December 3, 2008

So I'm Letting the Cat Out of the Bag

Alright, alright. Enough people have noticed that I've not been blogging daily like I used to. You might say I've been busy, preoccupied, harried, aggrieved, distressed, or fretful. I've been troubled. Excited. Nervous. Excited but nervous.

Here's what you know: Rob was laid off the Friday before Thanksgiving.

Here's what you don't know: His last day of work was November 7th. He got his "severence check" on 11/26 for two-week's pay. I air-quoted "severence check" because although it may be company policy, two week's pay as severence for five years worth of loyalty and hard work seems a mere pittance. But what do I know?

Anyway, the check just covered the rent. I got paid for one week of babysitting. Things. Are. TIGHT.

It's been decided throughout the last month, however, that Rob is going back to school. We talked and talked, and since it costs next to nothing to go to school when you're a resident of California, he would enroll full-time at Chabot for night classes with an unofficially declared major of mechanical engineering. After he earns 60 credits at Chabot, he'll apply for transfer to UC Berkeley! He should be done with everything in about 5-6 years.

Initially, he was also going to work full time while going to school. Then we had a brilliant idea: send me back to work. I wasn't too keen on it at first. I have no clothes (why do women always go to that first? "I have nothing to wear!") that aren't stained, fading, or growing holes in them. I haven't worked since early 2004 - who's going to hire me? Will I really want to spend 9+ hours a day away from the kids I've spent every day with for the last four years? Am I even cut out for the professional life anymore?

But I put my nose to the grindstone, pulled together my resumè and a generic cover letter, and pulled the proverbial trigger. I've got about 30-or-so resumès out. It's only been about a week and a half and although I've had no call-backs yet, we're hopeful!

So that's what I've been up to. I didn't want to say anything officially but I'm becoming more and more comfortable with the idea. If you know anyone in the SF East Bay area who needs an administrative assistant, please let me know! Or you can contribute to the Keep Mommy on the Edge's Family Afloat Fund!

Please bear with me. I plan on getting back to blogging on the regular but it's hard; I spend my evenings looking for jobs and sending out resumès and it kind of cuts into my blogging time. I do miss writing and I miss all you lovely people.


princesspeaches said...

Good luck!

Valeta said...

Good luck from me too.

Does that mean Rob is going to watch the kids while you work? Heh. I sometimes wonder if my husband could do it, I don't think mine could.

Amy McMean a.k.a McSunshine said...

Good luck! I hope things start to come together for you guys. I was wondering if your news was going to be you were moving back to the great commonwealth of PA.

Keep your head up, I know how discouraging tring to find a new job can be. your a smart cookie, if i can get a job anyone can.

Minxy Mimi said...

Good luck with the search...something will turn up!
I am sorry things are so rough right now.

Denise said...

Praying something turns up asap!!! Seems like we are both going through some major life changes at the same time!!

I have no doubt this will work out great for you guys - it's just scary and new right now! You'll figure it out and be happy you made the decision to go this way! :)

Luff you!

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