what i do know is that it's a whole new world around here. and it is good.
not long after i started MY job, my husband discovered that he lost his. ten years with the company, and as a cost-cutting measure, they simply did away with an entire section. is it ironic that he was involved in "future forward thinking"? wind energy, smart appliances etc etc. probably.
as with all "clever" ideas, his company has had to spend money to save it, ie a redundancy package, so financially things aren't dire. whilst it was a shock initially, hubs quickly came to terms with it, and has welcomed his time at home and the strange role reversal he and i find ourselves in.
the girls are LOVING having him around more. if you asked them, they would tell you 'he was never here'. it is of course, all relative to how MUCH he is here now.
around the same time as the 'work restructure', his father (86) fell ill. i'm sure there are plenty of you out there dealing with aged parents, so i won't go into it.
suffice it to say, hubs is on leave - working out his notice (for all intents and purposes) at home, and jumping on a plane or his motorbike to visit his father (we're in the north island, he's in the south) periodically to ease the burden of his siblings who reside in the same city as their father.
the first school holidays as a 'working woman' came around 2 weeks ago, and i found myself going off to work while hubs stayed home!
where once i had been in control of EVERYTHING that happened in this house - i was going off to work and letting it all happen without me.
i had previously complained long and loud about how 'nothing had changed' since my return to the workforce. before i'd even GOT this job, i'd talked about the girls taking on more chores, then when i STARTED, i encouraged them to help out more.
in the end i was more sick of listening to MYSELF nagging, than i was of actually nagging them - so i simply stepped back.
- i asked the girls if they'd like to cook one night each during the holidays
- i did laundry less often
- hubs went to the supermarket for me
- he ran errands
it all just seemed to happen. the house is still standing. everyone's happy, and it's bloody fantastic.