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Hubs worked from home for years. We all took that life for granted.
Then came the Big Layoff. Some contract work, still from home. Ugly, long job search. Three long years.
Regardless of what “they” say, it is very hard to get an interview, let alone a call back, in this economy.
But things turned around - they always do - and Hubs will be starting in a new position - as the owner of and insurance agency for one of the bigger insurance companies out there. He started 8 weeks of training, and then he’ll be up and going.
What this means - LONG hours in the office and out of the house, with after hours meetings with customers that can’t meet during the work day. We’re aware of that impact, but this is by far the best opportunity that has come his way.
There are some CHANGES coming our way:
1) He won’t be home to make dinner. My husband cooks - don't hate. And on the two nights a week when I work until 6 with a 40 minute drive home - he cooked dinner! Okay, I admit it, he cooked some of the other nights, too. And he does dinner dishes.
2) He won’t be talking to me while sitting at his desk upstairs, while I am downstairs with the dishwasher running, music on and the dog barking, and expect me to hear him.
3) He won’t leave his dirty lunch dishes laying on the counter until dinner time, figuring it’s more efficient to just do the dishes one time.
4) I won’t have that blessed quiet time in the mornings to myself anymore. The time that Hubs used to sleep until 7:30ish and I got an hour to make The Boy’s sandwich and then read blogs. Nope, both of them are now up at 6 and out the door at 7. They are underfoot in the kitchen, making noise in the bathrooms from 6 to 6:30, when I get up. They make a breakfast mess in the kitchen and then bolt out the door.
5) I will have quiet time in the afternoons on my early work days. The Boy comes home from school and buries his nose in homework in his room, so he’s no problem. The rest of the house is mine. The tv, the radio, the silence. All mine.
6) And my full days off? A quiet house. All day. Just me. I don’t even know what I’ll do with that time, but I’m sure I’ll think of something
7) I will be the one who runs out of hot water for my shower in the morning, being third in line, as Hubs and The Boy will both have showered between 6 and 6:30. Teenagers take long showers. He sings to himself while he wakes up in there. He thinks it’s his own personal spa. We’re working on that.
8) I realized I’ll now be the one to take the cars for their emissions tests every other year! I kinda liked that he would cut out on a weekday and do that and I didn’t have to waste my time doing it.
9) He won’t be sitting upstairs at his desk for me to talk to every time something pops into my head. I never realized how much I took that for granted when he was home.
10) Oh crap! Am I going to have to mow the lawn? Nah, I have a teenager for that. At least for two more years.
I'm sure there are many more to surface, but right now we are adjusting. It's been a long time since we had this sort of schedule!