The one that affects me directly is that I will have a new boss. My current (now former) boss had been considering leaving the company for more entrepreneurial ventures (I wasn't entirely surprised at this), and his departure was accounted for in the reorganization. While I am happy for him, it's a bummer for me. He's a great guy and has been a pleasure to work for. I will now report to his boss, the head of R&D. Former Boss will be around for a few weeks to help with the transition, so I'll work with both him and New Boss for a while.
Another consequence with a far greater impact is that 27 people were let go; 11 were from my team (nearly a third of the team). This was completely unexpected and left everyone reeling. It was horrible watching so many people leaving the building. My heart was breaking for them and for the colleagues and friends they'd worked with for years. The one mitigating factor - and the reason my conscience will allow me to go back to work tomorrow - is that the company gave a generous severance package to everyone who was let go, and they have committed to helping them find new employment.
I was immensely relieved that I did not lose my job; at the same time, I had a profound feeling of survivor's guilt. I made it through Friday in a daze, and came home feeling drained, sad, and still stunned.
In such times, dogs are better than any medicine and worth more than any riches. Never have I been more grateful to have two happy little creatures greet me at the door. They lifted my mood that evening, and in fact, helped me get through this weekend.
About one month after their adoption, I am happy to report that Nook and Indigo are doing very well. Indigo in particular has undergone a drastic transformation. She was a sick, scared little bag of bones who wanted only to cling to me. Now she is spunky and alert, and she has gained an entire pound of weight... pretty impressive for a 5.5 pound dog. I can no longer count every rib, though her spine still looks like a stegosaurus. She is eating lots of food (dog food even!) and learning from Nook how to be a dog - exploring the back yard, gnawing on chew sticks, and playing.
Nook's idea of playing consists mainly of mock fighting. Nook growls, but her tail is wagging the entire time. She uses her heavier body to push Indigo over, but Indigo then kicks at Nook with all four feet. They roll around in all sorts of funny positions, gnawing at each other's faces.
It is positively hilarious to watch. :D In pictures, they look like vicious little terrors... with a combined weight of about 15 pounds. ;)
|Nook: I'm gonna bite your head!|
|Nook: Now I'm gonna bite your face!|
Indigo: I shall call forth the evil spirit...
|Indigo: And become the Snarling Red-Eyed Zombie Dog of Doom!|
|Oh, hi! Didn't see you there.|