Friday, March 19, 2010

The winter of our unemployment

I've learned that losing one's job, like many other changes in life, involves a grieving period. Grief has many stages... denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. My husband and I have been firmly entrenched in the denial phase of the loss of our jobs, and so have been escaping up to Lake Tahoe every chance we get in an effort to avoid the depression phase. Everyone has their different ways of dealing with grief. This is ours.

Denial is an essential part of the healing process. I prefer to think of it as seeing the silver lining in any situation. In this particular situation, the silver lining being both of us having the time off to head up to the snow as much as possible this winter. Avoiding the depressing processes of looking for a job is just an added benefit! I may even write a book after all of this. "The benefits of denial; A Users Guide" Or something like that. Got any clever title ideas? If I can get it published before BlogHer, they may even let me do a panel discussion on the subject! See? Yet another thing I can focus on rather than the depressing process of looking for a job. Did I mention that the job searching part of being out of work is sort of a downer? Great. Let's move on to the UP side of being out of work...!

Here's a little sampling of the fun we've been having in the snow.

My husband is an avid skier, so he is thrilled that both of our girls are taking to the slopes. Seesa is now skiing the intermediate runs with her Dad, and Milly is on her way to being able to handle the big hills too. I didn't learn to ski until I was older. I'm happy that my kids are learning while they are little and I hope it's a hobby they continue to enjoy as they grow. As for me, I'm content to help carry every one's gear and then hang out drinking my chai tea latte and admiring the spectacular views.

This past weekend is probably one of our last trips to the snow this winter - and I'm hoping that we move right on to the acceptance stage upon our return to reality, and find some freaking jobs so we can get a ski lease next year!!!


Headless Mom said...

I'm glad to hear you're making the best out of a crappy situation! Your trips to the snow sound fabulous!

BTW, I'd buy your book!

Christy said...

I say go for the book idea! Write a chapter or two and start sending it out! I'd totally attend your session at blogher! :-)

Fab photos - I hope to get Fi and Matt on the slopes sometime in the next few years! Can't wait to see you in August - and best of luck! Love your attitude!!!

Sophie, Inzaburbs said...

I'm so glad you have found a silver lining! Best of Luck with everything!

Issas Crazy World said...

Dude. Those pictures are awesome. I'd be with you though, drinking coffee, not skiing. Ha.

Hope things start happening soon. Love you friend.

Saved by Grace said...

You look marvelous!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

That's my kind of denial! But seriously - so much better to do something fun as a family - good for everyone involved.

anymommy said...

Chai tea lattes and stunning views. That is my kind of skiing. So glad you enjoyed your winter. May the job of your dreams come quickly!

butwhymommy said...

That looks like so much fun. I'm glad you've gotten to enjoy yourselves. I know that job will come, soon.


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