It’s official: Since my office does not offer work-from-home, I am unemployed for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As much as I’ve been wishing for a vacation, this was definitely not the way I wanted it to happen. Nor did anyone else in New York State who is in the same situation today.
The phone lines for NYS Unemployment are overwhelmed, and the website crashes frequently. When I did finally get through, I was able to enter all my information only to be told that since I had worked this week (got my
walking stay-at-home papers just this morning), I can’t apply for benefits until next week. Which is ok, except I can only imagine what it’s going to be like to get on that site next week.
Oh well. Nothing I can do to change anything.
Fortunately, despite all the recent grumbling about panic shopping, hubby and I had enough sense to stock up just in case this scenario came to pass. As of this moment, the Governor has not mandated a full lockdown (although the Governor has advised all New Yorkers not to go outside, supposedly we can still go to grocery stores, doctors, etc.), but I suspect it’s only a matter of time before total shelter-in-place is mandated.
After having gone through serious financial hardships in the past, I learned to always maintain enough cash in the bank to cover at least a couple of months’ household expenses, and my mortgage and other obligations are current through April. So, it won’t be overly distressing as long as this pandemic doesn’t last more than a few months. Sure, I’ll likely have to dip into savings a bit, but at least I have some savings.
My heart goes out to all those who live paycheck-to-paycheck and who are also now out of work. This is going to be tough on everyone; hopefully, it won’t also get ugly as the situation goes on.
While we’re all on an enforced vacation, but are unable to physically visit one another (even if we live nearby), perhaps someone can set up a virtual party? I’d be up for that. Anyone out there bored and looking for something to do? If so, go for it!
BTW, my photo sessions will, of course, be limited to inside my own house, or my own backyard, for the time being. I’ll do my best to make it worth your while.
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