Week One Complete. What it’s Like to be Unemployed.

Today did not start off well. I burned my poor little pinky finger ūüė¶


That white blister forming may not look impressive, but it hurts as much as the Chicago Blackhawks do this morning.

Did you watch the Wild win game 4 last night? IT. WAS. AWESOME. It also guaranteed a game 6 on Tuesday (which means I get to watch at least 2 more Wild playoff games). But how about the “musical chairs” goalie situation? In the past I’ve been a DIE HARD hockey fan. When I lived with my old roomie, she worked for Comcast, so not only did we have every channel available, but I was able to purchase NHL Center Ice every year at half price (yeah, it was as¬†great). She didn’t care that I watched an inordinate amount of hockey¬†because she was too busy hunting elves or witches, or whatever the hell you do when you play World of Warcraft for 12 hours straight.

Back to the goalie thing… “Did you know that Bryzgalov is a really¬†weird dude?”¬†My husband¬†mentioned¬†that to me last night, but¬†didn’t elaborate too much. Just tells me he’s said some really strange things to the media over the years, but has kept his mouth shut since joining the Wild. I figured it would be similar to Patrick Roy kissing the goal posts before each start…. but no. Here, he offers his thoughts on the universe:

If you didn’t think that was strange, check out some of these classic Bryzgalov quotes:

‚ÄúSiberian Husky. She‚Äôs all white. Beautiful blue eyes. That‚Äôs basically blonde girl with blue eyes. Your dream, man. My husky, basically, she‚Äôs a hot girl, man.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúThis is tiger and less than 5 like probably 500 species left on earth, yeah. ¬†China law, if you kill tiger like this, death penalty. Yeah. If you kill tiger and they find you, your dead, that‚Äôs it.‚ÄĚ

At first I thought there had to be something lost in translation… but once again, no. This dude is just strange. He is also afraid of nothing… except bears in the woods.

Speaking of Patrick Roy, here is one of the best goalie fights in the history of ever, and who doesn’t love a good goalie fight?¬†One of the classiest things about hockey is that you can legally assault someone. Watch it. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. Make sure you have the sound turned up because NOTHING is better than the announcer during this. Trust me, it’s worth it, and the video is only about 30 seconds:

Anyway, that being unemployed thing…

I’m still getting paid severance, so it doesn’t feel too shitty yet. I think that has also stalled some of my motivation to move on to the next step. I really didn’t do much other than hang out and party. I know, it’s terrible. I’m 31 years old, and I just spent a week¬†as an epic waste of a human being. A lot of nights at the bar (but to watch hockey in most cases, so that’s legit), a trip to MOA where I proceeded to spend over $100 on hair care products at Aveda, and a twist of the wrist that landed me at the casino for an overnight stay on a weekday.

I ordered a book to assist me in this challenge of choosing a new career.

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My husband told me this was instrumental in helping him take the leap. He changed careers 5 years ago, from retail appliance sales to advertising. I’m hoping this will help me decide what I want to do in my next adventure. I’ve been considering a few options, and yes a couple of them are food related. I just don’t know where I want to go next. Should I be a pastry chef? A medical coder? Continue my HR career in a non-retail environment? Open a restaurant? These are questions I’m hoping this book will help me answer.

I’ll probably take a week or so to get through this (cause I’m counting on the Wild advancing, and having to devote a lot of time to hockey). But I’ll keep everyone updated as this journey progresses.

On the other end… I’m missing my old job just a bit. Not so much the company or the job itself, but the people. I had a lot of fun working with those folks, and in many cases spent more time with them than I did my own friends or family. It’s going to be hard to move into a new environment eventually. What if the new place can’t handle my snarky scarcastic attitude?



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