Furlough Fridays.

The economy stinks, we all know this right?

Gas is like an arm to fill up your car.

Bread costs a leg.

Dance classes and competition, BOTH kidneys.

To boot, Hubby got his work week cut by a day.

Furlough Fridays.

Would be dandy if we were sitting on a golden nest egg or invested in Apple back in the day.

But we're not, we didn't.

I've been sick all weekend about it.

I haven't worked in 12 years.

Well, outside the home.

I'm not employable.

I've only been managed by K-lish speaking, 3-foot, 4 year-olds.

Only been bossed around by tweens with raging hormones.

Only been told what to do by a son who knows how to karate chop me into my place if need be.

Me? A real job?

The sweat is beading on my forehead as we speak.

Going to head to the office of education this week and beg to substitute teach once a week.

Because, people do that, beg to be disrespected in the classroom by 30-California-crammed-students.

Joy.

What else can I do.

....

....

um....well. I blog.

I review products.

I sell advertising space.

What does that mean to our household income.

Not much at all.

I guess now I buy lottery tickets with dug-up couch money and pray for the best.

Pray with me okay.

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  1. Ranch Girl said...

    Sorry, Jen! Subbing isn't terrible - I've actually had a bunch of days where I've really enjoyed it! The key is to just pretend they're your very own class. At least that's what I do ... oh, and smile a lot, even if it's through tears of frustration!

  2. Merrie said...

    At least the reviews are great about letting you enjoy some things you might not be able to while living on a budget. (That's me trying to find the glass half full!) As for living on a budget...no doubt we can exchange tips as the months progress. I'm so sorry you're going through this now, but the upside of a downturn in economy is that there has to be an upturn at some point. Right??!

  3. Bren said...

    Good luck! Will be thinking positive thoughts on your behalf!!! Oh and tell your husband's employer that furlough days are so last year!

  4. Liz said...

    You've got it hon. I think you & I talked about this before. I work at a local private preschool/preK and teach five days a week while my kids are in school. Might be something to consider since you have a teaching background.

  5. Carri said...

    Oh how I wish I could sub or do anything part tiem while my kids are in school. I have tried to find a job and it seems I will be going back to school yet again before I can do anything. best of luck getting some days and making it through them in the wonderful world of subbing. I know a lot of people who have started off subbing and found schools they love and ended up starting full time.

  6. Elle said...

    That's awful they cut your husband's hours like that. It's hard enough to make it as it is. Good luck with the subbing! Maybe if it's at the elementary school it would be fun or at least not as bad as middle schoolers.

  7. Tara R. said...

    Before I was laid off last October, I had to take a week furlough, then a 5% pay cut. The economy is crazy...I feel your pain. Good luck with the sub jobs.

  8. Lori said...

    Definitely praying for you guys. It's not much consolation, but I know exactly what you're dealing with. D had three jobs in 2008 and I had to take one day a week unpaid at my last job ON TOP OF a 10% pay cut (net result - 30% pay cut). Thankfully, I was able to find a new job last summer.

  9. Jennifer Leigh said...

    I work 30 hours a week and I hate but the money gives us a good cushion so I continue to do it :( Good luck!

  10. Krystyn said...

    Thinking of you guys. I know this must be tough..and it's no time to be a teacher, either. There are going to be huge layoffs in our county (they are calling them reductions) as well and paycuts. It's really sucky right now.

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