What I've been doing lately (long post)
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|Sun, 04-14-2013 - 11:28pm|
Will try to keep this short. Since I've been laid off from Staples & signed the severance contract...I've researched brokerage firms to do a 401K rollover to an IRA, enrolled in a real estate salesperson's course for a New York State real estate license, tried working on my resume & dealing with issues with my father-in-law. Also told the kids & my Mom about my unemployment situation. The one that's taking up a lot of time is dealing with my 92 yr. old father-in-law. He's in this stage of being cognizant of his surroundings & has the ability to live independently, but he's also very stubborn & refuses certain things to make life a bit easier. My husband is his only child & we worry when he goes outside by himself. The worry is because he lives in a low income area of New York City & takes buses to visit doctors, walks to stores for shopping, etc. It doesn't take much for somebody to attack him. That said, he also assures us that he knows how to defend himself & he will put up a fight. But be realistic - he does look 92 yrs. Yes, we've notified the police incase something does happen, but again, be realistic - this is NYC. The police will take your name & phone #, but it's not their priority. The police priority is terrorists, murders & anything else the police want to keep off the front page of the newspapers & YouTube. The mayor is bragging how low the crime rate is & will do ANYTHING to keep his crime statistics as low as possible, so the tourists can keep coming to NYC & spend plenty of money here. Anyway, we do visit him about 4-5x/week.
Now for some interesting news - our daughter (yep, the one who gave me a difficult time when she was in high school) is meeting me for lunch this Tues. I called & told her I got laid off & now that I have time, I wanted to have lunch near her office & I would pay. Considering she hated me for years & SLOWLY started having a relationship with me, this is a milestone. Her big news at the moment is she is quitting her job May 3rd & taking a month to visit Australia with her boyfriend. Her boyfriend is still waiting to hear which graduate school accepted him & considering his field is marine biology, Australia seems like a perfect destination for a future scientist. Yes, they have plans to visit the Great Barrier Reef. And yes, I've known her boyfriend for 15 years (they are high school sweethearts), so he's not the type to murder her, like the husband from Georgia or Alabama did. So Tues. will be the last day I see her before she heads to Australia. Hopefully, when they get back, he will know which grad school accepted him, so I can know where they will move to. Currently, they live near us in a NYC suburb, but they will be moving to Florida (Univ. of Miami) or Virginia or Maryland. I'm hoping it's Miami, Florida because next winter when it's bitter cold & snow - I can pack my bathing suit & beach gear & head to Miami & surf in the WARM Atlantic waters. By the way, I hope it's warm in Miami in January.
Well, that's it for now. I have real estate class Mon. Wed & Fri. from 9 - 12. It's lots of reading & studying. It's a bit difficult for me because I haven't stepped foot in a classroom since 1974! AND I haven't had to study for anything since 1974. So, this is a lot for me. My only saving grace is having a husband who is a high school teacher & can help me. Trust me, I need to know math concepts & I hate math - so guess who - dear hubby is a Math teacher - yippeeee!