Thursday, December 4, 2008

It's official. I'm middle-aged.

I'm halfway to 70. I'm 5 years away from 40. When did I get this old? How did it happen? How did 35 sneak up on me?

Hubs and I had a nice birthday lunch before he had to leave for a gig for this evening. I plan on taking a nice long nap in a little while. And when I get up, I'll continue to tweak my resume. Sounds like an exciting birthday, doesn't it? :) Maybe, in honor of my new middle-aged-ness, I'll drink a glass of warm milk, take an aspirin and go to bed at 8pm. :)

In other news, I filed for unemployment online today. I've never had to do that before. I am wondering though...the website says I have to make five contacts per week. What if there aren't five contacts to be made? I mean seriously, I only saw ONE job that is SOMEWHAT related to what I do. Somewhat. Not really even that much. So do I just contact people/companies that have nothing to do with what I do just to make that quota? What do they expect you to do in that type of instance? Any advice would be great, because this is just all so overwhelming to me. One of my coworkers said he feels shameful for filing for it. I don't. The way I look at it is that I've paid into the system all these years that I've worked (since I was 16, with no breaks), and I was laid off. I earned what little $ I'll get from it.

I'm done putting up my Christmas trees. I'll take pics tonight and share tomorrow. Between putting up my mother's decorations for her over thanksgiving, and putting up my 10 c-mas trees, I'm done. I was so excited thinking I'd share in the blog festivities of holiday decor, but I don't have it in me anymore. My trees are up, and that's all I'm going to do. Well, not entirely true. I did put up the dogs' stockings and a couple of things throughout the house, but honestly, I only put out about 1/5 of my holiday decor. I'm just not in the mood.

As you can tell, I'm having a difficult time adjusting. I swear, I'll get out of this funk eventually. I think I'm entitled to it right now though. I've actually been feeling a little better about it all. But today I'm kind of sad. It's not fun spending your birthday by yourself. Because of hub's work, I've had to spend quite a few by myself. And anniversaries. Oh well.

I do have something to look forward to though! I got two pairs of cowboy boots on ebay for my birthday present from hubs! And I got them for way cheap!! I'm always looking out for a bargain! If they arrive in time, I'm going to wear them to one of his gigs this weekend. I haven't bought cowboy boots in such a long time. The last pair I got was way back in the day when Justin lace-up ropers were in style. I didn't know they had gone out of style, but the lady at Pinks Western Wear said they had. Hm. So, being a bargain shopper, I went to the western store, tried on several pairs for sizing, then found some on ebay for CHEAP! Yay me! One is a pair of gorgeous brown Dan Post boots, which probably retails for $150. I got them for $16!! I thought shoot, for that price, it would be sinful to not get them. AND!!! My best score: a pair of killer black Lucchese boots with white stitching, brand spanking new, for $76! They retail for about $300+. Yay me! My frugality pays off once again!

Oh! I hear the dogs at the front door barking...I wonder if my boots came in the mail?!

Edited to add: the brown pair came! And they fit. like. a. glove! (Can you see my fur socks? Yep, I haven't shaved my legs in days. I hope this doesn't become a habit. Yuck.)


Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Those boots would do a lot to raise my spirits! Girl, I will be joining you in the "middle aged-ness" soon! Scary, huh? But 40 is the new 30, right? So we have plenty of time!

AJ said...

Hey I turned 37 this year! You are still young. Too bad you live so far away or I'd come over and help you celebrate your birthday! With a few cocktails I could slip on a pair of your new boots and cut one hell of a rug for ya:) It's been done before and I'm assuming it would still be entertaining!
I'll have to ask my hubby about the unemployment. I'm not sure how he verifies his prospects.
Hope you have a great birthday! Try to make the most of it. Hey, maybe you should have those cocktails without me-and don't forget to wear your new boots! The dogs sure seem to like them;)

Candy said...

So when the hubs refers to you as "the old lady", he really means it now, right. Ha! Sorry...but you're still younger than me so I can say that.

Love the boots...fur socks and all. I hope they help with your little funk.

Happy Birthday to you!!

Junk Sophisticate

Carrie said...

I turn 35 next year so I complete understand but hey its just a number~I love the cowboy boots!

Valarie said...

Sorry about the Birthday, they always bum me out. The thing is, months later, I always look back and regret not having forced myself to go have fun. So strap on your boots and go out!
The job search will be a struggle, but when that perfect job finds you (and it will) it will all have been worth it.
Once I calmed down and let fate take charge, I got a job offer. See, I stressed for no reason.

Sandy Toes said...

Okay..I have never looked at it this way..half way to 70...I am going to bed now..I am depressed!
-sandy toes

Ally0005 said...

My DH told me when he filed unemployment he did have to make contacts and fill out paper work but he doesn't think there had to be a certain number. Of course he was sending resumes to everyone in his field and making many calls so he would put that down. Maybe it is different from state to state.
Happy birthday to you. My first child came at 35. I loved my 30's. The 40's are that bad.
I wanted to add you have the right to feel anyway you want. My DH and I were judged pretty bad during his job loss. So don't let anyone tell you how to feel.
You are going to have good days and you are going to have bad days that is part of what happened.
Hugs to you!

Cali Girl said...

Happy Birthday! ...and you are not middle aged.. LOL. you are still so young!

I cant wait to see your decorations/trees.. how many trees do you put up?

Too bad we didnt live closer, I would come hang out with you on your birthday!

Love you great finds. Enjoy them!

Cali Girl said...

Oh.. I forgot to tell you. My sister in law collects unemployment and I dont think she ever contacts anyone. Now, I really dont know for sure how it all works but I know she hasnt tried finding a job.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to you! And you don't look 35, not even close :) LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the boots! And I too am panicking about my age, I will be 33 AUGH! And I think holy crap where did the time go & then I think I have so much I want to do :)

Gwen said...

Happy Birthday! It just hit me a little while ago that today is your birthday. I've been out spending the day with my hubs for the first time in too long! Anywho, cute boots, glad they arrived today in time for your birthday!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

You might be 35, but you look 20-something, so it's all good! I'm not sure on the unemployment thing. I hope you know that we all support you! You are in my thoughts and prayers!


P.S. The boots rock!

Sweet Simplicity said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!Love the new holiday background. And I really love those new boots. They are very nice! What a deal. You deserve them.

ka1t_lyn said...

Try checking craigslist for random contacts-- I never get emails back so it might be an easy contact if you're desperate!

Love the boots, way too cute!

Pleasant Drive said...

Happy birthday! 10 christmas trees, you're nutso!

Sunny said...

Ooooh, girl! Love those boots! I actually was thinking the other day that I need to get some cowboy boots. I want a really snazzy pair with a pointy pointy toe. Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!!! You are so not old, so don't get down about that. I hope that your hubs makes it up to you and takes you out on the town!

Shannon said...

Cute boots!! Love them! I hope you had a great birthday!