! Something better is down the road, and, in the meantime, you have your beautiful family to enjoy :) Mauigirl, I was saddened and disgusted at the same time reading of your friend's treatment on her last day of work. The bosses trusted her to do a good job while she was there, but thought she might steal a paper clip on her way out?!?! Humiliating to say the least!
 
Dec. 18, 2012 9:44 am
Thank you so much Sugarnspice, I most definitely will be enjoying the family time while waiting. I've now seen 10 past co-workers be rehired already, so keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be among that list soon!
 
Dec. 18, 2012 8:01 pm
And the spam strikes again, lol.
 
Bibi 
Dec. 19, 2012 3:44 am
Faith, I'm so sorry this happened to you. There is no good way or good time to be laid off. But lying to you so you would train your replacement is just dirty and disgusting. I sincerely hope that you can find a job that helps you and your family to live well, because living well is the best revenge, after all! (B.T.W., you can delete the comment or ban the user for the spam.)
 
cookin 
Dec. 19, 2012 12:39 pm
Faith, just seeing this blog and so sorry to hear this news. Your optimism supporting fellow peers in their job hunt as well your own brings true meaning to the season of helping others. Wishing you and your family a blessed holiday enjoy them and thanks for all your Allstar contributions! Best, Cory
 
Dec. 20, 2012 10:15 am
@ Bibi, I thought so as well. Definitely not the best business practice but for them it saved them resources/money. Bleh. Ah well, it'll all work out in the end ;) And no worries on the spam, my old job - one of the requirements of the forum I ran was cleaning spam. It cracked me up to see it here, I used to wipe out between 180 and 250 spam threads/posts daily. It's gone now ;)
 
Dec. 20, 2012 10:16 am
Thank you so much Cory, I really appreciate that! Allstars has been such a pleasure to participate in and this month has really helped me get through this (both in the group and the activities that help me take my mind off of it.) Look forward to hopefully continuing, happy holidays to you!
 
 
 
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Faith N

Home Town
Smoaks, South Carolina, USA
Living In
Walterboro, South Carolina, USA

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Nov. 2008

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy

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Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Fishing, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books, Music

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About Me
Hello! I'm Faith, a 26 year old work from home mom to two sons (7 & 4.) I'm married to my best friend, Michael. We've been together for 9½ years now. I'm not sure how he's dealt with me this long! I mainly cook for my family and a few close friends. I love them all for being my willing guinea pigs. I'm not the best by any means but I love to try anything new.
My favorite things to cook
Most of the stuff I cook could be considered comfort food. Not the healthiest method of cooking but if I can substitute something with a healthier alternative I'll do so. Growing up my family's weekly menu was pretty small. Venison, chicken, hamburger, veggies - anything my parents could hunt, grow or make. Growing up on a farm definitely had its ups & downs. A variety of food was not in the "ups" category. We never went outside the box although I always wanted to try something new but their income said otherwise. We couldn't afford to try something we didn't like and didn't finish. Now that I can enjoy both homegrown and purchased ingredients - I jump on the idea of anything new that sounds good to my family and I.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Two sweet potato pies and a turkey are mandatory at Thanksgiving while white chocolate fudge and a ham is a must during Christmastime.
My cooking triumphs
My sweet potato pie & homemade biscuits.
My cooking tragedies
I will never forget the absolute worst thing I have ever cooked, a Manicotti dish. It was right after we got our own place back in 2005 and I was going to be brave and try something that wasn't Hamburger Helper or Ramen. It had too much seasoning, the noodles didn't finish all the way and the sauce blackened at the end. We tried to choke it down but ended up getting takeout. Since then, I think my skills have vastly improved!
 
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