The Royal Flush

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  1. Helena says:

    Que te puedo decir que no hayas dicho tu? Lay-offs suck. Lo bueno es que lo estas viendo como un cambio necesario. Una vez alguien me pregunto que porque yo le tenia tanto miedo a los cambios cuando los cambios siempre nos favorecen. Así que pa’ lante y con fe mi hermana, pa’ atras ni pa’ coger impulso.
    Helena´s last essay ..Britax Accesory Giveaway!

    • Carrie says:

      This: “pa’ lante y con fe mi hermana, pa’ atras ni pa’ coger impulso”…Gracias!!!!

      It is time for me to live my faith…and so far, so good! Gracias!

  2. Divina says:

    I am sorry to hear this and I know that things will turn around for you and the family.
    Divina´s last essay ..(Video) For Dads: Toshiba BDX 3300 Blu-Ray/DVD Player Review

  3. Sandy says:

    What a perfect metaphor. We too have been through the missing septic tank, but thankfully, got to it before it started bubbling up. Hadn’t been pumped in 16 years, apparently.

    So often we leave things undone, when really we just need a good kick in the pants.

    And I agree with you – he is very good at what he does, and even in these tough times, no one should be treated to those shenanigans.

    Glad that it coincided with you finding your next phase, too.

    • Carrie says:

      Thank you, Sandy! You are an example of the big switch and how well it has worked out!
      And I so agree about the kick we need when we leave things undone…xo

  4. Lilian says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry! I hope he finds something soon. Our family went through the same thing back in 2007, months after K had been hired by “Big Pharma” company, the day he mailed the very first mortgage payment and… it was also Halloween! :(

    It took a long time… almost three years (which I chronicled in my blog — the darkest times were from March 2009 on), but in the end everything worked for the best. He went back to Academia after his one catastrophic year in the industry and now we’re happily settled. I know it may be more complicated for your husband, but I hope it will all get sorted out. Septic system and all. Sigh.

    Lilian´s last essay ..Pillow Fight, or… buy and return, buy and return…

    • Carrie says:

      Lilian, I feel like an old friend visited today! We have known each other in this space a long time!
      Thank you for sharing your husband’s story. I remember the beginning of it. I am happy to hear it turned out so well…and next time you come through Nashville, yell!

  5. Alexandra says:

    carrie, you and I have talked about hidden blessings in life.

    When my husband was laid off over three years ago, I turned to the internet for support, information, and I discovered blogging by accident.

    i began writing by accident.

    And by accident, (or divine intervention) my life took on a whole new level of participation in my destiny.

    Through my husband’s lay off, I found my voice again.

    Good luck to you, you’re in my prayers…and I have a feeling you’ll be surprisingly blessed, as I was.

    Much love you, my dear dear friend. Thank YOU for your part in helping my words and stories find a home.

    I am grateful to you.

    • Carrie says:

      Alexandra, you are divine. Thank you for sharing your story with me. I am grateful for you, and your stories, so very much, too!

  6. Abuela says:

    I’m so proud of having a daughter so strong & with such faith,you have special angels taking care of you & yours.

  7. Beautifully written. I, too, got laid off after 30 years of newspapering. The toilet tank is empty on this industry but people keep trying to poor buckets of water in to keep it working. Sooner or later, those buckets will go dry. I feel for my ex-colleagues. I worked with some really terrific people.
    Michael Silence´s last essay ..Using taxpayer funds to get more taxpayer funds

    • Carrie says:

      Michael, thank you for sharing your story.

      Speaking for myself, I keep thinking of the title of those “Left Behind” books. Feeling badly for friends left behind because word is it isn’t easy, and yet, glad they have survived and may help save the ship from sinking.

      When people ask me if I miss being a reporter, I have to say no, but I always say I miss “my people.” Indeed, I too worked with some really terrific people with giant heart and talent. My husband did too.


  8. Tia Mirtha says:

    Mi querida sobrina, ese sueño con el agua limpia saliendo del inodoro, is a good sign.
    Una puerta se cierra y otra se abre… Fe en Dios..
    I think every one at one time or another has gone thru something like that. The bank I was working right after Vickie was born went under and I was left with out a job. I was able to collect un-employment for 6 months and be home with my baby. The best thing that happen to me. Todo pasa por una razon.. Out of something negative, make it a positive thing.
    un beso..

    • Carrie says:

      Tia, you teach me by example. Your faith is the better outcome has been constant. I appreciate that…and I was afraid to look up the meaning, but amen, clean water!

      besos a ti.

  9. I know its not a comical situation, but your writing makes me laugh. And with the weight of the world likely on his shoulders, I’m sure your hubs appreciates it too. Enjoy your days of less mierda, my friend.

    • Carrie says:

      Vanessa, laugh so we don’t cry, for sure.

      You know, my husband does not enjoy my talk of my dreams and their meanings. He thinks I am a little crazy on that end, but I always share them with him anyway because my dreams have always, always given me clarity, direction, comfort. And, while I worried about seeing a toilet in my dream, I do know it was a message that all will be OK…and definitely something to laugh about!


  10. Carolyn G says:

    My abuela used to say that without mierda, there wouldn’t be flowers. My abuela was a little crazy. But as I got older, I got her what she meant.

    Things always work out if you go with the flow. I have confidence that flowers are coming your way! Hang in there.

    • Carrie says:

      I love your abuela!!!
      I am going to have to start using that line, Caro.

      Thank you so much for the kind word and good wishes. I appreciate it mucho.

  11. Unknown Mami says:

    When I got to the part about your dream, I held my breath until I read that the water was clear. That is a VERY good sign. Clean clear water is about rebirth and reinvention.
    Unknown Mami´s last essay ..Polka Dot Princess

  12. Marcela says:

    Beautiful beautiful writing Carrie! Sending positive thoughts your way for a sea of clear waters.

    Thank you for sharing this real life with us.

    • Carrie says:

      My husband is very private, so I almost didn’t share this…but hell, it is indeed real life and so many families in our country have been, and are, going through this.

      Here is to better times ahead for all.
      Gracias, Marcela!

  13. Saray Hill says:


    I’m so sorry about your husband’s lay off. Good things are coming your way.. .you already know that. Abrazos chica!!

  14. What perfect timing of the events and your dream…seems like you are in the flow… a good one! I think your next dream will be with a rainbow:-)
    Blanca Stella´s last essay ..Wordless Wednesday : Seeing A Soul

  15. Laurie Holloway says:

    Beautifully shared, Carrie. I understand the monumental change all too well. But believe me, the new door through which you and he will walk will open onto new, wondrous and spiritually uplifting experiences. While I mourned the loss of what I had poured my soul into for so long, I have never been happier now. Stay open. And let me know if I can do anything to help… Love, Laurie

    • Carrie says:

      Laurie, you are a great example of life after newsrooms!

      Thank you for your words and good wishes and we will get in touch when the time comes!

  16. I read this as soon as I got the email, but needed to wait for a calm time to comment.
    Reading this I know you, deep inside you, are OK. It takes a lot to process what you already processed, and it seems you were getting ready for all this for a while now. Amazing because now you can be the strong pillar you are.
    Agua…I always dream with agua when a drastic change is coming in my life. Those are the dreams I am always the most aware of because I know something´s coming. Cleansing, ritual, new beginnings, all good…

    La vida sigue siendo un carnaval y tú eres su Reina
    Ana L. Flores´s last essay ..Bilingualism in Adoptive Families

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