Anxiety over a new job is a weird game of ‘What’s in the box?’

Anticipation used to be joyful. I remember being so excited for Christmas Day that I would go to bed and try to make myself sleep at 4 p.m. and magically make Christmas come faster. It never worked, but the strategy seemed solid at the time. In middle age, anticipation is dreadful. Every unknown carries aContinue reading “Anxiety over a new job is a weird game of ‘What’s in the box?’”

A throughly restless spring break

One day, hopefully soon, I will write an update and it will be lovely. I’ll talk about my new teaching job and how I’m looking forward to it. I’ll go on about how well my arthritic knees are responding to aquatic therapy. I might have even lost a few pounds. Surely my mental health willContinue reading “A throughly restless spring break”

And the verdict is in: I lost

I lost. That’s the headline, nut graph, and closer. Don’t even wait for the “du-duhn” sound effect from “Law and Order.” The backstory: I lost my job at the local newspaper in Des Moines in May 2020. I went on unemployment. I decided to go back to graduate school and become a teacher. The unemploymentContinue reading “And the verdict is in: I lost”