Monday, May 14, 2012


Well hello there.

I'm still here. Are you?

Lots and lots going on here. Which means, as usual, no time to blog. And my maternity leave (such as it was--more on that in a moment) is over, so it's about to get even busier, so maybe I should post something.

When was the last time I checked in? Right after Pesach, wasn't it? Okay, so let's see...

1. Work. Work is aggravating and upsetting and a lot of things I wish it weren't. I worked like crazy during my leave. I tried to say no, and I was told "you don't say no to [Plony]." There were two weeks that were absolutely hellish, and I'm not using that word lightly. Pulling two consecutive all-nighters with your kids off school for Yom Ha'Atzmaut, when you're also sick? It's not a joke. You start to shake and you can't see straight and you have no patience for anything and cry at the drop of a hat and freak out your kids. I had to postpone Barak and Iyyar's birthdays, which I told my boss. Direct quote: "It'll give them something to talk about in therapy." What do you say to that? I mean, really, what, unless you're willing to walk away from your job and go find a lawyer? And then more things happened after that, making it obvious that nobody really thought anything of the fact that I'd worked straight through my leave. So this is what's at the front of my mind right now, and I haven't decided what to do about it yet, but I'm going to have to do something.

2. We still don't have an apartment on the yishuv we're moving to. I went out there yesterday and looked at two places: one was perfect, lovely, and probably not available, and the other one was a little-boy death trap. We have no other leads, but did post a "seeking apartment" ad in the weekly newsletter so maybe that will get us somewhere. We have to be out of this apartment by July 1 and I'm leaving for a 9-day work trip on June 17, so time is getting tight here. Oh and I also need to pack up this apartment, find movers, deal with our old apartment, and... my maternity leave, such as it ever was, is over. It's all a little crazy. Or maybe a lot.

3. Iyyar and Avtalyon had their vaadot hasama (think IEP meetings) last week. They're both in gan safa and OH THAT REMINDS ME I have to call three different people about this to actually start the process of getting them registered. Excuse me while I go do that.


miriamp said...

They are at least PAYING you as if you were working since you were working and NOT actually on leave, right? Because as reprehensible as it was to make you work through your maternity leave, if they try to pretend you were on unpaid leave then that's so much worse that you do actually need that lawyer.

Anonymous said...

Oh. Oh dear...

I send you virtual hugs and much sympathy because that's all I can, and I hope Miriam P is right in positing that you at least got paid.

~ Jasmin

Bob & Phyllis said...

yanno, it's sounding like they REALLY don't like your working arrangement, working not only remotely from from another country. However, you are a SPECTACULAR speechwriter, so they can't just fire you (no cause that will stand up). So, they are trying to get you to quit.

I'm probably off base, but it really sounds like that to me.

Good luck--they are jerking you around something fierce and you need to get ugly back. 8(

Anonymous said...

Most employees of US companies are employees at will, meaning they can be fired without cause.