Friday, July 13, 2007

A different summer than expected

On Monday June 18th -- a week before my birthday, two days before school ended, three days before the official start of summer -- my husband was laid off from work. It wasn't entirely unexpected, as layoffs had been rumored, but in my husband's 16+ year career at this company, there have been many layoffs. Only this time, he didn't make it.

So the summer has been different than we all expected. On the plus side, Arnie is having an unexpected and forced vacation, and he is doing all kinds of projects around the house that he probably would never have completed without this amount of time. He is able to help with drop off and pick up from camp, something that never would have happened before. He can take care of some of the daily things, like going to the dump on a regular basis, and picking up groceries. I can stay late at work if I need to.

On the other hand, it definitely has it's downsides. Arnie is one of those people who really lives to work, and he loves working on a software problem and solving it. He really misses work. So this is not easy for him, although some days are better than others. Some days, he gets stuff done around the house, has some positive job-hunting experiences, and seems pretty good at the end of the day. Other days, he's just pretty sad.

So it's been a different kind of summer. The best possible scenario is that he finds a job, and then he can take a week or 2 or 3 until he starts the job, and then he can really enjoy the time. We'll see what happens. In the meantime... things are different.

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