So our apartment complex was on the news. Just as I was going to bed I noticed lots and lots of lights outside my bedroom window. I went to look and saw more fire trucks than I had ever seen in my life congregated at our apartment complex. I put my sneakers on in record time, grabbed one of my roommates from her room, and went downstairs where I discovered that the apartment building across the parking lot from us was on fire. It was one of the scariest things I had ever seen in my whole entire life.
We just stood there with our neighbors watching this fire consume this apartment, and then the roof just completely disappeared. It took about an hour for the fire department to find a source of water and finally put the thing out. The entire time I was scared that the fire would jump to the trees (our complex has a TON of trees) and then over to our building, but luckily this did not happen. All in all, six families were left homeless and they determined the cause to be a cigarette that hadn't been properly extinguished. Unbelievable.
So all of my holiday shopping is done, which is very exciting. Especially since over the course of the month I became one of the many staggering economic statistics that you see on the news. Yes, I am now part of the unemployed. Our company laid off about three hundred employees in three days, so I got to pack my things up, say good-bye to the people I had worked with for so long, and start a new life. I'm not sure what this new life is supposed to entail quite yet, but I'm sure I'll figure it out.
For now, I'm using all of this precious time off to work on a young adult novel that I got inspired to write out of the blue. It's going really well. I've also been invited to a writer's conference in February. My awesome friend, who's a Creative Writing MFA student at UCF, was asked to read a paper she wrote at a writer's conference in Chicago and she asked me to tag along. I told her that I would love to. I've never been to a writer's conference before so I'm really looking forward to it. Maybe I'll get even more inspiration!
Another thing this time off has afforded me is the time to actually send out holiday cards. I always have the intention of sending cards out, but then I get so caught up with everything else that they get put on the backburner. Not this year though. They're all enveloped, addressed, stamped, and ready to go. I just have to remember to actually drop them off at the post office.
January 1st I plan on starting my job search. With the way things are right now in the country I'm setting my sights low, so wish me luck. In the mean time, have a Happy Holidays!
ETA: I almost forgot to mention this. I entered a photo into one of the JPG Magazine themes, so if you like it go vote for it. And if you don't like it, go vote for some of the other ones. A lot of these photographs are amazing. Just click below.