Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The Plan

So it is indeed official. I am for the chop, didn't dodge the bullet, am walking the plank. I'd do some kind of redundancy chant, you know something along the lines of "Gimme a R! Gimme an E!" but it's a really long word and frankly I couldn't find enough that rhymed with it.

To give you a brief overview there are 2 main things you need to know:

1. I am being made redundant.
2. I will be moving to Preston to live with The Person.

Whilst these things may come as a shock to you, they're actually known to me as Contingency Plan A.

Further to one of my previous posts, I think I have found my magic trapdoor out of The Pit. It was quite simply the knowledge of what was going to happen. Even though it was bad news, it was far better knowing that not knowing. Turns out that I'm not so good with the unknown - others may thrive on it, I like a lovely nice plan and a list thank you very much.

You may not have noticed but we're in the middle of a stinking great recession, meaning that there aren't many jobs about. There are especially not many jobs in Hull - we suffer from some of the highest unemployment figures at the best of times, never mind at the moment. The same week that I was made redundant, about 300 people lost their jobs in a Comet call centre and various other companies shed their staff like a snake does its skin.

It was clear to me that the following chain of events would happen to me once I lost my job and stayed in Hull:

1. I wouldn't find another job doing what I'm doing now because it's kind of specialised.
2. I wouldn't be able to afford my rent and carry on living in my lovely shared house.
3. I would end up temping/signing on.
4. Find it very difficult to find the £54 return train fare from Hull to Preston to see The Person

So it kind of felt logical to make the move to Preston and go and live with The Person, I can temp/sign on in Preston and living there would also eliminate the need to pay for the train fare. Plus, you know, I love him and stuff.

And so I'll be leaving my beloved Motherland behind in about one month's time and shacking up in Preston at the end of April (bar sorting out my leaving conditions with my work, who are being arses by the way) and starting a new and slightly terrifying new adventure.

Right. Let's find some boxes.....sigh.


  1. I'm sorry to hear the bad news but very excited for you in another way. I always want to know where I stand too; once you know where you are then you can make a plan for where you're going. And it is great for you that you're able to move towards something good.

    I know you might now be able to do the same kind of job in Preston but I hope you find something you enjoy and have fun being with The Person and discovering a new place!

  2. Just wanted to wish you good luck with moving in the The Person :)

  3. Point 1 is crap, sorry to hear the axe fell on you.
    Point 2 however is good news, excepting the crap circumstances causing it.
    I'm the same as you, can't bear waiting/not knowing - at least once you know what you're dealing with you can make plans and lists (yay for lists).

  4. The greatest things com e in the strangest of guises.
    I'm sorry you are being made redundant, it must feel awful but you seem to have a plan and sound positive about the changes. Could be the best thing that ever happened to you.

    Hope you get your leaving conditions sorted out, isn't it bad enough they're letting you go without being a pain about it!

    Fingers crossed for everything x

  5. New start in Preston, I think that is fab!!! Plus I'm only a short train trip away - you can teach me how to crochet :) xx

  6. Wow big changes are afoot! At least in Preston there are more big cities within commutable distance than there are in Hull. More options will arise I'm sure.

  7. I hoped that you would end up moving to Preston to live with The Person, I am glad that this is occurring. It also means you will be closer to ME as the bus is a mere hour away :)

    Redundancy is shit and I'm sorry if I was annoying on FB the other day. Let me know if you need anything from me.

    Love xxxx

  8. I'm so sorry for your redundancy; I've been exactly in that situation, and it isn't a fun place to be! But moving in with The Person must be at least a little bit exciting! And like Stitched Together said, Preston is within a good distance of some great opportunities.

  9. Sounds like a very decent plan. Maybe not quite as good as my Babushka effigy doll plan, but a very close second. can have the best of both worlds, you still have a month to execute operation Babushka before fleeing to avoid being sectioned.

  10. glad you're out of the pit, and good news moving in. I will look forward to the chronicles of Preston and the Person

  11. It's good to have a plan. Sorry that you have to use it and that there are unknowns but still, plan = good.

  12. Sounds like a good plan. At least you aren't wallowing in your pity and you are moving along toward some kind of goal. I hope better things come out of this situation for you!

  13. Wishing all the very best for a new future in a different land!! (Ive been to Preston!). You can only "rack On23 when someone else has put you in this position - so go on - make it work well for you . xxx

  14. Yay! Moving in with The Person. Yay! Just don't do what I did and spend your dole money on yarn and fabrics (in retrospect, that was a v.bad idea).

  15. It will be okay! These are exciting times - maybe something better is ahead of you! Just keep positive. It will all work out and I think these things happen for a reason! xxx

  16. Whoops...I just saw the blog entry below...sorry If I'm a cliche...but I do think that!!! I do think positivity attracts more positivity. I am thinking positively for you! :) xxx

  17. PS Don't punch me! (I was redundant once too...)

  18. Sorry about your job. I hated not knowing that I took voluntary redundancy a few years ago which isn't the same thing but was the chance for a lot of new exciting things in my life. I hope the same is true for you.


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