So... I got laid off yesterday.
Have you ever been through a RIF (Reduction in Force")? Also known as a lay off, downsizing, getting cut, dissolving of divisions. Some of you may know that I have a day job. I have worked in the real estate and mortgage industry since 1999 and am currently a underwriter for ground up construction loans and FHA/Fannie Mae construction loans. I have a very specific specialized set of skills that comes with this type of processing/underwriting.
Yesterday, we had a visit from one of our managing directors who kindly (he really was super cool about it) let us know that they were shutting us down.
Now, I have been through about a half a dozen RIF's over the last 17 years, so I know what to expect and how it all works... and am a bit desensitized to it all.
We are getting severance and will be working through the end of July... but now the hunt begins for a new job.
Or maybe not! On to bigger and better things as doors are always opening when others are closed!
How have you and your coworkers dealt with a RIF in the past? Comment below and let me know!
On the left, me and Jenifer is on the right. This was our Junior Prom in 1998.
Lately, I have had this weird nostalgia thing going on. I am starting to feel stuck in the past, in a good way though.
I think it started a few weeks ago when I spent some time at the new Stanley Marketplace and went to a concert in Denver at the Ogden. I used to spend so much time in Downtown Denver when I was in my teens and 20's. I have been having a hard time saying, "When I was in my 20's...". It makes me cringe.
When I visited with the owners of Trunk Nouveau at the Stanley and found out that they also owned one of my all time FAVORITE stores (Pandoras on 13th), I instantly started reminiscing about all of the fun times I had spending hours inside of Wax Trax, iMi Jimi's, FashionNation, 5 & Dime, Snake Pit, Saul Haus, Pandora's... and more. I used to collect all of the Westwords (before they were full of dispensary and sex ads *snicker* ) and underground zines, flyers, papers, etc and make collages out of all the quirky things that caught my eye. Quirky... I was definitely quirky. Had my own sense of "style"... Somewhere between hippie-raver-stoner-tomboy. I mean, this was 1998-ish... so that was kind of the thing then anyhow. I wish I would have kept some of those collages!
I have recently gone through old photo albums, drawers of 4x6 photos that were taken with those fun Kodak disposable cameras and ....my year books. Oh man, some of the things written in my year books are HILARIOUS. To be 16 years old again... Although, I would only want to be 16 in the era of which I was 16. I don't think I would want to be a teenager with the level of social media that we have now. No, thank you.
Within these old photo albums, I found some crazy things that I have saved over the years from different occasions. Pictures that friends drew for me, old concert ticket stubs (Helllo Pearl Jam, 1994, Red Rocks!), a half broken necklace that my childhood best friend gave me.... and another one is a large, gold metallic flower cut out made from the same plastic type material that confetti is made from. I picked it up off the ground at a high school homecoming dance that I went to. What year, what school and my dates name... NO idea but I know it wasn't my school. For some reason, I have always kept that little flower cut out.
Being 36, with my 20 year high school reunion around the corner, it really does blow my mind when I think about how fast time has gone by. I am so grateful for all of my life experiences, friends that have come and gone and those that are still around. Here's to another 36+ of making more memories to look back on!
Here are some of the old photos that I found!! From top left, going clockwise:
1) My Christi and I, around 2000.
2) My childhood best friend Sarah that passed away a few years ago. She is who I grew up with from elementary school, through our twenties. I miss her so much! I think I was 16 or 17 in this photo so, 97'/98'
3) Old school Traxx 2000 when it was on 20th and Walnut. Jordan and I in the back room, probably dancing to Groove is in the Heart... This was probably in 1999 or 2000
4) My junior year of high school. 1997-1998.
5) Dana, Francesca and I at Fran's 5th grade graduation. I am thinking this was 1999...
6) Freshman or Sophomore year at Smoky Hill. (95'/96'?) Check out my metal mouth! All of the braces!!
This last weekend (6/2-6/5) was bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S
Let me just start by saying that I LOVE FIRST FRIDAYS!! If you haven't even been down on Santa Fe in the Art District during the evening, in the warmer weather seasons, on the First Friday of the Month... You are missing out on some legit people watching, amazing art, great food and just an incredible atmosphere! I look forward to it every year. June 2nd was my first First Friday of the year!
One of my closest friends, Judy, met me and we went to dinner at "Pinche Taco" A.K.A.
Tacos Tequila Whiskey, which is my #1 favorite Taco Shop, ever. If you know me, you know that I love TACOS! Always busy, fresh food and spicy salsa!
After we pigged out, we found our way down to Santa Fe and 10th Ave. to start perusing the galleries, and people!
There are so many amazing galleries, antique stores, co-ops, artists, musicians and people! It takes a few minutes to really soak it in. One of the antique shops has a funny bird in a cage that talks to you! There are hidden alleys, like the one in my photo that is lit up with lights, basements full of freshly painted canvas and street buskers entertaining you with drums made out of plastic, 5 gallon buckets and an upside down metal pot!
One of my favorite galleries is Artwork Network, which you can see the exterior of in one of the photos above. They have some incredible pieces of art. Don't forget to go in the basement!
Judy and I ran into some friends, checked out a live sculpting session, watched some B-Boys and B-Girls in a break dance circle and ended our 4 hour stroll around 10:00 PM.
Brunch, The Stanley Marketplace, 16th Street Mall, Thirsty Lion and Marian Hill! Phew!
What a full day! I hardly took any photos, which is unlike me! I met my friend Aly (who is kind of a big deal female brewer for Dry Dock Brewing Co.!) for brunch at the Denver Biscuit Company in the new Stanley Marketplace near Stapleton! They had the best music playing and some wildly entertaining gentlemen behind the bar that knew every word to every 70's hit that was being played in the restaurant! So fun.
Aly and I decided to walk around the Stanley, in hopes that my favorite place Mondo Market would be open but we were just a day or two early. What we DID find, was my buddy Josh Schwab's new spot for his Glazed and Confuzed donut shop! Aly and I shared a Confused Samoa donut, even though we had just eaten DBC 10 minutes ago... if you come anywhere close to Josh's donuts, you cannot say no.
I also spend some quality time inside of Trunk Nouveau! The family that owns Trunk Nouveau are also the owners of Pandoras (on 13th... but really on 17th now) and Soul Haus! 13th ave between Washington and Broadway are my old stomping grounds. Pandoras and Soul Haus are two of my favorite stores and I am thrilled to know that they now have a location on 17th (with some incredible history behind their new building) for both Pandoras and Soul Haus.
Anyhow... Trunk Nouveau is an incredible mash up of the two other stores and I just felt it when I walked in there. And Chris even brought me a potato knish from Rosenberg's Bagels & Deli! It was THE BEST!
After I ate my way through the Stanley, I had a few hours to kill so I went and walked around 16th Street for their music fest and through the Chalk Art Festival! By about 5PM, I was ready to go get my BFF, Christi. We had planned on going to dinner and then to see Marian Hill at the Ogden.
Christi and I ate at the Thirsty Lion in Union Station and took an Uber (quite entertaining, this driver was a goof!) to the Ogden where we were met by some guys that had already had their party pants on for quite sometime. Thankfully, the gate keepers told them to take a walk and get some nachos at 7-11 across the street (*smirk*).
Christi and I worked our way to the front of the crown and I secured our spot at the front of the stage. A group called Opia opened up. Two young guys from L.A. took the crowd by surprise with some incredible guitar solos and an incredible vocal display that I don't think anyone saw coming from their blonde, surfer look!
Marian Hall came out and the energy was amazing. Her voice is one of a kind and the house was PACKED! It's been awhile since I voluntarily stood that close to a speaker, so the unfamiliar bass that shook our bodies from the ground up only added to the electricity flowing from person to person in the entire crowd. It was such an amazing show and I have been listening to her album
ACT ONE (The Complete Collection) all week! I think my favorite songs on that album are Down, Take Your Time, oh yeah i love u and I Want You. Give them a listen!
Old South Pearl Street Farmers Market! I bought everything. Ok, not everything but it felt like it!
The Spice Guy (Zach) makes some of the most legit spice blends out there. Inexpensive, fresh and well blended... your home cooked meals are about to level up!
I also grabbed some garlic goodness from Prohibited Provisions and tons more! They were also having a puppy adoption event, so I pretty much played with puppies for half the time. Be still, my beating heart. I wanted to take them all!
Once we were done at the market, I did my normal mundane Sunday chores of groceries, laundry and such.
We have so many amazing things to do in Denver, let alone Colorado... ALL year long! Next time you find yourself trying to find something to do... just walk down the street and you're bound to find something fantastic! Make sure to follow us on Facebook to see what other events are happening!
xoxo - Leah
Hi There! I am Leah Ryan, Lead Publisher and Social Media + Event Coordinator for Housewives in the City here in Denver, Colorado! I have lived in Colorado my entire life, born and raised. My family has some deep Colorado roots and I am fascinated with anything related to Colorado History!
I love to spend time with my boyfriend, cook, read, use my creativity in every aspect possible and if there is a puppy around... that is where my attention will be! Please come introduce yourself to me if you see me out and about and especially at one of our monthly Ladies Night Out events! XOXO - Leah