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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

On the first day of (Hubby's) furlough ...

We put our fingers in our ears and sang la la la la whenever the news shows talked about it and determinedly talked of other things!

I went about living my retirement by going to my OLLI classes and learning more about Emily Dickenson than I ever would have thought to ask. Walked to and from class, took the poodle princess to a big park for a brisk walk around a very small lake while it smelled a bit like Fall, and suggested we go out to dinner to celebrate Hubby's first ever furlough. We walked to dinner and back as well.

This could go on a long time and we are definitely not planning to go out to dinner each day LOL. In fact we are looking into how soon Hubby can apply for unemployment. We also decided that going to CA to help a son and DIL move was not a good idea - mostly due to the short notice involved, previously scheduled medical appointments, etc. but also due to the cost and the need to be able to go back to work if the shutdown ended. I know it was the right decision but feel a little sad all the same that I won't be seeing my kids soon!

We do plan to go on some short hikes, doing some home maintenance and continue to enjoy free or low cost entertainment in our area. We have theatre matinee tickets for Saturday with friends and they have invited us to come to their house for lunch ahead of time. It will be a combo staycation and get caught up time at least for now.

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  1. Its gotta disrupt your life, so it must be a pain, but won't he get his back pay when he does go back to work? (If so, and at the risk of offering bad financial advice, just put it all on the credit card. He'll get his check by the time the Visa bill comes!)

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  2. There is no guarantee that back pay will be awarded. Congress would have to pass a bill doing so. Right now the expectation is that they will award pay to those forced to work without pay (air traffic controllers, etc.) but not to those who were furloughed. Time will tell. We have the savings to be fine but still!

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  3. I am so disgusted by what has happened, I can't even begin to express it, other than to say how sorry I am that you and your husband are being so affected. Were Canada not so darn cold, we'd give serious thought to emmigrating!

    OK, just kidding (sort of), but I cannot believe tthat the will of the people, based on the outcome of the November election, plus the subsequent review of ACA by the Supreme Court is deemed less important than the desires of the minority.

    Shoot, I better stop now before I type something I'll regret . . .

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    1. I'm disgusted too but grateful we have plenty of resources no matter what congress does next. Might be a good time to donate to your local food bank or other helping organization because lots of Federal employees will be hurting if this goes on very long.

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  4. I'm thinking of you and all my federal employed friends in the US, Germany and wherever. Of course what many people fail to realize is that many "federal employees" are gs5s and7s with entry level pay structures. The clerks and receptionists, the folks at the commissary............hopefully there will be some resources for them.

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  5. Sorry you have to deal with the furlough. Glad you have a little poodle to love. They are the best dogs! :)

    Rosy

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    1. She is a good dog and so happy to have her "Dad" home but it is interfering with her nap schedule LOL.

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