Not Done Yet

I don’t think I’m really a blogger anymore, but here I am typing, so hmm.

The news is my nearly 21 years at Intel Corp ended last Friday. Shifting economies and big decisions led to a need to downsize, and after they handed out the Voluntary Separation Packages and the Involuntary Separation Packages, they decided to come after old people I mean people who are eligible for “retirement”. I was eligible because my age and years of service added up to 75. So they said, here, if you sign up for the Enhanced Package you’ll get full retirement plus an extra year’s pay.

I was already in a position that screamed “accept it!” so I did. I was in that position because a) strong hints abounded that the next downsizing efforts will not be so generous and b) I had been in redeployment after my workgroup was disbanded and was already used to getting paid not to work. But that was only for a month or two (plus the nine months of a temporary assignment). During those months I worked constantly, just not at my “job”. Running a household full of teens and pre-teens while their mother worked hard (incredibly hard) to establish herself as an artist in several media and we both try to do a zillion other things as well pretty much took over my life. But that was a phase. Now that I’m officially an Intel Retiree I need to get serious about what I’m going to do with what remains of that life. In particular this means Get A Job because seriously, I am in no position to not work, I’m just floating temporarily on corporate largesse. The panic will set in later this summer.

Other news, when I feel like typing I really ought to work on My Novel, and so that cuts into the bloggering energy for sure. Plus I’m in constant motion. We were just up the hill at a festival, and next weekend we might go to Juplaya (though I kinda hope not because I am TIRED). Blogging / public journaling, while very satisfying when done right, doesn’t really fit in like it used to.

That Juplaya link is pretty boring. Here are my posts from the one time I went before:

Friday was a Good Day

Saturday was a Good Day

Sunday was a Good Day

Monday was a Good Day


5 thoughts on “Not Done Yet

  1. Super congratulations on getting that great package!

    But be ‘ware. The loss of the structure that kept you (sort of) focusing is going to make things difficult for you. You will have to recreate that structure for yourself.


  2. Yes, I will, and I’ve been saying so, and I’ve been not doing it. There’s so much to do it’s easy to believe that so long as I’m doing something I need to do there’s no need for a schedule. I think what will happen is I will try to get a few pet projects taken care of and then, later in the summer, when I’ve finally realized the pet projects will never ever end, look for work.


  3. Congrats on good exit package for sure, and agree with Gekko of course re the structure. I can totes imagine having the days pass and blur into a blob of “tomorrow I am gonna get going on My Life” and suddenly 6 months have flopped by. You’ve got a lot of good work to do. No slackery!


  4. I, too, was downsized last month. Also with a decent package. Here is some money, please leave. Well…okay!

    I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the last month of Doing Pretty Much Nothing. I’m paid through November, and I really needed a long break, so I am unashamedly enjoying myself.

    Today I got my first “off-the-HR-rolls” direct deposit and realized I just got paid for two weeks of putzing around the house, reading books, re-watching seasons 1-5 of Game of Thrones, and going to the gym five times a week.

    My plan is to refresh my resume and LinkedIn profile in a desultory fashion and start buckling down to a job search around mid-August. I lift a margarita in your direction, and wish you luck in your retirement, however long it lasts.


  5. Thank you! The way things are going, I don’t seem likely to get serious about pursuing income until after Burning Man, but that will work out okay, so long as I find my skills are as portable as I think they are. My decision was made easier by the fact that after 12 months I’ll be allowed to work at Intel again, probably as a contractor, for which I am particularly well qualified.


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