Since I am on a yearly contract with FCPS, there is a certain amount of hoop jumping required each summer in order for me to be rehired. This usually involves benefits information like health and life insurance and also payroll. For the first time, in its efficiency, FCPS cut off my email as of June 30th. Since this has not happened to me before, I wasn’t prepared. I have emails saved that have to do with Dave’s benefits and retirement as well as contact information for people who have been helping us navigate these unknown waters. So, if you have emailed me through my fcps.edu account and you haven’t heard from me, now you know why. I am working on getting access back.
FCPS now has a new online new hire program that walks you through your benefits sign up. The health insurance was very straightforward – same insurance, list family members, upload their birth certificates (hopefully for the last time). It was when I got to the retirement and life insurance that I took pause. Twice. The first time was when there was a list of marital statuses – single, married, divorced, widowed. Ugh. I still feel married, but I guess I no longer am. The second time was when I had to list my beneficiaries. This was always Dave. These are the little stumbling blocks that trip me up. Unexpected and unprepared.
A bit of positive news is that after being on the phone for an hour plus (most of that time spent on hold), I do not have to go into the social security office in person. That is a celebration for sure!
Yesterday, I got a bunch of paperwork stuff done, took Parker to the library, hit the grocery, researched venues for Dave’s big party, mowed our tiny lawn and cleaned the deck. Keeping busy seems to be helping stave off too much time to think. One day at a time.