Right after a big product release in July, Vogon was planning to take advantage of A--'s summertime two-days-for-the-price-of-one ETO vacation offer and take most of a week off. His new-ish manager hedged about it the day after the product release, saying "Let's revisit that on Monday, mmmkay?". At 3 PM Monday, his manager finally came around to talk, but instead of "have a nice vacation, see you next week", said "We're going to let you go and will escort you out of the building." No reason given. The next day the contents of his cubicle arrived via courier.
In the past month, he's had interviews with a handful of companies. One of the close-by ones has already said no thanks and he would rather not go back to GE, albeit a different subsidiary of the company. One company with a position requiring couple days a week in Waco that's offering a commensurate raise in pay for the travel is looking like the most likely candidate; if he takes it, I hope he likes it as much as when he started at A--, if not as much as the whole time he was at Millbrook. (We loved Millbrook right up until GE bought it and sold the stockholders up the river.)
Anyway, having our financial situation look uncertain at a time of the year that's already difficult with my depression has made me an unhappy burrito and I began to hibernate to compensate for that. I pick up Laurel tomorrow and school starts Monday, so the return to a clearly delineated daily routine will improve my emotional keel and having her around to remind me in a nicer way than Vogon does about household things I tend to not think about will help.
For those of you that don't already follow my Flickr activity, I posted my June vacation photos and some late spring day-to-day photos a few days ago. You can view them in my photostream or go directly to the set pages for Day-to-day: 2008 or June 2008 Colorado vacation. If you're kid-averse, be aware that my toddler nephew and newborn niece are in a lot of the vacation photos; otherwise, it's mostly me and Laurel with Vogon and the cat sprinkled in.