End of an Era
Elliptical, 35 minutes, planned on 50-60 minutes but I bonked, then briskly walked a half mile and a few minutes rowing. I bonked probably because I'd only had half a sandwich and a Guinness Stout for lunch, and also because I'd earlier taken an Ativan and Inderal to prepare myself for a particularly anxious/stressful morning.
Big layoffs today — 40% or more. After 8 years with the company and after surviving at least 6 major layoffs, I'm outta there. It's a relief really, and a gift, severance, yes! Virtually my whole group was laid off, and most had also been there for quite a few years, so we were all pretty happy financial-wise. But, still, it's a kinda sad, we'd worked together a long time. So after the battlefield had cleared, those who didn't survive (and a few who did) went out for lunch/beer.
Time to move on, figure out how much time to take off. I could get a job real quick, pocket the severence, or spend some time (and money) with the family. Thing is, I already feel some pressure to get back to it 'cause when I got home I had essentially two job offers in my email from previous bosses who'd tried to recruit me within the past year, man, news travels fast in this biz. A fortunate situation I'm in I suppose, thanks, God.
Actually, kinda funny, the very first thing I thought when I found out I was getting it was — YES, I can devote myself full time to marathon training! (I guess I haven't exactly been fully enganged in my work lately ;-)