April Fools! I honestly don't get the fun of trying to trick someone into believing something or pulling some other type of prank on this day. I suppose it might stem from my Type A+ personality that craves control and hates being surprised because that means I would need to be out of control for a moment. Of course in recent years, my distaste for today stems more logically from my distaste for April 6th, which we affectionately refer to in our family as the day of the Boston Debacle. For those new to this blog, the Reader's Digest version of the events leading up to that day go something like this--husband out of work for two years, gets job allowing us to move back to the east coast (my dream), put house on the market, drive to Boston to have our children test into schools and to look at houses, return home and on April 6th (which just happened to be Good Friday that year) get a call from my husband saying that due to corporate restructuring, he was let go--again. The grand total of time he had worked for the company was 5 weeks. Yes, 5 weeks, and, yes, I am still bitter.
I would love to say that the Boston Debacle marked the end of our seemingly never ending bout of unemployment, but I can't which is why I have not been blogging. We have been through two more jobs since then and are currently in the same position we were three years ago--unemployed-- which is the same position we were in two years prior to that. So what's the deal? What have we done wrong that we has landed in this uncomfortable and frustrating position so many times? Lack of effort? I certainly don't think that is the case as we have networked ourselves to a point where people don't want to talk to us anymore. We should place our own ad to the tune of 'currently seeking networking friends who will help us land meetings with elusive hiring managers.' Maybe my husband's resume is the issue. That said, it is in its 569th revision but perhaps that just isn't enough these days. Lets face it, we cannot change his age, education or background, but since we are willing to work with just about any opportunity that arises including underemployment to relocating, I was hoping that he would be perceived as a 'steal' to anyone who might consider hiring him.
So, there you have it, the reason why I am have off the grid with this blog is because I really have nothing new to say. Hopefully soon, I will be back to sharing and sometimes even making you laugh, but for now, I have lost my mojo and my sense of humor, too. Apparently, the biggest April Fool's joke is on me.