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Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Today I came to work and the GM asked me to implement a new procedure. Normally, I would tell him all the possible negative side effects of implementing such a procedure but, I forced myself to keep my mouth shut. Wrote an e-mail to the staff and started the procedure.

Up until now, I have shared my experience several times but, he mostly did not take my advice. I have done what I have done for 30 years and have come accross the same issues at several different companies. I have been wrong. I have made mistakes. I have learnt the proper way of doing things and I have accumulated all this experience. I pay attention to minute details and think ahead. I never take decisions on a whim because I now know better.

I offered experience, they prefer learning the hard way, so be it.

For the first time in a long while, I am feeling peaceful and am in a mood to let go. Today I had someone calculate my normal severance if I had been let go so, I have that information to asses the offer they will put on the table.

I will also ask to keep my laptop and my health insurance policy which has been just renewed till next renewal time.

As I asses the situation for doing part-time work for them, I have some doubts such as the following:

-  The person who will replace me might be uncomfortable.
-  The people who worked for me all this time may keep on coming to me creatig mistrust on the newcomer's part. I want the new person to understand and appreciate what used to be "my people" and establish a good working relationship. So, I should not be the obstacle
-  The tasks they will want me to do may not be all that interesting to me.

So, I have decided to give them a daily rate and take it from there. I do not want to commit to much else.

I just need to keep myself motivated till the end so that I can set a good example for the people who work for me.

This is most probably my last full-time job and I am glad I accepted the offer of my ex-boss and worked with him. I met really nice young people and this has become the 3rd longest job I ever had.

Feeling truly peaceful...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Winds of Change

As you know I was back to work yesterday and the new GM wanted to talk to me. Apparently, they have found someone to replace me who will be able to start work in August. They want me to continue till my vacation in August and then, want me to move to a different part-time role.

I was surprised that I wasn't surprised at all. Actually this can be a blessing if the stars align properly. I told him that, this is quiet acceptable on my end as long as he offers a meaningful package to go with it. He is going to work on it.

We will see how that will go. So, wish me luck please!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Back to Work

I am back to work. The day started with a meeting and will end with another one. In between, I will try to play catch up.

People were genuinely happy to see me and inquired after my health. That felt good.

I am going to start a new project at work. Today, I will discuss the specifics about it with the Management Team today and make sure they understand how much of their active contribution will be required. Next week, I will introduce them to the Project Team. The project is supposed to last until December.

I am constatntly looking at my projection and contemplating whether I should leave earlier than March 2019. I just cannot justify it financially. I keep saying to myself: Patience is a virtue, patience is a virtue...

It is only 255 calendar days. I have another vacation. There are mny weekends. So, how bad can it be?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Back from the first vacation of the year

Mom and I spent 5 wonderful days at a beach resort last week. I had paid for it in January taking advantage of early booking savings.

During those 5 days, I got up, had breakfast with mom, hit the beach till noon and after having lunch hit the beach once again. I would come back to our room at 6 p.m. and hop in the pool right in front of our room till 7 p.m. or so, have a shower and go to dinner. Mom slept most of the time. She came to the beach only once.

My blood pressure had started to get normal but, it is acting up again.

We did tons of laundry and there are still a copule loads to go. Today I need to go to the hair salon real badly. I spend very little money for my hair when compared to "normal" women but the money I spend on it always hurts. Lol! So, today will be painful.

So, I am back and will be back to work on Monday. I still have some staycation days to relax.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Unexpected US vacation and some work

I am going to the US late August! Why? Well, there are a couple of meetings related with work but I thought it would not be worth the loooong trip. Then, one of my besties asked me to go visit her since they were not doing any traveling this summer due to some major surgeries her hubby had.

So, I decided to put fun and work together and voila!

Meanwhile our currency has lost 15% of it's value against the USD lately and many people would consider it a stupid move to take that vacation. Well, we only live once right? Not only that, almost half of my Netw Worth is in USD.

I will make sure to make it a frugal-ish vacation. Besides, there will be no accomodation costs or car rental costs because, I shall be staying with friends. I am not planning to do much shopping either since I was in the US last year and am planning my bucket list vacation next year in Fall.

I started my new meds today and I guess it will take a few days to understand whether they will work or not. Being away from work for three weeks may help too. I will be taking the next two weeks as a planned vacation and this week was the unexpected addition to it.

I am just taking it easy and getting plenty of rest.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Health Issues

My blood pressure has been very high lately and I am totally scared. So, mom and I came to Ankara today to get it checked out by my cardiologist. This morning was the first time it has been normal. I hope it is just a matter of changing meds.

Wish me luck.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Upcoming Vacation Plans

I will be taking a vacation during the first two weeks of June with mom. Last year I had a vacation all by myself in the US and this year, we are vacationing together. She no longer wants to go abroad. Too tiring for her.

We will drive all the way to İzmir on a Saturday and spend two nights at my sister's who will not be home that weekend. On Monday, we will head further south to Bodrum where we will stay at a resort. Our room opens directly to the pool and the Aegean Sea is within two minutes of walking distance. I prefer the sea over the pool but, sunbathing by the pool with mom will be nice. She no longer likes to go in the water. She says the movement of the water makes her dizzy.

We will stay there for 5 days and head back to my sister's who will be home then :) We will spend some time around that area and head back home by the following weekend.

We are planning to go to a classic car museum, visit some archaelogical sites (mom is an archeologist) that we have not been to and mostly relax.

This vacation has been booked in January at a fraction of what it would cost now and has been paid for. I am not expecting to spend much money while we are on the road or in Izmir. The resort is quiet pricey but, I have taken advantage of the early bird special booking they have offered way back in January and purchased insurance just in case we would not be able to go. I like to buy that insurance because you never know, especially when traveling with an elderly person.

I am hoping to make a long road trip in the US next year. Something on top of my bucket list for a long time.