Archive for July 2014

The Backyard Garden: What A Difference Two Months Makes

The backyard garden on 5/31/14   Overview of the back yard garden that used to be four abandoned vacant lots.   The backyard garden on 7/31/14   The pictures don’t even do it justice.   If you liked this post, “like” I Hate My Developer on Facebook Type your email address in the box and... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: What Link Doesn't Cover

I am usually in a state of interview readiness. I never know when I’ll get a call for an in person interview or to meet with a recruiter. The professional clothes I have are clean (for now), pressed and hanging in my closet.  Yet maintaining this state of constant readiness comes at a cost—an honest... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: I Am The New Face Of Food Stamps

Earlier this year I became the recipient of an Illinois Link card. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Link card (or EBT card) is the modern replacement for food stamps. That is how I’ve been able to feed myself since unemployment was cut off in late December of 2013. The process of applying... Read more »
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Unemployment Stories: The Judgment Of Others

It has been very difficult to share my unemployment stories. I’m not used to being vulnerable.  Even if I didn’t take the time and sit down to post these stories I’d still feel exposed. For some reason at this juncture of my life, I feel people’s silent judgments and condemnations. For the most part it... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: Bad Days And Dark Places

I know I’m not a failure. Yet despite my best efforts to beat unemployment, I can’t help but to feel like my life is slipping into an abyss that I’m powerless to stop. Let me assure you how horrible a feeling that is.  It’s a dark place.  One I’m finding myself having trouble pulling myself... Read more »

Nine Must Follow Twitter Accounts For Breaking News

As everyone around the world now knows, Chicago did not have a good weekend. By the Tribune’s count 82 people were shot between Thursday and Monday—14 fatally. You don’t need me to tell you that it’s crazy in our city these days and seemingly getting worse. But if you like being informed on the true... Read more »
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Unemployment Stories: Mental Exhaustion

Tonight a fellow blogger vented about her trying 2014 thus far: “I should feel grateful and blessed, but honestly, I’m tired of dealing with bad surprises. I’m tired of being in a constant state of shock, worry, and panic in my life over my husband and our income and employment and pets and possessions and... Read more »