Friday, May 7, 2010

Where Did the Week Go???

...clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you..

Seriously, it does feel like I've been running in place all week. Apparently the wobbly feeling is coming from an ear infection; that hasn't helped with getting business responsibilities done -- or traipsing around, doing census interviews in our suddenly-cold-winds. I've got a big batch of interviews to take care of (called NRFU in census terms -- don't say those letters out loud!). Then a trip to the post office (Brickworks staffers are off today) and a stop to get milk and eggs.

An exciting life, huh?

In the bad news department -- Husband found out (along with all the other hourly employees) that his schedule had been cut from "12 month" to "9 month" -- a 25% pay/time cut. (Plus hourly employees may get benefits -- but the current plan gives them no vacation or sick days. Oh goody.) There are a lot of frightened people running around the Douglas County school district right now. One of Husband's best, most experienced bus drivers came to him yesterday and said, "How in the world am I going to pay my mortgage?" A very good question.

In the good news department -- Husband has been working on a new project for the school district. Yesterday, he found out that he will be even more heavily involved in its execution...and that is going to mean he'll get extra hours. Who knows -- it may even translate back into a "12 month" position.

So it's looking brighter for us...but not for many of the people we work with and care about. We have good friends who are unemployed, or working temporary positions while they search for more permanent work. Many of the people I'm working with for census are in the latter position. It's a tad scary here in Colorado -- and we're supposed to be one of the states with the brightest employment outlook! God forbid you even consider states like Michigan...

Well, off to work -- hope your Friday is going well.

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