November 29 11

This week is weird.

That’s really the only way to describe it. And the rain certainly hasn’t helped matters; rain rarely ever does. It’s fitting, though. The first week I started my job at Canadian Family, it rained the entire week. I remember coming home on, I think, day 3, collapsing on my bed—soaking wet from subway to-and-from walks without an umbrella— and tearfully telling my husband that I should probably just throw in the towel right then and there and then falling asleep in my clothes before 7pm, So, yes, seeing as this is my last week, it’s only fitting that it hasn’t quit raining for days, and I’m tearfully collapsing into my bed each night.

The last week at a job is confusing. I quit the job on good terms, so I wasn’t escorted out of the building with all my worldly possessions in a brown cardboard box like fired people do in the movies. I gave a formal 2-weeks notice and am serving out the two weeks right now. I still enjoy the people I work with, and I’m still just as dedicated to creating the same amount of quality content as I was two weeks ago, BQ (before quitting). But, you know, the department is moving on without me, as it should. They are hiring new people. (Hey! Want my job? The listing is up!) They are making plans for the newAli. They are having meetings, without me. They are whispering, about my job. They are doing things, that don’t involve me. And it’s all par for the course. There’s an air of apology in the air from all sides, but there’s no faults. This just is. Awkwardness. For the next couple of days.

(I highly recommend not quitting your job.)

(Or taking the cardboard box walk-of-shame route, it now makes a lot more sense to me,)

While I’m still working on my job pumping out lots of content, I have already started my new job. And I am loving it, but hoo boy, there’s lots to do! My days are spent on job #1. My nights are spent on job #2.

So, basically, I AM SPENT.

And, in the midst of all of this, my superstar is taking the stage tonight to play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

If you had guessed that anything and everything is making me emotional right now…you’d be spot on.

Weeping, I am.

You know what’s really sexy? Spontaneous tears on the subway at rush hour!

Because, you know, when you are super extra emotional, you know what’s awesome?

Text like this:

Oh yes. 7:02am.

This is what I see.

(And you know, I was all set to send you over to see this amazing video my amazing husband made to urge you to donate to his Movember cause. It really might be the best Movember video you will ever see. But now I’m not so sure anymore.)

And yes. I am guilty of buying the jeans. But they were a necessity.

(And yes, I DID fit them into our budget, but the man was at hockey and was asleep so I hadn’t had the chance to explain that there was a big return to the Gap and there WAS actually room in the budget for the jeans and since I have been walking around in jeans that are 2-3 sizes bigger than what my body should be wearing, it was high time I did something about it. And you know what? Buying them made me feel REALLY good. I needed that this week.)

So, yes, tears. On the subway, surrounded by wet passengers who tried to look away. But couldn’t look away.

Here’s the thing, though. Throughout all of this weirdness and confusion, I am the happiest I have been in a really long time. This is all just a strange means to an amazing end. I know it. I just have to get over this bizarre little hump we’ll call the LAST WEEK OF NOVEMBER, and the road before me will be golden. Yellow-brick, even.

You should pray that you aren’t sitting beside me tonight when these walk out onto the stage…

…I’m predicting a good old ugly cry.


  1. Aw, sweetie. There’s a lot going on this week – it’s normal to be a weepy mess.

    The ugly cry will probably feel good. 🙂

    Can’t wait to hear how it goes tonight!


    Comment by Angella on November 29, 2011
  2. We are very excited around here! I *think* Emily is the MOST excited about wearing red lipstick!

    Comment by ali on November 29, 2011
  3. Ha! MY Emily loves wearing red lipstick (and makeup) when she has her dance recitals. 🙂

    Comment by Angella on November 29, 2011
  4. I. totally. get. it.

    Also? The jeans were a necessity. I’ll back you up on that.

    Comment by Sharon on November 29, 2011
  5. Oh. Just wait until you see my ass in them. DEFINITELY A NECESSITY!

    Comment by ali on November 29, 2011
  6. Emily is going to kick all types of ass. Hope you get it on video and post it.

    Comment by Avitable on November 29, 2011
  7. Big hugs Ali, I am looking forward to working with you in your “new” job 🙂 xo

    Comment by Gwen on November 29, 2011
  8. Hugs!!! You need a vacation. Or you know. Afternoon shopping and dinner with someone in Yorkville. (Me?) I’ll be in Toronto on December 9th…

    Congrats to your little girl! Be SO proud!


    Comment by Loukia on November 29, 2011
  9. You have so much going on, normal to be overwhelmed. Just remember not to borrow your father in law’s car with all of the rain going on:) (not stalking, but, I remember you posted that story, and it was all I thought about last week when I borrowed my father in law’s Audi while our car was at the dealership). Break a leg, Emily!

    Comment by Jen on November 29, 2011
  10. Oh goodness, congratulations to you on the job! Break a leg!

    Also, a big, WHOOPING congrats to Emily! Break a red, bedazzled leg!

    And furthermore, $230 jeans at a time of crisis are always a necessity.


    Comment by heidikins on November 29, 2011
  11. Good luck, friend! If anyone can get through this week (month) with a smile still on her face, it’s you =)

    (Can’t wait to see the video of Emily! I love seeing glimpses of her on-stage performances.)

    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on November 30, 2011
  12. Leaving a job is hard. It’s just awkward. I wish more places would pay out the last 2 weeks and just let you go, but with staffs stretched thin as they are in this economy, it’s too hard.

    Enjoy your last few days! It’s way better than being fired or laid off! And you’re moving on to AMAZING things!

    Comment by Kristabella on November 30, 2011

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