Thursday, March 12, 2009

It's Raining

You know, normally I like rain. Except when "rain" is a metaphor for crappy things that happen in life. Then... not so much.

We've had some crappy things happen to us since September. Our ATM and PIN number were stolen out of a store's computer and a bunch of our money was stolen. Next month our credit card number was stolen out of a store's computer. Some other crappy stuff happened. Then our "safe" neighborhood started getting hit hard with home invasions and car burglaries by a suspected drug addict and his girlfriend living in the area. Then they broke into my minivan and stole some stuff, namely my purple swarovski-covered iPod. Then someone stole our credit card number AGAIN out of a store's computer.

I acted a little more neurotic than usual in response to the car break-in and went two weeks without sleep. I went to see my doctor, who said I have a deficiency in serotonin (stupid genetics) and needed full time medication to deal with all the stress and sleep issues. I started the suggested medication, which has for the most part made me a zombie who wants to sleep on and off all day for the past couple of weeks. I hear the "mood boost" should be kicking in any day now. Still waiting for that to happen. In the meantime Haven has been enjoying an early Spring Break from homeschool. (we'll make up the work later once that mood boost kicks in)

Then, Tuesday evening Marshall got a call from his boss telling him that he is going from "paid employee" to "freelance". For the past 12 years, Marshall has worked for the same company. He's had a deal with his bosses that he gets paid a minimum salary even when he is between movies. That minimum salary has helped us pay the mortgage and put food on the table when there has been no work. But now, there is no work and no prospect of solid work until next September. So his bosses had to make the difficult decision to drop his salary. This is pretty much the equivalent to losing his job with no severance package. Marshall knows his facility has to be in a pretty bad condition to do this, because he is the #1 mixer. They even made a point to tell him he is their #1 mixer and if they had any work at all, it would go to him.

Surprisingly, we can't blame this on the economy. Even in a crappy economy, people still go to movies because they need the escape. This is due to the looming threat of a possible actors' strike that has been feared for quite some time. Studios just haven't been making as many movies due to fear that if the actors strike, they will be stuck in the middle of production with no actors. It's gone on long enough that there are not many movies in post-production right now.

Anyway, literally the minute Marshall got off the phone with his boss, he started making calls. He's called every contact he's made over the years and already sent out his resume to a couple of other studios. Pickings are slim all over the place, but he's talented and well liked in the industry, so we're hoping he gets a new job soon.

If not, I may just have to open a petting zoo or something to help with the bills.

How much do you think people will pay to see a freakishly large bunny?


  1. Julie I fretted about this all night. Seriously, I was stunned when you first mentioned it. I'm not going to give you the "How pearls are made" crap because I hate pull-yourself-up lectures when it seems like walls are being hurtled at you. Just know that you are in our prayers and constant thoughts. I am so sorry and wish I could help (I have a place to stay if you want to come over here to look for work) :-)

  2. stinks :( sorry to hear about marshall's job...ugh :(

    as for the petting zoo idea...i know i'd pay upwards of $1.50 to see that giant rabbit. from afar. like from behind a bullet proof glass wall. ;)

  3. Julie, I am sorry that you all are going through so much. There isn't much that I can say or do except offer my prayers. If we lived closer we'd definitely pay to pet your animals. LOL Or at least bring over a big casserole of comfort food.

    Big hugs and prayers being sent for all of you.

  4. This really sucks! Sounds like hubby is ready to roll and get things done, though.
    Prayers are being sent your way.

  5. Julie,

    I'm sorry you guys have had to deal with so much on such a short time frame. Keep faith that Marshall will find another job.t.

    Hollywood need not fear of an actor's strike, I'm always available.

  6. Sorry you are having a lot of rain Julie. A colleague of Steven's has worked 'seven days' this year. Times are sucky. Marshall will definitely find something soon. I hope the seratonin kicks in, and seriously if you need a break or alone time with your hubby, drop the kids on by. I'll teach them about Obama and atheism. (Totally kidding). They can play with the pups and you and Marshall can enjoy a rare Marshall doesn't have to work day. Big hugs.

  7. Julie, I am so sorry to hear this. I will pray that he finds employment quickly.

    Why would the actors strike? Do they not make enough? hmmmm I almost never understand strikes, maybe I'm stupid that way.

  8. My deepest sympathies...My 2009 has not been so grand either...

    I wish you luck, I'd pay to see your ginormous bunny. I want one too :D

    I know the zombie feeling of meds...but it TRULY does go away soon.

  9. Praying. And then praying more. May God quickly grant Marshall new work...

  10. Sorry to hear this, Julie. Praying that God will protect and comfort your family during this time and will provide for you.


  11. Sing with me now;
    Showers of blessing,
    Showers of blessing we need.
    Mercy drops 'round us are falling,
    But for the showers we plead.

  12. You already know my thoughts on this. Hey a petting zoo might not be a bad idea. I know my kids would want to see your gigantic bunny!

  13. I think a petting zoo is a great back up plan! :D

  14. It's a good thing we're not fair weather friends. We stand in the rain and we'll dance under the rainbow that WILL come back into your life. As for the mood boost? I'm still waiting too.


  15. I'm sorry. I will be praying for you.

  16. Praying for you guys that Marshall finds a new job right away! Hang in there.

  17. Ughh...I'm so sorry. I am however impressed at how ambitious Marshall is. Which in turn shows how hard of a worker he is. I hope you guys hear good news soon! Sorry about all the craziness and shit that come your way. Sending positive vibes your way.

  18. yucko! boy, when it rains, it pours, no?

    let's hope this is the last bit of bad juju, and that your fortunes will start to turn around soon. which I knew someone looking for a sound mixer!!

  19. Julie...that really sucks and I hope he can find something quickly!

    On another note, I think people would pay to see your scary cat! They could get their picture taken with it!

  20. surely with all the crappy stuff that's been going on as of late, you're due for some good news!!!! I too would pay too see the monster big bunny (you should get t-shirts and tattoos made up to sell to the visitors.

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  21. So sorry! If it's any consolation, I've been having a pretty crappy time this year too!

  22. He's so talented, I'm going with being optimistic that he WILL find work. I know it's scary-- I've been there:( {{{{HUGS}}}}

    I would pay to see a ginormous bunny, yes I would. By the way I found a breeder about an hour away so we may have one in our future too:)

  23. Yikes. This is getting awfully depressing. Fingers crossed the actors' contract issue is resolved soon (HA).

    At least you've got enough of a menagerie to open the petting zoo. You could do a traveling one to schools and fairs and make even more money... maybe.

  24. Hey...I understand your pain. I'm right there with you. Things have to get better right? It always does. Big hugs!