Friday, January 30, 2009

The Week That Was...

This was a crazy week! I started out the week worrying about Fungus, our ancient cat, who has been very ill. Thank heavens he seems to be doing well and responding to the treatments he received at the veterinary hospital. He had to have a kitty IV, poor thing, but it saved his life. Now he's on anti-biotics and he is NOT happy about the twice a day pills, but he's getting them anyway. ~:-P On top of that there were the cookie booths and driving my niece back and forth to her job. It's hard to get up so early to take her since we're nocturnal creatures, but she LOVES the job and I'm happy to see her doing so well so it's worth it. Then there was the job scare for DH- that has been very hard to deal with. He told me at the beginning of the week that his company announced plans to lay off 10 percent of their work force. He works nights and said the cleaning people were putting empty boxes in the break rooms before he left on Wednesday, then they started the lay offs on Thursday, one by one. Thursday was a white knuckle day for everyone at his company and it continued on Friday. Finally, finally towards the end of the work day he called and said it was done and his job was safe. Talk about a sigh of relief! We are fortunate in that we would be OK financially for a while if he were to lose his job, but it's still awful to have it happen that way. Probably the worst hit would be losing our health insurance. The feelings of security about his job are definitely gone now; it's hard to know something we depend on can be gone in the blink of an eye!

Well, enough dwelling on the negative. We're fine, and we're blessed, and now we move on. I'm going to try to be much more careful of our spending from here on out in favor of socking any money I can save away in case he does lose his job one day. The Eldest and I are still planning on our European vacation in the spring, but we'll be looking for travel bargains! We haven't arranged our flights or hotels yet, except for the Girl Scout World Center in London. I'm debating about extending the time we stay there if we can at this late date and hanging out in London a little longer since it will be less expensive that way, but we'll see. I have to get to our local AAA travel agent to see what we can do. No first class tickets; it's coach all the way! ;)

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