It looks like I won't be getting my contract renewed here. I can afford a little time off, and I must admit that I like the idea of being able to train, and run, and go for long walks without squeezing them in around work, particularly as the nights draw in. On the other hand I hate looking for work, especially when there's a recession - I rely on companies having the money and confidence to invest in IT systems, and I don't think there's much of either about. The last time I felt so negative about my chances of finding work was around 2000, when everyone believed the civilised world was about to end and companies were obsessed with Y2K compliance and nothing but.
I'm a slightly weird person as far as work goes. I have little or no work ethic and could happily retire right now - as long as I didn't have to live on benefits. At the same time, being stuck alone at home makes me go a little stir crazy and depressive, so I need human interaction (even though I'm very shy and antisocial), structure, and stimulation. I'd like to think I could handle this next bit of time off better than the last, when I got very depressed and my relationship with M suffered as a consequence. I have a few ideas for this. Obviously staying active physically is one of them - I did do that last time, but in a less structured way. Building a proper exercise program might help provide me with the structure I need. For the human interaction, I'm thinking of maybe volunteering in a charity shop for a few hours a week, and possibly joining an exercise class of some kind - or booking swimming lessons at the local pool. As well as staying on the blogs and being as active as possible in the blogging community of course.