Friday, April 09, 2010

It happened Tuesday

The axe fell at the office. According to the industry blogs, 15 to 20 were let go. I contacted a coworker this evening and he reports that I'm safe, as far as he knows. But one of our art directors (arguably the most talented one) got it, as did another associate creative director, and three of our four admins.

I suppose it's possible that I'm on the list but they couldn't tell me because I was time traveling back to 18th century Williamsburg, where my profession didn't even exist yet. Or maybe I'm still on staff but we have been reorganized in such a way that it's impossible to work without completely sacrificing my integrity. Right now I don't know which one would be worse.

Tomorrow I'm getting my tooth fixed, which is an investment in me because the world can be cruel to a 50+ year old creative and I need to look as ... um ... "contemporary" as possible. And I'm picking up a purse I dropped off for repair -- maintaining my resolution to not buy any bags in 2010. So I guess I'm doing what I can.

But I'm scared and unsettled, and am trying so hard to regain my nice, chill vacation-induced temperament.


  1. It's hard not to play the "Worst Case" game. I hope you're able to squeeze some relaxation out of this weekend.

  2. bummer Gal...prayers for your protection!!!

  3. Gal - ARGH. You've been on this fence for well over a year now. It can't be easy. I'll say prayers too and hold a thought for you.
    Try not to stress (easy for me to say).

    I think your worst case plan is a common strategy for many. I do the same thing sometimes myself...being prepared is a comfort and puts you in the driver's seat.


  4. Anonymous1:38 PM

    I hope you're "safe"! Based on my experience (four rounds of layoffs at my former job, I got cut in round four), they will generally contact you even if you're on vacation. So it's a good sign.