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Yay, I’m not getting fired! I can now continue to exhaust my health care benefits. But damn, now I will have to actually do my self-review.

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Mary • December 3, 2008 at 10:30 am

Long time reader, not so often commentor, Thinking a lot about you and your situation and hoping for the best. I am so happy that you avoided unemployment.


Karen • December 3, 2008 at 10:41 am

Whew! Good news!


dietgirl • December 3, 2008 at 10:41 am

ahhhhh… what a relief :)


Amy S. • December 3, 2008 at 10:59 am

Congratulations, good luck with all those doctors!


sportmom • December 3, 2008 at 11:05 am

Congrats on still having health insurance. How insane it is to have to say that while living in the US.


Liz Turtle • December 3, 2008 at 11:05 am

CONGRATULATIONS! We’re all letting out our collective breath for you :).


Jill • December 3, 2008 at 11:16 am

Ugh, I hate self-reviews, but if it means another paycheck – bring it on.

So happy you are still gainfully employed! =)


Deb • December 3, 2008 at 11:26 am

Yeehaw!!! Gainful employment rocks!


Lori • December 3, 2008 at 11:27 am


An early christmas present!

I really hope it works out for your kitties :)


Quix • December 3, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Whew! Congrats on keeping your job. =)


Rachie • December 3, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Yay! Congratulations! (You should still make people click your Amazon links, though. ;))


angie • December 3, 2008 at 12:20 pm

YIPPEE! I am SO glad to hear that! I have been worried for you (in case you weren’t doing enough on your own, you know – and it was in a totally non-stalkerish way) and I have been wondering all morning whether you’d found out anything or not. Is that creepy or heartwarming to know that total strangers are thinking/worried about you?

As you were…


LothL • December 3, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Hurray! Now go and prepare for that review.


fd • December 3, 2008 at 12:22 pm



debby • December 3, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Ha! That would almost be worth getting fired– to avoid the dreaded self-review!


fd • December 3, 2008 at 12:44 pm

what is a self-review? i hope you blog about it so i can learn.


Stacy • December 3, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Fabulous news!!


minus10 • December 3, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Congrats, Pasta Queen! Gotta love raking in the moolah.


Lynn Dirk • December 3, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Not a holy roller by any means but I was praying for you! Such good news. Love your blog btw.

Take Care,

Lynn in brrrrrr ND


Andy L • December 3, 2008 at 1:41 pm



Thumper • December 3, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Yay :)


PastaQueen • December 3, 2008 at 2:39 pm

@fd – Every year the company does a review to evaluate how you’re doing and to determine if you get a raise and if so how much. Before the review, I get a form similar to the one my boss gets where I have to rate my performance in specific areas and provide justifications and examples for my ratings. It’s kind of boring and takes awhile. I’ve never actually done one before.


PurpleGirl • December 3, 2008 at 2:42 pm



Maggie • December 3, 2008 at 2:43 pm

I’m afraid I might be on your s**t list after leaving an unsolicited headache cure comment a little while back, but I just wanted to say I’m so happy your job is safe! Several of my friends are in a similar position of waiting, and it seems absolutely awful.


maggieapril • December 3, 2008 at 3:12 pm

That’s a total relief, huh? Glad to hear it.


Katharine • December 3, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Yay! That is excellent news.


Kimberly • December 3, 2008 at 4:36 pm

My company recently went through a round of layoffs too. It was horrible.

And I HATE doing those self reviews. I never know what to say. I am a get it done and then move on to the next thing kind of person and looking back at what I’ve already finished and forgotten is really difficult.


Mrs Thighs • December 3, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Congrats, what a great holiday “present!”


Jolene • December 3, 2008 at 6:31 pm

Yay! Congratulations. I was actually telling my boyfriend your story last night. We were talking about all the downsizing and layoff’s from companies we never would have expected a couple years ago.

Glad to know your job is secure!


JEM • December 3, 2008 at 6:43 pm

I am so happy you don’t have to go through a layoff!

My company seems to lay off about 10-15 people every November. I have been with the company over 5 years and feel like I dodge a bullet every year. I also get so sad for my friends and co-workers though. Times are rough. Cheers to being employed!


Katie • December 3, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Phew! Still must have been a stressful day, though.

One good piece of advice I’ve heard re: self-reviews is to keep a “Yay me” file, so that you don’t forget all the excellent things you did all year that may slip your mind otherwise. Plus it’s nice to look at during the year if you ever have spells where you feel like you’re crap at your job like I do.

Good luck with those kitties! You are a patient lady! Good to know that O.K. had a good home with your mom if it turns out he needs his own space.


Merry Mary • December 3, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Hurray! Yay for keeping your job… and health insurance!


Yet Another Jenny • December 3, 2008 at 7:59 pm

Hooray! Good luck with your cats, too!


Merry • December 3, 2008 at 8:34 pm

I’m glad you’re still employed. Me too.

Far as I’m concerned, self-reviews are a load of … laundry. Don’t tell my boss.


Pamela • December 3, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Congratulations! I’m so happy you survived the round of layoffs!

I used to work for a company that did self reviews and I absolutely hated them! I’m relieved to work for a company now that puts it all on my supervisor.

Best of luck to you in your review – I know you’re going to do great!


s • December 3, 2008 at 10:19 pm

yay for you :) good luck with your selfreview :)


Ginny • December 3, 2008 at 11:22 pm

Yay! Glad to hear the good news.


Loey • December 4, 2008 at 10:56 am



asithi • December 4, 2008 at 1:04 pm

What a relief! Whenever I do self reviews, I list ever single thing that I did. Since I am used to noting on my calendar what I did for the day at work, I do not find self review to be too troublesome, although I try to massage the words to make the duties seem a little bit more helpful or exciting than it actually is.


Sarah J • December 4, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Whew. Probably mixed emotions that others have to be let go. I’m sorry.

As to the self review… late bloomer is doing one too… though on a completely different area of life. You both inspire.



Cathy • December 4, 2008 at 9:37 pm

So glad to see you get to keep your job. Sorry about the self-evaluation, that is a bummer. Hated when I had to do that. My boss does the evals now. But we have to choose 2 things we intend to do in the next year to improve ourselves in our job. Not the kind of job where it will help me move up the ladder, so really a pain to think something up. Anyway, 3 cheers for you!



John's Weight Loss Blog • December 5, 2008 at 9:29 am

Good news, and I share your pain about self-reviews – I loathed those. Depending on how your company uses them I always found the lazy managers using them as a way to make their own review for you.


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