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I spoke with our new HR person yesterday. This limbo land that I am living in is making me anxious. She doesn’t know me from Adam, so I gave her my background and the circumstances that led me to her door. Mainly I needed to know if I would be eligible for unemployment if I leave. The answer to that is yes. She also brought up severance. Huh? I hadn’t really thought about that. I’m not so sure I will be eligible for severance, but she’s going to look into it. So I wait. Leaving this job would mean I give up the contribution to my 401k. It’s not a lot given my salary, but it’s something.  And I will no longer have it once I leave.~~~Sleepy. Going to get coffee~~~OK back to it.  H and I need to talk this through some more. We talked about it once or twice. He was ok with me leaving the job and having the summer with the kids. Then working again in the fall. He believes that I am going to find a TA job. My unconfident self does not believe that.  And in sharp contrast to that last sentence – cubemate told me yesterday that former boss lady thinks I am smart. And said a lot of other nice things about me. That was a nice little confidence booster. I thanked cubemate for sharing that with me. I needed to hear it.

Wow – my head is in a million different directions right now. Who is the new guy? What to get D for her b-day? What to get H for b’day, f’day? My diet. My health. On and on and on…..

The Spade and Bourdain suicides have been weighing on me. H was rocked by Bourdain. And he doesn’t get rocked by much in the celeb world. It is said that with age comes wisdom. Leaving behind the stress of childhood and young adulthood is a relief – oh I left there long ago – I am simply remembering what is was like to want the things that celebs and all their money could buy. To live up to the self-induced pressure of trying to be like them. To have their stuff. I wouldn’t want any of it today. As is evidenced by current events, all the wealth and fame in the world does not make up for the lack of love for one’s self.

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2 days ago

As an HR director for 15 yrs., the part of 401K that you contribute is always yours.  It goes with you.  The match that the employer contributes must be earned.  There is usually a vesting period that is probably 6 or 7 years  during which time your share of your employers contribution increases,   Hope that is helpful information.

9 hours ago

@dlk082244 Hi Twik – and thank you. I know that the funds in the 401k are mine to keep. It’s my 6% contribution and my employer’s match that I will miss.

2 days ago

These suicides prove that money does not buy happiness.   The pain these two people must have felt for such a long time and presented a different face to the world -well I know how that feels.I am going through my own personal pain now and I hope those who made silly comments on the net about them will learn life is short.I’ve read of 2 more since then and one comment I agree with -many of the medications designed to make you feel better may be doing the opposite.  It will be interesting to see what science comes up with in the future in regards to mental healtrh.