November 05, 2009

Tinkering With the Schedule

For the last few months, I have had a finely tuned schedule. It took planning and practice, but I finally figured out exactly what time we need to wake up during the week to get my daughters to preschool. I determined which days laundry needs to be done, including the dreaded "family laundry day," which typically starts at 7 a.m. and rarely ends before 5 p.m. Now, Hubby has gone and messed it all up.
You see, ever since January we've been in a financial strain. Like many families out there, the economy has taken a toll on Hubby's employer, and, thus, on us. Since the beginning of the year, we've weathered 10 furloughs and a mandatory pay cut. Then, just a few months ago, Hubby's company informed him that his department was being "hubbed." The simplest explanation is that Hubby's company has offices around the country. His department is now being consolidated to one centralized location. Lucky for us the location happens to be Hubby's home-base... but Hubby has to reapply for his job. He has been looking for a new job all year and, finally, FINALLY, the search paid off. Hubby found a new job and starts in less than two weeks... and in less than two weeks my carefully synchronized schedule goes kaput.
My days at my part-time job will change, including working until closing on Saturdays (by 8 p.m. I'm ready to crash, so we'll see how this works out). My laundry days will change. My grocery day will change. But I see a big pro... Hubby will now have to take a bigger role in this new schedule, including bath nights, school drop off and pick up, etc. (Yes, he definitely pulls his weight around here already, but I like to tease him about how much more he'll have to do!) I guess I'll be nice and still save "family laundry day" for one of my days.
Yes, I know how fortunate Hubby is to have a job... and how lucky he was to be able to jump ship in this uncertain economy. In all seriousness, I consider this the light at the end of the tunnel. The hits we've taken through Hubby's current job have hurt. We've endured and perhaps we're stronger for it. But now we're ready to start climbing back and have some breathing room... even if it means messing with my schedule.

11 comments:

Stephanie B said...

Congrats to hubby! Reschedules are part of life. Irksome, but much better than, say, pulling up stakes and moving or repeatedly taking financial hits.

Stephanie Manner Wagner said...

With my oldest 3 of the 5 kids being at different ages and stage, I can completely relate to the effects of schedule changes, though ours are mainly kid related minus a few business trips.

With our oldest, we've just transitioned from H.S. football season ending to his beginning a daily weight lifting schedule with team mates to prepare for next season. This meant the twins had to change their nap time and nap location.

We also have a changing weekly schedule for basketball practices for our 2nd oldest son that randomly effects dinner time & then there is the weekly dance schedule that thankfully doesn't change at least.

I'm sure as soon as we adjust to this schedule, it will be time for track season! Isn't it crazy how chaotic even the slightest timing change can be on everyone?

maryanne said...

Congrats to your hubby on the new jobm and good luck making your schedule changes!

Quadmama said...

Don't want to think about how extra curriculars will affect the schedule down the road...

LauraC said...

Glad to hear your husband got a new job! It is a hard time to blog about this kind of stuff while it is going on.

I can't believe you have one laundry day! We do little amounts of laundry almost every day. But then again, Alex poops in his underwear a couple of times every week so we have to do those...

Quadmama said...

Let me clarify... we have one day for EVERONE's laundry (ie Hubby and me, along with a load for the girls) plus two other days during the week I do at least one load for them.

jungletwins said...

Great news that Hubby scored a new job- very happy for you there. Messing with the schedule kind of sucks though, eh? I remain impressed that you had a reliable laundry schedule, whereas I tend to let it pile up.. Speaking of- gotta go change loads or there will be no pajamas tonight! Thanks for reminding me :)

Quadmama said...

I used to be a "pile up" gal, but after constantly being frustrated by the pile, I finally gave in and figured out how often I need to do laundry. If I do laundry every other day, that's the equivalent of a week's worth of laundry for a "singleton."

Brooke said...

Congrats to you Hubby for scoring a new job in this economy. Change is always tough, but it sounds like a good move - which means you'll all benefit in the long run. Good luck adjusting to the new schedule.

Quadmama said...

I think the first week is going to be the roughest. Plus this schedule will likely be temporary, so in a few months I'll need to adjust it again. Maybe I can find work as a personal organizer LOL!

Kim said...

Hang in there! Sounds like a stressful time (even if it's "good" stress), so just keep chanting to yourself "I am flexible! I can handle this! Chocolate cake will make me feel better!" Wait a minute . . . that's not what I meant to say at all . . .

Post a Comment