March 9 Year of Projects

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So the other shoe dropped. The layoff is official. You can read all about it here. Husbeast been been laid off from his latest game design job along with six hundred and ninety-nine people. For those of you keeping track that is layoff number four due to project cancellation and corporate reshuffling since 2012. It was hard for me to even remember when the first layoff was because there have been so many of them. 

That's four times my family has had health insurance gaps. It's four times that my husband has not had any shipped titles to his name. It's four times that we've had to worry about money. We've gone from beginning to buy a house to moving in with my mother in law. I bet I'm starting to sound like a skipping cd track, but when this happens to you four times you become a little disenchanted with the state of the game industry. 

For now we're lucky. Due to the size of the layoff the company is required to provide paid notice and a severance, which is better than the two weeks of severance given to us by another company. We're lucky because there are already other options on the horizon. Keep your fingers crossed for us. 

I'm knitting my husband a pair of socks to make him feel better:

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For a knitter, knitting a pair of socks can soothe just about any wrong. It's the chicken soup of knitting. 

Last week I forgot to include my list of projects. Let's take a look and see what that looks like:

So here's my progress for the year!

  • Textured Shawl (60% done)
  • Poang chair cover (5% done)
  • Chris Socks (25% done)
  • Older Boy Cardigan
  • Younger Boy Cardigan
  • That Knitted Cuff Thing
  • Dahlia Cardigan (40% done)

Done!

Mitered Block Blanket (100% done.)

Hannah Hat #2 100% done

Christmas Socks #2 (100% done)

Shakespeare Cardigan (100% done)

Multnomah Shawl (100% done)

Pepperberry Knits Hat (100% done)

Holden Shawlette (100% done)

Christmas Socks #1 (100% done)

What's new with your knitting?

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0 #1 just one thought...ConnieM 2014-03-09 08:24
I can understand the situation you are in now.
I know this feeling. I worked in software industry as well for a really long time

But: instead of stubborn insinsting on Game-Programmin g I suggest your husband to look for other specialisations ... There are new fields opening all the time and there are so many companies who need able programmers.

Maybe not so "creative" but more solid?

by the way it is really hard to decipher your captcha... lightgrey on white is an eye-pest!
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0 #2 RE: March 9 Year of ProjectsKate 2014-03-09 08:49
I'm so sorry to read this, you guys deserve a break! Fingers crossed that a permanent opportunity presents soon. I'm glad your knitting is providing some comfort
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0 #3 RE: March 9 Year of ProjectsAngela P 2014-03-09 15:09
Connie,

I'm afraid this is neither about stubbornness or programming as my husband is not a programmer, but thank you for your concern.

Best,

Angela
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0 #4 Location?Lauren 2014-03-22 02:37
Where are you located? I'm sorry if you've mentioned it before; I've only just stumbled upon your blog....I ask because I have a friend who is a tester for TellTale Games in San Rafael, Ca and she mentioned recently that they are hiring in a lot of departments right now. She loves working there; I guess it's a great company. Good luck to you!
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0 #5 RE: March 9 Year of ProjectsAngela P 2014-03-22 02:48
Hey Lauren,

Thank you so much. We LOVE Telltale Games, unfortunately just today husband got a rejection from them -we think he may have annoyed the hiring manager when he chose a different company over Telltale a while back, but the hiring process there was moving very slowly and our family couldn't afford to wait out for what would be a "maybe" job when we had a definite job offer. It's a bummer and I'll tell you today was a rough day at our house because of that rejection. :/
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angelafall2013smallI'm Angela.
Mom. Wife. Crafter. Succulent Gardener. Co-op Preschool Parent. 

 

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Miracles have happened and husbeast received and accepted a job offer at his dream company last week. He starts work soon. We are breathing sighs of relief and expecting great things ahead.

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