We've been slackers and haven't posted for a long, long time. We kitties are doing fine. Fiona is still with us. She tends to lay low and has found a spot where she likes to sleep. She has also taken to pooping on the floor. Mom doesn't complain. To be blunt, Fiona's poops are small and solid, so the cleanup is easy. The dynamics between Fiona and Cash are confusing. Generally, if Cash gets anywhere near Fiona, Fiona gets defensive. She growls loudly and if she can run, she will run and hide behind the stove. Then Cash will sit right there and keep her from coming out. On the other paw, sometimes mom will find both of them sleeping on her bed. Fiona will be on the pillows and Cash will be at the foot of the bed. Go figure.
Tovah has taken to sleeping in a chair in our uncle's bedroom. She likes to be petted and stroked when she is there, but she still shows no interest in coming into the living room and hanging out with mom and uncle. Cinnamon is all over the house, but she will still run if mom tries to pick her up. She and her mom, Tovah, like to wrestle and play "thundering herd of elephants" in the family room. Tovah just celebrated her 1st birthday on March 1st. Cinnamon will be a year old in September. Mom said Tovah was just a baby herself when she had her first (and only) litter.
Now for the change part alluded to in the title of our post. Our mom is officially unemployed. She has worked at the university for a total of 28 years. The last 22 years were in the same department. Mom went in to work on Friday expecting a normal workday. By 9:30 she was told that her position was being eliminated as of that day! Needless to say, mom felt like the rug had been pulled out from beneath her. The very least her supervisor could have done was give her notice that it was coming. She could have planned for that. It still wouldn't have been easy, but we think what happened to was, quite frankly, sh*tty. A lady was there from the HR department when mom was given the news. She gave mom a packet with information about services and what mom's options are. Of course mom's head was spinning and she was in tears, so nothing really registered with her at the moment. She went back to her desk and got her purse and coat and left.
Mom looked over the information she was given once she could think straight. It sounds like she can go into the temp pool and work from there while she looks for another position within the university. Also, she has enough time in that she could take retirement. If she does that, she will have to find work elsewhere. She wishes she could retire permanently, but that isn't in the cards. Mom will get paid until May 17. That gives her a little time to look for something else. But she know that time will pass quickly. Mom is 57 years old and she is wondering if anyone will hire her for office work.
If we could, we would go poop in her former boss's shoes!!!
Purrs and whisker kisses,
Clarissa & Co.