The Fake 200

Blogger is telling me that this is post 200 but it’s a lie, since it’s counting the half a dozen or so drafts sitting in the queue that will never see the light of day.

I wrote two book reviews earlier (because I read two whole books yesterday – when you sit home all day long and feel too sick to cook or even take a shower, there is much time for reading), but I feel like I should post something non-bookish.

So, um, I quit my job today. It was horrible. I knew it’d be horrible because there is nothing I detest more than quitting a job, but it was even worse than I’d feared because my boss seemed so shocked and also crushed. (Also, when you come into your boss’s office and close the door and say “can I talk to you for a minute?” it will make it harder when your boss doesn’t turn away from his computer because he probably thinks you’re going to say something like “can I change my direct deposit set up” and you have to talk to his back until he starts to slowly turn around as he realizes that you are giving your notice).

Anyway, he offered to let me stay on part-time, whenever fits my school schedule. And I said “probably not” but now I’m thinking “maybe so.”

Tomorrow I’ll talk to him about it and see if I can keep my health insurance (since it’s free free free – no monthly deductible or anything) and if it’s okay that I’ll be gone for Christmas for approximately ten years and also if I can work only 10-15 hours a week. And maybe, I’ll stay. I do very much enjoy my job and those I work with. Plus, the office is very close to my house.

Also, our whole office went out to lunch today because we have two new employees and nothing will make you feel like a scumbag faster than eating a delicious meal on your office’s bill and then going straight back to quit at that office. You will sort of want to throw up that free lunch on to your shoes.

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  • Reply janet November 27, 2007 at 3:56 am

    Janssen — I am really proud of you for just sucking it up and DOING IT! It’s good that it’s over, and it’s good that you are working out a good plan B, whatever that is. Part-time or whatever. I’m sure your boss is v sad but at least glad that you are being a responsible professional about it, ya know? Go you! Be proud of yourself! It’s not an easy conversation to have.

  • Reply smarteze November 27, 2007 at 4:36 am

    haha Two years ago my office went out to lunch and I knew I was going to have to fire this new girl just an hour or two after we got back (my first and only firing so far). I was sick all day and it was terrible watching her try to be friendly to everyone at lunch, knowing she was getting the ax later. I fired her around 3:30 and went home early. So stressful.

  • Reply Noelle November 27, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    So you quit your job huh? Well, I’m gonna miss seeing you online everyday, but I bet you’ll love your new classes. Good luck with everything!

  • Reply RA November 27, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Wow, working part-time with school would be great, I think. You can still maintain your connections while you work toward your degree. Good luck getting those benefits!

  • Reply Heather November 27, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    I agree, quitting is one of the worst things ever. So glad it’s done. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

  • Reply Melanie November 27, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    Sorry it was such a bad experience for you. I had my boss write one of my letters of recommendation, so she knew months in advance that I would be leaving. Going back to school, though, is such a good reason for leaving a job. It’s not like you’re saying “I hate this office and all of the people in it.” You just want to further your education and enlarge your opportunities.

    I bet working part time would be really nice for the financial side of things; just don’t be too ambitious with your course load!

  • Reply Bethany November 27, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    What is your job, anyway? I am curious.

  • Reply allee November 27, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    That would be great if you could work part-time and keep your awesome benefits! Congrats again on school! Are classes starting just after the new year?

  • Reply Julia November 28, 2007 at 3:28 am

    I had such a hard time quitting my job that I stayed 18 years!

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